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. 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law