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.