A 1994 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Jill leads the career development team as director, mentor and teacher.
Well aware of the challenges facing students, recent graduates and young attorneys in today’s legal market Jill and her team are dedicated to providing the resources guidance and support needed to help students and recent alumni find jobs, grow their careers and build their legal network. As director of the Attorney Practice and Judicial Externship programs, Jill works to insure that students get the hands on practical experience they need in order to be competitive in today’s legal job market.
Prior to returning to the School of Law, Jill practiced for over ten years as an attorney working on behalf of victims of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. She continues her commitment to public interest in her current position overseeing public interest initiatives and programming.
Jill began teaching at the School of Law as an adjunct in 2006 after completing an appointment as Visiting Clinical Professor at the University of Maine School of Law. Prior to her clinical appointment, she managed her own law practice specializing in child advocacy and served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine. Additionally, Jill was the 1999 Frank M. Coffin Fellowship for Family Law Fellow, a Staff Attorney for the Brooklyn Children’s Law Center, and the 1996 Penquis Family Law Fellow.
Jernee brings to the office over ten years of law firm experience, where she focused on the professional development and legal training of attorneys. She joined the Recruiting and Marketing Department of Swidler Berlin (now merged with Bingham McCutchen LLP) after completing her undergraduate education, where she oversaw the legal training initiatives in both the Washington, D.C. and New York offices. Thereafter Jernee worked at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she was responsible for the training initiatives and professional development of attorneys in the Washington, D.C. office. In addition, she served as a liaison to Willkie’s Womens’ Initiative, Professional Development, and Diversity committees. In her current role, Jernee continues her commitment to professional development and diversity initiatives.
Alyson received her J.D. from the University of Chicago. She is a former commercial litigation associate with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and a boutique trial firm, and practiced for four years in the areas of product liability, antitrust, employment, and insurance coverage law. Alyson then worked as a legal search consultant for law firms and corporations in the Washington, D.C. metro region. In this role, she acquired a broad understanding of the wide variety of legal specialties, as well as expert knowledge of the hiring practices of employers in the region, including large and boutique law firms, corporate law departments, and federal agencies. During those six years, she assisted hundreds of attorneys with their job search. In her current role, Alyson capitalizes upon her keen understanding of the legal profession to develop resources, programming, publications and counseling tools that prepare students for success beyond law school.
Emily received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Emily has an extensive background in immigration law and public policy. She assisted in the management of immigration case work as a legislative intern in the district office of U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas during his term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thereafter, she worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Chief Counsel as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review. Emily also worked on Capitol Hill, performing policy, lobbying and regulatory work for a major trade association. As the LCDO’s Assistant Director, Emily helps manage the externship programs including the EXPLOR Program, and coordinates public interest programming and events. Her diverse legal experiences allow her to counsel students on both traditional and nontraditional career paths, and as a recent graduate, she understands the challenges faced by the current generation of law students and graduates.
Chris Blom has more than twenty years’ experience with the University of Baltimore’s Law Career Development Office, with comprehensive perspective and substantive understanding of the full range of traditional and nontraditional opportunities for law students and law graduates. He brings to the office a broad knowledge of the legal community and demonstrated commitment to student service.