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
Walk-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 Public Interest Advising
J.D. (with honors), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Counseling Focus: Public Interest (Advocacy/Litigation), Government, Appellate, Judicial Clerkships
Walk-In Hours: Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Adrienne counsels students and alumni on career exploration, skills acquisition, the job search process, and networking, with a particular focus in public interest careers in settings that include legal services and nonprofit organizations, as well as government and fellowship opportunities.
As a student at Carolina Law, she was active with C-PILO, DVAP and the Pro Bono Board, participated in both the Clinical and Externship Programs, and was awarded membership in the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society. Adrienne clerked for the Honorable Linda M. McGee at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and then practiced appellate advocacy with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP. Most recently, she spent five years working on behalf of North Carolinians with disabilities as a staff attorney and Director of Advocacy & Compliance with Disability Rights North Carolina, a statewide legal services organization. Adrienne is a Board member of the NC Association of Women Attorneys.
Director of Diversity Initiatives
J.D., Georgetown University; B.A., Oberlin College
Counseling Focus: Intellectual Property, Diversity, In-House, Law Firms (Transactional), Judicial Clerkships
Walk-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 Honorable 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. She co-chaired that committee's Summer Associates Program in 2008-2009. She also served on the executive board of the Southeastern Minority Job Fair in 2011. Lynn has extensive mentoring experience with junior lawyers and has shown a special commitment to minority law students and lawyers.
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.
Career Development Office Coordinator
A Florida native, Sadie graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, and a minor in Organizational Leadership for Non-Profits. For the past two years she worked as a member of AmeriCorps for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County here in Chapel Hill, first as the Youth Programs and Faith Relations Coordinator, and later as the Faith Relations and Neighborhood Revitalization Specialist. Sadie assists students with appointment scheduling, manages the Symplicity Job Bank, produces the weekly CDO E-newsletter, and assists the team with event and program planning.