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Kristen Uhl Hulse

Senior Director of Attorney Development & Recruiting
Snell & Wilmer LLP
Denver, CO

Kristen serves as the Senior Director of Attorney Development & Recruiting for Snell & Wilmer, partnering with firm leadership on a broad range of recruitment, mentoring, training, and other professional development initiatives.  In addition, she is the Legal Education and Employment Advisor for the Foundations for Practice project with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.  She brings to these roles nearly twenty years of experience working in legal education, attorney recruiting, and professional development.  Previously, she was faculty in the top-ranked Legal Externship Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she taught practice-readiness and corporate lawyering seminars.  She publishes and presents frequently on strategies for advancement in private practice, emerging legal opportunities, and collaboration between law school faculty and legal employers to produce practice-ready graduates.

Kristen began her career as an Associate with Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C. and London; additional experience includes recruitment and professional development roles with Georgetown University Law Center, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and the San Francisco law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the PDC, Kristen will join the College of Law Practice Management as a Fellow in Fall 2021.  She is also active in the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).  Kristen lives in Denver with her husband Dominic, twin sons Connor and Noah, 100 lb. mountain mutt Agnes, and 7 lb. mischievous cat Patrick.


Recent Articles, Presentations and Publications:


Picking the Right Practice Area (Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program, July 2019)
Applied EQ at All Stages of Lawyer Development:  Frameworks for Teaching, Coaching, and Advising (PDC Summer Conference, July 2019)
Confidence Challenges vs. Competence Challenges:  Exploring Tools for Combating Imposter Syndrome (AALS Clinical Conference, May 2019)
Professional Development from the Podium (NALP ALI-CLE Professional Development Institute, December 2018)
Networking Lessons from the Playground:  How Active Listening Can Open Doors to New Opportunities (PDC Summer Conference, July 2018)


Bridging the “Practice-Readiness” Gap Through the Legal Externship Seminar (PD Quarterly, February 2019)
Who Are “Tomorrow’s Lawyers” and How Can We Help Them?  (NALP Bulletin; ILTA Peer-to-Peer Journal, January 2015)