Patricia Morrissy, 212.790.0374
Associate Dean of Career Services, Professor of Professional Development
Leslie Thrope, Esq. 212.790.0360
Director, Center for Public Service Law
Sherry-Ann Smith, Esq. 212.790.0413
Director of Career Services/Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives
Julie Anna Alvarez, Esq. 212.790.0827
Assistant Director/Alumni Outreach Coordinator
David W. Adams, 212.790.0450
Rick Brown, 212.790.0430
Corinne Shockley, 212.790.0358
Pamela Lewis, 212.790.0358
Patricia Morrissy, Interim Associate Dean, Office of Career Services, Patty Morrissy is a leading legal recruiting industry expert. For more than 25 years, she served as head of recruitment programming for law firms, in-house legal departments, and government employers. Most recently, she worked as Chief Recruiting Officer for Sullivan & Cromwell, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. With a deep understanding of what legal employers look for in candidates when hiring, and what it means for new lawyers to be practice ready, Patty is uniquely qualified to advise members of the Cardozo community how to further their careers.
Leslie D. Thrope, Director, Center for Public Service Law, joined the Office of Career Services after many years of public service/ public interest work. Leslie earned her B.A. from Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she majored in psychology and women’s studies. While at Antioch, she worked at a Battered Women’s Shelter in Eugene, Oregon, a state psychiatric hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts, and canvassed for environmental and insurance reform with the Ohio Public Interest Campaign. Prior to attending law school, Leslie coordinated a day program for dually diagnosed adults in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
Leslie received her J.D. degree from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College in 1994. While in law school, she interned with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the HIV Unit at Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp. A. Leslie has spent the last nine years practicing as a family law attorney at Building Service 32B-J Legal Services Fund, representing union members and their dependents before the New York City Family Courts and the New York City Department of Education. Most recently, Leslie has been actively involved with the New York City Council’s efforts to successfully pass and implement the Equal Benefits Bill.
Sherry-Ann N. Smith, Director of Career Services and Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, received her B.A., cum laude from Hunter College of the City University of New York and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, where she served as a member of the International Moot Court team. While in law school, she participated in the Summer Honors Program of the New York City Law Department, in addition to being a summer associate in both the New York and Washington, DC offices of Coudert Brothers LLP.
Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Smith returned to the New York office of Coudert Brothers to work as an Associate in the firm's Global Investment Funds practice. In 2000, she joined the Corporate Finance group of Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Washington, DC office, where she also served as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the firm’s Washington, DC and Northern Virginia offices. During her time at Morrison & Foerster, she was actively involved in the firm-wide Diversity, Recruiting and Pro Bono Committees. In 2003, Ms. Smith returned to New York City to work with the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. as the organization's Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator.
Ms. Smith is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and in the State of New York. She is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and the New York City Bar Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Commission of the Law & Paralegal Studies Department of NYC College of Technology/CUNY.
Julie Anna Alvarez, Assistant Director/Alumni Outreach Coordinator, earned her A.B. cum laude from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1985 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988. Ms. Alvarez was admitted to practice in New York State. While in law school, Ms. Alvarez served on the Board of the Harvard Law School Forum and the Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law, did her share of blue-booking for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and was an active member of La Alianza among other activities.
During her law school summers, she was an intern for the Office of Government and Legal Affairs under the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York and a summer associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore. After graduation, Ms. Alvarez joined Cravath as a Corporate Law Associate. In 1990 she became an Associate with a small firm specializing in Trademark, Copyright and Entertainment Law. After leaving private practice, Ms. Alvarez has served in a variety of positions including: legal counsel to a non-profit, diversity management consultant, Associate Director of the Legal Referral Service at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Assistant Director of Admissions at New York Law School and Associate Director and Director at the Career Planning Center at Fordham University School of Law. Ms. Alvarez has also worked in non-law degree related positions with Dale Carnegie Training and as founder of a design consulting practice. Ms. Alvarez is a member of NALP, the Latina Attorneys Cafecito Network and has been a past member of committees at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.