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Location and Hours
Office of Career Development
Fifth Floor, E Building
Academic Year: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Breaks and Summers: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and Fridays in July)
The Office of Career Development is committed to providing students with quality tools to aid them in their job searches. To view the NYLS employment statistics for each of the last three years, please visit our ABA Required Disclosures page.
Courtney Fitzgibbons, Assistant Dean for Academic Planning and Career Development
Courtney Fitzgibbons leads the Office of Academic Planning and Career Development in providing comprehensive academic and career counseling to New York Law School students. Courtney’s team assists students with curriculum planning, as well as in providing professional development programming, resources, and counseling to aid students in the development and execution of their job search strategies. Courtney also helps coordinate the Professional Development 101 programming, which includes an introduction to practice areas, cover letter workshops, and instruction about building and maintaining professional relationships.
Courtney has been with NYLS since 2009, but stepped away for a year to work as the Director of Career Services for the College of the Arts at Montclair State University. At NYLS, Courtney most recently worked as the Senior Director of Career Planning, where she focused on counseling upper division students. Her previous professional development experience also includes working at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, where she served as Director of Employer Relations and Private Sector Programming. While at GGU, Courtney served on several committees, including being elected President of BALRA (Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association), an association comprised of over 60 large law firms and all Northern California law schools.
Courtney has been an active member of several legal associations, including the New York City Bar Association, where she recently served as Chair of the Career Advancement and Management Committee; served on NALP’s (National Association for Legal Career Professionals) Emerging Legal Jobs Working Group; and Queen’s Bench, where she helped chair the Amicus Brief Committee and was a member of the Nominating Committee. Courtney has presented at NALP on topics such as “Integrating Student Groups into Career Services Programming”; “Thinking Big Picture: Counseling 2Ls & 3Ls to Think Strategically About Life After Law School”; and “The Rise of the Admitted Student – Partnering with and Serving as Ambassadors for Your Admissions Office!”
Before assisting law students and lawyers with professional development, Courtney practiced corporate law as an associate at Paul Hastings and Foley & Lardner. Courtney earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Danielle Aptekar, Senior Director for Operations
Danielle Aptekar provides general counseling and manages the Office of Career Planning’s Internet-based software programs used to serve New York Law School students. Danielle joined the office in 1989 following her work as a recruiter in a New York City legal search firm, where she counseled and placed lawyers in permanent and temporary positions, and advised candidates on career development issues. Danielle received a B.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a member of the National Association for Law Placement and has served on the Law Students Perspectives Committee and the Recruitment & Retention of Lawyers Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Irina Gomelskaya, Senior Director of Employer and Alumni Relations
Irina Gomelskaya is responsible for the development of a comprehensive and creative strategy to connect NYLS students and alumni to employment opportunities within the legal, business, government and non-profit communities. In this role, she focuses on the cultivation and preservation of employer relationships and provides expedited hiring services for employer participation in the Fall and Spring Recruitment programs. In addition, she identifies opportunities to engage alumni in providing employment opportunities for NYLS students and alumni and works with the Office of Institutional Advancement to foster positive relationships with NYLS alumni.
Immediately prior to joining NYLS, Irina worked as a legal recruiter at The Edgemont Group, LLC, where she maintained close relationships with the HR contacts and hiring partners and worked with potential candidates to revise their resumes and prepare them for interviews. Irina is also a Certified Life and Career Coach and has worked with private clients, as well as facilitated group workshops. Irina started her legal career as an associate in the Financial Restructuring practice group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where she practiced for eight years. She is also an active member of the Career Advancement and Management Committee at the New York City Bar Association and has participated in numerous career panels and programs. Irina earned her B.A. in Economics and Psychology, magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her J.D. from The University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Swati Parikh, Senior Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives
Swati Parikh counsels students on careers in nonprofit and government work, serves as a liaison to public service employers, develops public service programming, and leads the law school’s pro bono initiative, connecting student volunteers with legal service providers that assist low-income populations. Swati also manages the operations of New York Law School’s Impact Center for Public Interest Law, which oversees trainings, projects, and events related to public interest and social justice advocacy.
Previously, Swati served as the Associate Director of Alumni Advising at New York Law School, helping recent graduates develop a job search strategy, refine their resumes and cover letters, build their networking skills, and pursue their career goals. She planned networking events and led webinars on career-related topics. Swati enjoys guiding job-seekers towards experiences and tools they can use to advance their careers. She is also committed to educational equality and volunteers as a mentor for organizations such as Year Up, Legal Outreach, and PALS, Inc.
Prior to joining New York Law School, Swati worked as the Assistant Director of the Center for Public Service Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She also served as the Pro Bono Coordinator at Chadbourne & Parke LLP. She began her career as a tenant advocate and housing attorney with the Hell’s Kitchen community organization Housing Conservation Coordinators.
Swati is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, where she interned with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the Urban Justice Center, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and the housing legal clinic D.C. Law Students in Court.
Aisha Joseph, Director of Career Planning
Aisha Joseph provides general career counseling with a focus on the promotion of internship and career development opportunities created to improve the representation of diverse law students in the legal community. She also serves as a Deputy Diversity Officer under the Law School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining the NYLS staff, Aisha served as a career services counselor and public interest advisor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Before working in career services, Aisha practiced as a commercial litigation attorney in both the public and private sectors in the New York City metropolitan area. Aisha is a member of the National Association of Legal Placement, and recently served as Chair of the Career Advancement and Management Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Aisha graduated with a B.A. from Binghamton University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law where she was a member and editor of the International Law Journal.
Elizabeth Dambriunas, Associate Director for Alumni Advising
Elizabeth Dambriunas provides counseling, programming, and resources to NYLS’s recent graduates, assisting them in making the transition from law school to practice. She has an extensive background in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law and spent many years as in-house counsel for Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Viacom, before opening her own transactional practice. Prior to joining the NYLS Office of Career Planning, she served as an Alumni Mentor, IP Mentor, Faculty Externship Supervisor, and as Adjunct Faculty. Elizabeth is also a member of the Career Advancement and Management Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She graduated from New York Law School in 1985.
Cynthia Weissman, Associate Director of Career Planning
Cynthia “Cindi” Weissman provides general career counseling and also serves as the advisor to students who are interested in post-graduate judicial clerkships and students participating in the Judicial Externship Program. Prior to joining the law school staff, Cindi was an associate at a general practice firm and the deputy director of a public interest organization. Cindi is a member of NALP and serves on the Recruitment & Retention of Lawyers Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She graduated with a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the International Law Journal.
Vivian Villalva, Senior Administrative Assistant