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 HornblowerFiona began her legal career as a litigator focused on complex commercial disputes, antitrust, business torts, franchise and probate/family law matters at Bingham McCutchen. In 2002, she was appointed as the firm’s first National Director of Legal Recruiting, where she oversaw the entry-level recruiting program for all U.S. offices. During her seven years in this position, she developed integrated, firm-wide recruiting systems for the firm; 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. From 2009-2012, she worked as an independent consultant to Bingham McCutchen, focusing on talent management, partner leadership development, career development, and retention programs for high potential women and diverse attorneys. She has also practiced as a Principal in a boutique family law practice.  

Fiona earned her her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School, where she was the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Coffin at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Fiona has served as President of the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association, co-chaired the National Association of Law Placement’s Judicial Clerkship Committee, and co-authored the National Association of Law Placement’s “Diversity Best Practices Guide”.

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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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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Maureen Tracy Leo, Esq.
Assistant Director for Government and Public Interest Careers

MaureenMaureen has a deep background in both public service and legal education. Following law school, Maureen clerked for the Hon. William M. Nickerson, on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and then joined Hill & Barlow as a litigator. Pursuing her passion for public service, she shifted from private practice to serve as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, and then as an appointed Court Investigator for the Juvenile Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Maureen has taught legal research and writing at both Massachusetts School of Law and for students in BU Law’s American Law LL.M. Program. She also recently served as an Attorney Advisor at BU Law for LL.M. students in the Banking, Tax and American Law Programs. Maureen received her JD summa cum laude from American University – Washington College of Law, and her BA from Loyola College of Maryland.

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James Kossuth, Esq.
Assistant Director of Alternative and Emerging Careers

James KossuthA proud B.U. Law alum, James joined the CDO after serving as a litigator first in the Boston office of an international law firm, and then at a litigation boutique. In his seven years of practice, he handled matters in all areas of civil litigation, including complex commercial litigation, municipal and zoning law, appellate practice, Native American gaming law, real estate disputes, construction defects, and wage and hour laws.

At the CDO, James helps students find job opportunities in a variety of employment sectors outside of the traditional law firm, government, and public interest contexts.

James earned his B.A. cum laude from Williams College and J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law, where he concentrated in intellectual property and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Science and Technology Law.

After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Andrew R. Grainger at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Prior to law school, James worked for five years as an editor at Merriam-Webster, the nation’s leading publisher of dictionaries, where he wrote and edited dictionary definitions.

He also serves as the chair of the Medford Historical Commission.

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Laura D'Amato, Esq.
Visiting Attorney Advisor

Laura D'AmatoLaura D’Amato received her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1998, where she was an Articles Editor for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Laura joined Goulston & Storrs, PC as a litigator after graduating from BCLS, and practiced there from 1998-2013, becoming a Partner in 2007. Laura’s practice at Goulston focused on fiduciary litigation, employment disputes, professional malpractice claims, and real estate matters. In 2013, she began working with the firm on a consulting basis. At Goulston, Laura was deeply involved in associate recruiting and professional development. Laura received her B.A. from Fairfield University.

Lisa Terrasi
Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Outcomes

Lisa Terrasi, Recruitment and Operations Manager

Lisa rejoined the BU Law community in the CDO in August 2011 as Recruitment & Operations Manager. In October 2014 she was promoted to Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Outcomes. In this role, Lisa 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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Stephanie Kaner
Senior Program Coordinator

Stephanie KanerStephanie joined the CDO team as the Senior Program Coordinator in November of 2014. Immediately before joining the BU Law community, Stephanie worked on the Medical Campus at Boston University in the Educational Media Department as the Resource Scheduler. She is currently earning her Ed. M. from Boston University in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Her professional interests include programming, career development, and a variety of student affairs work. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time outside with family and friends, cooking, trying new restaurants, and reading different kinds of novels.


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Abby Heimann
Program Coordinator

Abby HeimannAbby joined the BU Law community in November 2014 as the Program Coordinator in the Career Development Office. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from The Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. At the University of Texas, Abby worked in the Office of the Dean of Students and also spent time interning in both career services and academic advising departments. Outside of work, Abby is an avid college football fan and enjoys exercising, spending time with her Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, and watching almost any show that currently runs on television.


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