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CDO Team & Contact Info

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 cdo.law@yale.edu
  • 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 Counselor & Coach

Davis M. Woodruff, Director of Private Sector Career Counseling

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

Kiran J. Singh, Remote Public Interest Career Counseling Consultant

Student Advisors

Kenny Coleman

Adrianna Duggan

Rosalyn Leban

Tiffany Li

Isaiah Ogren

Kaiyan Qi

Alphonse Simon

Administration

Tina Severson, Director of Recruitment and Administration

Jennie Bourque, Recruitment Coordinator

Haley Kirkland, Technology Coordinator

Clara O'Shaughnessy, Student Services Coordinator

Thorsten Wilhelm, Assistant Director of Administration 

CDO Team

Kelly J. Voight

Assistant Dean
Counseling focus: law firm employment
Phone: 203-432-4049
kelly.voight@yale.edu
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.

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Norma P. D'Apolito

Director, Public Interest
Counseling focus: public interest employment and fellowships
Phone: 203-436-2580
norma.dapolito@yale.edu
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.

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Rochelle McCain

Director, Judicial Clerkships
Counseling focus: Clerkships
Phone: 203-432-1695
rochelle.mccain@yale.edu
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).

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Elizabeth K. Peck

Director, JD Counselor & Coach
Counseling focus: all legal-employment sectors
Phone: 203-432-1435
elizabeth.peck@yale.edu
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 our Director, JD Counselor & Coach. In a remote capacity, Liz advises JD students on careers in all legal-employment sectors; coaches students to assist them in defining and meeting their goals; and 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 then clerked for a state court judge in Fairbanks, Alaska before becoming a legal career advisor over 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 eight NALP Annual Education Conferences, and was NALP's liaison to the Prelaw Advisors National Council from 2009-2011. Liz has earned an Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is a member of ICF. She is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, having completed certification with the Co-Active Training Institute, the largest and most established professional coach training organization in the world.

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Davis M. Woodruff

Director of Private Sector Career Counseling
Counseling focus: private sector employment
Phone: 203-432-1691
davis.woodruff@yale.edu
Make an Appointment with Director Woodruff

 

Davis joined CDO in November 2022. In his current role, Davis counsels law students and alumni regarding employment opportunities across the legal profession, with an emphasis on law firms and the private sector. He also counsels international students, including LLM students, regarding legal employment in the United States. In addition to counseling, Davis develops employer relationships and contributes to CDO programs and resources. Davis practiced law in the private sector for more than five years, first at Paul Hastings LLP (2016 to 2021), where he worked as a summer associate in 2015, and then at Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2021 to 2022). His legal practice encompassed many areas of employment litigation and counseling on behalf of employers, including workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, whistleblowing, workforce restructuring, restrictive covenants, and worker classification. Davis earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. Prior to law school, he spent two years as a high school teacher in New York City. He received an M.S.Ed. from the City College of New York and a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University.

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Tina Severson

Director of Recruitment and Administration
Phone: 203-432-1692
christine.severson@yale.edu

 

Tina rejoined the Career Development Office as Director of Recruitment and Administration in September 2022 after three years in the YLS Alumni Engagement & Development department launching the Law School’s online mentoring platform, The Courtyard. Returning to her role in CDO, Tina directs all aspects of the school’s recruitment programs, employment tracking and reporting, and technology initiatives. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

 

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Jennifer Bird, YLS 2004

Remote Private Sector Alumni Career Counseling Consultant
Counseling focus: private sector employment
jennifer.bird@yale.edu
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.

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Van Ann Bui

Remote Private Sector and Diversity Employment Consultant
vanann.bui@yale.edu
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.

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Naomi Mann

Remote Public Interest Career Counseling Consultant
naomi.mann@yale.edu
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.
 

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Kiran J. Singh

Remote Public Interest Career Counseling Consultant
Counseling focus: government employment
k.singh@yale.edu
Make an Appointment with Kiran Singh

 

Kiran (she/her) is an attorney with diverse experience working in the education, government and non-profit sectors. For ten years, Kiran provided career counseling for thousands of students and alumni at Columbia Law School in the Office of Social Justice Initiatives. She advised on government and public interest career opportunities, with a specialty in guiding students and alumni interested in careers in criminal prosecution at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining Social Justice Initiatives, Kiran was Assistant General Counsel at Success Academy Charter Schools, a nonprofit organization that runs charter schools in New York City. From 2007-2012, Kiran served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She was a trial attorney responsible for prosecuting hundreds of criminal cases involving domestic violence, hate crimes, weapons, narcotics, violent crimes and financial crimes. Prior to law school, Kiran was awarded an Urban Fellowship where she worked in New York City government. Kiran received a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science. While at Brown, she was awarded the CV Starr Institute Award for Leadership in Public Service.

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Jennie Bourque

Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: 203-432-1677
jennie.bourque@yale.edu

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Haley Kirkland

Technology Coordinator
Phone: 203-432-7255
haley.kirkland@yale.edu

 

 

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Clara O'Shaughnessy

Student Services Coordinator
Phone: 203-432-7191
clara.oshaughnessy@yale.edu

 

Clara joins Yale Law School after most recently serving in the East Haven Public School district as a Social Studies Teacher. While serving as a teacher the last several years, she has conducted instructional design, curriculum development and implementation, and analyzation of performance metrics of new behavioral strategies. She received her Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California.

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Thorsten Wilhelm

Assistant Director of Administration 
Phone: 203-432-7224
thorsten.wilhelm@yale.edu

 

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

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Kenny Coleman

Kenny Coleman is a third-year J.D. student at Yale Law School. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, he holds a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College. Before attending law school, Kenny worked on Capitol Hill and for a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C. At Yale, he serves as a CDO Student Advisor, a Teaching Assistant for Criminal Law, and a Notes & Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Kenny is an active member of the American Constitution Society, the Black Law Students Association, and Outlaws. He spent both his 1L and 2L summers at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. After graduation, Kenny will clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, followed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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Sydney Daniels

Sydney Daniels is a third-year J.D. student at Yale Law School. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale College. Prior to law school, Sydney worked as an Analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP and as an Impact Associate/Paralegal at Protect Democracy. 

At Yale Law School, Sydney is a CDO Student Advisor and Clinical Student Director for the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic. She was the appellate intern for Legal Aid DC's Appellate Unit during her 1L summer. During her 2L summer, she was a summer associate at Williams & Connolly LLP and Susman Godfrey LLP. After graduation, Sydney will be clerking on the Eastern District of New York and the Second Circuit. 

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Adrianna Duggan

Adrianna Duggan is a third-year J.D. student at Yale Law School. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Poverty Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to law school, she worked as a case manager at a homeless shelter in Denver and as a legal support analyst at the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. At Yale, Adrianna is a CDO Student Advisor, a research assistant with the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy and in the Community and Economic Development Clinic. During her 1L summer, Adrianna worked at the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Rights Project in New York, and during her 2L summer, she was a summer associate at Cleary Gottlieb. After graduation, Adrianna will be returning to the firm.

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Rosalyn Leban

Rosalyn Leban is a third-year J.D. student at Yale Law School from the Seattle area. She holds a B.A. in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Education from Mount Holyoke College. Before law school, she lived in Guatemala as a Fulbright Student Research Fellow focused on literature and migration. She then worked at a small immigration law firm in Boston. At Yale Law School, Rosalyn is a CDO Student Advisor and a Clinical Student Director for the Mental Health Justice Clinic. She is involved with student groups including Immigrant Justice Project, National Lawyers Guild, and Law Students for Justice in Palestine. She spent her first summer interning remotely at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)’s Wenatchee, Washington office. During her second summer, she worked at the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon in Portland. She will return to NWIRP as a Staff Attorney after graduation. Rosalyn’s hobbies include cooking, hiking, and reading multigenerational novels. She’s happy to talk and connect people to resources about mental health, work-life balance, managing debt, and other concerns related to starting a career in public interest.

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Tiffany Li

Tiffany Li is a third-year J.D. student at Yale Law School from New Jersey. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and worked in life sciences consulting prior to law school. At YLS, Tiffany has been involved with APALSA, YLCF, YLBS, YHeLPS, and several clinics (EIC, SFALP, Free Exercise). She interned at the Department of Justice, Civil Fraud Section for her 1L summer and at Hogan Lovells in DC for her 2L summer, where she mostly worked on regulatory and litigation matters. After graduation, Tiffany will be clerking in the District of Delaware.

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Isaiah Ogren

Isaiah Ogren is a third-year J.D. Student at Yale Law School. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. from University College London. At YLS, he is a CDO student advisor and Editor and Chief of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. He worked for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the District of Columbia during his 1L summer, and the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General during his 2L summer.

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Kaiyan Qi

Kaiyan Qi is a third-year J.D. student at Yale Law School. She holds an LL.B. from Peking University. At Yale Law School, Kaiyan is a CDO Student Advisor and an Events Co-Chair at the Paul Tsai China Center. She served as an intern for Judge Lewis J. Liman at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York during her 1L summer. During her 2L summer, she was a summer associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. After graduation, Kaiyan will be returning to the firm as a corporate associate.

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Alphonse Simon

Alphonse Simon (He/Him) is a third-year J.D student at Yale Law School. He holds a B.A in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to law school, he worked at Columbia Business School as a Microeconomics Research Associate and then as a Data Specialist at Health and Human Services. At Yale Law School, Alphonse is a CDO student Advisor. He participates in the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project and Veterans Legal Services Clinic. During his 1L summer, he was a summer associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Washington D.C. During his 2L summer, he was a summer associate at Latham & Watkins.

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