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Assistant Dean of Career Development - Laine Kontos

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Laine Kontos is the Assistant Dean in the Career Development Office. She earned her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University.

Prior to joining the CDO, Laine practiced as a criminal defense lawyer, following a decade-long career as an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. Throughout her career with the Public Defender, she defended complex felonies, including homicide and third strike cases, gang crimes, drug crimes, theft and welfare fraud.

Before joining the Public Defender, Laine was an attorney with Dependency Court Legal Services. She represented and advocated for the interests and rights of minors removed from their parents' or guardians' care.

In the Career Development Office, Laine 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.

Phone: 310.506.7439

laine.kontos@pepperdine.edu


Director of Career Development - Michelle Feinstein

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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 Caruso 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

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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 - Delaney Hendershot

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Delaney Hendershot is the Recruiting and Employer Outreach Manager in the Career Development Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Westmont College.

Before joining the CDO, Delaney worked as a Communications Manager at PathPoint in Santa Barbara, where she handled event outreach and marketing strategies. Additionally, she has prior experience in higher education administration at Westmont College, UC Santa Barbara, and Pepperdine University.

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

Phone: 310.506.6940
delaney.hendershot@pepperdine.edu