Professional & Career Development
Lawyers today, regardless of their practice, require a wide array of skills to be successful. These skills range from networking and business development to basic professionalism. The Office of Professional & Career Development at Syracuse University College of Law provides a variety of programming and networking opportunities to assist students with developing these critical attributes. Working one-on-one with students, the Office of Professional & Career Development assists them with crafting job search strategies which focus on their interests and capitalize on their strengths.
A legal education from Syracuse University College of Law opens the doors to a broad spectrum of interesting and challenging careers. Today, as in the past, our graduates are having a profound impact on their communities. To introduce students to the diverse career paths available to them, the Office of Professional & Career Development is honored to highlight members of the alumni community at various stages in their careers whose work encompasses an array of practice areas.
SCOTT W. HACKWELDER L'04
Scott W. Hackwelder graduated magna cum laude in 2004 from Syracuse University College of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Syracuse Law Review. He also served as a teaching assistant for first year students at the College of Law and participated in the Law, Technology, and Management program. Prior to law school, Scott graduated with engineering degrees from Duke University and Villanova University, and he practiced as a consulting engineer for nine years.
Scott serves as corporate counsel for Cummins Inc., a global power leader in designing, manufacturing, selling, and servicing engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. In his current business counsel role, Scott advises on matters relating to Cummins’ power generation business unit. Scott initially joined Cummins in 2010 as a patent attorney focused on intellectual property matters. Prior to joining Cummins, Scott worked on technology transactions at the Jones Day law firm in Cleveland, OH.
In addition to publishing his note in the Syracuse Law Review, Scott has been published in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal and IDEA: The IP Law Review. A Syracuse native, Scott and his young family return often to visit.
A podcast series by and for the members of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association, SULAA Speaks seeks to share the wisdom of College of Law graduates with current and future alumni.