A 1994 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Jill leads the career development team as director, mentor and professor. Jill practiced for over ten years as an attorney working on behalf of victims of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. Jill began teaching at the School of Law as an adjunct in 2006 after completing an appointment as Visiting Clinical Professor at the University of Maine School of Law. Prior to her clinical appointment, she managed her own law practice specializing in child advocacy and served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine. Additionally, Jill was a Frank M. Coffin Family Law Fellow, a Staff Attorney for the Brooklyn Children’s Law Center, and a Penquis Family Law Fellow.
She continues her commitment to public interest developing and overseeing initiatives and programming including the Pro Bono Challenge and Apprentice Fellowships. Jill pioneered the School of Law’s newest leadership initiative, Women Lawyers as Leaders. This unique and exciting group brings together women students, alumni, and community leaders to encourage women lawyers to take control of their careers by openly discussing the challenges they face both at home and at work and by cultivating their leadership skills through education, peer support, and mentoring. She also serves in the community on the Maryland State Bar Association Legal Education & Admission to the Bar Section Council; the Pro Bono Coordinating Council Steering Committee; AALS New Clinicians Externships Committee, James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of Court, and as a pro bono attorney. Jill is the proud mother of three wild children, an avid runner, cook, and traveler.
Jernee brings to the office over ten years of law firm experience, where she focused on the professional development and legal training of attorneys. She joined the Recruiting and Marketing Department of Swidler Berlin (now merged with Bingham McCutchen LLP) after completing her undergraduate education, where she oversaw the legal training initiatives in both the Washington, D.C. and New York offices. Thereafter Jernee worked at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she was responsible for the training initiatives and professional development of attorneys in the Washington, D.C. office. In addition, she served as a liaison to Willkie’s Womens’ Initiative, Professional Development, and Diversity committees. In her current role, Jernee continues her commitment to professional development and diversity initiatives.
Alyson received her J.D. from the University of Chicago. She is a former commercial litigation associate with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and a boutique trial firm, and practiced for four years in the areas of product liability, antitrust, employment, and insurance coverage law. Alyson then worked as a legal search consultant for law firms and corporations in the Washington, D.C. metro region. In this role, she acquired a broad understanding of the wide variety of legal specialties, as well as expert knowledge of the hiring practices of employers in the region, including large and boutique law firms, corporate law departments, and federal agencies. During those six years, she assisted hundreds of attorneys with their job search. In her current role, Alyson capitalizes upon her keen understanding of the legal profession to develop resources, programming, publications and counseling tools that prepare students for success beyond law school.
Emily received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Emily has an extensive background in immigration law and public policy. She assisted in the management of immigration case work as a legislative intern in the district office of U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas during his term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thereafter, she worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Chief Counsel as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review. Emily also worked on Capitol Hill, performing policy, lobbying and regulatory work for a major trade association. As the LCDO’s Assistant Director, Emily helps manage the EXPLOR Program, and coordinates public interest programming and events. Her diverse legal experiences allow her to counsel students on both traditional and nontraditional career paths, and as a recent graduate, she understands the challenges faced by the current generation of law students and graduates.