CAREER SPOTLIGHT William S. Henry (JD 95), The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Liaison to UF Law
As a law student at the University of Florida, Bill Henry kept himself busy with leadership positions in organizations throughout law school. He served as the managing editor and student works editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy, was vice president of the Board of College Councils, and treasurer of the Law College Council. He was also treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta and a member of the John Marshall Bar Association.
Today, in addition to being the liaison to UF for The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyer Division, Henry serves as the hiring attorney for his law firm, Burke, Blue, Hutchison, Walters & Smith, a position that provides him with insight into how law students can best position themselves to land a job when they graduate.
“Employers certainly look at any leadership or community involvement type position,” he said by telephone from his Panama City office. “One of the things that we do look at, in addition to people who did well in school, we also look for folks who are outgoing and are interested in becoming involved and taking those sort of leadership roles.”
Emphasis on community involvement and leadership continues for attorneys at the firm, Henry explained. While many firms base compensation and bonuses strictly on productivity, Henry’s firm takes a broader view and rewards attorneys who take on more community involvement activities. “It enhances your profile and provides recognition in the community which benefits the firm,” he said.
In addition to presenting programs at UF Law to help students prepare for entering the profession, The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division annually awards scholarships, giving out 10 $2,000 scholarships to law students throughout the state last year. Information on these scholarships and other YLD programs is available on their website at http//www.flayld.org/.