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

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: [email protected]

Kelly has 15 years of experience advising students and attorneys about their career paths. As Assistant Dean, she is responsible for the overall administration of the office. She is also an active member of the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP), most recently serving as Chair of NALP's Recruitment Practices Advisory Group. Prior to becoming Assistant Dean, Kelly served as the Executive Director in CDO and focused her counseling on the private practice of law, including law firms, corporations, banks, and management consulting firms, in addition to alternative career paths. Before joining Yale, Kelly worked as the Associate Director of Career Services at Duke Law School, where she counseled students and developed programs relating to both public and private sector law practice. From 1992 to 1995, Kelly was an associate in the litigation department of the Boston law firm Wilmer Hale, where she handled general litigation matters. Kelly graduated in 1992 from The George Washington University National Law Center with high honors, where she was named to the Order of the Coif and served as a member of the George Washington Law Review.

Marilyn F. Drees
Phone: 203-432-1691
Email: [email protected]

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 primarily on assisting applicants for judicial clerkships and post-JD fellowships, and works with faculty and CDO colleagues to support law teaching candidates. After graduating from Stanford Law School, where she served as a Note Editor for the Stanford Law Review, 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 next joined Shaw Pittman in Washington, DC, as a real estate associate. In Washington, she later served as an attorney in the Hotel Development Division at Marriott Corporation and at the Resolution Trust Corporation, the entity created by Congress to administer the hundreds of savings & loan associations which collapsed in the late 1980s. Marilyn then joined the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Law as an assistant professor, where she spent four years teaching Property, Land Use Planning, and courses related to real estate development and finance. During the 1998-99 academic year, Marilyn came to Yale to participate in the Visiting Researchers program. She joined the CDO staff in 1999.

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/FLCIS working group, which advises members of the federal judiciary on the online systems; and elected representative to the Nominating Committee. She also worked closely with NALP's PSLawNet to develop the Comprehensive Fellowship Guide and enhance online fellowship resources. As a member of the AALS (Association of American Law Schools) Student Services Section, Marilyn has also participated in judicial clerkship panels at the AALS annual conference. 

Alison B. Hornstein
Phone: 203-432-1695
Email: alison.hor[email protected]

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
Phone: 203-436-2580
Email: [email protected]

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.