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shark finSwimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Thriving in the First Two Years of Law Practice

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, noon
Harvard Law School

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Grover E. Cleveland

Grover Cleveland, the author of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks, was named after his grandfather who was named after the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. There is no blood relationship. Now that that is out of the way, as a partner at Foster Pepper PLLC, one of the Northwest’s largest law firms, Mr. Cleveland helped many new lawyers learn how to practice law. He is one of a very small percentage of lawyers who managed to become a partner at the same firm at which he began his law practice. While at Foster Pepper, he was selected as Rising Star for three years in a row by Washington Law and Politics magazine. His practice also involved giving numerous seminar presentations for other lawyers.

After more than a decade of practicing law, Mr. Cleveland now holds an environmental policy position in Seattle. In that role, he is the client of other lawyers in many disciplines and all stages of practice. This broad range of experience both as a supervising attorney and as a client gives him a unique perspective on the skills new lawyers need to succeed. But Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks also incorporates the wisdom of dozens of other lawyers at all levels of practice.

In 1992 the author received his JD from St. Louis University School of Law, magna cum laude. Before law school, Mr. Cleveland was a reporter for the St. Louis Business Journal, a weekly business newspaper that is part of the American City Business Journals chain. He also held public relations positions with Monsanto and a national engineering firm based in St. Louis.

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