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Doaa Al-Howaishy

Litigation Associate: Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Media at Butzel Long

2017 | Detroit, Michigan

“Don’t be shy about reaching out to people. Make connections with professors, students, and alumni. It will help you advance your career.”

Butzel Long Litigation Associate Doaa K. Al-Howaishy, ‘17, said that the MSU Law alumni network was essential to her success.

“Don’t be shy about reaching out to people,” said Al-Howaishy. “Make connections with professors, students, and alumni. It will help you advance your career.”

Previously, Al-Howaishy worked as a Summer Associate at Butzel Long in 2016. She was able to work with a great team of like-minded individuals. Her experience that summer solidified her decision to accept a full-time position with the firm as an Associate.

“I work with a large group of people who practice in different areas of the law, which allows me to gain experience in many of those areas. I am also a member of Butzel’s Media Group where we handle First Amendment claims, all things FOIA and open government, and many other media law topics. I’m excited about being the group’s newest member!” said Al-Howaishy.

At MSU Law, she obtained a certificate in trial practice, which allowed her to work with real practitioners and learn as much as she could before becoming a licensed attorney.

“It’s not just about book work," said Al-Howaishy. "I was a teaching assistant for two years, which helped me develop leadership skills. And I felt prepared to begin a career in litigation when I graduated because of the skills that I gained in the trial practice program.”

Al-Howaishy notes that she still keeps in touch with the individuals she met as a law student, including the people she interviewed with because it is important to maintain those connections.

“It is in your best interest to be connected and to not wait until after graduation to start networking; start planting seeds in law school.” said Al-Howaishy. “Build your network.”