Class of 2008 Career Placement Notes
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Posted by: The Advocate
In keeping with the UDC-DCSL statutory mission, the entry-level employment is strongly focused in the public sector, including government agencies (state, local and federal), public interest organizations and the judiciary. Those students who choose private law practice almost all enter small law firms. A sample of fellowships, judicial clerkships, and other jobs show the impact School of Law students are making in the marketplace.
As always, UDC students seek out public interest positions. Wayne Turner, an activist in the District before law school, continues to work for the District as a program associate with D.C. Appleseed. Marc Borbely, another D.C. activist, holds the prestigious Covington & Burling Westwood Fellowship at Neighborhood Legal Services Program. Both Wayne and Marc are recipients of this year's Frederick Abramson Foundation awards.
Alyssa Patzoldt, UDC-DCSL’s third Abramson awardee, is a staff attorney with the Childrens' Law Center and Shanice Adams is with HERO Inc. in Baltimore, doing direct client services and "loving it." Nancy Combs is our latest Presidential Management Fellow, a national leadership program for those interested in federal government careers. Nancy is with the US Agency for International Development and visited the school in October to meet with students interested in the program. Yancey Burns is with a similar program in the District of Columbia, called the Capitol City Fellows Program, created to train new leaders for the District. Kim Strickland joined Color of Change, an advocacy group formed after the Hurricane Katrina disaster to empower African-Americans in the political process. Further afield, Jason Hart has returned to his home state of Kentucky, hoping to work for the public defender office.
We are also delighted that our students are obtaining judicial clerkships. Ajene Turnbull is a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph Dugan, Jr., Maryland Circuit Court. In October, Ajene spoke on a panel for students considering judicial internships and clerkships, giving them valuable pointers on how to look for, and succeed, in these career- building positions. Closer to home, Stacy Cash is clerking in the D.C. Superior Court for Magistrate Judges Rook and Albert. Jeannine Winch is clerking for Judge Ryan after completing a clerkship for Judges Rook and Albert. Adrianna Vlacich-Ceppetelli is clerking for D.C. Superior Court Judge McKenna. Harry Valcourt is clerking for Superior Court Judge Pamela Gray, who offered him the position immediately following his internship in her chambers last summer.
Other students are finding positions in private firms. Morgan Whitlock accepted a position with Burnett and Williams, a personal injury firm. She writes that after only her first week, "I have already been able to draft affidavits, write motion in limine, and write jury instructions." Jimmy Davis is an associate attorney with Paul Shearman Allen & Associates, an immigration firm in downtown D.C. Charles Jeane joined Dixon & Dixon, a law firm in North Carolina.
Graduates are also pursuing advanced law degrees. Keisha Potter and Suzanne Sable are both working toward their LLMs in International and Comparative Law at The George Washington University School of Law. They are joined there by classmate Teresa Fulford, who is in the school's LLM program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Melissa Mathu, who had developed a strong interest in tax law at UDC-DCSL is at Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, enrolled in the LLM in Taxation and Estate Planning Certificate program. Likewise, Amanda Dunlap was accepted to New York University's LLM program in Taxation.