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CDO General Inquiries

Please send an email to or call 510-642-4567 for general questions, reciprocity requests, or if you don’t know whom to contact.

Staff Bios and Contact Information

Learn more about the CDO staff.

Career Development Office Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (we are generally closed on Wednesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for a weekly staff meeting).

CDO Mailing Address

Career Development Office
University of California, Berkeley
School of Law (Berkeley Law)
290 Simon Hall #7200
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

Telephone: 510-642-4567
Fax: 510-643-5370

Reciprocity Agreements

Berkeley Law has reciprocity agreements across the country for Berkeley Law students and Berkeley Law alumni to access other law schools’ Career Development offices. Click here for more information.


Career Development Staff

Terrence Galligan
Assistant Dean


Prior to coming to Berkeley Law, Terrence Galligan served as program coordinator at the Office of Public Interest Advising at the Harvard Law School. In 1994–98, he was a litigation partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis. While in private practice, he did extensive pro bono work for groups such as the Conservation Law Foundation and Children’s Rights, Inc. He also helped organize a group of business leaders to provide support, mentoring, and summer jobs for students at a public high school in midtown Manhattan. In 1998, he served as associate independent counsel in the Whitewater and related investigations, focusing on appellate work in the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a 1988 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he participated in the founding of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

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· Telephone: 510-642-7746


Sarah Cunniff
Associate Director for Private Sector Counseling and Programs

Sarah Cunniff has extensive private sector experience in a variety of practice settings. Most recently, she served as an intellectual property associate at a 32–person San Francisco law firm, Steinhart & Falconer (which has since merged with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary). Prior to that, she served as an in-house attorney at Levi-Strauss & Co. Sarah began her legal career at the national law firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, working in both the litigation and corporate departments. After leaving Heller, she worked as a contract attorney in a variety of positions. She is a 1987 graduate of Hastings College of the Law.

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· Telephone: 510-643-3161


Alexander Li-Hua Lee
Associate Director for Public Interest/Public Sector Programs

Alex graduated from Boalt in 2004.  During his 3L year, the Open Society Institute awarded Alex a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship to create the Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), a legal services and policy organization working to end the abuse of transgender people in prison.

As TGIJP’s Director, Alex worked closely with leading LGBT legal organizations, as well as a variety of racial and economic justice organizations, members of the California legislature, and correctional agencies.  Alex also worked as a staff attorney at Justice Now, helping prisoners fight the termination of their parental rights and win competent health care for life-threatening conditions.  During his tenure with both organizations, Alex mentored many law students and young attorneys seeking public interest careers.  He is eager to use his extensive network of public interest practitioners to help our students in their career exploration and job search efforts.

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· Telephone: 510-643-4779


Melanie Rowen
Associate Director for Public Interest/Public Sector Programs

Melanie joined the CDO after several years of practice in civil rights impact litigation and public policy advocacy.  As a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Melanie collaborated with a broad range of non-profit and government organizations and worked on numerous civil rights issues, including race and sexual orientation discrimination, prisoners’ rights, and the rights of elders.  Before joining NCLR, Melanie was a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins LLP.  At Latham, she was heavily involved in pro bono work, including asylum representation and defending the rights of homeless individuals and low-income tenants.  Melanie received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago, where for two years she did pro bono criminal defense work in both the juvenile and adult justice systems.

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· Telephone: 510-664-4862


Eric J. Stern
Director of Operations
Judicial Clerkships and Government Career Advisor

Before relocating to California, Eric was a Senior Career Counselor at the George Washington University School of Law. Eric arrived at GW after a career in politics and advocacy—most recently serving as the Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats, the national organization representing LGBT Democrats. Before joining Stonewall, he was appointed as the director of GLBT Outreach for the Democratic National Committee, where he developed a national grass-roots infrastructure for the Kerry-Edwards campaign and served as an Iowa Regional Field Director during the general election.  He received his law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. While in law school, he interned for the U.S. Department of Justice–Civil Rights Division; the Whitman-Walker Clinic; the Children’s Law Center; and the Human Rights Campaign. After law school, he was awarded a Dorot Law Fellowship at the Alliance for Justice.  In the 2008 election cycle, Stern served as a Political Advisor to the John Edwards for President Campaign and then as one of six National LGBT Co-Chairs for the Obama-Biden Campaign.

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· Telephone: 510-643-4260


Minji Kim
Associate Director for Private Sector Counseling and Programs

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Minji received her J.D. from Stanford in 2003. Before her return in 2008 to the Bay Area from abroad, Minji worked as an associate in a large law firm and for the Boston Consulting Group in Seoul, South Korea. While in law school, Minji served as a summer associate at Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto and as a judicial extern for the Hon. Chester Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. In addition to general private sector career advising, Minji utilizes her experience as a U.S. lawyer who worked abroad to counsel J.D. students interested in pursuing international employment opportunities.

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· Telephone: 510-643-8196


Valerie Castelo
Associate Director for Private Sector Counseling and Programs

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After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2006, Valerie worked as an associate in the Palo Alto office of Cooley LLP specializing in securities fraud and complex commercial litigation. While at Cooley, she provided regular pro bono services through the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s Housing Clinic and Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco. While in law school, Valerie worked as a summer associate in the New York office of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP and served as a judicial extern in the chambers of the Hon. Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, she was a paralegal and legal assistant in small law offices in Berkeley and Oakland.  Valerie received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in 2002.

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· Telephone: 510-643-2675


Marty Grenhart
Recruitment Manager

Marty is a longtime member of the Cal community. She began her career in the University Relations Office 18 years ago in an entry-level position and progressed to a supervisory role as a programmer analyst in the Information Systems Unit. In her current role, she will manage legal recruiting programs, including coordination of the fall and spring on-campus interview programs. Marty is originally from the East Coast and received her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University.

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· Telephone: 510-643-7242


Janine Nesset Tominaga
Career Resources Administrator

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Janine joined the CDO after working in several departments at the law school. A master of organization, Janine ensures that the CDO runs smoothly by providing support for student programs, facilitating collaboration with other units in the law school, and assisting in a variety of tasks. She has brought transferable skills from her 30 years of work as a Public Health Administrator. Her work includes serving with the Government of Guam’s Department of Public Health & Social Services and nearly 20 years of service as The Better Health Foundation’s [501 (c)(3)] Founding Executive Director. Janine received her M.P.H. from UC Berkeley and her B.S. from Montana State University, Bozeman.

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