CDO Team & Contact Information

Career Development Office

Street Address: 
(for overnight or courier deliveries only)

133 Wall Street 
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-432-1676 
Fax: 203-432-8423

Mailing Address: 

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520

Location & Hours 
The Career Development Office is on the main floor of Ruttenberg Hall in Room 183, adjacent to the Admissions Office and one flight down from the Office of Student Affairs.

During the academic year CDO is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. June through August CDO is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDO is closed weekends, holidays, and recess days.

Make an Appointment with a CDO Career Counselor

First-year students are assigned a counselor in September and should schedule appointment(s) with their assigned counselor at that time.

  • Click the link for an individual counselor to schedule an appointment online
  • Phone: 203-432-1676
  • Email
  • or sign up at the CDO reception desk

Director Counselors

Kelly J. Voight, Assistant Dean

Norma P. D'Apolito, Director, Public Interest

Rochelle McCain, Director, Judicial Clerkships

Elizabeth K. Peck, Director, JD Counseling and Coaching


Remote Counseling Consultants

Jennifer Bird, YLS 2004, Remote Private Sector Alumni Career Counseling Consultant

Van Ann Bui, Remote Private Sector and Diversity Employment Consultant

Naomi Mann, Remote Public Interest Sector Career Counseling Consultant


Student Advisors

Ya Sheng Lin

Zaria Noble

Alexandra Ricks

Rachael Stryer



Naomi M. Erwich, Director of Recruitment and Administration

Sahar Mirsepassi, Assistant Director of Administration

Jennie Bourque, Recruitment Coordinator

Haley Kirkland, Technology Coordinator

Thorsten Wilhelm, Student Services Coordinator


CDO Team

Kelly Voight  

Kelly J. Voight
Assistant Dean
Counseling focus: law firm employment
Phone: 203-432-4049
Make an appointment with Dean Voight

Dean Voight is responsible for the overall administration and strategic direction of the Career Development Office. She also provides advising to JD students regarding law firm employment and counsels first-year students in her advising cohort on summer job searches across an array of sectors. Dean Voight has 22 years of experience advising law students and graduates regarding careers. She is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), most recently serving on the Legislative and Regulatory Reporting Task Force. Before joining Yale, she provided career counseling to students at Duke Law School. From 1992 to 1995, she was an associate in the litigation department of the Boston law firm WilmerHale, where she handled general litigation matters. She received her law degree with high honors from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College.


Norma P. D'Apolito
Director, Public Interest
Counseling focus: public interest employment and fellowships
Phone: 203-436-2580
Make an appointment with Director D'Apolito

Director Norma D’Apolito provides advising to alumni, JD and LLM students regarding public interest employment including public interest fellowships. Norma also counsels first-year students in her advising cohort on summer job searches across an array of sectors. She has an extensive public interest law background as well as experience in law school education and administration. Most recently, Norma served as the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice in Boston. Prior to that, she worked as a staff attorney for both the Juvenile Law Reform Project in Boston and the Prisoners’ Rights Project in New York City and as the assistant to the Special Master in a multi-institution class action lawsuit in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Norma also brings academic and counseling experience to her position in CDO, having served as Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor at Cardozo School of Law, as Director of Cardozo’s Political Asylum Clinic, and as an Assistant Professor in Johnson & Wales University’s Law Department. Norma has sat on the Board of Directors for a number of non-profit organizations, including a legal services corporation, a domestic abuse agency, and a community arts center. Norma is a graduate of New York University School of Law and has a Master’s in History from Brown University.


Rochelle McCain
Director, Judicial Clerkships
Counseling focus: Clerkships
Phone: 203-432-1695
Make an appointment with Director McCain

Rochelle provides primary comprehensive career counseling and resources to students and alumni across a broad array of employment opportunities, with an emphasis on supporting those exploring judicial clerkships. A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Chicago, Rochelle is a first-generation professional. Prior to joining CDO, Rochelle served as the Executive Director of the Professional Development Office at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Co-Director of its Externship Program. In these roles, Rochelle counseled many students and alumni on all aspects of job searching and career development, focusing on examining governmental (federal, state, and local) opportunities, broader public sector careers, and judicial clerkships. In practice, Rochelle worked in consumer litigation for several years. 

Rochelle is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), having served in several roles within its public service and judicial clerkship sections, and has served as a presenter at several of its conferences. Rochelle is one of five (5) law school members of the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) Working Group, which advises members of the federal judiciary on the online system. She is currently the co-chair of Equal Justice Works' National Advisory Council (NAC).



Elizabeth K. Peck
Director, JD Counseling and Coaching
Counseling focus: judicial clerkships, private sector employment, public sector employment, alumni advising
Make an appointment with Director Peck

Liz joined CDO in fall 2021. She began her service as CDO’s Interim Clerkship Director and transitioned to become the Director of JD Counseling and Coaching. In a remote capacity, Liz advises students on judicial clerkships as well as private and public sector employment options. She also serves as CDO’s primary alumni counselor. Prior to joining CDO, Liz advised thousands of law students and alumni at Cornell Law School, Washington and Lee University School of Law, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. A graduate of Duke Law School and Tufts University, she began her legal career as an employment litigator with Perkins Coie in Seattle, WA. Liz clerked for a state court judge in Fairbanks, Alaska before becoming a legal career advisor nearly a quarter century ago. Liz is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). She has served on myriad NALP committees since 1997, has been selected to speak at seven NALP Annual Education Conferences, and was NALP's liaison to the Prelaw Advisors National Council from 2009-2011.





Naomi M. Erwich
Director of Recruitment and Administration

As the Director of Recruitment and Administration, Naomi is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Career Development Office. In this role, Naomi works closely with Dean Voight and members of the CDO team to develop programs, projects, and resources to better serve the needs of our students. Naomi is also responsible for overseeing recruitment programs at YLS and the collection of employment data. Prior to joining Yale Law School, Naomi spent nine years in private practice at a Manhattan-based appellate litigation firm, specializing in representing clients before New York State’s Appellate Divisions and Court of Appeals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Stony Brook University and earned her Juris Doctor at St. John’s University School of Law where she served on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Honor Society. 



Jennifer Bird, YLS 2004
Remote Private Sector Alumni Career Counseling Consultant
Counseling focus: private sector employment
Make an Appointment with Jen Bird

Jen joined CDO in 2020 as a Remote Career Counseling Consultant and provides advising to alumni and first-year students in her advising cohort regarding private sector employment. Jen earned her B.S. in Psychology from Brown University where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received her JD from Yale Law School. Prior to earning her JD, Jen worked as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. During law school she worked as a summer law clerk for the Federal Court of Australia and interned for the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union. Between 2004 and 2007, she worked as a Tax and Trusts & Estates Associate at White & Case LLP, focusing her practice on wealth planning for high net worth clients and general tax matters. In 2008, Jen transitioned to recruiting and in 2018 co-founded the legal search firm, Springboard Search Group. Over the past several years, Jen has advised and placed hundreds of Partners, Counsels and Associates across practice areas at top law firms around the country. She has also placed numerous attorneys in-house at companies ranging from a solar energy start-up to asset managers to a major sports league. She has also held workshops for lawyers seeking to pursue alternative careers and has spoken on Bar Association panels regarding associate career paths and the move in-house.



Van Ann Bui
Remote Private Sector and Diversity Employment Consultant
Make an Appointment with Van Ann Bui

Van Ann (she/her) provides career advising to students on a remote, part-time basis, with specialized expertise in private sector employment and opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds. With over a decade of experience in the legal profession, Van Ann has counseled and mentored hundreds of students and new attorneys starting out in their careers. Prior to joining CDO, she served as the Director of the SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) Law Program, where she matched incoming law students with internships at corporate law firms nationwide, counseled students and alumni on excelling in their respective internships and careers, and advised law firms on recruiting best practices.

Van Ann is a former Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee and a former practicing attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP, where she practiced debt finance and was a co-Chair of its Asian Lawyers Affinity Group. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA in Political Science and BBA in Marketing from Southern Methodist University.



Naomi Mann
Remote Public Interest Career Counseling Consultant
Make an Appointment with Naomi Mann

Clinical Associate Professor Naomi Mann is the Executive Director of the Civil Litigation & Justice Program. She is Founding Director of the Access to Justice Clinic (A2J Clinic), an innovative clinic which pairs individual client representation with systems change projects. Students in A2J represent individual clients facing multiple systemic barriers (e.g., gender, race, class, and disability) in housing, family law, and employment cases. Students actively analyze and tackle the individual and structural injustices that their clients face and learn how individual client representation and/or systems change projects can address important access to justice gaps. Students build their own access to justice systems change projects in the second semester, and, in the process, develop their own professional networks. Before coming to Boston University, Professor Mann worked as a Civil Rights Attorney in the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights where she investigated, mediated, and resolved claims involving educational institution compliance with federal civil rights laws including Title IX, Title VI, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. From 2003 to 2010, Professor Mann worked as a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services and Washington Empowered Against Violence, representing low-income domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in family law and restraining order cases. Professor Mann writes in the areas of Title IX, sexual assault, and constitutional due process.





Sahar Mirsepassi
Assistant Director of Administration
(203) 432-7191

Sahar Mirsepassi serves as CDO’s Assistant Director of Administration. In her role, she works closely with the Director of Public Interest to support YLS students interested in pursuing careers in public interest law. Sahar is responsible for overseeing the weekly Public Interest Career Newsletter, Public Interest Career Fairs, the Public Interest Interview Program and several YLS post-graduate fellowship programs. Prior to joining CDO, Sahar spent 6 years working in various roles for the NYC Department of Education. During her time at the NYCDOE, she implemented policies and programs designed to support NYC’s most underserved school communities. Sahar earned her Masters of Public Administration with distinction from Long Island University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Public Policy.



Jennie Borque
Recruitment Coordinator





Haley Kirkland
Technology Coordinator




Thorsten Wilhelm
Student Services Coordinator

Thorsten Wilhelm joined the Career Development Office in 2021 as the Student Services Coordinator. He studied English Literature and Linguistics, History, and Pedagogy at Heidelberg University in Germany and Durham University, GB and received a PhD in English/American Literature from Heidelberg University. Thorsten has previously worked at Wesleyan and Dartmouth and came to Yale in 2016 as a Lector in the German Department.


CDO Student Advisors


Ya Sheng Lin

Ya Sheng is a 3L at YLS who grew up in New York City and plans to return after law school. He graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a BA in Political Theory. Upon graduating from college, he moved to the UK to pursue a MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at King's College, University of Cambridge. After returning to the U.S., Ya Sheng spent the next 9 months as an Admissions Counselor at The TEAK Fellowship, an educational non-profit in NYC. 

He spent his 1L summer interning at the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York in the Criminal Division. He spent his 2L summer as a summer associate at Davis Polk, working on transactional matters ranging from derivative offerings to tax and financial regulations advice. In the past, he has interned at a variety of companies and organizations including Deutsche Bank, the Manhattan DA's Office, Paul Weiss, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, and the American Museum of Natural History.


Zaria Noble

Zaria is originally from Denver, Colorado. Before law school she went to Washington University in St. Louis and studied Philosophy and Finance. While at Yale she has been a part of the Housing Clinic and SFALP. Zaria spent her 1L summer at the Legal Aid Society of DC in their Appellate Advocacy unit. She spent her 2L summer splitting between Covington in their DC office and Susman Godfrey in their LA office.


Alexandra Ricks

Alexandra Ricks grew up in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with degrees in Latin American Studies and History in 2016. Subsequently, she worked on justice system research and policy at Connecticut Voice for Children and the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. In law school, she has been involved in the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic, the Pediatric Medical-Legal Partnership, and the NHLAA Re-entry Clinic, and has interned at the D.C. Public Defender Service and the Juvenile Law Center during the summers. She is now a 3L at Yale Law School, where she is continuing her work on juvenile and criminal justice issues.


Rachael Stryer

Rachael Stryer (she/her) is a third-year J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Rachael spent her first summer working on asylum litigation with the Immigration Legal Program at Lutheran Social Services of New York and her second summer supporting federal policy work with the National Domestic Workers Association. At the law school, she has been involved in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, the Connecticut Parentage Act Clinic, the Yale Civil Rights Project, and Law Students for Climate Accountability. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2017.





Participating in both the Civil Rights Project and Housing Clinic as a 1L allowed me to gain significant, real-world experience, including helping write briefs to the Connecticut Supreme Court and participating in a segregation lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Hartford. I don't think I could've gotten that level of immersion as a 1L anywhere else.”

Areeb Siddiqui

Class of 2023