Meet Our Staff
Assistant Dean of Career Development - Michael Hom
Michael earned his Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School in 2004 and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo in 1996. While at Notre Dame Law School, Michael served as President of the Asian Law Students Association and as a member of the International Moot Court Team.
Michael practiced as a litigator, legal assistance attorney and Staff Judge Advocate as a Naval Officer in the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps prior to returning to Notre Dame. Michael served on board the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), and USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71). Michael also served with Joint Task Force – Guantanamo Bay (JTF-GTMO), where he participated in detainee operations. Michael was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and Navy Commendation Medal for his service.
Michael returned to Notre Dame Law School as Alumni Counselor in 2010. Michael accepted a position as Associate Director in the Career Planning Center at Fordham University School of Law in 2011 and rejoined Notre Dame Law School in the Career Services Office in 2012.
Associate Director of Career Development - Michelle Feinstein
Michelle Feinstein is an Associate Director in the Career Development Office (CDO). Before joining the CDO, Michelle was General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs for Grill Concepts, Inc., a national restaurant chain owner and operator. In that position, Michelle 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, Michelle 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. Michelle 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. Michelle is admitted to the State Bar of California.
As Associate Director of the CDO, Michelle 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. Michelle's primary focus is transactional law and in-house careers.
Associate Director of Career Development - Smita Nowlin
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 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 JD 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. Smita also serves on Pepperdine's Diversity Council.
Associate Director of Career Development - Alexis Joyce
Alexis Joyce is an Associate Director in the Career Development Office (CDO). She received her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. John's University. Before joining the CDO, Alexis worked in the Career Services Office at Southwestern Law School, where she advised students, conducted employer outreach, and organized career fairs. While in law school, she worked at a mid-sized firm that specialized in insurance defense. Alexis primarily focused on construction defect cases. She also has experience working for the Ventura County Public Defender's Office.
As Associate Director of the CDO, Alexis 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. Alexis primarily focuses on careers in public interest and government.
Recruiting and Employer Outreach Manager - Tyler George
Tyler George grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO with his degree in Psychology in 2012. He and his wife Sarah made Southern California home in the summer of 2016 when they relocated for Sarah to attend Pepperdine University School of Law.
Before joining the Career Development Office, Tyler worked in Alumni Relations both at Pepperdine School of Law and Truman State University, was a student pastor at a local church in Kirksville, and worked in substance abuse rehabilitation and community support for those with chronic and persistent mental illnesses. Tyler is a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoys playing all sorts of board games. Tyler and Sarah also have a puppy (Lucy) and like hiking, camping, exploring, and doing just about anything else outside.
Administrator and Event Coordinator - Allyson Wood
Allyson Wood is the Administrator and Event Coordinator for the Career Development Office (CDO). Before joining the team at Pepperdine, Allyson earned her Bachelor of Science in Theater with an emphasis in performance. One of her favorite roles to play was “Cecily” in The Importance of Being Earnest. She occasionally indulges in macaroni and cheese (the box with SpongeBob Squarepants shaped noodles because the texture is great) and her favorite cookie is the French Macaron from Bouchon Bakery.
In her role at the CDO, Allyson helps students in making appointments with the counselors, requesting reciprocity from other schools on a student’s behalf, and helping to coordinate all CDO sponsored events.