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Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Shéetom Ashbrook
Office Manager
Phone: (312) 503-0051
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Shéetom received her B.A. in Communications from Illinois State University in 2009, with a specialty in Radio Production. She worked for ISU her entire time there, as an RA and helping run the campus radio station. She moved to Chicago in the summer of 2009, having previously lived in Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, and Germany. Shéetom joined the Center for Career Strategy in 2010.

Natalie A. Bautista
Associate Director, LLM International
Phone: (312) 503-2867
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Natalie is the career advisor for international LLM students. Prior to joining Northwestern Law, Natalie worked at Santa Clara University School of Law as an Assistant Director of Graduate Employment and as a Lecturer in Law for the Civil Practice High Tech and Social Justice Externship Seminar course. Natalie practiced law for over seven years, specializing in employment-based immigration. She has practiced both in San Francisco and Chicago. Natalie received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her B.A. in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

Pascale J. Bishop
Director
Phone: (312) 503-0661
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Pascale has seven years of experience in law career services and five years of experience in the practice of law. Prior to joining Northwestern University School of Law, Pascale served as the Assistant Dean of Career Development at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Director of Career Services at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Associate Director of Career Services at The John Marshall Law School. Before entering the career services arena, she practiced in the areas of litigation and international trade at both the Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices of McDermott Will & Emery and at Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago. She also previously served as Director of Legal Recruiting for the legal search company, Mestel and Company. Pascale graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, and cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

David Diamond
Assistant Dean
Phone: (312) 503-4110
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Dave brings to the Career Center a strong background in law school career service and legal practice. Immediately prior to joining Northwestern Law, Dave was the Director of Career Services at The John Marshall Law School. He also worked as a career counselor for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law while completing an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Dave practiced law for six years, specializing in business transaction law at two Chicago law firms, and has public sector legal work experiences while in law school. In addition to his M.A., Dave holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa. Outside of the office, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Interest Law Initiative and is an active NALP member, presently serving as the organization’s Vice-President of Finance.

Mary F. Maher
Associate Director, LLM Tax
Phone: (312) 503-0981
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Mary Maher has rejoined the Career Center as the Associate Director and advisor for students in the Tax Program. Mary is an attorney, originally from Australia, and is admitted to practice law in both Australia and New York state. She holds a law degree from the University of Sydney and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Chicago. She practiced for six years in both Australia and the United States, primarily with Baker & McKenzie. She previously worked with the Career Center for over three years advising both international and domestic LL.M. students. She is also the Researcher and Co-developer of the International Directory of Lawyer Qualification, a comprehensive guide to the legal education and admission requirements of almost 50 countries. For the past two years she worked as a career advisor at Columbia University Law School.

Kathleen Stendahl Meier
Associate Director of Legal Careers
Phone: (312) 503-1426
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Kate Meier joins the Center for Career Strategy after serving as a recruiter and a career counselor at a local law school. Kate has worked for firms in Chicago, London and Hong Kong, where she focused on consumer finance, franchising, international commercial contracts and business development. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Puja Singh Patel
Senior Associate Director
Phone: (312) 503-1282
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Puja joins the Career Strategy Center after having worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Illinois Attorney General's Office. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Puja was an Associate at Franczek Radelet P.C. practicing education and employment law. Puja received her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law in 2006 and her B.A. in Environmental Science from Duke University in 2001.

Frederick Daniel Pelzer
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (312) 503-3499
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Fred received his B.A. in Fiction and Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, where he worked for the University's Office of Admissions. He has also previously worked for the U.S. State Department and Pittsburgh Seltzer Works, among other jobs. His fiction and plays have been produced or published in several places. He joined the Center for Career Strategy in 2012.

Arden Joy Schuman
Assistant Director of Employer Relations
Phone: (312) 503-3281
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Arden has worked in marketing and event planning for nearly ten years with a focus on Chicago-area non-profits. After hours, Arden uses her marketing skills to volunteer with local non-profits and to embark on creative endeavors such as a travel website for women and a Chicago themed podcast. Arden received her B.A. in Communications from Messiah College and also spent a year in Japan teaching English. Arden joined the Center for Career Strategy in 2011.

Cindy Wilson
Public Interest Advisor
Phone: (312) 503-2924
Fax: (312) 503-5128
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Prior to joining the law school in 2000, Cindy spent 10 years as a civil rights attorney and project director at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Cindy also worked for four years as a general litigator in a Chicago law firm and as a law clerk for the Honorable Justice Seymour Simon of the Illinois Supreme Court. Cindy is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the law school, teaching Ethics, Public Interest Practicum, and Pro Bono Theory and Practice. She is a 1986 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and a 1982 graduate of Knox College.