a Social and Business Networking Concept Developed by Steven
Pinkert in 2002.
After graduating law school in 1998,
Steven decided that it would be great if his law school
classmates could stay in touch via an internet platform and
Lawalumni.com was born. Here is a link to the original home page of lawalumni.com. Steven Pinkert has not made all the links active yet but is in the process of repairing them so please be patient:
Original Lawalumni.com Home Page
Lawalumni.com has several features
including a chat room, graduate lawyer profiles, areas of
practice, and a client referral section. It is a vehicle that provides an opportunity for law
school graduates to remain in touch with one another and to
network for their professional advancement.
Background in Computers and Software
Steven Pinkert was a
physician practicing in Chicago until 1994. That year he moved to
Miami Florida to attend law school at the University of Miami
School of Law. A few years after graduation, Steven began his
His firm was Pinkert Law Firm, PA and subsequently
Pinkert and Marsh, PA.
Steven believed that a good source of client referrals
might come from his law school classmates. This was the impetus
to create Lawalumni.com.
Steven Pinkert had a considerable
background in Information Technology. He personally wrote all the code for the Lawalumni.com
website using Cold Fusion for database
Steven's programming experience
began in 1965 at the University of Chicago Laboratory School
as a first year high school student. At the time, the "Stat
Lab" had an IBM 1620 mainframe computer with 48K of
system used punch cards and most people used Fortran. Fortran was the
predecessor and similar to Basic.
The Lab School was doing an
experiment to determine if high school students could learn to
program and operate computers. Although we know today that
some of our best programmers begin before high school, in 1965
it was unheard of for high school students to program
computers. Steven Pinkert began learning to program and also
operate the IBM 1620 and spent hundreds of hours mastering the
system. He spent his weekends in the stat lab, programming and
Steven Pinkert wrote the first
computerized dating program for his Lab School class
consisted of questionnaires for each student where they
expressed their personal interests and what they believed was
an ideal date.
Each student's answers were
entered on a punch card (80 bytes of data per card) and then a
loaded into a matching program. It was a big success and many
were paired with the partner they hoped for.
After graduation from high school
Steven attended the University of Southern California. He applied for a job
with a company called Falk Control Systems that did contract
programming in COBOL and operated an IBM 370 mainframe. Steven got the job and
for the next year learned to program in COBOL and to operate
an IBM 370 in the evenings.