Tulane's Career Development Office holds regular workshops on resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, networking, and other topics related to job search strategies. Other programs focus on particular practice areas (e.g., international law, corporate law) or practice settings (e.g., government opportunities, private practice in particular geographic locations). Both JD and LLM/SJD students are invited to attend and participate in all of these programs.
The Career Development Office is open during the hours listed to the right for appointments with career counselors and use of the library and other resources. For appointments, telephone 504.865.5942, or e-mail the appropriate career counselor. Each day that school is in session, a Career Counselor is available from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm - without an appointment - to meet briefly with students and to respond to quick questions. Access to the office either before 8:30 am or after 5:00 pm is by appointment.
Lezlie A. Griffin, Assistant Dean for Career Development & Diversity Initiatives. Focus areas: diversity initiatives, international law
Lezlie A. Griffin oversees career development as well as initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in the Tulane Law community. Dean Griffin previously served as the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the University of Alabama School of Law, where she successfully led a reorganization of the school’s career services office, was promoted twice, and was tapped for national leadership roles with the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP). Before her move to Alabama, Dean Griffin was a career counselor and diversity coordinator at Tulane Law, and previously practiced labor and employment law as a Staff Attorney with AFSCME. Dean Griffin is a two-time graduate of Tulane Law School, earning both her J.D. and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from Troy University. Dean Griffin is an active member of the Florida Bar, NALP, the ABA, the Martinet Legal Society, and the Association for Women Attorneys.
Sarka Cerna-Fagan, Assistant Dean of Compliance & Senior Director of Career Development. Focus areas: intellectual property, interview programs
Before joining Tulane Law in 2003, Ms. Cerna-Fagan spent 10 years as a transactional corporate attorney in New York City. After graduating from New York University School of Law, she worked at White & Case for three years then at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker for almost five years. Ms. Cerna-Fagan then joined a mid-size law firm, Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor, Bell and Peskoe, where her broad corporate law practice included project finance, aircraft leasing, bank lending, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. In private practice, Ms. Cerna-Fagan had several years of career development experience, serving her firms in both recruiting law students and training summer and junior associates. Ms. Cerna-Fagan is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of NALP–The Association for Legal Career Professionals.
Vanessa Beary, Career Counselor. Focus areas: judicial clerkships, sports law
Vanessa Beary has substantial private practice experience with law firms in California and New Orleans. She earned her undergraduate degree from Tulane and her J.D. from University of California at Hastings. Ms. Beary has practiced law with three major firms in the San Francisco Bay Area (Sedgwick, LLP; Selman Breitman, LLP; and Gordon Rees, LLP) and, more recently, with Adams & Reese in New Orleans. Additionally, Ms. Beary has five years of experience on the faculty and staff of the University of California at Hastings Law School, where she served both as a professor in the legal writing and moot court programs and as Associate Director for LLM Advising, counseling international and graduate students on career development.
Alison Shih, Career Counselor. Focus areas: public interest, government, environmental law
Alison Shih previously practiced law in New York and New Orleans. A graduate of Rollins College, Columbia University, and Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Shih worked during and after law school for seven different public-interest law organizations in New York City, including three years as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, representing criminal defendants and victims of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. After moving to New Orleans in 2016, Ms. Shih worked as an Associate with Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver LLP, a mid-sized firm focusing on business law, family law, and civil litigation.
Meghan Carney, Senior Program Director & Career Counselor. Focus areas: admiralty & maritime law, interview programs, student programs/workshops
Meghan Carney is a graduate of Catholic University and Drexel University’s Thomas Kline School of Law, Ms. Carney practiced law for more than five years in the Philadelphia area, both in private practice with a small firm and as an Assistant District Attorney with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, where she rose to leadership as Captain of the Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Units. Ms. Carney also served as the Head Coordinator for the office’s summer internship program, where she was responsible for conducting interviews at several law schools, as well as hiring and supervising over 40 interns each summer.
David Webster, Office Coordinator