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.
Together Kelly Voight, Marilyn Drees, Akua Akyea and Anna Leach-Proffer offer law students and alumni a full range of legal employment experience. Each counselor has areas of concentration: Kelly - private sector; Marilyn - judicial clerkships, Akua - public interest (including post-graduate fellowships) and Anna - alumni and alternative careers. 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.
Yale Law students and alumni may schedule individual counseling appointments by calling 203-432-1676, emailing email@example.com or by signing up at the CDO reception desk. Students are asked to upload their resumes to our Career Management System before the counseling appointment.
Kelly J. Voight
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. Back to top
Marilyn F. Drees
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. Back to top
Director – Public Interest
Akua came to Yale Law School after nine years at Columbia Law School’s Social Justice Initiatives – Center for Public Interest Law where she directed several public interest summer programs. She has counseled students on both domestic and international public interest opportunities and on ways to incorporate pro-bono in a corporate practice. Akua is a graduate of the University of Iowa Law School where she was on the Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems and a member of the Legal Clinic working on asylum petitions and §1983 cases. As a member of NALP, she has presented on international public interest careers. She came to New York from the University of Iowa, where as Assistant Director of Cross-Cultural Programming and Outreach, she worked on issues of cross-cultural communication. She has worked as a counselor for at-risk high school students through the Upward Bound Project. Akua has traveled and lived in several countries in Europe, East and West Africa, and North America. Back to top
Director – Alumni and Alternative Careers
Anna came to Yale Law School in 2012 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she served as the school’s External Relations Officer, working cross-departmentally with the offices of Alumni Relations and Career Development. At YLS Anna focuses her counseling on alumni, LL.M. students and students interested in business and other alternative careers. Anna is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Michigan State University. Prior to entering the career services field, she represented persons with disabilities facing discrimination, first as a lobbyist for the California Center for Law and the Deaf and then as a staff attorney with the non-profit organization Disability Rights California. Back to top