Office of Career Services

Experience in Law

Six J.D. counsel​ors represent a combined 40 years of experience in career services and another 20 years of practicing law in private law firms and in-house counsel settings. Another LL.M. counselor brings international and career counseling expertise. These professionals not only assist students in the career development process, they also remain active members of the legal community and continue to build invaluable relationships with alumni and employers.

In addition to the counselors, an employer relations professional and a recruitment manager assist employers in all aspects of hiring and getting involved, including overseeing the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) and other events. Two assistants maintain the job listings, Career Services website, clerkship database and resource library while also helping students, alumni and employers.​

Professional Staff

  • Moeller
    Elizabeth Moeller
    Assistant Dean of Career Services
    Prior to joining the Office of Career Services in November 1996, Assistant Dean Moeller practiced law at the Los Angeles offices of Graham & James and Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz. Her duties as Assistant Dean include overall administration; counseling students and alumni; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers; and facilitating relationships between the faculty and administration and the Office of Career Services. Beth holds her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.
  • YDenenny
    Yvonne Denenny
    Co-Director of Career Services
    Yvonne has been with the Office of Career Services since July 2003. Earlier, she counseled law students on career development issues at another local institution. She practiced as an attorney for six years, initially at the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster LLP and then at a start-up Internet company. Yvonne received her B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Yvonne assists with the day-to-day management of the office; counseling students and alumni; overseeing, organizing and presenting career-related programs; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; and acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers.
  • Nangia
    Malini Nangia
    Co-Director and Clerkship Coordinator of Career Services
    Malini assists with the day-to-day management of the office; counseling students and alumni; overseeing, organizing and presenting career-related programs; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; and acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers. She also oversees the judicial clerkship application process. Prior to joining UCLA in July 2005, Malini litigated at the Los Angeles offices of Bryan Cave LLP and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP. She received her B.A. from Tufts University in 1999 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.
  • Guinyard
    Tracey Guinyard
    Assistant Director of Career Services
    Tracey is responsible for counseling students and alumni; organizing and presenting career-related programs; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers; and assisting students with the judicial clerkship application process. Previously, Tracey served as an Assistant Director of Career Services at Columbia Law School, as well as a legal recruiter with the law firms Paul Hastings and Weil Gotshal. She received her B.A. from Spelman College and her J.D. from The Ohio State University.​
  • Barash
    Lisa Barash
    Assistant Director / Alumni Counselor
    Lisa counsels students and alumni; organizes and presents career-related programs; maintains and establishes relationships with legal employers; and acts as a liaison between students, alumni and employers. She is also responsible for assisting students with the judicial clerkship application process.​ Lisa practiced as an attorney at O'Melveny & Myers Los Angeles in their Corporate Bankruptcy Department. In addition, she clerked for the Honorable Charles F. Eick, Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.
  • Eklund
    Katherine Eklund
    Assistant Director / Alumni Counselor
    Katherine counsels students and alumni; organizes and presents career-related programs; maintains and establishes relationships with legal employers; and acts as a liaison between students, alumni and employers. She is also responsible for assisting students with the judicial clerkship application process.​ Katherine, who focuses on counseling alumni and third-year law students, was previously a career advisor at another Southern California law school, and a litigation associate at the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. She received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan.
  • Cao
    Ying Cao
    Associate Director / LL.M. Development
    Ying's responsibilities include advising LL.M. students and developing international opportunities for students. She has a breadth of professional experience including work in the non-profit sector, university student services management, and developing and organizing international programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.​
  • Chiruvolu
    Rekha Chiruvolu
    Assistant Director / Employer Relations
    Rekha works closely with current and prospective employers. Before joining UCLA, she was a litigator for eight years, working primarily with Butz Dunn & DeSantis in San Diego. Rekha has been an active member of several bar associations, including serving as President of the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego. She holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark and a B.A. from New York University.
  • Kressh
    Linda Kressh
    Manager of Legal Recruitment
    Linda is responsible for the coordination of the On-Campus Interview Program and all related recruiting activities, including job fairs and receptions. She plans and coordinates all aspects of the annual Small/Mid-Sized Law Firm Reception, the annual government reception for local, state and federal agencies and two mock interview programs for students in their first and second year.​
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    Sombra Ruiz
    Career Services Coordinator
    Sombra is your contact at the front office and is responsible for arranging appointments; coordinating the daily job listings; arranging reciprocity; managing career resources; updating and maintaining the career services website; assisting with the fall and spring On-Campus Interview Program; assisting with the coordination of the mock interview and mentor programs, and providing other administrative support. She received her B.A. and M.A. from UCLA.
  • Torres
    Carmen Torres
    Judicial Clerkship Assistant
    Carmen is your contact individual for coordinating the daily job listings, updating and maintaining the career services website, assisting with the fall and spring on campus interview programs, assisting with the coordination of the judicial clerkship programs, and providing other administrative support.