With one of the largest legal career counseling teams in the country, the Career Center collectively represents more than 80 years of experience in the legal and counseling professions. Our counselors have expertise in many areas of employment in the private and public sectors, including law firms of all sizes, international and domestic corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and judicial clerkships in federal and state courts.
Susan Fine, Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy
Susan Fine heads the Career Center at GW Law. She is also the Co-Director of the Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice Programs. These school-wide initiatives are designed to provide students with a diverse support structure, build professional skills, and enhance career outcomes. Dean Fine is a frequent speaker on law student professional development topics at NALP and the Professional Development Institute. She served two terms as chair of the NALP Law Student Professional Development Section and two terms as board member for the ABA’s Legal Career Central. She is also a member of the Professional Development Consortium. Earlier in her career, following a federal clerkship, Dean Fine worked as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Sierra Brummett, Program Associate for Professional Development
Sierra joined the Career Center in August 2018 to help execute the Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice programs. As a graduate of GW Law and an alumnus of the O’Connor Inn of Court, Sierra is committed to ensuring that students continue to receive the high-quality and critical professional development training these unique and valuable programs offer. Prior to accepting the Program Associate position, Sierra worked in banking and finance policy in the United States Senate, and at a lobbying firm dedicated to increasing foreign language education access. She received her law degree in 2018 from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in moral philosophy from Pacific University in Oregon.
Taylor Budde, Office Assistant
Taylor Budde is the Office Assistant for the GW Law Career Center. Prior to beginning this position, Taylor recently graduated from Thomas More University with bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Economics. She has completed two international affairs related internships at the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She has also done extensive study abroad in China. Beginning in the fall of 2019, she will begin a masters program at the GW Elliott School of International Affairs to pursue a Master of Arts in International Affairs with a regional concentration in Asia and a thematic concentration in International Development.
Virginia Clarke, Senior Law Career Counselor; Louis Brandeis Inn and John Jay Inn Advisor, State Court Clerkships
Virginia Clarke is a Senior Law Career Counselor, the Career Advisor for the Louis Brandeis and John Jay Inns and an advisor on state court clerkships. Most recently, Virginia practiced corporate governance and securities law at a large Wall Street firm. Previously, she was the Director of Judicial Clerkships and Professional Development at the University of Arizona College of Law and an assistant director of Pace Law School’s New Directions program. Following law school, Virginia was a corporate associate at the New York firm to which she later returned; she also served as in-house counsel at a Fortune 100 company. Virginia earned her B.A. from Williams College and J.D. from Northwestern University Law School.
Fatema Dariani Keenan, Senior Law Career Counselor; Benjamin Cardozo Inn Advisor, Diversity and Inclusion Advising
Fatema Dariani Keenan is a Senior Law Career Counselor and the Career Advisor for the Benjamin Cardozo Inn. Fatema focuses on counseling students from diverse backgrounds. Prior to joining GW Law, she worked for more than ten years as a Council for Child Abuse and Neglect attorney and Education Advocate in the District of Columbia for students in the special education system. Fatema also has prior experience working as a Disability Complaint Specialist at the Pentagon and an Attorney Advisor in the Family Division of the D.C. Superior Court. She holds a B.A. and J.D. from American University as well as a Master of Education degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.
Laurie Geigel, Senior Law Career Counselor; Sandra Day O'Connor Inn Advisor
Laurie Geigel is a Senior Law Career Counselor and the Career Advisor for the Sandra Day O'Connor Inn. Laurie focuses on counseling students who are interested in careers in the national security sector and will also be working with recent graduates who are still seeking employment. Laurie comes to the GW Law Career Center from the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Division. Prior to that position, Laurie was an Attorney-Advisor for the Office of Chief Counsel at the Transportation Security Administration focusing on administrative, federal, and labor litigation and completed a federal litigation detail with the Department of Homeland Security. Laurie earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Fania Jean, Office Assistant
Fania Jean is the Office Assistant for the GW Law Career Center. Fania recently graduated from Florida State University with bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Communication. She has interned for two Representatives for the State of Florida during the 2019 session. She previously worked as an Office Assistant for the Winthrop King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. She has also studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Beginning in the fall of 2019, she will begin a Master’s program at the GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences to pursue a Master of Public Administration.
René Lindsey, Job Posting Coordinator
René Lindsey joined the Career Center in 1987. She is responsible for advertising legal vacancy announcements for students and alumni of the Law School.
Siobhan Madison, Senior Law Career Counselor; Robert Jackson Inn Advisor, Public Sector Advising and Programs
Siobhan is a Senior Law Career Counselor and a Career Advisor for the Robert Jackson Inn. She focuses on counseling students who are interested in seeking work opportunities, both pre- and post-graduate, with government, non-profit, and other public sector entities. Siobhan joined the GW Law Career Center after 19 years of practice as a public interest attorney. She began her career as an appellate attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. She then transitioned to trial work with several government entities, including the United States Department of Justice, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, and the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. Most recently, Siobhan was an attorney with Civil Justice, Inc. a Maryland non-profit dedicated to increasing access to legal services for low and moderate income clients.
Julie McLaughlin, Associate Director; Robert Jackson Inn Advisor
Julie McLaughlin is an Associate Director and the Career Advisor for the Robert Jackson Inn and an advisor on federal clerkships. Julie works with students to identify goals and develop individualized career plans. Prior to joining the Career Center, Julie was a regulatory associate at a large international law firm in Washington, DC where her practice focused on food and agriculture law and consumer protection. Following law school, she clerked for the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia. Julie is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Mikaela McRae, Data Analyst
Mikaela McRae oversees the collection, analysis, and reporting of data pertaining to students’ internship placements, post-graduate career outcomes, and bar passage results. She also maintains the Career Center’s technology platforms, online resources, and communication strategy. In her previous role, Mikaela organized the Career Center's recruiting programs and events. Prior to joining GW Law, Mikaela managed employer relations and recruiting programs at the Babson College Undergraduate Center for Career Development. She received her BS in Business Management from Babson College and her MBA from Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.
Liza Ramirez, Manager of Legal Recruiting
Liza Ramirez joined the Career Center in 1997 as the Office Manager. In April 2001, she became the Assistant Recruitment Manager. Liza assists in the planning and execution of all recruiting programs, creating and managing interview schedules, communicating with legal employers and law students, and resolving employer and student concerns related to recruiting events. She also reconciles the Fall Recruiting Program budget, processes accounts payable for all recruitment activities, and handles all procedures related to temporary/wage account staff.
Kara Wenzel, Senior Law Career Counselor; Thurgood Marshall Inn Advisor
Kara Wenzel is a Senior Law Career Counselor and is the career advisor for the Thurgood Marshall Inn. Prior to joining the Career Center, she acted as General Counsel for a small federal government agency. Kara has practiced administrative, environmental, and energy law at three federal agencies and in the private sector in DC, focusing on the Clean Air Act and nuclear power licensing. She also serves as a DC Circles Leader for the Lean In organization, which helps women advance their careers. Kara is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the London School of Economics, and George Mason University School of Law. Kara also obtained a coaching certification from the NeuroLeadership Institute in New York City, and she incorporates neuroscience-based techniques to coach law students and lawyers on their career strategies.
Katie White, Director of Employer Outreach and Recruitment
Katie White joined the Career Center in November of 2010. In her role as Director of Employer Outreach, she meets with alumni and employers to build relationships that will result in increased job opportunities for students and recent graduates. In addition, she is involved with the recruiting programs, and counsels Intellectual Property students with science and engineering backgrounds. Before joining GW Law, Katie was Chief Attorney Recruiting Officer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Prior to joining Akin Gump, she worked in attorney recruiting and professional development at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, Morgan, Lewis LLP, Swidler Berlin LLP, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Covington & Burling LLP. She has prior law school career services experience as the Director of Career Services at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.