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Heather Hayes
Assistant Dean

Heather received a B.A. magna cum laude in government from Clark University in 1992 and a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1995. Upon graduation from law school, she joined the law firm of Cooley Manion Jones in Boston where she practiced as a litigation associate for three years. In 1998, Heather moved to the firm Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault to lead its lateral recruiting efforts. In 2005, she joined WilmerHale and held the position of firm-wide Director of Legal Recruitment at the time she returned to Boston College Law School as Assistant Dean for Career Services in 2013.


Kate Devlin Joyce
Director, Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs

Kate graduated from Boston College Law School in 2002. She received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to provide legal representation to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the Boston region through Catholic Charities. She continued her fellowship project through funding from the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women. After completing her fellowship project, Kate worked at the Victim Rights Law Center providing training to nonprofits nationally on civil legal representation of victims. In addition to her work in Boston, Kate has worked for Montana Legal Services Association, Legal Aid of Cambodia, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Prior to joining BC Law in 2009, Kate was the Assistant Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono at Boston University Law School.



Christopher M. Teague
Senior Associate Director

Chris received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999.  During law school, he completed internships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC; The Honorable Hugh Bownes of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor & Evans in Miami; and the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office. After graduation, he clerked for the Massachusetts Superior Court and then spent nearly ten years practicing criminal law, both as an Assistant District Attorney in Boston and as a defense attorney.  Prior to joining BC Law, Chris was the Associate Director of Career Development at Suffolk University Law School and also a Career Advisor at Northeastern University School of Law.  He currently serves as the Northeast Regional Representative for the National Association for Law Placement and is the immediate past Chair of the LGBT Section. 

Douglas Saphire
Associate Director

Doug graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2003 and received his J.D., cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 2006.  While in law school, Doug completed an externship with The Honorable Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  Upon graduation, Doug spent three years as an associate at the Dayton office of Sebaly Shillito + Dyer where he practiced health care, corporate and creditors’ rights law.  Prior to joining Boston College Law School, Doug served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law and the Assistant Director of the Career Development Office at Suffolk University Law School.


Leslie LeBlanc
Manager, Recruitment and Operations

Leslie has over a decade of recruitment experience and over twenty-five years of experience working in Boston area law firms.  Prior to joining the Career Services Office in 2001, Leslie worked in the Boston College Law School's Alumni and Development Office.  She is very active in the National Association for Law Placement, having previously served as an invited conference speaker and as a member of their national conference planning committee. 


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.


Elizabeth Mickle
Career Services Assistant

Liz received her J.D. from New England Law School in 2011.  Liz will support our recruitment and operations and provide general administrative and communication assistance.  Liz joins BC Law from the New England Law Career Services Office, where she recently counseled students on their career prospects.  She previously worked at McKee, Nelson (now Bingham McCutchen) and Peterson Myers as a legal assistant, as well as at Rosie's Place as an associate attorney and pro bono coordinator.

Who does what?

Alumni Counseling

Please email the office directly

Career Counseling Kate Devlin Joyce
Christopher Teague
Dorothy Brooks Commons
Douglas Saphire
Recruiting: Symplicity questions, On and Off-Campus Programs, Scheduling of Interviews.  Leslie LeBlanc
Job Postings Email
Employer Relations Leslie LeBlanc
Reciprocity Email 

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