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Class of 2007 Job Notes

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
Posted by: Dena Bauman
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A year after graduation, a record number of UDC-DCSL graduates are working in public sector jobs.  56% are working in public interest, government or clerking positions.  Another 4.5% are in post-graduate studies or working in academia.  These public sector grads include a record number, 13.6%, who are clerking for judges at the D.C. Superior Court. 

The D.C. Superior Court clerks include Amanda Billyard with Judge Rafael Diaz, ‘77; Nilo Cuervo, with Judge Judith Macaluso; Angela Oh, with Judge Jose Lopez; Meredith Salaydyga, with Chief Judge Rufus King; Oveta Walker, with Magistrate Judge Karen Howze; and Jeannine Winch, with Magistrate Judges Mary Grace Rook and Janet E. Albert.

At the D.C. Council, Justin Constantino is working with the Council’s Budget Director.

Many graduates are beginning their careers in direct legal services. In Washington, Erin McFarland, who served as President of the Student Bar Association, is a staff attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington DC. Erin is a Covington & Burling Westwood Fellow, following in the footsteps of Class of 2006 Westwood fellow Nakkia Waggoner. In Baltimore, Chris Leone and Kathy Savoy are staff attorneys at HERO, which provides social and legal services to people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.  In New York City, Kent Mackzum took a staff attorney position with Mental Hygiene Legal Services. In San Francisco, Athena McMahon has joined the Mental Health Advocacy Project-Poverty Prevention Unit.  Scott Trowbridge recently landed a position with the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law in Washington, D.C.

Class of 2007 graduates swept up fellowships. Lynne Yasui won a fellowship thru the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and is working on Capitol Hill. Pamela Dieguez is a Presidential Management Fellow at the US Department of Homeland Security. The Presidential Management Fellow program is a national competition for recent graduates interested in federal government careers. Monique Tovar is a Capital City Fellow, working for the D.C. government. The Capital City Fellow Program is also a national competition for recent graduates interested in D.C. government careers.

Graduates are also pursuing advanced degrees, including Andre Barnett, who is studying for an LLM in tax law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Other graduates, such as Sharifa Jarret, are with private law firms. Sharifa is an  associate with Ruden Inc, a Florida firm. Sharifa is practicing in Port St. Lucie, in the area of trusts and estates. Nelisbeth Ball is with the Law Offices of Olivia Commack in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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