. . . who are we and how do you find us?
William & Mary Law School • Office of Career Services • P.O. Box 8795 • 613 South Henry Street
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 • Phone (757) 221-3805 • Fax (757) 221-1611 • [[lawocs, email us]]
Our professionals have extensive experience in law practice, business, counseling, and higher education. We look forward to assisting students, graduates, and employers. All deans advise students and alumni about career planning and professional development, coordinate programs and workshops, and cultivate recruiting relationships with employers.
[[mjende,Michael J. Ende]]
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Albany
Prior to joining the Law School, Dean Ende served for nearly 6 years as the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in New York. While at Hofstra, Dean Ende was responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives related to all aspects of student and alumni career and professional development, alumni and employer outreach and student and graduate employment. He was the co-creator of Hofstra’s Professional Success and Leadership Development Program and its Success Strategies Boot Camp, an annual, multi-day event for students focusing on professional development skills and strategies. Dean Ende is a 1989 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the Fordham International Law Journal. He also holds a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany. Dean Ende spent six years serving as the Managing Director for two leading companies specializing in the recruitment and placement of attorneys. Prior to entering the legal staffing and placement business, Dean Ende was a partner with the law firm of Cullen and Dykman, LLP, in Garden City, New York, where he specialized in bank regulatory and compliance and corporate transactional matters. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Nassau County (New York) Bar Association and the Executive Board for Commack North Little League on Long Island and is actively involved in coaching youth baseball.
[[rjsein,Ramona J. Sein]]
J.D., William & Mary
M.U.R.P., University of Virginia
A.B. Georgetown University
After graduating from law school, Dean Sein clerked for the Honorable J. Calvitt Clarke, Jr., Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk and practiced real estate and land use law with two prominent law firms for six years. During law school, she interned for a U.S. Attorney's Office and a mid-size law firm and served as the Symposium Editor of the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review. Since returning to William & Mary, Dean Sein has chaired the State Court Work Group of NALP's Judicial Clerkship Section and served as the Law School's liaison to the I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court.
[[rwknowles,Rebecca W. Knowles]]
J.D., University of Virginia
B.A., University of Georgia
A Georgia native, Dean Knowles began her career as a litigation associate at a national firm in Houston, Texas. She moved to New York City, where she worked in the office of a midwestern-based international firm then joined Citibank’s Legal Department in the Litigation Unit. After twelve years at Citibank, Dean Knowles joined the Legal Department of Goldman Sachs, where she worked on litigation and arbitration matters as well as investigations. In 2004 she and her family moved to Williamsburg, and she practiced locally before joining the Law School. Dean Knowles has served as the Law School's liaison to the I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court. Active in the community, she volunteers with and serves on the Board of Directors of Grove Christian Outreach Center.
[[cabaker,Cinnamon A. Baker]]
Assistant Dean for Employer Relations
J.D., University of Dayton
B.F.A., Florida State University
Prior to joining the Law School, Dean Baker served for five years as Director of Career Services at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, where she developed employer outreach, coached students and alumni on all aspects of career planning and job search strategy, and created comprehensive student programs. A native of the Florida panhandle, and once a resident of Richmond, she worked in business settings, as well as large and small firms in Ohio, Nevada, and Florida. Her law firm work includes criminal law, family law, and internal conflicts of interest/practitioner regulation. Throughout her career she has been very active in national and local professional associations including NALP and the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and participated as a founding member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Student Mentoring Program. As a member of SHRM, in 2012 she earned HRCI certification as a Professional in Human Resources.
[[gppodolin,George P. Podolin]]
J.D., Yale Law School
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
A.B., Duke University
Prior to joining the Law School, Dean Podolin practiced law with several firms in Philadelphia for 11 years, litigating a variety of civil cases, including matters relating to commercial disputes, ERISA fiduciary breach, professional malpractice, and the recovery of fraudulently-transferred assets. Dean Podolin served for two years as a law clerk for a federal district judge in Philadelphia before entering practice. During law school, Dean Podolin interned with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC and worked as a summer associate at firms in Boston and Chicago. He was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of International Law and a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to law school, Dean Podolin was a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, serving on surface ships homeported in Norfolk and San Diego.
Career Services Manager
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
Ms. Spencer-Westerkamp handles on-campus, Skype, and videoconference interviews, coordinates resume forwarding, and manages off-campus interview programs. She is the point of contact for Symplicity users.