Counseling Services & Appointments


CDO's attorney-counselors are available to discuss your career goals and aspirations, provide advice on resumes and cover letters and discuss the job search process. Given the small student body, CDO counselors are able to meet individually with every student. Counseling is available to you not only as a student, but also as a graduate of the Law School.

Make an Appointment

  • Phone: 203-432-1676
  • Email cdo.law@yale.edu
  • or sign up at the CDO reception desk

Students are asked to upload their resumes to our Career Management System before the counseling appointment.

Meet the CDO Counselors
Together Kelly Voight, Marilyn Drees, Alison Hornstein and Norma D'Apolito offer law students and alumni a full range of legal employment experience. Each counselor has areas of concentration: Kelly - private sector; Marilyn - judicial clerkships, Alison - alumni and alternative careers and Norma - public interest. All the counselors, however, are willing and able to work with people who have different career interests, at any stage of their careers. In addition to CDO’s attorney counselors, students also have the ability to obtain individual advice from the numerous alumni who visit the law school throughout the year and serve as Mentors-in-Residence.

Kelly J. Voight
Assistant Dean
Phone: 203-432-4049
Email: kelly.voight@yale.edu

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.


Marilyn F. Drees
Director
Phone: 203-432-1691
Email: marilyn.drees@yale.edu

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
Phone: 203-432-1695
Email: alison.hornstein@yale.edu

Alison graduated in 2007 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, and bankruptcy litigation as well as on internal investigations. Alison was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia Law School in the spring of 2012, and between 2012 and 2014 she 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, focuses her counseling on alumni and alternative legal careers. 

Norma P. D'Apolito
Director
Phone: 203-436-2580
Email: norma.dapolito@yale.edu

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.