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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 2013-2014


Information Session: The Heyman Fellowship–Speaker: Megan Barnett
YLS Public Interest Fellowships: Liman, Bernstein/Robina, Heyman, Gruber & YPIF
–Speakers: Akua Akyea, Hope Metcalf, Sara Lulo, and Soo Kwon

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


1L Introduction to Public Interest Careers: A Three- Year Game Plan–Speaker: Akua Akyea, CDO

What is an Attorney General and How Do I Become One? A Talk by California Special Assistant Attorney General Jill Habig ’09–Speaker: Jill Habig ’09, California Attorney General’s Office

Loan Repayment: Pick Your Plan (Cosponsored with Financial Aid)–Speaker: Jill Stone

1L Introduction to Public Interest Careers: A Three-Year Game Plan–Speaker: Akua Akyea, CDO

The Job Search Beyond FIP–Speakers: Kate Mollison ’14, Sam Oliker-Friedland ’14, Sheela Ramesh ’14, and Bryson Smith ’14


Financing Your Summer Public Interest Job: SPIF–Speakers: Jason Bertoldi ’15, Soo-Ryun Kwon, Jill Stone, Kellie Webb

18th Annual Public Interest Career Fair– 2Ls and 3Ls share their knowledge of public interest employers with whom they have worked.

What is a Private Public Interest Law Firm?–Speakers: Emma Freudenberger, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin; Sean McElligott ’01, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder; and Jessie Weber ’09, Brown, Goldstein & Levy

Working for Justice: Public Defenders–Speaker: Jonathan Rapping, Gideon’s Promise

Yale Environmental Law Association 1L Summer Job Panel (Cosponsored with YELA) Panel of 2L and 3L Students

Summer Jobs in Health Law Panel (Cosponsored with YHeLPS)–Panel of 2L and 3L Students


Public Interest Retreat-Advocating Across Disciplines–Speakers: Heather Creed, Legal Outreach; Susan Nofi-Bendici, New Haven Legal Assistance Association; Abe Scarr-Connecticut PIRG


Pro Bono Network Info Session–Speakers:Akua Akyea, CDO and Cynthia Liao ’14, PI Student Director


Prosecuting & Policy Making: Working with the State Attorneys General–Speaker: Jim Tierney, Columbia Law School

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


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

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

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

Advocacy at the State Level–Speakers: Wade Gibson ’11, CT Voices for Children; Abe Scarr, ConnPIRG; John Rumpler, Environment America; and Cheri Quickmire, Common Cause

Paving Your Own Path: Pursuing Public Interest (Webinar)–Speaker: Lauren Fuchs, Equal Justice Works


Loans for Life (Cosponsored with Financial Aid)–Speaker: Martha Johnston, Citizens Bank

A Discussion with Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney–Speaker: Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney

The Job Search Beyond FIP–Speaker: Akua Akyea, CDO

How To Make the Most of Your Public Interest Summer–Speaker: Akua Akyea, CDO

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

Public Interest Fellowships-The Ins-And-Outs of the Fellowship Application Process Speakers: Betsy Cooper ’12, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security; Eric Fish ’11, PhD Candidate at YLS; Courtney Hostetler ’11, ACLU of MA; and Matthew Matera ’11, Lawrence Public Schools

Health Law and Career Panel (Cosponsored with YHeLPS)–Speakers: Bethany Foster ’11, Pfizer; Mark Humowiecki ’01, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Michael Kolber, Phelps & Phillips; Rebecca Novick, Legal Aid Society

Career Development Office - Mentors in Residence for 2013-2014

Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court

Jill Habig ’09, Executive Office of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris

Sean McElligott ’01, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder
Emma Freudenberger, Neufeld, Scheck and Brustin
Jessie Weber ’09, Brown, Goldstein & Levy

Romain Zamour ’13, Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague

James Tierney, Columbia Law School-National State Attorneys General Program
David Shahoulian ’02, House Judiciary Committee-Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

Susan Butler Plum, Skadden Fellowship Foundation
Kevin Keenan ’02, NAACP LDF

Kristen Lang ’12, Bay Area Legal Services- L. David Shear Children’s Law Center
Miriam Estrin ’13, U.S. Department of State
Eric Fish ’11, Public Citizen Litigation Group
Matthew Matera ’11, New Schools for New Orleans
Betsy Cooper ’12, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Kate D’Ambrosio ’12, Georgia Advocacy Office
Courtney Hostetler ’11, ACLU of Massachusetts
Charanya Krishnaswami ’13, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
Robin Rotman ’09, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Arianna Freeman ’07, Federal Community Defender Office-Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Maria Pulzetti ’06, Federal Community Defender Office-Eastern District of Pennsylvania