Whom should I contact?
Career Advising and Programming
All of our advisors are available for general 1L & 2L summer job advising for public and private sector jobs. For upper class students, please note the following specialties:
Christopher Teague, Senior Associate Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Clerkships, district attorney and public defender offices, career programming lead
Michelle Grossfield, Public Interest & Pro Bono Program Director – email@example.com
- Non-profits, federal, state & local government, fellowships & honors programs, international IGOs & NGOs, pro bono
Douglas Saphire, Associate Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Large law firms including diversity fellowships, in-house legal departments, compliance, JAG programs
Dorothy Commons, Senior Career Counselor – email@example.com
- Small law firms, alternative/non-legal careers, self-assessment, alumni advising, academia
Recruitment & Employer Outreach
Jennifer Perrigo, Director of Recruitment and Employer Outreach – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Employer relations
Mark Kleinschnittger, Manager, Recruitment & Operations – email@example.com
- Recruitment and Department Operations
Clerkship Letters of Recommendation
Dean Hayes is our Assistant Dean for Career Services and a 1995 graduate of Boston College Law School. In the three years that she has been back at the school, she has brought together an exceptionally talented team of eight career professionals with a range of expertise. Under her leadership, the school has been recognized nationally as ranking in the Top 20 for placement. While Heather practiced civil litigation in a Boston mid-size firm, she found her true passion in large law firm, “Biglaw”, recruitment and spent 15 years in the field. She was the firm-wide Director of Legal Recruitment for the law firm WilmerHale when she joined BC Law.
Senior Associate Director
Chris has over sixteen years of experience working in the legal field as a judicial law clerk, practicing attorney in both the private and public sectors, and career advisor. At BC Law, Chris oversees JD advising and programming, and assists students with their job searches, focusing on judicial clerkships and careers in criminal law. He has held several leadership roles in the National Association for Law Placement and the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association, and he currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Law School Consortium. Earlier in his career, Chris practiced criminal law, both as an Assistant District Attorney in Boston and as a defense attorney. He is a graduate of Connecticut College and Northeastern University School of Law.
Public Interest and Pro Bono Program Director
As the current national Chair of the PSJD Advisory Group, Michelle directs our public sector advising and programming, leads the law school's Pro Bono Program and administers the Public Service Scholarship Program. She serves as Chair of the BC Law Public Service Awards Committee that is tasked with selecting the school's Public Service Scholars, making awards for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to alumni in public service, and awarding other public service grants, including the school's postgraduate fellowships. Additionally, she works closely with student organizations, including the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and the pro bono spring break trips. Michelle began her public interest career as a Trial Attorney in the Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, advocating on behalf of children and parents in child abuse and neglect proceedings, after graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 2006.
Director of Legal Recruitment and Employer Outreach
With over ten years of law school career services experience, Jen has advised law students and alumni in the public and private sectors on many topics including job search strategy, career transitions and professional development. Before joining BC Law in 2015, she was the Director of Career Services at Harvard Law School. She joined BC Law in a unique Employer Outreach role to develop new opportunities for students across the country, across various areas of practice and practice settings – and to expand the opportunities for BC Law students to use their degrees in nontraditional or innovative ways. While in practice, Jen was the Managing Attorney of a nonprofit legal services organization. She obtained her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999.
Doug has been advising law students and alumni on their career development and job search processes for almost seven years. Prior to joining BC Law, he worked in the Office of Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law and in the Office of Professional and Career Development at Suffolk University Law School. As a practicing attorney, Doug’s work as an associate at a mid-sized firm was focused in the areas of health care, corporate and creditors’ rights law. Doug graduated cum laude from Miami University and received his JD, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.
Dorothy Brooks Commons
Senior Career Counselor
Dorothy has more than fifteen years of experience counseling law students and law graduates in all areas of career development. As a former director, she enjoys helping people succeed in their careers. Dorothy is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and other career–related assessment tools. She holds a Master of Science degree in Higher Education/Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from UMass Amherst. Dorothy has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Bentley University.
Manager, Recruitment & Operations
With more than five years of law school career services experience, and 10 years of higher ed experience, Mark is responsible for BC Law recruitment programs and department operations. Before joining BC Law in 2016, Mark was the Assistant Director and Director for Recruitment & Operations at Harvard Law School. Before becoming a career services professional, Mark worked in admissions for Pace and Suffolk law schools.