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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, ABA, and US News and World Report Employment Surveys, 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 for Public Sector Careers in the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) and heads the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) arm of the CCPD.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law, supervising student contributors for the Second Circuit for the ABA Media Alerts Project. In the CCPD and PILC, Elyse focuses on advising students and alumni who are interested in public sector careers and assists them in identifying internships and post-graduate positions in legal not-for-profit public interest advocacy and policy organizations, in federal, state and local government, and in prosecuting and defender offices.  Elyse also serves as the federal and state judicial clerkship advisor, including serving as the OSCAR administrator, and is the Career Development counseling liaison to Pace Law’s criminal justice, environmental law, and public interest programs.  Elyse has created or updated numerous specialized career guides, regularly conducts a wide array of professional development programs, and writes about career and professional development issues. Along with the PILC Project Coordinator, Elyse manages the PILSO/PILC Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program and Pro Bono Justice Program.  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 legal practice skills faculty member at Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Elyse started her legal career as a litigation associate at large law firms in New York and Boston.

Kapila Juthani, Esq. 
Assistant Director, Career Counseling

(914) 422-4662
Kapila Juthani counsels 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.  Kapila began her legal career as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and Washington, D.C.  Kapila then served as an Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations at the Transportation Security Administration, drafting and reviewing regulations, privacy documents, legal opinions, and Memoranda of Understanding, ensuring compliance with the administrative and privacy laws governing federal rulemaking.  Most recently, Kapila worked as a Legal Writing Coach for Rosky Legal Education LLC, providing individual and group legal-writing instruction to practicing attorneys and law students.  Kapila earned her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.  

Robye Margolius, Esq. 
Associate 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 Management from Manhattanville College in May 2011.

Kelly McInnis
Project Coordinator, Public Interest Law Center
(914) 422-4355

Kelly 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.  Having graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a communications degree, she previously has served as a manager at several not-for-profit arts centers, and as a freelance stage manager and production assistant at Pace’s own Inside the Actors Studio.  She also regularly engages in volunteer community service work in and around Stamford, CT.