. . . 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
Dean Ende has served as William & Mary Law School’s Associate Dean for Career Services since 2013. Dean Ende’s portfolio of responsibilities include:
- management of the Law School’s Office of Career Services with a focus on development and implementation of strategic initiatives related to all aspects of student and alumni career and professional development, alumni and employer outreach, and student and graduate employment;
- development and delivery of programming for students on career and professional development-related matters;
- employer and alumni outreach efforts to increase internship and post-graduate job opportunities for students and graduates, and market and grow the Law School’s on- and off-campus recruitment programs; and
- extensive one-on-one student and alumni career advising and coaching.
Before joining William & Mary, Dean Ende was a partner with the law firm of Cullen and Dykman, LLP, in Garden City, N.Y., where he specialized in bank regulatory and compliance and corporate transactional matters. After leaving practice, Dean Ende was a professional legal recruiter and then served for nearly six years as the Assistant Dean for Career Services at Hofstra Law School. From 2020-2022, Dean Ende was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and was a member of the Board’s Finance Committee. Dean Ende currently serves as co-Chair of NALP’s Future of the Legal Workplace Strategic Advisory Committee. At William & Mary, Dean Ende has chaired the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion; served on the Law School’s Strategic Planning Committee, Judicial Clerkship Committee, and Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Practice Program Review; and the university-wide Career Pathways Team.
[[rjsein,Ramona J. Sein]]
Assistant Dean for Employer Relations
J.D., William & Mary
M.U.R.P., University of Virginia
A.B. Georgetown University
Dean Sein joined the law school administration in 2004 and her current portfolio of responsibilities include: 1) Conducting employer outreach and connecting employers with William & Mary law students and recent graduates. Collaborating with employers to develop holistic recruiting strategies to raise their profiles with students through targeted communications, on-campus information sessions and presentations, informal networking events, and formal on- and off-campus recruiting programs; 2) Developing online career resources and delivering career-related programs to educate students about the wide variety of career paths open to JD graduates; 3) Teaching sections of the 1L course, Leadership & Professional Development, which introduces students to the foundational skills and professional competencies and characteristics that entry-level lawyers must possess to be successful at the start of their careers; and 4) Serving the legal recruiting profession and William & Mary university community as an active member of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) Recruiting Section, the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA) Media & Communications Co-Chair, and the William & Mary Employer Partnership Team Co-Lead. Prior to joining the Office of Career Services, 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 in Virginia with Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh in Arlington, and the Tysons and Richmond offices of McGuireWoods. During law school, she interned for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, and served as the first Symposium Editor of the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.
[[gppodolin,George P. Podolin]]
J.D., Yale Law School
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
A.B., Duke University
Dean Podolin joined the Office of Career Services in 2012. He advises JD students and alumni on career planning and job search strategies for private sector, government, and public interest careers, and also develops and delivers programming on aspects of the job search and associated skills. His advising portfolio includes state and federal judicial clerkships.
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.
He is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), serving as Co-Chair of the JD Career Advisors Section for 2021-22, presenting at the 2019 and 2021 NALP Annual Education Conferences and the 2019 NALP Professional Development Institute, and authoring several articles for NALP’s Bulletin.
[[eabeal, Elisabeth A. Beal]]
J.D., University of Miami School of Law
B.A., St. Olaf College
(757) 221- 4004
Elisabeth A. Beal is an Assistant Dean in the Office of Career Services at William & Mary Law School, having rejoined the team in June 2022. Elisabeth most recently served as the Director of Career & Professional Development at the University of South Carolina School of Law and was a member of the Office of Career Services team at William & Mary Law School from 2014-2019. Elisabeth currently serves on NALP’s Nominating Committee, as Co-Chair of the Knowledge Management & Resource Implementation Advisory Group, and as a member of the Future of the Legal Workplace Advisory Group. She was the Chair of the Law Student Professional Development Section from 2019-2020. Elisabeth began her career at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Miami, where she was an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice Group. Elisabeth is a summa cum laude graduate of both the University of Miami School of Law and St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology.
[[mpshannon, Marcia Pennington Shannon]]
M.Ed. (Career Counseling), University of Cincinnati
B.A., Emory University
Certificate in Leadership Coaching, Georgetown University
Master Certified Coach, Behavioral Coaching Institute
Dean Shannon joined the Office of Career Services in January 2023. She works with students to help define their career goals, as well as identifying and applying to opportunities in private, public and JD advantage sectors. Prior to joining OCS, she served as Assistant Dean for Career Strategy at Georgetown University Law Center, directing a team of 20 professionals and advising students on the career planning and job search processes, as well as serving on the Law School Dean’s Senior Staff. Before taking on the Assistant Dean role, Dean Shannon was a founder and principal in the six-office national legal consulting firm, Shannon & Manch, serving the professional development and career transition needs of law firms all over the U.S.
Dean Shannon is an active member of NALP. She has presented and written on numerous career and professional development topics. Her publications include: The Lawyer’s Career Management Handbook: Your Bridge to a Satisfying Career, Managing Editor, and co-author (West Publishing), a contributing author to The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management in Law Firms (West Publishing), and co-author of Recruiting Lawyers: How to Hire the Best Talent (ABA). For many years, she wrote the award-winning “Managing” column for the ABA’s Law Practice magazine. Most recently, she wrote a two-part article, The Great Reshufflling of the Legal Profession, which was published in the September and October, 2022 editions of NALP’s Professional Development Quarterly.
[[knpritchett, Kameryn N. Pritchett]]
Career Services Coordinator
B.S., George Mason University
(757) 221- 3805
Kameryn Pritchett is the Career Services Coordinator in the Law School’s Office of Career Services. Prior to joining the Law School, Ms. Pritchett worked in the field of special education within the Gloucester County and Chesterfield County school districts. Before pursuing a career in education, Ms. Pritchett worked for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Corrections where she held various roles including Probation & Parole Officer, Rehabilitation Counselor, and Juvenile Correctional Officer. Ms. Pritchett attended George Mason University and earned her B.A in Criminology, Law and Society, while minoring in Psychology. She is passionate about supporting students and enriching the lives of those she meets by sharing insight she has gained through her professional journey. She is very excited to work alongside her colleagues in OCS and to connect with and assist the students and alumni of the Law School.