Kara P. Dodson
Kara has twenty years of experience in the legal community. She began her career in practice at an AmLaw 100 firm, later leaving to pursue her passion for coaching and lawyer development as the Director of Recruiting and Professional Development at Young Conaway. Over the course of her seven years at Young Conway, Kara hired, developed and coached the firm’s associates, as well as designing and implementing the firm's business development training programs.
Kara is an established member and well-known in The Professional Development Consortium (PDC) and a familiar face at The National Association for Law Placement (NALP), where she most recently served as the Chair of the Lawyer Professional Development Section. While a member of PDC, Kara sat on the PDC conference planning team. She enjoys public speaking and has presented at the NALP Professional Development Institute, as well as at the PDC Conference. Kara has also been a regular participant in the Legal Recruitment Administrators of Philadelphia (LRAP), where she was nominated for a term as the group’s Secretary.
Kara graduated from Lafayette College with a BA in English Literature, with a focus on African-American studies, and received her JD, cum laude, from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. While in law school, she served as an editor and staff member of the Temple Law Review.
In her free time, Kara enjoys cooking, collecting art, reading, traveling (which involved a four-month trip around the world) and practicing yoga. She is passionate about education and has served three terms as a Trustee at The School in Rose Valley. She has also helped to organize numerous drives in Wilmington for school supplies, books and winter clothes for underprivileged elementary-aged children.
Kara lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband Michael and children, Caroline and William (both of whom she is teaching to play craps because of her life-long love of the game).