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

Alison B. Hornstein, Director, Private Sector and Alumni Advising

Norma P. D'Apolito, Director, Public Interest


Remote Counseling Consultants

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

Elizabeth K. Peck, Remote Judicial Clerkship Career Counseling Consultant


Student Advisors

Mae Espinosa

Ya Sheng Lin

Zaria Noble

Alexandra Ricks

Rachael Stryer



Naomi M. Erwich, Director of Recruitment and Administration

Sahar Mirsepassi, Assistant Director of Administration

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.


Alison B. Hornstein
Director, Private Sector and Alumni Advising
Counseling focus: private-sector legal employment
Phone: 203-432-1695
Make an appointment with Director Hornstein

Director Alison Hornstein provides advising to alumni, JD, and LLM students on private-sector legal careers. Her alumni counseling has a broad range of foci, including all types of post-graduate career transitions. In addition, Alison counsels first-year students in her advising cohort on summer job searches across an array of sectors. She 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.


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.




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.


Elizabeth K. Peck
Remote Judicial Clerkship Career Counseling Consultant
Counseling focus: judicial clerkships
Make an Appointment with Liz Peck

Liz joined CDO in fall 2021 as a Remote Career Counseling Consultant and provides advising to judicial clerkship candidates and first-year students in her advising cohort. 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. 




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.




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


Mae Espinosa

Mae Espinosa is a third-year student from Miami, Florida. She went to Florida State University for undergrad. At YLS, Mae is involved in the Latinx Law Students Association, Federalist Society, Yale Law & Business Society, Women of Color Collective, and Yale Law Women. She is primarily interested in corporate and international law. Mae spent both summers as a summer associate at White & Case in Miami, working on a range of matters, primarily project finance.


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.





Now it is time to pivot and ask, where are your extraordinary gifts needed? How do you make this legal world that you are entering a better world? One where no one is shut out; one where the weak and vulnerable are not exploited; one that produces fair results based on the merits of the issues before it.”

Visiting Lecturer Stephen Bright

2012 Commencement Address