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Meet Our Staff

Selina Farrell

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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 Miriam

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.

Phone: 310-506-6940

 

Michelle Feinstein

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

 

Smitty Reddy

 Associate Director of Career Development - Smita Reddy

Smita is an Associate Director in the Career Development Office (CDO). Prior to joining the CDO, Smita was a litigation associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in downtown Los Angeles. At O'Melveny, Smita's practice focused on securities litigation, but she performed a broad range of litigation tasks on a variety of cases. She also participated heavily in the firm's recruiting program, serving as a work coordinator for the summer associates and as one of the firm's representatives for on-campus recruiting. Prior to joining O'Melveny, Smita had the pleasure to serve as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew of the Central District of California. Smita graduated from Dartmouth College, where she received a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy. She earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California, where she was a senior copy editor for the Southern California Law Review. In addition to summering after her first year of law school with O'Melveny, where she later worked, Smita also summered after her second year of law school with Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP in their San Francisco office.

As Associate Director of the CDO, Smita 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. Smita's primary focus is judicial clerkships and externships.

Phone: 310-506-4665

 

Molly

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.

Phone:  310-506-6459