Assistant Dean for Career Development
M.A., University of Iowa; B.S., University of Iowa
Counseling Focus: Law Firms, Public Interest, Government, Judicial Clerkships
Brian Lewis is Assistant Dean for Career Development. His extensive professional experience includes positions in career services at the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, and, most recently, William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia. A long-time member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Brian has served on the NALP Board of Directors, and has chaired or served on NALP's Nominating Committee, Judicial Clerkship Working Group, Bylaws Committee, and Recruitment Practices Committee, among others. He has been a presenter at national and regional conferences, and contributed a chapter to Perspectives on Career Services, published by NALP in 2004. He has run numerous off-campus job fairs for law students in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Washington, DC.
Director of Career Development
J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., Duke University; B.A. (with highest distinction), University of Virginia
Counseling Focus: Law Firms (Litigation/Appellate), Judicial Clerkships, Diversity
Drop-In hours: Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Maria joined the CDO in January 2005. She counsels students and alumni on all aspects of job searching and career development. She is especially interested in working with students who plan to work in small and medium sized firms in North Carolina, students considering judicial clerkships, women's career issues, and working with those who are members of groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
Since graduating from Carolina Law in 1982, Maria has served as a staff attorney at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, practiced with small firms in Raleigh and Durham, and worked at Duke Law School in the Office of Career Services and on the faculty as a Legal Writing instructor. She is a past president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, was on the Board of Directors of NC LEAF from 2005-2012, serves on the board of the North Carolina Gay Advocacy Legal Alliance, and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee. In 2008-2009 she co-chaired that committee's Summer Associates Program subcommittee. She is currently serving as President of the Susie Sharp Inn of Court in Raleigh (2011-2013). She and her husband, Durham attorney Dan Read '83, have two children, both of whom graduated from Chapel Hill.
Director of Diversity Initiatives
J.D., Georgetown University; B.A., Oberlin College
Counseling Focus: Diversity, Intellectual Property, In-House, Law Firms
Drop-in Hours: Mondays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Lynn joined the Career Development Office in November 2006. She counsels students and alumni on all aspects of job searching and career development, with a particular interest in issues relating to diversity in the legal profession, positions as in-house counsel, and intellectual property law. Lynn relocated to North Carolina from Chicago after serving as Associate General Counsel in the law department at Sears, Roebuck and Co. where she managed the company's Intellectual Property Group. She also did a stint at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Atlanta, was Of Counsel at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, and clerked for the Hon. Calvin C. Campbell at the Illinois First District Appellate Court.
Lynn is a member of the Illinois State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee. Lynn has extensive mentoring experience with junior lawyers and has shown a special commitment to diverse law students and lawyers.
Director of Public Interest Advising
J.D., New England School of Law (2000); B.S., Communications, Emerson College (1993)
Public Interest (Advocacy/Litigation), Government, Pro BonoWalk-In Hours:
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
April joined the CDO in April 2016. She counsels students and alumni on all aspects of job searching and career development, with a particular interest in issues relating to public interest, government and pro bono.
Since earning her J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston in 2000, April has worked as a trial attorney at the Public Defender’s Office in Phoenix, as the Director of Legal Services at Our Place DC in Washington, DC, and as the Volunteer and Training Coordinator at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. After moving to North Carolina in 2007, she was the Post-Conviction Managing Attorney for North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services and served as the Chief Legal Program Officer for Disability Rights NC. She has been active in the Pro Bono Activities Committees of both the NC Bar Association and the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission. She is admitted to the bars of Arizona, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and North Carolina.
Director of Judicial Clerkships & Alternative Careers
J.D., Campbell University; B.A., Philosophy & Religious Studies, Winthrop University
Counseling Focus: Judicial Clerkships, Alternative Careers, Law Firms, Government
Drop-In hours: Thursdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Chris joined the University of North Carolina School of Law in August 2015. He counsels students and alumni on all aspects of career searching and development, with a particular focus on judicial clerkships and alternative careers.
A North Carolina native, Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and his J.D. from the Campbell University Norman A. Wiggins School of Law. Prior to joining Carolina Law, he served as a judicial clerk for Justice Barbara Jackson at both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of North Carolina and for Justice Cheri Beasley at the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Chris is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and practiced with firms in Charlotte and Raleigh with an emphasis on complex business litigation.
Director of Employer Outreach
J.D., George Washington University; B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
Counseling Focus: Law Firms (Litigation/Transactional), Public Interest, Judicial Clerkships, LGBT, Diversity
Walk-In Hours: Fridays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Shawn spent fifteen years in Washington, DC, prior to moving to North Carolina in 2008. He came to Carolina Law's Career Development Office in 2010 and serves as the Director of Employer Outreach. In addition to counseling students, he focuses on cultivating, establishing, expanding, and maintaining relationships with legal employers and helping facilitate employment opportunities for UNC School of Law students and alumni.
Upon graduation from law school, Shawn served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Melvin R. Wright, Associate Judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He then worked for a small Washington, DC, real estate firm before working for First American Title Insurance Company where he assisted clients with the creation and conversion of condominium projects and residential and commercial transactions. After his move to North Carolina, Shawn practiced with Legal Aid of North Carolina as a staff attorney in the Durham office. From there he accepted a position as Director of Legal Recruitment with the Career Services Office of the North Carolina Central University School of Law. He is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and North Carolina.
B.A., Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina at Columbia
Laina joined the Career Development Office in October 2016. She works with students and employers to manage the recruiting process through our on-campus and off-campus interview programs and ensures students are kept aware of positions available through the Job Bank in Symplicity.
Prior to joining the CDO, Laina worked in the private country club industry, where she focused on membership recruitment and marketing. She is a Chapel Hill native and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications, with a major in Public Relations at the University of South Carolina.
Jennifer De la Rosa
Jennifer joined the Career Development Office in March 2016. She worked for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools providing administrative support for two departments, and after graduating from UNC as a non-traditional student, she worked as an Executive Assistant for the Energy Frontier Research Center in the Chemistry Department. Jennifer facilitates student access to CDO services and Career Counselors, provides general office support and programming logistics.
Career Development Office Coordinator
B.A., Geography (Highest Honors), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013)