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.

First-year students are assigned a CDO counselor who will reach out in September about scheduling your first CDO counseling session.

Make an Appointment

  • Sign up online by clicking the counselor name below
  • 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,  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, 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, there are 3 Remote Counseling Consultants, Jennifer Bird, YLS '04, Elizabeth Peck, and Heather Yountz. 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
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.

 

Alison B. Hornstein
Director, Private Sector, Alternative Career, and Alumni Advising
Counseling focus: private-sector (law firm and business) and alternative career employment.
Phone: 203-432-1695
alison.hornstein@yale.edu
Make an appointment with Director Hornstein
Director Alison Hornstein provides advising to alumni, JD, and LLM students on private-sector legal and non-legal careers, as well as on alternative careers. Her alumni counseling has a broad range of foci, including 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
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.
 

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.
 

Elizabeth K. Peck
Remote Judicial Clerkship Career Counseling Consultant
Counseling focus: judicial clerkships
elizabeth.peck@yale.edu
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. 
 

Heather Yountz
Remote Career Counseling Consultant
Counseling focus: public interest
heather.yountz@yale.edu
Make an Appointment with Heather Yountz (for students in Heather’s counseling cohort only) 
Heather joined CDO in 2020 as a Remote Career Counseling Consultant and provides public interest advising to first-year students in her advising cohort. 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 graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Honors from UNC Chapel Hill, and was a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law.