CDO Team & Contact Information


COVID-19 and Remote Work
CDO is fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. University policy has dictated that all CDO staff work remotely until further notice. While working remotely, all CDO staff are accessing email and phones as normal. Retrieval of physical mail is limited.

Career Development Office 
cdo.law@yale.edu

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, most easily accessed through the 133 Wall Street entrance to Yale Law School.

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 cdo.law@yale.edu
  • or sign up at the CDO reception desk

 

CDO Team

 

Kelly J. Voight
Assistant Dean
203-432-4049
kelly.voight@yale.edu
Make an appointment with Dean Voight
 

Dean Voight has 20 years of experience advising law students and graduates regarding careers.  She is responsible for the overall administration and strategic direction of the Career Development Office. Her counseling is focused primarily on law firm careers. Dean Voight 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 Wilmer Hale, 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
Phone: 203-436-2580
norma.dapolito@yale.edu
Make an appointment with Director D'Apolito

Norma 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.

 

 
 

Marilyn F. Drees
Director, Judicial Clerkships
203-432-1691
marilyn.drees@yale.edu
Make an appointment with Director Drees

Her varied career in the private and public sectors enables Marilyn to counsel students and graduates considering many different types of legal employment. She focuses particularly on judicial clerkships and assists with other government opportunities. A graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Alabama, Marilyn began her legal career as a law clerk to Hon. Robert S. Vance on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She practiced in Washington, DC, focusing on real estate transactions and finance, at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Marriott Corporation, as well as in federal government.  Marilyn also taught law school courses related to real property and real estate development and finance.

While at Yale, Marilyn has been active in NALP (National Association for Law Placement): founding member and past co-chair of the Judicial Clerkship section; current chair of the OSCAR working group, which advises members of the federal judiciary on the online system; and service on the Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee, and the Annual Conference Planning Committee.

 
 

Alison B. Hornstein
Director, Alumni & Alternative Careers
203-432-1695
alison.hornstein@yale.edu
Make an appointment with Director Hornstein

Alison completed her undergraduate work at Yale University, and received her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Submissions Editor of the Columbia Journal of East European Law. Between 2007 and 2012, she worked as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, focusing her practice on insurance, appellate, antitrust, and bankruptcy litigation, as well as on internal investigations. Between 2012 and 2014, Alison clerked for the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr. of the Southern District of New York, sitting by designation on the District of Connecticut. Alison, who also has experience in journalism and exempt organizations, works closely with both students and alumni.  Her counseling has a broad range of foci, including the private sector, post-graduate career transitions, and alternative legal careers. 

 

 

 

Naomi M. Erwich
Director of Recruitment and Administration
203-432-2273
naomi.erwich@yale.edu

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
Alumni Counselor
Make an Appointment

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 made the transition 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.

 
 

Heather Yountz
Alumni Counselor

Heather is a public interest attorney who has handled federal challenges to immigration policies, criminal defense, and a variety of human rights-based immigration cases. As a trial and appellate attorney at Demissie & Church, she litigates individual immigration and criminal cases and has been involved in several high-profile lawsuits including representation of an Iranian student unlawfully deported by Customs and Border Protection, a class action civil suit filed on behalf of children separated from their parents at the border, and the Boston challenge to the executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Before private practice, Heather worked as an asylum attorney in the Immigration Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. She clerked for Justice Scott L. Kafker, currently an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Heather has given seminars and talks at Boston University Law School, Suffolk Law School, Boston College Law School, Northeastern University Law School, and many immigrant-serving organizations. She has been to Tijuana to volunteer with asylum-seekers at the border, and she worked for Habitat for Humanity International prior to law school. Heather graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Honors from UNC Chapel Hill, and she was a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law. Her counseling is focused on public interest careers.

 

 

 

Sahar Mirsepassi
Assistant Director of Administration
(203) 432-7191
sahar.mirsepassi@yale.edu

 

 

 

Karen Franchi
Coordinator, Judicial Clerkships
203-432-7224
karen.franchi@yale.edu

 
   

Amanda Hilton
Recruiting and Administrative Coordinator

 

 

 

Haley Kirkland
Technology Coordinator
203-432-7255
haley.kirkland@yale.edu

 
   

CDO Student Advisors

 
 

Pirzada Ahmad

(he/him/his) grew up in south Florida and went to Dartmouth College before coming straight through to YLS. His 1L summer he interned at the Community Justice Project, a movement lawyering organization in Miami, where he primarily worked on local issues related to climate gentrification and domestic workers' rights. This past summer, Pirzada split between the Fort Lauderdale and New York offices of Boies Schiller & Flexner, and he plans to return to the Fort Lauderdale office after graduation.

 
 

Elizabeth Allan
Make an appointment 

Elizabeth Allan is a 3L at the law school. During her 1L summer she worked at the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington D.C., and over her 2L summer, she worked as a corporate summer associate at Cravath. At YLS, she has been involved in the Entrepreneurship Clinic, the Community and Economic Development Clinic, the National Security Group, the Yale Journal for International Law, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the Kerry Fellows Program. Before Law School, Elizabeth was an Associate at McKinsey & Co., where she worked in the Middle East, West Africa and the United States. Elizabeth has also interned at the Democracy Program of the Carter Center and volunteered for an NGO in Jordan providing refugee services. Elizabeth has undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia in International Affairs, Arabic, and Economics. She also holds an M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford.

 
 

Sarah Bernardo

Sarah Bernardo is a third-year J.D. student at Yale Law School. She holds a B.A. in English and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and prior to law school, she worked in New York City for the corporate group of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. At Yale Law School, Sarah is a CDO Student Advisor and a Clinical Student Director for the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. She received a Kirby Simon fellowship and served as an intern at the European Court of Human Rights during her 1L summer. During her 2L summer, she was a corporate summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. After graduation, Sarah will be returning to the firm as a Transactional Associate.

 
 

Brian Chen

Brian Chen is a CDO Student Advisor who counsels students on alternative careers, especially management consulting. Brian has assiduously avoided law for both summers as well as full-time employment, a feat he is tremendously proud of. For his 1L summer, he was a Summer Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab, working on implementation issues for state and local governments. For his 2L summer, he was a Summer Associate at McKinsey & Company in Boston, where his team coordinated the transformation of an animal health company. After law school, he will move to Londonderry, New Hampshire and rejoin McKinsey’s Boston office. 

 

 
 

Sean Foley

A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Sean Foley graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Political Science and History. During his undergraduate summers, Sean interned at the White House in the office of Vice President Biden, at the Brookings Institution, and in the office of United States Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). After interning throughout his senior year on Katie McGinty’s (D-PA) campaign for United States Senate, he joined the campaign as a fundraiser upon graduating from Penn. Following the campaign, Sean moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a legal assistant at law firm and then as a staff assistant at the Biden Cancer Initiative.

At Yale Law School, Sean has been involved with the American Constitution Society (ACS), Yale Law Democrats, and the Yale Law & Policy Review. He has also been a research assistant for Professor Justin Driver. Sean spent his 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. This past summer, Sean interned remotely for United States Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and then worked remotely as a summer associate for Davis Polk.

Sean enjoys Philadelphia Eagles football, history, ice cream, and sweater weather.

 
 

Alejandro Nava Cuenca

Alejandro is a third-year J.D. student at Yale. He is originally from Venezuela, and prior to moving to the United States, Alejandro was a practicing attorney and an adjunct professor of contract law for two years. His 1L summer he was a judicial intern in the Southern District of Florida (Fort Lauderdale). This past summer, he was a summer associate at Cleary Gottlieb (NY). Alejandro will join Cleary's litigation and international arbitration practice after graduation. At the end of his 3L year, Alejandro will apply for a federal clerkship for the 2023-24 term. He is also interested in exploring the legal academia market down the line. 

 

 

 

Yale Law School graduates are leaders in all walks of life, in the private as well as the public sector. Indeed, many work in both sectors over the course of their careers.”


Roberta Romano ’80

Sterling Professor of Law and Director of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law