Meet the Staff

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Boston University School of Law
Career Development Office
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617.353.3141
Fax: 617.353.2547

Fiona Hornblower, Esq.
Assistant Dean for Career Development & Public Service

Fiona hornblower Fiona began her legal career at Bingham McCutchen as a litigator focused on complex commercial disputes, antitrust, business torts, franchise and probate family law matters. In 2002, she was appointed national director of legal recruiting, where she oversaw the entry-level recruiting program for the international law firm’s 13 domestic offices. During her seven years in this position, she developed integrated, firm-wide recruiting systems for the firm’s multiple offices; bolstered Bingham McCutchen’s talent management program; pioneered a needs-assessment protocol to ensure appropriate staffing planning; forged partnerships with law schools nationwide; and partnered with diversity organizations to enhance the diversity of the firm’s summer program and incoming entry classes.

In 2009, Fiona transitioned into a new role as an independent consultant, specializing in talent management and leadership development for Bingham McCutchen. In 2013, she served as a principal attorney for divorce consultations in Lincoln, MA, where she advised individuals on Massachusetts divorce law and processes and made personalized referrals to legal counsel and other professionals.

Fiona earned a B.A. degree from Harvard University and a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Coffin at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1996-1997. She has also served as president of the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association and co-chaired the National Association of Law Placement’s Judicial Clerkship Committee.

Carolyn Goodwin, Esq.
Director for Public Service and Pro Bono

Carolyn Goodwin

Prior to joining the Career Development Office in 2009, Carolyn practiced civil litigation, primarily in the area of employment discrimination law, as both an Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Office of the Attorney General and as an associate at the law firm, Alterman & Boop LLP, in New York City. As an attorney specializing in employment law, Carolyn chaired the Labor Relations and Employment Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers' Association. Carolyn also served as a law clerk in the Staff Attorneys' Office for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Carolyn graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, where she served as a publications editor on the Buffalo Law Review. During law school, Carolyn was a leader in the law school student public interest program and completed a variety of internships in both the non-profit and public sectors.

Carolyn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in English Literature. She was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Carolyn currently serves on the pro bono panel of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association handling employment matters and is a member of the Amicus Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. She is also on the Board of the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

In addition, Carolyn is on the Executive Board of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities.

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Sara Dana, Esq.
Associate Director

Sara Dana, Esq., Assistant Director

Prior to working at BU, Sara worked as a real estate associate in the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. She also worked extensively with the Public Finance and Environmental departments at GT. In 2008, Sara became only the third attorney in Massachusetts to earn the LEED Accredited Professional designation from the U.S. Green Building Counsel. After practicing law for a few years, Sara transitioned to working in law school career development. Before joining the CDO full-time, Sara worked as a part-time career adviser to both J.D. and LL.M. students at BU, and also did career advising for J.D. students at Suffolk University Law School and for undergraduate students at Northeastern University.

Sara graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2006, magna cum laude, where she served as the articles editor for the Florida Law Review. During law school, Sara did an externship with the Honorable Maurice M. Paul in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, worked as a law clerk for the University of Florida Student Legal Services, and worked as a summer associate at Greenberg Traurig's Boston office. Prior to law school, Sara received her M.S. in Counseling from Northeastern University and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida.

In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, watching Florida Gator football, and running marathons and half marathons.

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Michelle Grossfield, Esq.
Assistant Director for Public Interest Advising

Michelle GrossfieldMichelle is part of the public service team within the CDO; she advises students, runs programs, conducts outreach to employers, writes publications, and contributes to the CDO website. Since graduating from law school in 2006, Michelle has worked for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Children and Family Law department, "CAFL." Throughout law school Michelle pursued opportunities to work in public service, including the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston as well as a civil rights practice at the Law Offices of Chavez & DeLeon in Miami. Michelle also was engaged in the law school's pro bono program.

Michelle received her law degree from the University of Miami and her bachelor degree in Sociology from Brandeis University. At Brandeis she participated in the Peace and Conflict Program, the Legal Studies Program and Women's Crew along with many student organizations.

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Betsy DiPardo, Esq.
Assistant Director for Judicial Clerkships and the Private Sector

betsy dipardoBetsy joined the CDO as the assistant director for judicial clerkships and the private sector in 2014. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 2008 and her B.A. in History, summa cum laude, from Boston College in 2005. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable George A. O'Toole, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and worked as an associate at a large law firm in Boston. She has also advised students and alumni as a career counselor in Boston College Law School's Office of Career Services.

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Cynthia Tow McPherson, Esq.
Recruitment and Marketing Manager

Cynthia Tow McPherson, Esq., Recruitment and Marketing Manager

Cynthia is a native of Brookline, MA. She graduated cum laude from Boston College with a B.S. in Marketing, and is a 2005 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. During law school, Cynthia benefited from participating in NUSL's Co-operative Legal Education Program, completing co-ops in Juvenile Court and three law firms. After graduating from NUSL, Cynthia worked at a small general practice firm in Newton, MA, before deciding that legal recruiting was her true calling. Cynthia returned to NUSL where she served first as recruitment coordinator in the law school's Career Services Office, and then as Database Manager/Program Coordinator for the law school's Co-op Program before joining BU Law as the recruitment and marketing manager. Cynthia enjoys cooking and spending time with her young nieces and nephews. She is also an avid tennis player. As a scholarship athlete at Boston College, she competed at the #1 singles and #1 doubles positions for the Eagles for four years, and is currently the assistant coach for the Boston College Women's Tennis team.

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Lisa Terrasi
Recruitment and Operations Manager

Lisa Terrasi, Recruitment and Operations Manager

Lisa rejoined the BU Law community as the recruitment and operations manager in the Career Development Office in August 2011. In this role, Lisa co-leads recruitment programs, conducts research on the legal market, travels to meet with employers, compiles employment data and works closely with students. Immediately before joining the CDO, she worked as the financial aid assistant in the Student Financial Services Office at Harvard Law School. Before Harvard Law School, she worked for four years in the Student Affairs Office at BU Law as the program coordinator.

Lisa earned both a B.A. in International Relations and an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from Boston University. Lisa spends a lot of her free time running and training for marathons and various road races.

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Katrina Volante
Senior Program Coordinator of Pro Bono and Clerkships

Katrina VolanteKatrina joined the CDO team permanently in May 2014 after working as a temporary employee. She earned her M.Ed from Suffolk University where she interned in the offices of New Student Programs and Orientation and Graduate Admissions. Her professional interests lie in program and project management. Outside of work, Katrina enjoys traveling, soccer, and skydiving.





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Christopher Kaufmann
Program Coordinator

Christpher Kaufmann Chris Kaufmann joined the CDO staff as a Program Coordinator in January 2014 after working at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education in the Programs Department. Chris is originally from San Jose (South Bay Area), CA and moved to Boston to finish his undergraduate degree at Emmanuel College. Chris has previous experience at MIT Sloan School of Management, working in their Career Development Office.



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