The Career Service Office Staff at the University of North Carolina School of Law
by Rebecca E. Neely
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Brian Lewis is the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the UNC School of Law. He has held ''positions in career services at the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville,'' and ''William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia.''
As a National Association for Law Placement (NALP) member for many years, he has served on the NALP Board of Directors, and has chaired or served on NALP's Nominating Committee, Judicial Clerkship Working Group, Bylaws Committee, and Recruitment Practices Committee, among others.
Brian has presented at national and regional conferences. He also authored a chapter for ''Perspectives on Career Services'', which was published by NALP in 2004. He has run a variety of off-campus job fairs for law students in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Brian earned both his Bachelor's in General Studies and a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from the University of Iowa.
Sylvia Novinsky is the Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs. She joined the School of Law over 15 years ago, and during that time, she has served as the Associate Director for Public Interest Law in Career Services, and as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She coordinates programs and services for students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in public interest law, and pro bono service opportunities at the School of Law.
Prior to joining UNC's School of Law Career Services Office, she practiced employment and immigration law, ''representing migrant farmworkers at Peninsula Legal Aid in Virginia, and serving as Legal Director for the Center for Immigrants' Rights in New York, New York.''
She serves on the North Carolina Bar Association's Public Service Advisory Committee, the Latino Affairs Committee, and she ''served as past chair of the Association of American Law School, Student Services Executive Committee.''
Novinsky is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations and The American University's Washington College of Law.
In Volume 33 of ''Carolina Law'', Issue One, Spring/Summer 2009, in the article entitled, ''Students Earn Pro Bono Law School of the Year Award'', UNC School of Law students were recognized for providing free legal assistance to New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Novinsky was quoted as saying: ''Our students come back with a renewed sense of purpose, of knowing why they are in law school and the desperate need for access to legal services.''
Maria Mangano joined UNC's School of Law Career Services in 2005. While ''she counsels students and alumni on all aspects of job searching and career development,'' she provides niche advice for students planning to work in small to mid-size firms in North Carolina, for students and alumni interested in alternative careers or women's career issues, and for members of groups who have historically been ''underrepresented in the legal profession.''
A 1982 graduate of UNC Law School, Maria has always worked in the area. Positions she has held include ''serving as a staff attorney at the NC Court of Appeals,'' and ''practicing with small firms in Raleigh and Durham.'' She also worked at the Office of Career Services and as a Legal Writing instructor at Duke Law School.
''She is a past president of the NC Association of Women Attorneys and is currently on the Board of Directors of NC LEAF, on the board of the NC Gay Advocacy Legal Alliance.'' She is also ''a member of the NC Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee.'' According to law.unc.edu, ''She co-chaired that committee's Summer Associates Program in 2008-09.''
''In addition to her law degree, Maria holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MA from Duke.'' Both degrees are in English literature.