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Assistant Dean Danielle Schweiloch joins Columbia Law School’s Office of Career Services after enjoying a successful and varied career in the public and private sectors, as well as the academy. Dean Schweiloch practiced in the trial departments of Dorsey and Whitney and McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where she was active on the Recruiting and Pro Bono Committees. Dean Schweiloch also clerked as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for New York Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla. She also has a depth of experience counseling law students, having served as Assistant Dean of Career Services at Temple University Beasley School of Law, Director of Private Sector Careers at the University of Pennsylvania, and an Associate Director in the Career Planning Center at Fordham Law School. Dean Schweiloch is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Rutgers College.
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.
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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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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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.
Julie is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law School. Upon graduation, Julie began her legal career as a corporate associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. She then worked as the Legislative Affairs Manager of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. In that role, she provided technical assistance to elected officials and assisted in the enactment of key child protection laws.
Nicole is the former Manager of Diversity & Inclusion at Proskauer Rose LLP, where she supported the firm in creating and sustaining a global, inclusive culture. Prior to joining Proskauer, Nicole served as the City of Philadelphia Law Department Director of Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion. She also served as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Nicole started her career as a public interest attorney. She was a staff attorney with the Connecticut Legal Rights Project, a statewide non-profit agency which provides legal services to low income individuals with mental health conditions.
She earned a B.A. from Fordham University and a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Nicole is admitted to practice in Connecticut and is an active member of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association.
Chaula Shukla is the Assistant Director of 1L Professional Development Advising at CLS. Prior to joining the SJI and OCS teams, Chaula was an Assistant Director in the Office of Career Services at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she counseled J.D. and LL.M. students and alumni on career and professional development. At Cardozo, Chaula focused on public interest programming and initiatives, and was responsible for co-managing the alumni-student mentor program.
Chaula received her Master's in Social Work at New York University's Silver School of Social Work, and her J.D. from Albany Law School. She has a B.A. from the University at Albany (SUNY) in English and Women's Studies. As a social worker, Chaula counseled clients with substance abuse and mental health issues in inpatient hospital and outpatient clinic settings. After graduating from law school, Chaula served as both a Barry A. Gold '70 Health Law Fellow and Health Law Staff Attorney in the Health Law Clinic at the Justice Center at Albany Law School. Chaula provided direct representation to clients with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, and supervised second and third year law students. Chaula has represented clients at disability hearings with the Social Security Administration and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), and in family court. She also assisted clients with executing advance directives. In the Summer of 2019 she was an adjunct professor in the externship program at Albany Law School. Chaula also provided civil legal services to low income clients as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, with a focus on public benefits, economic justice, and reentry.
Chaula is admitted to practice in New York State. She is an active member of the New York City Bar Association's Career Advancement and Management Committee (CAM).
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.
Jennifer 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 is responsible for outgoing office communications, analyzes employment data for the determination of market trends, and is the main point of contact for all inquiries in relation to OCS' formal interview programs. Prior to joining the team, Jen worked as the JD Employment and Recruiting Coordinator at NYU School of Law's Office of Career Services. She is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), being elected to serve as the Northeast Representative on the Regional Leadership Council from 2021-2023. Jennifer is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and received her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York 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.