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Abe Pollack, Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy [email] As Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy, Abe Pollack heads the Career Office at GW Law. Prior to joining GW Law, Dean Pollack was Director of Employer outreach at Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, he developed a number of innovative initiatives on career strategies for students and alumni. Dean Pollack previously served as a managing director at Major, Lindsey, and Africa, the largest legal recruiting company in the world. While there, he counseled hundreds of attorneys on career development issues and fostered relationships with general counsels, managing partners, and recruiting managers. He also practiced law at two large law firms in DC, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and securities law. Dean Pollack is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and Franklin & Marshall College.
Ethel Hong Badawi, Associate Director [email] Ethel Hong Badawi is an Associate Director and focuses on Career Center resources and online initiatives. Before attending law school, Ethel worked as an international recruiter and staffed international development projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Immediately after law school, she clerked at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. Ethel was an associate for several years at a large national law firm where her primary practice areas included insolvency, commercial bankruptcy, refinance and restructuring. She was also an active member of the firm’s recruiting and hiring committee. Ethel received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, and earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Tamara Dévieux-Adams, Associate Director; Public Interest Advisor [email] Tamara Dévieux-Adams is an Associate Director and the Public Interest Advisor and joined the office in November 2006. Tamara focuses on counseling students and alumni who want to pursue public interest internships and post-graduate job opportunities. Before joining the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategy, Tamara worked for the District of Columbia’s Office of Youth Rehabilitation Services, where she presided over administrative hearings for incarcerated juvenile offenders and developed agency policy. Prior to that, she was an assistant general counsel with the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care, the agency tasked with enforcing child care licensing regulations and administering subsidies for the care of low-income children. She also was a litigation associate in the Boston, MA office of an international law firm. Tamara earned her A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She also holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University’s School of Education and Human Development.
Sheila Driscoll, Director of Judicial Clerkships; John Jay Inn Advisor [email] Sheila Driscoll is the Director of Judicial Clerkships and the Career Advisor for the John Jay Inn. As the Director of Judicial Clerkships, Sheila counsels law students and alumni as they navigate through the clerkship application and hiring process. In her role as a career counselor since 2002, Sheila has advised hundreds of students on a broad range of legal careers. Before joining GW Law, Sheila was a recruiter for a legal placement firm and a litigation associate for a large law firm in Boston, MA. Sheila clerked for two years for the Honorable Thomas K. Moore, a federal judge for the District of the Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas. Sheila is a 1995 cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a 1992 graduate of Stanford University. Sheila is an active member of NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals, and has presented several programs on clerkships and other topics at the annual education conference. She is past Chair of NALP’s Judicial Clerkship Section and past Vice President and current Board Member of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA).
Susan Fine, Director of Professional Development [email] Susan Fine is the Director of Professional Development and counsels students in the Career Center. She is also Co-Director of the Inns of Court program, a law school-wide initiative to foster a happier law school experience, to equip students to find a job that is meaningful to them and to prepare them more effectively for practice. Earlier in her career, following a federal clerkship, Susan practiced as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice. She also worked on Capitol Hill, as a summer associate in two large law firms, and as an intern for a public interest law firm. In addition, Susan has non-legal experience in retained executive search for non-profit organizations. Susan holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in History and English, and Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
Andrea Glosser, Assistant Director; Thurgood Marshall Inn Advisor [email] Andrea Glosser is an Assistant Director and the Career Advisor for the Thurgood Marshall Inn. Andrea works with students to identify goals and develop individualized career plans. Prior to joining the Career Center, Andrea worked as an antitrust associate, senior recruiting manager, and senior professional development manager in the Washington, DC office of an international law firm. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from Kenyon College.
Keri McCoy, Director; Alumni Career Development [email] Keri McCoy is the Director of Alumni Career Development. Keri joined the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategy in 2006. Keri works with alumni to identify short and long-term career goals and assists them in developing individualized career plans. She advises on issues such as job searching, lateral transitions, salary negotiations, alternative careers, geographic and practice area transitions, partnership, networking and work-life balance. Keri is a strong proponent of mock interviews and conducts them regularly. Before joining the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategy, Keri served as the Law School’s Senior Counselor for Student Development. In that position, she served as a liaison between the Law School and prospective students and managed the Presidential Merit Scholars Program. Prior to joining the Law School, Keri worked as an associate with law firms in the District of Columbia, New Jersey and Texas. Keri tried numerous cases before state and federal courts on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Keri received her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Megan McGrath, Associate Director of Employer Outreach [email] Megan McGrath is the Associate Director of Employer Outreach in the Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy. Megan develops and strengthens relationships with a variety of legal employers, and alumni, to provide employment opportunities for law students. Megan’s counseling areas of expertise include large firm employment, consulting careers, financial sector careers, Hill opportunities and careers in government contracts. Prior to joining GW, Megan worked as the Legal Recruitment Manager for the DC, Denver and New York City offices of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“MLA”). Before joining MLA, Megan was the Legal Recruiting Coordinator in the DC Office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Megan previously served as the Vice Chair for the NALP 2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee, and in prior years, served on the Board of Directors for the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA). Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University, and is currently pursuing an MBA at The George Washington University School of Business in entrepreneurship and marketing.
Julie McLaughlin, Associate Director; Robert Jackson Inn Advisor [email] Julie McLaughlin is an Associate Director and the Career Advisor for the Robert Jackson Inn and an advisor on federal clerkships. Julie works with students to identity goals and develop individualized career plans. Prior to joining the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategy, Julie was a regulatory associate at a large international law firm in Washington, DC where her practice focused on food and agriculture law and consumer protection. Following law school, she clerked for the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia. Julie is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Mikaela McRae, Head of Legal Recruiting & Programming [email] Mikaela McRae is the Head of Legal Recruiting & Programming at the GW Law Career Center. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the Career Center’s recruiting programs and serves as the primary contact for legal employers and students participating in these events. Mikaela recently led the implementation of the Career Center’s new software platform and enjoys exploring new ways to connect students and employers. Prior to joining GW Law, Mikaela managed employer relations and recruiting programs at the Babson College Undergraduate Center for Career Development. She received her BS in Business Management from Babson College and her MBA from Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.
Sabrina Nelson, Assistant Director; Benjamin Cardozo Inn Advisor [email] Sabrina Nelson is an Assistant Director in the Career Center and is the career advisor for the Benjamin Cardozo Inn. She joined the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategy with over fifteen years of experience practicing with the Washington, D.C. office of Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where she litigated complex multidistrict antitrust cases and a variety of other commercial contract disputes. She has also worked as a placement director for two prominent legal search firms, where she was responsible for recruiting and counseling experienced attorneys and other legal professionals and placing them in law firms and in corporate in-house law departments. Sabrina received her undergraduate degree in English from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Jaya Saxena, Assistant Director, Diversity and Inclusion; Louis Brandeis Inn Advisor [email] Jaya Saxena is an Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Career Advisor for the Louis Brandeis Inn. Before joining the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategy, she was a Career Counselor at the George Mason University School of Law. Prior to that, she worked at a national health care advocacy organization and as a legal services attorney at Maryland Legal Aid. She also clerked for the Honorable John M. Mott of the Superior Court of the District of the District of Columbia. Additionally, Jaya has held numerous leadership positions on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute).
Lauren Seffel, Senior Law Career Counselor, Sandra Day O’Connor Inn Advisor [email]
Katie White, Director of Employer Outreach [email] Katie White joined the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy in November of 2010. In her role as Director of Employer Outreach, she meets with employers to build relationships that will result in increased opportunities for students and recent graduates. She is also the counselor assigned to work with students specializing in Intellectual Property law. Before joining the career office, Katie was the Chief Attorney Recruiting Officer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Prior to joining Akin Gump, she worked in attorney recruiting and professional development at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and Covington & Burling. She has prior law school experience as Director of Career Services at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in Los Angeles, and as an Assistant Director of Career Services at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.
René Lindsey, Job Posting Coordinator [email] René Lindsey joined the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy in 1987. She is responsible for advertising legal vacancy announcements for students and alumni of the Law School.
Kevin McClease, Judicial Clerkship Program Coordinator [email] Kevin McClease is the Judicial Clerkship Program Coordinator. He has been at GW Law since 2006. Prior to joining the Career Center, he worked at Penn Good & Associates, a small marketing and management consulting firm.
Liza G. Ramirez, Manager of Legal Recruiting [email] Liza Ramirez joined the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategy in 1997 as the Office Manager. In April 2001, she became the Assistant Recruitment Manager. Liza assists in the planning and execution of all recruiting programs, creating and managing interview schedules, communicating with legal employers and law students, and resolving employer and student concerns related to recruiting events. She also reconciles the Fall Recruiting Program budget, processes accounts payable for all recruitment activities, and handles all procedures related to temporary/wage account staff.