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About the Center for Career and Professional Development

The Center for Career and Professional Development and the Public Interest Law Center are located on the second floor of Aloysia Hall in suite 207, right above the Registrar's Office. The Center maintains a computer dedicated for student use and provides access to a laser printer, telephone, fax machine, copier and scanner for job search needs. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The Assistant Dean and counselors are available outside those hours by appointment. We also host regular evening and lunchtime counseling drop-by tables outside the cafeteria twice a month during the academic year.

Jill Backer, Esq.
Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development
(914) 422-4218

Jill Backer was a criminal defense attorney in Chicago before going into legal sales. Upon return to her native NY in 2002, she took a job at Brooklyn Law School where she built one of the first employer outreach programs in the nation at a law school. Jill spent 12 years at Brooklyn Law School. She has been the Chair of the NALP employer outreach section. Jill has been the Assistant Dean at Pace Law School’s office of Career and Professional Development since 2014. Jill is a graduate of Marquette University and Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Nicole Moncayo, Esq.
Director, Employer and External Relations
Strategic Professional Development Initiatives
(914) 422-4607

Nicole holds a BA in Political Science and Speech Communication from the Pennsylvania State University, and is a 2003 graduate of Pace Law School. Nicole joined the Center for Career Development in June 2006 after working at a White Plains real estate and estates law firm. Nicole is responsible for developing and managing an employer recruitment plan, working with alumni and recruiting partners to provide career opportunities and programs for students, organizing our fall and spring recruitment programs and Winter Career Fair, overseeing the collection of the NALP Employment Survey, administering our online database management system and handling the human resources and financial functions of the CCPD. Additionally, Nicole works on strategic professional development initiatives focusing on technology at the law school, including oversight of the law school's website. Nicole is a member of NALP, the American Bar Association, NYC Bar Association, NYS Bar Association, and SafeZone a program dedicated to promoting a safe and inclusive campus environment for LGBTQA individuals.

Elyse Diamond, Esq. (formerly Moskowitz)
Director, Public Service Careers
(914) 422-4219

Elyse is the Director of Public Sector Careers as well as an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Topics in Legal Theory: The Second Circuit each fall and spring semester. In the Center for Career & Professional Development, Elyse provides counseling to students and alumni who are interested in careers in the public and private sector and assists them in identifying internships and post-graduate positions in federal, state and local government, in prosecuting offices, at private firms and in corporate settings. Elyse also creates and updates specialized career guides including Pace’s Guide to Legal Careers in Government, conducts professional development programs and career panels, handles administrative responsibilities in the CCPD, and writes about career and professional development issues. Elyse received her JD, cum laude, from Fordham Law School, where she was a member of the FORDHAM LAW REVIEW. Elyse joined Pace Law School as an Adjunct Professor of Law in 2001 teaching Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Simulation and, for several years, Criminal Law and Legal Writing and Analysis. Prior to joining Pace, Elyse spent three years as a full-time faculty (non-tenured) member at Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts where she taught Legal Practice Skills. Elyse started her legal career as a litigation associate at large law firms in New York and Boston.

Laura Torchio, Esq. 
Assistant Director, Career Counseling
(914) 422-4662

Laura counsels students and alumni interested in both traditional and alternative legal careers in the private and public sectors. In particular, Laura educates students and alumni on various practices of law and potential career options, assesses their professional goals and interests, assists with identifying internships and permanent employment, conducts mock interviews and critiques resumes and cover letters. Prior to joining the Center for Career and Professional Development, Laura was a commercial litigator at Robinson & Cole, an AmLaw 200 law firm in New York City. Laura also provided pro bono representation to applicants seeking asylum at both the affirmative and defensive level. Laura received her B.A. in Philosophy and French from Loyola University of Maryland and her J.D. from New England Law Boston.

Robye Margolius, Esq. 
Assistant Director, Career Counseling
(914) 422-4605
Robye Margolius provides guidance to students and alumni on different practice areas and career options. She advises JD, LLM students and graduates on applying for permanent employment, internships, and other employment opportunities in traditional and alternative settings in the public and private sector, focusing on their individual experience, strengths and goals. Robye reviews and edits resumes, cover letters, and other career documents; conducts mock interviews; develops job search strategies; and provides guidance on professional social media resources and presentation. Robye practiced law in Maryland and New York, specializing in corporate law and finance.  She also served as Co-Director of Professional Development of a top-tier firm, working with practice group leaders and firm management to conduct reviews and counsel associates and develop training and educational activities for individual practice groups and across the firm. Prior to joining Pace Law School, Robye worked at a small non-profit where she was responsible for designing and implementing networking and mentoring programs for professionals and college students as well as development and constituent outreach. Robye received her BA in Law & Society and Philosophy from Binghamton University and her JD from Fordham University School of Law. Robye is a member of National Association for Law Placement (NALP). 

Lauren Vaccianna-Gordon
Recruitment Manager
(914) 422-4613

Lauren’s responsibilities include assisting with recruitment programs, job postings and employer communications; serving as intake advisor for students, alumni, and employers; scheduling counseling appointments; and ensuring timely communications with to students, alumni and employers regarding Career Development services and programs. Prior to assuming this role, Lauren worked in development and alumni relations at two Westchester area Universities. Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Manhattanville College in May 2010.

Leigh-Ann Enyame
Project Coordinator, Public Interest Law Center
(914) 422-4355

Leigh-Ann is responsible for the coordination of the PILC’s many programs for students and alumni, including the Pro Bono Justice Program, the PILSO Online Auction and Summer Fellowship Program, and a number of lectures and events throughout the year. Additionally, she provides administrative support to the PILC and CCPD focusing on students seeking careers in public interest and the public sector. Prior to working at the Public Interest Law Center, Leigh-Ann managed integrated marketing campaigns and communications strategies for a local nonprofit and a NYC trade association. She has also worked as an editorial assistant at Oxford University Press and spent two years as the office manager of the Pace Women’s Justice Center at the Law School. She holds an MS in Publishing from Pace University and a BA from Manhattanville College where she studied Communications and Sociology.