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Assistant Dean of Career Development - Chalak Richards

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Chalak Richards is the Assistant Dean in the Career Development Office. She earned her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College. At Pepperdine Law, she was an award-winning member of the trial team and moot court teams and was Western U.S. Regional Chair of the National Black Law Students Association.

Before joining the CDO, Chalak was a Senior Associate at the Law Office of Sylvia Esparza in Las Vegas and as an Associate at Benson Lee and Associates, specializing in removal defense and affirmative petitions before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She appeared regularly before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

In the Career Development Office, Chalak leads the office in strategic planning; establishes relationships and works closely with employers to develop career opportunities; organizes career forums and alumni networking events; and advises students and alumni in career planning, job search strategies, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and networking in legal and professional markets. Chalak's counseling areas of expertise include criminal and trial work, immigration law, and careers outside of California.

Phone: 310.506.7439

chalak.richards@pepperdine.edu


Director of Career Development - Michelle Feinstein

Michelle Feinstein

Michelle Feinstein is the Director in the Career Development Office. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Tufts University. At USC Law, she was a staff member on the Southern California Law Review.

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. 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.

In the Career Development Office, 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 counseling areas of expertise include transactional law and in-house careers.

Phone: 310.506.7438
michelle.feinstein@pepperdine.edu


Associate Director of Career Development - Alexis Joyce

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Alexis Joyce is an Associate Director in the Career Development Office. 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 specializes in insurance defense. Alexis primarily focused on construction defect cases. She also has experience working for the Ventura County Public Defender's Office.

In the Career Development Office, 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' counseling areas of expertise include careers in public interest and government.

Phone: 310.506.6459
alexis.joyce@pepperdine.edu


Associate Director of Career Development - Andrea Yang

Andrea Yang

Andrea Yang is an Associate Director in the Career Development Office. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University.

Before joining the CDO, Andrea worked as a commercial litigator at Dorsey & Whitney LLP (Seattle) and Robins Kaplan LLP (Minneapolis). In her pro bono practice, she represented victims of domestic violence in divorce, political asylum, and Hague Convention proceedings. Andrea additionally served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. She has further served on the Seattle Police Monitoring Team, which oversees the implementation of a federal consent decree entered into by the City of Seattle and the Department of Justice, concerning the Seattle Police Department's use-of-force policies and practices.

In the Career Development Office, Andrea advises students and alumni on career planning, job search strategies, resume preparation, interviewing, and networking. She also organizes forums and alumni events, and facilitates communication among students, alumni, and employers. Andrea's counseling areas of expertise include judicial clerkships, judicial externships, and careers in commercial litigation.

Phone: 310.506.4665
andrea.yang@pepperdine.edu


Recruiting and Employer Outreach Manager - Jessica Guetzoian

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Jessica Guetzoian is the Recruiting and Employer Outreach Manager in the Career Development Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Channel Islands in Camarillo. She received a certificate for Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine School of Law in May 2019 and is currently earning her Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.

Before joining the CDO, Jessica worked as Recruitment Coordinator for the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University, where she handled student recruitment.

In the Career Development Office, Jessica is responsible for a variety of tasks, including: finding and posting all jobs on our online jobs board, spearheading the Fall and Springs Recruiting Programs, and cultivating employer relationships.

Phone: 310.506.6940
jessica.guetzoian@pepperdine.edu


Administrator and Event Coordinator - Cathleen Horton

Cathleen Horton

Cathleen Horton is the Administrator and Event Coordinator for the Career Development Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in French from Baylor University.

Before joining the CDO, Cathleen worked as Director of Communications for Flight Social Media, where she handled client relations.

In the Career Development Office, Cathleen is responsible for a variety of tasks, including: assisting students in making appointments with the counselors, requesting reciprocity from other schools on a student's behalf, and coordinating all CDO-sponsored events.

Phone: 310.506.4634
cathleen.horton@pepperdine.edu