Meet the Career Center

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. 

Associate Dean

Delisle WardenDelisle Warden, Associate Dean

Delisle Warden is the Associate Dean of the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy at The George Washington Law School. Dean Warden has worked as an attorney in the U.S. federal government, Am Law 100 law firms, as General Counsel for public institutions of higher education, as the Principal at Warden Legal, and as a marketing and mergers and acquisitions senior manager for a Fortune 100 technology company in Silicon Valley. Dean Warden has used his experience in privacy law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and employment law to represent multinational corporations, venture backed SaaS companies, pre-seed round entrepreneurs, musicians, visual artists, publicly funded colleges, and not for profit organizations working with marginalized and economically disenfranchised individuals and communities.

Dean Warden earned his JD at Harvard Law School, MBA at Washington University in St. Louis where he was a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management fellow, and his BA at Emory University. Additionally, Dean Warden earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


Career Counselors

Deborah BakerDeborah Baker, Senior Law Career Counselor, Sandra Day O’Connor Inn Advisor, Public Interest Advising and Programs

Debbie Baker is a Senior Law Career Counselor and a Career Advisor for the Sandra Day O’Connor Inn.  Debbie counsels students interested in practicing public interest, public sector, or government law as well as those students interested in using their law degrees to pursue legal-adjacent public policy careers after graduation. From LSAT instruction and law school admissions consulting to career counseling, Debbie's career has been focused on helping students achieve academic and professional success. Immediately prior to joining the GW Law Career Center, Debbie served as the Senior Academic Advisor, Pre-Law, for the George Washington University and had a thriving practice as an education consultant for over a decade. As an attorney, Debbie has worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors where she has served as a Director of Corporate Compliance and a regulatory consultant for health care institutions. Debbie earned her B.S. in Policy Analysis from Cornell University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Appointment Types: 1L, 2L and 3L - Job Search Strategy, Document Review (Resume and/or Cover Letter), Mock Interview, Offer Evaluation.

Area of Expertise: Public Sector/Public Interest


Alvita BarrowAlvita Barrow, Senior Law Career Counselor, Marshall Inn Advisor

Alvita Barrow is a Senior Career Law Counselor and a Career Advisor for the Thurgood Marshall Inn.  Prior to joining George Washington, Alvita served for seven years as an associate director for the Office of Career and Professional Development at the Wake Forest University School of Law and, for over 15 years, she was the managing director of Columbus Community Legal Services, the in-house civil litigation clinic at Catholic University’s law school in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Duke University and Cornell Law School, Alvita began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, where she handled misdemeanor and felony cases on behalf of indigent individuals.  She later joined the Office of the Public Defender in Rochester, New York, where she served as a trial attorney in the Violent Felony Section.

Appointment Types: 1L, 2L and 3L - Job Search Strategy, Document Review (Resume and/or Cover Letter), Mock Interview, Offer Evaluation.

Area of Expertise: Job Search Outide of the DC Area


Virginia ClarkeVirginia 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.

Appointment Types: 1L, 2L and 3L (Full-Time and Part-Time) - Job Search Strategy, Document Review (Resume and/or Cover Letter), Mock Interview, Offer Evaluation, Clerkships.

Area of Expertise: State Court Clerkships, GWNY Program Opportunities


Fatema Dariani KeenanFatema 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.

Appointment Types: 1L, 2L and 3L - Job Search Strategy, Document Review (Resume and/or Cover Letter), Mock Interview, Offer Evaluation.

Areas of Expertise: Diversity & Inclusion, International Student Support, Transfer Student Support 


Laurie GeigelLaurie Feldon (née Geigel), Senior Law Career Counselor; Sandra Day O'Connor Inn Advisor

Laurie Feldon 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 local and federal government, particularly in the national security and government contracts sectors. 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. 

Appointment Types: 1L, 2L and 3L - Job Search Strategy, Document Review (Resume and/or Cover Letter), Mock Interview, Offer Evaluation.

Areas of Expertise: Government Contract Sectors, National Security


Siobhan MadisonSiobhan Madison, Senior Law Career Counselor; Robert Jackson Inn Advisor, Public Interest 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.

Appointment Types: 1L, 2L and 3L - Job Search Strategy, Document Review (Resume and/or Cover Letter), Mock Interview, Offer Evaluation.

Area of Expertise: Public Sector/Public Interest


Julie McLaughlinJulie 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.

Appointment Types: 1L, 2L and 3L - Job Search Strategy, Document Review (Resume and/or Cover Letter), Mock Interview, Offer Evaluation, Clerkships.

Area of Expertise: Federal Court Clerkships


Laura SheehanLaura Sheehan, Manager, Alumni and 3L Career Services

Laura Sheehan is the Manager for Alumni Career Services.  She serves as a Counselor to 3Ls, recent graduates and alumni seeking resources on career change and transition and will be leading the Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP).  Laura is a lawyer and award-winning career coach and strategist who has herself successfully navigated the challenges of eight (8) international moves over the course of nearly 20 years.  On this winding path, she has served hundreds of people worldwide in crafting creative and tailored approaches to the most difficult of employment situations.  Laura is thrilled to join the GW Law Career Services team and is honored to help GW Law students and alumni define and pursue their unique career goals.

Appointment Types: 3L and Alumni - Job Search Strategy, Document Review (Resume and/or Cover Letter), Mock Interview, Offer Evaluation.

Areas of Expertise: Career Transition, Job Search Strategy


Staff

Sierra BrummettSierra Brummett, Assistant Program Director, 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 joining the Career Center, 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.


Headshot of Ari Castonguay Ari Castonguay, Data Accreditation Analyst

Ari is the Data Accreditation Analyst for the GW Law Career Center. Prior to joining the team, Ari was a data analyst at U.S. News & World Report working on the Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools rankings. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at GW, where she is dedicated to research and analysis of student employment outcomes post-graduation. She received her B.S. in economics in 2017 and her M.S. in economics in 2019 from the University of Maine. 

 


Headshot of Candace JacksonCandacé M. Jackson, Assistant Director, Employer Outreach

Candacé is a proud alumna of Hampton University (B.A., Political Science) and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law (J.D.). Additionally, Candacé earned her certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of South Florida’s Muma School of Business in 2021.

Prior to joining GW Law, Candacé worked as a consultant in the private, non-profit, and government arenas on issues such as: victims’ compensation, anti-money laundering, medical malpractice, human trafficking, civil rights, Freedom of Information Act, government contracts, and fraud. She also taught as an Assistant Professor at Hampton University, The Graduate School USA, and Delaware State University.


Headshot of Vicki KnightVicki Knight, Office Assistant

Vicki Knight joined the Career Center in January 2022 as the Office Assistant. She has prior Law Firm experience. Before joining GW Law, Vicki worked with attorneys on a few crucial cases during her career. She has worked with prestigious firms such as Arnold & Porter LLP, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Hogan & Hartson LLP.

 


Headshot of Rene LindseyRené 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.


 


Liza RamirezLiza 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.