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About the Center for Career and Professional Development
The Center for Career and Professional Development is located on the second floor of Aloysia Hall in suite 207, right above the Registrar's Office. The Public Interest Law Center is located one floor above us. 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
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 and is currently a Northeast regional Representative for NALP. She is also the Chair of NYCLA’s Lawyers in Transition committee. 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
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. Nicole is a member of NALP, the American Bar Association, and SafeZone a program dedicated to promoting a safe and inclusive campus environment for GLBT individuals.
Elyse Moskowitz, Esq.
Associate Director, Counseling and Professional Development
Elyse is the Associate Director, for Counseling and Professional Development, 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
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.
Robye Margolius received her BA in Law & Society and Philosophy from Binghamton University and her JD from Fordham University School of Law. At Fordham, she was an Associate Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal, a research assistant and a teaching assistant, earning academic and public service honors. After law school, Robye worked as a corporate associate at a mid-sized New York law firm and then in Baltimore, MD and New York for a top-tier, large firm specializing in corporate law. At this firm, she also served as Co-Director of Professional Development, working with practice group leaders and firm management to develop and execute training and educational activities for individual practice groups and across the firm. She participated in associate reviews and counseled associates on their progress in the firm and the legal profession. 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 is a member of National Association for Law Placement (NALP). She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Maryland.
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.
The Public Interest Law Center
Jennifer C. Friedman, Esq.
Associate Director, Public Interest and Director of the Public Interest Law Center
Jennifer is Pace Law School's first Director of the Public Interst Law Center, formed in 2008. She oversees all funding for public interest summer internships and manages the Pro Bono Justice Program. She counsels students on public interest opportunities, including post-graduate fellowships. Prior to joining Pace Jennifer was the founder and Director of the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) a pioneering model legal services initiative at Sanctuary for Families that offers pro bono advocacy to domestic violence victims petitioning for orders of protection in New York City's Family Courts. Since Jennifer launched the program in 1997, CAP has recruited and trained over 6,200 law students from ten New York City-area law schools and summer associates from over 45 city law firms who have advocated for nearly 5,500 battered women. Jennifer is also a litigator, having supervised a staff of attorneys who represent domestic violence victims in order of protection, custody, visitation, support, and matrimonial cases and in appellate litigation. Jennifer is a 1993 graduate of Columbia College, and a 1998 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone and Kent Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Jennifer was awarded the New York City Bar Association's Katherine McDonald Award for Service to the Family Courts. In 1998, Jennifer received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and the New York State Bar Association's President's pro bono award. She is also the 2003 recipient of the Columbia Alumna Association's Alumna Achievement Award.
Project Coordinator, Public Interest Law Center
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.