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Marta graduated from Columbia Law School in 1994. She spent most of her professional career working as a lawyer, rating analyst, and investment banker in the structured finance industry. Prior to joining the Law School, Marta was a Managing Director at HSBC Securities, where she was responsible for credit card and student loan ABS origination, Latin American structured finance, and covered bond product introduction to U.S. banks. She is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement and served as the founding Co-Chair of the Alumni Career Services Interest Group (now Section). She also serves as Negotiation Workshop adjunct faculty member.
Marta came to New York City in 1991 to attend Columbia Law School, where she was the Chair of Latino/a Law Students Association and the Coordinator of the Moot Court Program. She grew up in Coral Gables, Florida and attended the University of Florida.
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Nancy began her career as the Recruitment Manager at Boston College Law School Career Services Office, where she managed all of the student recruitment programs while earning her Master's degree at night. She later worked in law firms for close to 20 years, spending the majority of that time as the Recruitment Manager at Hogan Lovells US LLP in New York, managing the law student, entry-level and lateral associate hiring processes, and managing the summer associate program. Immediately prior to joining the Office of Career Services and Professional Development, Nancy worked as a Managing Director at RPN Executive Search Consultants, placing attorneys in law firm and in-house positions.
She is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), being elected to the 2016 annual education conference planning team and serving as the law firm Northeast Representative on the Regional Resource Council from 2012-2014. She also served as Vice Chair and Chair of the New York City Recruitment Association (NYCRA) from 2010-2012.
Nancy holds an M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College and a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University.
Julie Anna is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. Upon graduation, she began her legal career as a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. She later worked as an associate at Weiss Dawid Fross Zelnick & Lehrman PC (now Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC). Immediately prior to joining the Office of Career Services and Professional Development, Julie Anna worked as Director of Alumni Career Services at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She also worked previously as Director of the Career Planning Center at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to a range of alternative legal career positions including Assistant Director of the Legal Referral Service at the New York City Bar Association.
Stephen Buchman is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Columbia College, and practiced real estate law in New York for many years before joining the Office of Career Services and Professional Development in 1994. He served as a partner on the hiring committees of both of the law firms where he practiced and managed their summer programs. Stephen continues as Of Counsel at Chadbourne & Park, where his role includes serving as Ombudsman and Attorney Advisor. Since 1994, Stephen has been a member of the New York City Bar Association's Special Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers. Stephen has office hours at the Law School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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Marsha has spent many years working with law schools and law firms, teaching legal online research and creating national programs for the legal profession. In addition, she was a principal in her own consulting company, focused on advising administrators and teachers, writing communication courses for corporations, creating and leading workshops for schools and national companies, and writing grants.
For several years, Marsha has counseled law students and lawyers. Marsha was the Director of Continuing Legal Education at New York County Lawyers’ Association, where she introduced the Bridge-the-Gap program for recent law school graduates.
Frantz is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School. He also completed masters studies in global trade at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and the University of Oxford. After law school, Frantz practiced in commercial real estate finance and securitized lending with firms including Winston & Strawn LLP, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., Cassin & Cassin LLP, and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Immediately prior to joining the Office of Career Services, he worked as a Career Specialist at Fordham University School of Law and as an Associate Director of the Career Development Center at Brooklyn Law School, counseling both JD and LLM students and alumni. He is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and the New York City Bar Association.
Born in Queens, New York, Frantz grew up and continues to live in central New Jersey.
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Mary is a graduate of Columbia University, Columbia College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She advises JDs, LLMs, and students in the dual degree programs, including the JD/MBA program, on careers in law, investment banking, consulting, and business. At Penn Law, she was editor of the Journal of International Economic Law and elected to the Council of Student Representatives. Mary also spent a year studying English literature at the University of Cambridge. Following law school, she was a corporate lawyer in the London offices of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Norton Rose Fulbright, practicing in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and financing. In addition, Mary founded two media and event production companies and a solo legal practice in New York.
Mary has spoken at conferences on professional development for young alumni and business law for start-ups. Each year, Mary interviews applicants to Columbia College and she is an active member of Columbia College Women.
Born in South Korea, Mary grew up in Michigan, North Carolina, and Missouri and lived in London for 8 years. She now resides in Brooklyn.
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Michael Kerman is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Brown University. Following law school, Michael worked at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP as well as a mid-sized plaintiff’s firm, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP. Michael received training in psychotherapy from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and has served as a career counselor at two other law schools: The University of Illinois College of Law and, most recently, St. John’s University School of Law.
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Sherien manages all legal recruitment programs for J.D. and LL.M. students, including the Early Interview Program, Fall and Spring On-Campus Interview Programs, and the Overseas-Trained Student Interview Program. She also acts as the liaison to employers for any and all recruitment, sponsorship, and job posting inquiries. Prior to joining the Office of Career Services and Professional Development, Sherien was the Legal Recruiting Coordinator at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (formerly Dewey Ballantine LLP). She is a graduate of Dickinson College and received her M.S. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University.
Sonovia joins the Career Services and Professional Development staff with over ten years of experience within the realm of higher education and hospitality management. Sonovia is responsible for implementing all professional development programming and recruitment events, including four practice interview programs and numerous firm events throughout the year. She also serves as the Career Services Student Group Liaison as well as the Partners in Residence coordinator. Prior to joining the Office of Career Services and Professional Development, Sonovia was the Alumni Relations Event Manager for NYU School of Law.
Walter supports the Office of Career Services on a variety of technological projects and functions. He has the primary responsibility of managing the Law School's Career Services Management System database, Symplicity. He also oversees the Career Services website and multimedia content, such as video conferencing and recordings, podcasts, and virtual presentations.
Walter also helps to produce and prepare numerous reports and administrative tasks. He received his M.S. from Columbia University and his B.A. from Florida International University.
Sara has been working with the Office of Career Services and Professional Development since 1999, and currently advises alumni and Executive LLM students regarding legal and alternative career options. Previously, she managed the Office of Career Service's recruiting and advising programs for international and domestic legal graduate students. Additionally, she advised Columbia Law School graduates and those seeking alternative, nonlegal careers. Prior to joining the Office of Career Services, Sara was a litigation attorney; she also worked in the Legal Personnel Office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. She managed the firm's lateral recruiting program for domestic and international offices, as well as the firm's International Attorney Program, and also organized associate evaluations, new partner orientations, and the firm's Executive Committee efforts.
The Office of Career Services and Professional Development helps students and alumni explore opportunities in the private sector. We advise students and alumni, provide career-related resources, and host career exploration, professional development, and recruitment programs.