Assistant Dean of Career Development – Selina Farrell
B.S., cum laude
Oregon State University, 1987
J.D., summa cum laude
Pepperdine University School of Law, 1992
Dean Farrell graduated cum laude from Oregon State University where she majored in Finance and minored in Economics. Later, she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class from Pepperdine University School of Law. While at Pepperdine, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pepperdine Law Review and as a teaching assistant for Professor Nancy McGinnis.
After law school, Dean Farrell practiced corporate and partnership tax for Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and Orange County. She also worked briefly as a litigation associate for Debevoise & Plimpton in Los Angeles. Later, Dean Farrell taught Legal Research and Writing at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa and worked as an Attorney Placement Director for Special Counsel, Inc., in Newport Beach. She then served as the Assistant Dean for Career Development at Pepperdine School of Law from 2007-2008 before transitioning into teaching Legal Research and Writing from 2008-2011. In late 2011, Dean Farrell returned to the Career Development Office, where she is once again serving as Assistant Dean for Career Development. In that capacity, she regularly counsels students and alumni regarding their career goals and job search strategies. She also seeks out and works with employers to match Pepperdine students with the employers' hiring needs.
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Associate Director of Career Development – Miriam Benor
Miriam Benor is an Associate Director for the Career Development Office (CDO). She graduated from Columbia University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she summered as a law clerk for the Maryland State's Attorney's Office. After law school, Miriam worked for over six years at a New York litigation firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. At her firm, Miriam served as a mentor to other attorneys and participated in recruiting and training. She is also a trained mediator with volunteer experience for the New York Unified Court System's Community Dispute Resolution Centers.
At Pepperdine, Miriam advises students and alumni in career planning, job search strategies, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and networking; organizes and presents career-related programs; establishes and maintains relationships with legal employers; and acts as a liaison between students, alumni and employers. Miriam's primary focus is government and public interest advising.
Associate Director of Career Development – Michelle Feinstein
Michelle Feinstein is an Associate Director in the Career Development Office (CDO). Before joining the CDO, Ms. Feinstein was General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs for Grill Concepts, Inc., a national restaurant chain owner and operator. In that position, Ms. Feinstein managed the company's real estate portfolio, negotiated leases and corporate agreements, supervised litigation matters, and handled legal issues in numerous areas, including intellectual property, construction and marketing/social media. Prior to joining Grill Concepts, Ms. Feinstein was an associate in the real estate department at Pircher, Nichols & Meeks in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in political science from Tufts University and her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School, where she was a staff member on the Southern California Law Review. Ms. Feinstein also has significant experience working in government. Before law school, she spent nearly three years working for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. in the Outstanding Scholars Program as a Paralegal Specialist. Ms. Feinstein is admitted to the State Bar of California.
As Associate Director of the CDO, Ms. Feinstein advises students and alumni in career planning, job search strategies, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and networking in legal and professional markets; organizes career forums and alumni networking events; establishes and maintains relationships with legal employers; and acts as a liaison between students, alumni, and employers.
Phone : 310-506-7438
Associate Director of Career Development - Sharon Appelbaum
Sharon Appelbaum is an Interim Associate Director in the Career Development Office. Before moving to California, Sharon was an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in New York and held the dual role of prosecuting cases in a Trial Bureau and handling long-term investigations as the Major Case Assistant in the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Unit. Sharon prosecuted thousands of cases in Manhattan, including attempted murder, robbery, felony assault, burglary, driving while intoxicated, drug sales, grand larceny, cybercrime, and identity theft cases, and investigated, organized, and indicted a 94-defendant case ending a large-scale intrastate conspiracy to commit grand larceny by breaking up the ring and sending the majority of the defendants to jail. Sharon has also successfully tried numerous cases to judges and juries and prevailed in countless hearings. With the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Sharon mentored, guided, and advised junior assistant district attorneys in investigation techniques, interviewing, and preparing witnesses for grand jury proceedings, hearings, and trials. After moving to Los Angeles, Sharon worked at S&F Management Co. LLC in West Hollywood as the Regional Human Resources Manager, overseeing approximately 5,000 employees in 38 facilities throughout California and Arizona. There, she streamlined labor and employment procedures by rewriting the employee handbook and counseling hiring personnel regarding appropriate interview questions and best practices.
Sharon received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law where she was a Beasley Scholar, a Note/ Comment Editor on the Temple Law Review and a Teaching Assistant for Temple's prestigious Integrated Trial Advocacy program. Sharon graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish, and did one year of coursework at the University of Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Sharon is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is a member of the Santa Monica Bar Association.
As Interim Associate Director of Career Development, Sharon guides students and alumni through resume and cover letter preparations, and conducts mock interviews for legal job candidates to help them hone their interviewing techniques. Sharon focuses on judicial clerkships and judicial externships, and advises students on the various federal and state courts, and the procedures for applying and securing such positions.
Recruiting Coordinator - Molly Kemper
Molly Kemper is the Recruiting Coordinator for the Career Development Office (CDO). Prior to assuming this role, Molly helped manage the CDO's application process for post-graduation judicial clerkships. Molly graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University's Seaver College with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and a B.A. in Advertising with a minor in Marketing. Before joining the CDO, Molly worked in marketing and customer service in the nonprofit and entertainment industries.
As Recruiting Coordinator, Molly acts as the primary liaison between students and employers. She organizes the CDO's semi-annual On Campus Interview programs (OCI) and builds relationships with employers, all with the purpose of helping students find employment that best fits their career goals and helping employers find the best Pepperdine students and alumni to fit their needs. Molly also helps to maintain the Symplicity database and is happy to answer any questions about that system.