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Susan Fine, Interim Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy [email] Susan Fine heads the Career Center at GW Law. She is also the Co-Director of the Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice Programs. These school-wide initiatives are designed to provide students with a diverse support structure, build professional skills, and enhance career outcomes. Dean Fine is a frequent speaker on law student professional development topics at NALP and the Professional Development Institute. She served two terms as chair of the NALP Law Student Professional Development Section and two terms as board member for the ABA’s Legal Career Central. She is also a member of the Professional Development Consortium. Earlier in her career, following a federal clerkship, Dean Fine worked as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Career Center Staff
Sierra Brummett, Program Associate for Professional Development [email] Sierra joined the Career Center in August 2018 to help execute the Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice programs. As a graduate of GW Law and an alumnus of the O’Connor Inn of Court, Sierra is committed to ensuring that students continue to receive the high-quality and critical professional development training these unique and valuable programs offer. Prior to accepting the Program Associate position, Sierra worked in banking and finance policy in the United States Senate, and at a lobbying firm dedicated to increasing foreign language education access. She received her law degree in 2018 from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in moral philosophy from Pacific University in Oregon.
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.
Megan McGrath Corsetti, Associate Director of Employer Outreach [email] Megan McGrath Corsetti 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 an MBA in entrepreneurship and marketing from the George Washington University School of Business.
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, Data Analyst [email] Mikaela McRae is the Data Analyst at the GW Law Career Center. In this role, she oversees the collection, analysis, and reporting of data pertaining to students’ internship placements, post-graduate career outcomes, and bar passage results. Trends and insights derived from this data will inform the Career Center’s strategy to provide tailored resources to students throughout their professional development and job search processes. Mikaela also maintains the Career Center’s technology platforms, online resources, and communication strategy. Previously, Mikaela organized GW Law’s recruitment programs and career-related events. 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.
Matthew Orlins, Senior Law Career Counselor; Sandra Day O’Connor Inn Advisor [email] Matt Orlins is a Senior Law Career Counselor and the Career Advisor for the Sandra Day O’Connor Inn. He joined the GW Law Career Center after more than ten years of experience in government. Most recently, Matt served as the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. In that role, he managed the agency’s legislative initiatives and media relations. Previously, Matt was Senior Legislative Counsel to the DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment. He holds a B.A. from Denison University and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Prior to attending law school, Matt worked as a teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools as a part of Teach for America.
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.
Jaya Saxena, Director of Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative; Assistant Director; Louis Brandeis Inn Advisor [email] Jaya Saxena is the Director of Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and an Assistant Director in Career Center. She leads a portfolio of initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion at the law school and also advises students on all aspects of career and professional development. Prior to working at GW Law, 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 is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and holds numerous leadership positions in the community. She has been a longstanding board member of the Washington Council of Lawyers and previously served on the board of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC. Most recently, she was appointed to serve on the ABA’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Jaya received her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and earned her JD 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.
Lauren Seffel, Senior Law Career Counselor, Public Interest Advising and Programs, State Court Clerkships [email] Lauren Seffel is a Senior Law Career Counselor for Public Interest Advising and Programs and the State Court clerkships adviser. Lauren focuses on counseling students and alumni who want to pursue public interest internships and post-graduate job opportunities. Prior to joining GW Law, Lauren worked as a career counselor at George Mason University School of Law. Before becoming a career counselor, Lauren worked as an associate at two private-public interest law firms in Washington, D.C., focusing on employment, environmental, and civil rights matters. She also clerked for Justice R. Malcolm Graham of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Lauren earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served as the Vice President for Practice Standards of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.
Kara Wenzel, Senior Law Career Counselor; Thurgood Marshall Inn Advisor [email] Kara Wenzel is a Senior Law Career Counselor and is the career advisor for the Thurgood Marshall Inn. Prior to joining the Office of Professional Development and Career Strategy, she acted as General Counsel for a small federal government agency. Kara has practiced administrative, environmental, and energy law at three federal agencies and in the private sector in DC, focusing on the Clean Air Act and nuclear power licensing. She also serves as a DC Circles Leader for the Lean In organization, which helps women advance their careers. Kara is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the London School of Economics, and George Mason University School of Law. Kara also obtained a coaching certification from the NeuroLeadership Institute in New York City, and she incorporates neuroscience-based techniques to coach law students and lawyers on their career strategies.
Katie White, Director of Employer Outreach [email] Katie White joined the Professional Development and Career Strategy Office in November of 2010. In her role as Director of Employer Outreach, she meets with alumni and employers to build relationships that will result in increased job opportunities for students and recent graduates. In addition, she is involved with the recruiting programs, and counsels Intellectual Property students with science and engineering backgrounds. Before joining GW Law, Katie was Chief Attorney Recruiting Officer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Prior to joining Akin Gump, she worked in attorney recruiting and professional development at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, Morgan, Lewis LLP, Swidler Berlin LLP, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Covington & Burling LLP. She has prior law school career services experience as the Director of Career Services at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.