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Street Address:
(for overnight or courier deliveries only)
133 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-432-1676
Fax: 203-432-8423
Office Email: cdo.law@yale.edu

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520

The main Law School entrance is 127 Wall Street; the Career Development Office is on the main floor of Ruttenberg Hall, at 133 Wall Street, in Room 183.

Office Hours

During the academic year: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
June through August: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CDO is closed weekends, holidays, and recess days.

Office Contacts

Kelly J. Voight
Assistant Dean

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.

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: 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.

Akua Akyea

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. 

Alison B. Hornstein

Alison graduated in 2007 from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Submissions Editor of the Columbia Journal of East European Law. Between 2007 and 2012, she worked as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, focusing her practice on insurance, appellate, and bankruptcy litigation as well as on internal investigations. Alison was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia Law School in the spring of 2012, and between 2012 and 2014 she clerked for the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr. of the Southern District of New York, sitting by designation on the District of Connecticut. Alison, who also has experience in journalism and exempt organizations, focuses her counseling on alumni and alternative legal careers.

Christine Severson
Director of Recruitment Programs and Administration 

Juliann Davis
Assistant Director of Administration

Janelle Schmouder
Technology Communications Coordinator

Amanda Hilton
Administrative Assistant

Haley Kirkland
Administrative Assistant