Alumni Spotlights

This YLW+ initiative profiles the lives and careers of Yale Law Women+ alumni. Although the alumni profiled have had diverse experiences and are at different career stages, each story is full of practical insight about career paths, practice areas, and finding a work/life balance. We hope that as you view these spotlights you will be inspired by the lives and wisdom of these amazing women.

If you are interested in reading the spotlights of alumni with particular career paths, navigate using the links at the bottom of the page.

Alumni by Most Recent Position:


Tanya Hernandez ’90, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Dara Purvis ’08, Assistant Professor of Law at Pennsylvania State University

Alexandra Roberts ’08, Executive Director, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property; Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property, University of New Hampshire Law School

Law Firm:

Carla Christofferson ’92, Managing Partner, O’Melveny & Myers Los Angeles

Cynthia Cwik ’87, Litigation Partner, Jones Day

Julia Guttman ’85, Partner at Baker Botts LLP

Isabel Dische ’04, Partner at Ropes & Gray

Michele Hirshman ’83, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Suneela Jain ’10, Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Nancy Kestenbaum ’90, Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Public Interest Law Firm: 

Erin Bradrick ’07, Senior Counsel at NEO Law Group

Catherine Weiss ’87 , Chair of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest and Partner, Lowenstein Sandler

Public Defender:

Candace Jackson ’05, Staff Attorney—Federal Defender Program, Northern District of Illinois


Chinelo Dike-Minor ’07, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, Northern District of Alabama

Nancy Garrison ’73, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Appellate Section

Harriet Galvin ’81, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida

Elisabeth Layton ’97, Senior Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch

Monica Maldonado ’99, Assistant County Attorney; Chief, Workers’ Compensation Section, Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office

Beth Van Schaack ’97, Deputy, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State

Sushma Soni ’90, Civil Division, Appellate Staff Attorney, United States Department of Justice

Kara Stein ’91 – Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission

Amy Zubrensky ’97, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia

In-House Counsel:

Tania Hoff ’03, Vice President of Legal Affairs, NBCUniversal Media

Carol Lee ’81, Special Counsel at Taconic Capital Advisors

Rhonda McLean ’83, Deputy General Counsel, Time Inc.


Judge Gloria Tan ’98, Massachusetts Juvenile Court

Policy and Nonprofits:

Rupali Sharma ’12, Legal Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights

Dana Shoenberg ’93, Deputy Director at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy

Emma Andersson ’08, Staff Attorney at the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project


Janice Cooper ’71, Maine House of Representatives


Brandee Butler ’02, Head of Partnerships and Innovation for the C&A Foundation (Brussels, Belgium)

Jean Fraser ’89, Chief of the San Mateo County Health System

Wendy Warring ’83, Senior VP of Network Development and Strategic Partnerships at the Boston Children’s Hospital