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Events & Programs

Career Education Programs
CDO provides many programs focused on public interest careers. CDO regularly hosts leading public interest attorneys from across the country – many of them YLS graduates – to give talks on careers in their areas of practice and on their own journeys in public interest careers. Students and alumni are welcome to view many of these programs online via streaming video, by clicking here. For a complete listing of past programs, click here

Mentor in Residence Program
Through the Mentors in Residence Program, law school visitors who work in public interest careers spend a day on campus and offer individual counseling sessions to students. To see a list of the Mentors in Residence, click here.

Interview Programs
CDO conducts two interview programs each year – the Spring and Fall Interview Programs – at which public interest and government employers come to recruit YLS students. YLS encourages public interest employers to attend by covering all their registration and interview room expenses.

Public Interest Student Career Fair
CDO organizes an annual Public Interest Student Career Fair, at which second- and third-year students who have worked in public interest jobs over past summers share their experiences with interested students. The fair takes place in mid-November and has over 100 student volunteers representing public interest employers. For more information on this fair, contact Juliann Davis, Assistant Director of Administration at (203) 432-7191.  

The EJW Career Fair and NYU Public Interest Career Fair
YLS sponsors students to attend the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Career Fair and Conference in October in Washington DC, as well as the NYU Public Interest Career Fair in February in New York City. The law school pays for the registration and covers reasonable travel expenses. 

Career Development Office Programs for 2014-2015


Nuts & Bolts of the USDOJ SLIP and Honors Programs (Webinar)–Speaker: Trisha Fillbach, USDOJ-Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management


Careers in Environmental Law–Speaker: Colin O’Brien ’03, Earthjustice

2L Public Interest Job Search–Speaker: Akua Akyea, CDO

Information Session: The Heyman Fellowship–Speaker: Megan Barnett

The Yale Law School Public Interest Fellowships: Liman, Bernstein/Robina, Gruber & YPIF–Speakers: Akua Akyea, Johanna Kalb, Sara Lulo, Hope Metcalf, Jim Silk

Is Working for a Public Interest Law Firm Right for You?–Speakers: Rachel Dempsey ’15, Jessica Hunter ’15, Joshua Levin ’15, Julie Veroff ’15


Lawyers Without Borders-Career Meeting (Cosponsored with International Programs)–Speaker: Christina Storm, Lawyers Without Borders

1L Introduction to Public Interest Careers: Developing a Game Plan–Speaker: Akua Akyea, CDO

International Funding and Fellowship Opportunities for LLMs (Cosponsored with Graduate Programs)–Speakers: Akua Akyea, Sara Lulo, Julia Muravnik

Coffee Chat with Jason Foscolo (Cosponsored with Yale Food Law Society)–Speaker: Jason Foscolo, Foscolo & Handel PLLC


19th Annual Public Interest Career Fair

Financing Your Summer Public Interest Job (Cosponsored with Financial Aid)–Speakers: Akua Akyea, Hope Metcalf, Jill Stone, Kellie Webb

Plaintiff Bar Series: Plaintiff-Side Litigation of Civil Rights Cases in the Criminal Justice Context (Cosponsored with ACS) –Speaker: Jonathan Feinberg, Kairys Rudovsky
Messing & Feinberg

Careers in Animal Law (Cosponsored with Student Animal Legal Defense Fund)–Speakers: Nick Arrivo ’13 and Lewis Bollard ’13, Humane Society of the United States, and David
Wolfson, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Plaintiff Bar Series: Jamming the Radar-Strategies for Successful Appellate Litigation on Behalf of Workers (Cosponsored with ACS)–Speaker: Michael Anderson, Murphy
Anderson PLLC


Loan Repayment: Pick Your Plan (Cosponsored with Financial Aid)–Speaker: Lori Moore, Access Group

Public Interest Roundtable–Speakers: Dale Ho ’05, ACLU-Voting Rights Project; Paul Kaufman ’03, USAO- EDPA; Maria Pulzetti ’06, Federal Defender-EDPA; Eve Stotland ’99,
The Door Legal Services Center; and Nick Turner ’96, Vera Institute of Justice

Voting Issues Heading into 2016: Issues that May Impact Our Next Election Cycle (Cosponsored with ACS and LLSA) –Speaker: Tomas Lopez, Brennan Center for Justice


Lunch Chat with Kevin Keenan ’02 –Speaker: Kevin Keenan ’02, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund


Tribal Nations and the Obama Administration: A Conversation with Jodi Gillette, Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs (Cosponsored with ACS, NALSA,
Women of Color Collective) Speaker: Jodi Gillette, White House Domestic Policy Council

Loan Repayment Strategies: Pick Your Plan (Cosponsored with Financial Aid)–Speaker: Lori Moore, Access Group

Pro Bono Network (PBN) Info Session–Speakers: Keith Jamieson ’16, PBN/Public Interest Student Director

Inside Scoop on Greenhouse Gas Rulemaking and Working for the Environmental & Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of DOJ (Cosponsored with YELA)–Speakers: Matt Oakes and Dave Gualtieri, USDOJ-ENRD


Skadden Fellowships: A Conversation with Susan Butler Plum–Speaker: Susan Butler Plum, Executive Director, Skadden Fellowships Foundation

Coping through COAP Part 1 (Cosponsored with Financial Aid)–Speaker: Jill Stone, Financial Aid

COAP in Action-Part 2 (Cosponsored with Financial Aid)–Speaker: Jill Stone, Financial Aid

Judge Paul Igasaki: A Laborious Career in Public Service (Cosponsored with APALSA) Speaker: Hon. Paul Igasaki, Dept. of Labor-Administrative Review Board

A Lawyer’s Adventures in Prosecuting, Politics, and Private Practice: In Defense of a Non-Linear Legal Career (Cosponsored with ACS)–Speaker: Karen Dunn, Boies, Schiller &


Prosecution and Policy: Former DOJ Civil Rights Division Attorney Ed Chung on Prosecuting Hate Crimes and Rethinking Policing Tactics (Cosponsored with APALSA)–Speaker: Ed Chung, National Center on Community Trust and Justice

How To Make the Most of Your Public Interest Summer–Speaker: Sherry Cohen, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission

Fellowships Overview: The Big Picture–Speakers: Akua Akyea, CDO; Sara Lulo, Gruber Program; Hope Metcalf, Liman Program and Soo Kwon, Schell Center Yale

Career Development Office - Mentors in Residence for 2014-2015

Colin O’Brien ’03, Earthjustice
Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court

Julia Parish, Legal Aid Society- Employment Law Center
Rachel Tiven, Immigrant Justice Corps
Kevin Washburn ’93, U.S. Department of the Interior
Joanne Williams ’12, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Hanna Brennan ’13, Gruber Fellow with Public Citizen

Jonathan Feinberg, Kairys Rudovsky Messing & Feinberg


Kevin Keenan ’02, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Jeff Sandberg ’09 and Melissa Patterson, USDOJ- Civil Division
Bill Beardall, Equal Justice Center

Susan Butler Plum, Skadden Fellowship Foundation
Sarah Turberville, The Constitution Project
Judge Paul Igasaki, US Department of Labor- Administrative Review Board

Amy Odom, National Veterans Legal Services Program