Alumnus discusses finding his niche in the law

On Oct. 16, alumnus and adjunct professor Josh Magidson ’80 talked with students about finding his niche in the law. Magidson, a Marine who once entertained dreams of playing professional baseball and worked as a rehabilitation counselor, became a student at Stetson Law in 1978.

Josh Magidson talked with students on Oct. 16.

Josh Magidson ’80 talked with students on Oct. 16.

“Everybody has their own way of finding themselves in what they do,” Magidson told the students who gathered at a luncheon program in Stetson’s Florin Roebig Courtroom in Gulfport to hear him speak.

He explained how his legal career evolved from clerking while he was in law school to working in business litigation and becoming an attorney with the Tampa Bay area law firm of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen P.A.

Magidson stressed the importance of good communication skills with clients, among colleagues and presenting before judges. Make your arguments in the courtroom as concise and succinct as your elevator pitch, Magidson said.

He shared an important lesson from his career as a litigator.

“If you have a really good point, get to it quickly,” said Magidson.

Magidson told the students, “One of your jobs as a lawyer is to get your clients from where they are to where they want to be.”

Stetson Law’s Career Development office and LexisNexis co-sponsored the presentation. Workshops for students on building communication and social media skills and developing a career network are planned on campus in the coming weeks.