Sections, Groups, and Committees


2020-2021 Sections and Interest Groups
Committees and Work Groups
Advisory Groups
Event Planning Work Groups


NALP thrives on member involvement, and one of the many benefits of NALP membership is the opportunity to actively participate in the NALP community. Sections are a great way to join colleagues with whom you share interests and work responsibilities, and also provide an ideal way to get involved in the work of NALP. Sections provide an opportunity for networking and for sharing information, ideas, and best practices. Sections also provide information and education to the rest of the NALP community on the Section members’ particular area of interest or expertise.

Work Groups will address specific tasks; they will work on the specified project, and will disband when the target task is completed. Several Work Groups fall under the auspices of a Section, while others are stand-alone. Where already known, Work Group projects are listed below within each Section description (follow the "learn more" link). Section members are encouraged to identify additional issues and projects of interest to the group.

All Sections have open membership, and many Work Groups need volunteers. NALP members are invited to contact Section Chairs to learn more about Section activities and involvement. Section membership is based on individual membership with NALP. Click on the "learn more" link for each section to find out about the work of that section and how you can get involved. 


2020-2021 Sections and Interest Groups

Canadian Section
The Canadian Section is for NALP members with a particular interest in Canadian legal education, Canadian law school career services, and issues surrounding legal employment and admission to the bar in Canada.
Section Chair:
Myriah Graves, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Section
NALP has a longstanding commitment to be an advocate for diversity in the legal profession and in our membership. The Diversity Section is for NALP members with a particular interest in or responsibility for advocating for diversity in legal education and legal employment. This section will serve as a resource for all NALP members on matters of diversity. This section will also serve as the home of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Work Group.  Diversity directors and those focusing on diversity matters at law firms and law schools are encouraged to join their colleagues in this section.
Section Chair:
Alison Ashe-Card, Wake Forest University School of Law


Experienced Professionals Section
The Experienced Professionals Section includes NALP members who self-identify as "experienced" in the legal recruitment industry and seek to collaborate with similarly situated colleagues for purposes of networking and professional development and to contribute to activities, services, and educational programs to benefit NALP. Section members can be characterized by years of NALP membership, years in the industry, and/or levels of leadership engagement within their organizations or with NALP. (It is suggested that members have at least eight years of experience in a lead role and have actively participated in NALP.)
Section Chairs:
Yvonne Denenny, UCLA School of Law and Nicole Oddo Smith, Dechert LLP


International and Advanced Degree Advising and Recruiting Section
The International and Advanced Degree Advising and Recruiting Section is for NALP career services members who advise domestic and international advanced degree and LL.M. candidates and for NALP legal employer members who hire graduates with advanced and LL.M. degrees. The Section is also for NALP members who advise JD degree candidates and alumni regarding international opportunities and NALP legal employer members who are involved in JD international recruiting and the evaluation of international experience for both international and domestic positions.
Section Chair: Rebecca Moor, Boston University School of Law


JD Career Advisors Section
The JD Career Advisors Section is for NALP members who have an interest in or responsibility for the career development of law students and alumni. The section will include work groups on developing resources and conference programming on career development. The section will also serve as the home for the CSO Employer Outreach Work Group, and for those interested in JD advantage careers and alumni career services.
Section Chair: Mary Beth Nielsen, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law


Judicial Clerkship Section
The Judicial Clerkship Section is for NALP members who have an interest in or responsbility for preparing law students for judicial clerkships or for managing the departure and return from employer organizations of associates who pursue judicial clerkships. This Section serves as a clearinghouse for judicial clerkship information important to the NALP membership.
Section Chair: Michele Hoff, Georgetown University Law Center


Law Student Professional Development Section
The Law Student Professional Development Section is for NALP members with an interest in or responsibility for educating law students about expectations of professionalism in the legal profession.
Section Chair: Jennifer Salyers, William & Mary Law School


Lawyer Professional Development Section
The Lawyer Professional Development Section is for NALP members who are interested in or have a responsibility for law firm professional development programming.
Section Chair: Carrie English, Husch Blackwell LLP


Legal Employer Alumni Relations/Programs Section
The Legal Employer Alumni Relations/Programs Section is intended to include NALP members who have an interest in or responsibility for alumni related issues.
Section Co-Chairs: Amanda Stipe, Latham & Watkins LLP and Paul Lazdowski, Nixon Peabody LLP


Newer Professionals Section
The Newer Professionals Section is for NALP members who have been in the profession for two years or less.
Section Chair: Olivia Schmit, Neal Gearber & Eisenberg LLP


Public Service Section
The Public Service Section is for NALP members who have an interest in or responsibility for advising law students whose career paths lead to public sector, public interest, and pro bono work during law school and after graduation. The section supports NALP's role as one of the leading providers of information and education about public service opportunities for law students and lawyers. NALP's public sector and nonprofit employer members and those responsible for implementing or marketing law school or law firm pro bono programs also participate in this section.
Section Chairs:
Lillian Evans, NY City Law Department and Susan Curry, University of Chicago Law School


Recruiting Section
The Recruiting Section is for NALP members who are responsible for, or who have an interest in, issues related to recruiting and hiring law students, new graduates and lateral attorneys.
Section Chair: Lindsae Badgerow, Fox Rothschild LLP


Small and Solo Career Services Office Section
This Section is for NALP members in career services offices of three or fewer total staff.  Members of this group have long been a strong support for one another and have been an excellent source of programming and resources for all career services offices that manage with limited resources. 
Section Chair: Alisa Benedict O’Brien, University of Akron School of Law C. Blake McDowell Law Center


Law School Career Chief Officers Interest Group
For law school members who serve as the head of the career services operation. Designed to facilitate information sharing and best practices among its members, and to provide leadership and guidance to the association and its members about issues around industry change and evolution.
Interest Group Chair: Marcia Shannon, Georgetown University Law Center


Legal Employer Chief Officers Interest Group
For legal employer members who hold a chief role of any sort, broadly defined. Designed to facilitate information sharing and best practices among its members, and to provide leadership and guidance to the association and its members about issues around industry change and evolution.
Interest Group Chairs: Emily Daughters, Brown Rudnick LLP and Mindy Herczfeld, Cozen O’Connor


Legal Master’s Programs Interest Group
The Legal Master's Programs Interest Group is for NALP members working in this space to facilitate collaboration and support for one another and to share learning and best practices with one another and the rest of the NALP community.
Interest Group Chair: Jaclyn Howell, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law


Lawyer and Law Student Well-Being Interest Group
As the Lawyer and Law Student Well-Being task force has informed us, as well as the continuing dialogue in the press and related professional journals, the topic of well-being for our lawyers and law students continues to be a topic of great importance and interest. This interest group is designed to bring together those working in this space to facilitate collaboration support for one another and to share learning and best practices with one another and the rest of the NALP community.
Interest Group Chair: Terrene Burke, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP


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Committees and Work Groups

NALP Committees and Task Forces are either elected by the membership or appointed by the President to complete a specific task or project.

Nominating Committee
Chair: Melanie Priddy, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Vice Chair: Rob Cacace, Georgetown University Law Center. The Nominating Committee will cultivate nominations for and develop a slate of officers and board members for the 2021-2022 NALP year. The Committee will also oversee the nomination and election process of regional representatives, conference planning coordinators, and nominating committee members. NALP members elect regional representatives to the Nominating Committee each year. For more information and a list of committee members, see Board of Directors and Leaders.

50th Anniversary Commission
Co-Chairs: Betsy Armour, USC Gould School of Law and Kisha Nunez, Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Members: Karen Britton, University of South Carolina School of Law; Norma Cirincione, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Marcy Cox, University of Miami School of Law; Gihan Fernando, American University Washington College of Law; Terry Galligan, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Mina Jones Jefferson, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Irena McGrath, Hogan Lovells US LLP; Laurie Powers, Gonzaga University School of Law; Tom Schoenherr, Fordham University Law School; Kia Scipio, Ropes & GrayLLP; Charlotte Wager, Jenner & Block LLP.

Developing the Professional Lawyer Work Group
Chair: Tony Waller, University of Georgia School of Law. Members: Jeff Becherer, New York Law School; Melissa Berry, Lane Powell PC; Heather DiFranco, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Valerie Garagiola, Cooley LLP; Amy Hancock, McDowell Hetherington LLP.

Governance Review Advisory Group
Co-Chairs: Lois Casaleggi, University of Chicago Law School and Christina Fox, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Members: Dyana Barninger, K&L Gates LLP; Lisa Blair, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Sarah Bergen, Sidley Austin LLP; Jennifer Gewertz, Arnold & Porter; Janet Hutchinson, University of Richmond School of Law; Michelle Jackson, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Knowledge Management Implementation Work Group
Chair: Andy Hales, Venable LLP. Members: Lisa Barash, UCLA School of Law; Laura Bicks, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Jenny Li, Baker Botts L.L.P.; Karl Riehl, Epstein Becker Green, P.C.; Prescillia Soares, Holland & Knight LLP; Elisabeth Beal, University of South Carolina School of Law; Tammy King, Washburn University School of Law.

Market Trends & Recovery Advisory Group
Chair: Clara Solomon, NYU School of Law. Members: Bruce Elvin, Duke University School of Law; Jessica Gangjee, Burns White; Donna Gerson, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law; Amy Jones Mattock, Georgetown University Law Center; Cristobal Modesto, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Michele Ward, BakerHostetler

NDLE/NDLS Work Group
Co-Chairs: Lynn Herron, Hogan Lovells US LLP and Diane Quick, University of Miami School of Law. Members: Samantha Kasmarek, Syracuse University College of Law; Melissa Léger, Stanford Law School; Lauren Marsh, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Carolyn Quinn, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Gretchen Rollins, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.

Task Force on Supporting Gender Non-Binary Individuals in the Legal Profession
Chair: Nicole Netkin-Collins, University of Colorado Law School. Members: José Bahamonde-Gonzalez, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.; Courtney Dredden Carter, Jenner & Block LLP; Doug Ebeling, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Melanie Rowen, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Molly Stafford, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Advisor: Rafael Langer-Osuna, Squire Patton Boggs.

Well-being in the Recruitment Process Task Force
Chair: Jessica Buchsbaum, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP. Members: Robin Belleau, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; James Boyle, Latham & Watkins LLP; Carrie Milliken, Thompson Hine LLP; Natalie Quinn, Fox Rothschild LLP; Marta Ricardo, Columbia University School of Law; Nicole Sandoz, Georgetown University Law Center; Leah Terranova, University of Kansas School of Law.


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Advisory Groups

Advisory Groups support NALP staff on matters of policy, procedure, and content with our core products and services. Advisory Groups are appointed by the President on an annual basis. Although membership in Advisory Groups is appointed rather than open, all members are invited to share ideas with Group leaders and members.

ABA/NALP Employment Outcomes Reporting Advisory Group
Chair: Arturo Thompson, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. NALP Members: Betsy Armour, USC Gould School of Law; Angelica Evans, The University of Texas School of Law; Korey Henson, Stetson University College of Law; Heather Spielmaker, University of Kansas School of Law; Sandra Morriss, University of Washington School of Law. Board Liaison: Eric Bono, University of Denver Sturm College of Law. ABA Members: Bill Adams, ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; Kirsten Winek, ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

ABA/NALP Joint Advisory Council on Supporting Law Students with Disabilities
Members: Paul Johnson, The University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School; Michael McCarthy, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Robin Thorner, St. Mary’s University School of Law. Additional members TBA.

Communications Advisory Group
Chair: Josie Mitchell, Seattle University School of Law. Members:  Mishkah Ismail, UCLA School of Law; Sandy Minea, Greenberg Traurig; Susan Reonegro, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP; Jim Walsh, The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law.

Ethics and Standards Advisory Group
Chair: Mike Gotham, Perkins Coie LLP. Members: Chuck Curtis, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

PD Quarterly Advisory Group
Members: Steve Armstrong, Armstrong Talent Development; Michele Bendekovic, Bass, Berry & Sims LLP; Reva Pollack, Ice Miller LLP; Beth Shackleford, University of Georgia School of Law; Brad Sprayberry, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.; Scott Westfahl, Harvard Law School; Sheri Zachary, Saul, Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

PSJD Advisory Group
Chair: Jim Tomaszewski, University of Cincinnati College of Law. Members: Rena Cervoni, US Department of Justice; Michelle Grossfield, Boston College Law School; Lawson Konvalinka, The University of Texas School of Law; Brent Page, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI); Ruby Sheikh, Georgetown University Law Center.

Research Advisory Group
Members: Lisa Doster, Belmont University College of Law; Kate Eklund, UCLA School of Law; Rebecca Landau, Winston & Strawn LLP; Laurie Powers, Gonzaga University School of Law; Samantha Stern, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.; Molly Wilensky, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.


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Event Planning Work Groups

2020 Annual Education Conference Planning Work Group
The Annual Education Conference Planning Work Group will plan and present the 2020 Annual Education Conference in Montreal.
Chair: Jessica L Sisco, Reed Smith LLP.
Vice-Chairs: Shannon M. DeGennaro, DePaul University College of Law; Karl Riehl, Epstein Becker Green, P.C.; Kristen Schulte, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. The elected Conference Planning Coordinators serve as members of the Annual Education Conference Planning team.

Professional Development Institute Planning Work Group
The Professional Development Institute Planning Work Group, in partnership with ALI-ABA and the PDC, plans and presents the annual Professional Development Institute.
Members — NALP Representatives: Susan Fine, George Washington University Law School; Roz Pitts, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Allison Regan, Bracewell LLP.

Recruiting Summit Planning Team
Members: TBD.

Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning Team
The Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning Team, in partnerhisp with ALFDP, plans and presents the Diversity & Inclusion Summit. 
Members - NALP Representatives:  
Carlos Dávila-Caballero, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Nirvana Dove, Thompson Hine LLP; Lezlie Griffin, Tulane Law School; Sharla Toller, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.



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