Our Staff

  • Hannah Beardsley

    Hannah Beardsley

    Career Center Coordinator

    Phone: 919-613-7031
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    Erin M. Biggerstaff

    Recruiting Coordinator

    Phone: 919-613-7190
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    Stella A. Boswell

    Director, Office of Public Interest Advising

    Phone: 919-613-8530
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    Stella directs the Office of Public Interest Advising and works with students and alumni interested government and public interest jobs. Stella received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and earned her law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. After law school, Stella was in a litigation practice in Durham. She then served as the Legal Affairs Counsel for what is now the North Carolina Advocates for Justice where she ran the amicus curiae program and worked as a lobbyist. She has worked with the Career Center since 2004.  Stella was a long-time board member and is a Past President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and is a long-time board member of the NC Legal Education Assistance Foundation.  First year law students that are focused on government and public interest legal work during law school and beyond, should sign up for initial counseling sessions with Stella.

  • Kelly Briggs

    Career Services Financial and Information Specialist

    Phone: 919-613-7284
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    Kelly is responsible for maintaining Career Center financial records. In addition, she tracks various information critical to the Career Center's success. She also assists the recruiting director with various Duke Law School recruiting programs, such as Spring and Fall OCI. Kelly attended Vanderbilt University and William Smith College. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics. She moved here from Upstate New York with her husband and son in 2006.

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    Jennifer Caplan

    Senior Career Counselor

    Phone: 919-613-7752
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    Jennifer works with students and alumni, especially those interested in private practice and/or transactional work. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University, Jennifer earned a Masters in Publishing from NYU and worked in the editorial departments of two academic publishers, developing history and political science titles. An interest in intellectual property issues prompted her to attend law school and after graduating from Duke Law, she worked at the Silicon Valley office of Fenwick & West LLP, where her practice focused on trade secret, trademark and patent litigation.

  • Alan Dickinson

    Director of JD Advising & Professional Development

    Phone: 919-613-7137
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    A graduate of Wake Forest University and Duke University School of Law, Alan began his legal career serving as a law clerk to The Honorable Susan Harrell-Black on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Following his clerkship, Alan joined the litigation department of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, North Carolina, focusing primarily on business and labor disputes, and later associated with Comerford & Britt, LLP, one of the region's preeminent plaintiff's firms. Immediately prior to returning to Duke, Alan served as in-house counsel to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, currently the 94th largest school district in the nation.

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    Bruce A. Elvin

    Senior Lecturing Fellow and Associate Dean and Director Career & Professional Development Center

    Phone: 919-613-7084
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    A graduate of Stanford University and Duke Law School, Bruce worked for the two years following graduation at the University of Munich, Germany where he also earned a Magister (Masters) in German Law. Upon returning to the United States, he practiced law for two major international firms in New York, Baker & McKenzie and later White & Case. Subsequently, he took on business roles at two high-tech firms. Immediately prior to coming to Duke, Bruce did consulting and recruiting for large law firms and corporate legal departments with Heidrick & Struggles in New York City. While working in New York, Bruce created and taught a course certified by the State for CLE credit on “The Business of Law and Developing Relationships” for law firm associates. Bruce currently co-teaches the “Business & Economics of Law Firm Practice” for 2Ls and 3Ls in the law school.

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    Judith L. Hammerschmidt

    Director of Clerkship Programs

    Phone: 919-613-7167
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    After an eclectic legal career spanning three decades and millions of airline miles, Judy has settled into the Office as the Director of Clerkship Programs. Judy graduated from Duke and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She began her legal career in the US Department of Justice, and served as a Special Assistant to two Attorneys General, focusing on international matters, civil rights and judicial selection. After seven years at Dickstein Shapiro where she represented the Government of Abu Dhabi in the BCCI case and counseled numerous corporate clients in their international expansion, Judy became the International Counsel for Herbalife. In that capacity she oversaw the company's growth into a multi-billion dollar company doing business in more than 60 countries. While living abroad on behalf of Herbalife, Judy worked with law firms throughout the world. For the last seven years she has counseled small to mid-sized companies on strategic growth and international expansion. She is proficient in French and Italian.

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    Ed Hanson

    Senior Career Counselor

    Phone: 919-613-7744
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    Ed has recently joined the Career Center staff after 34 years of practicing commercial real estate transactional law in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with the Montgomery County, MD law firm of Shulman Rogers.  After receiving his B.A. from Duke, Ed remained in Durham to earn his J.D. and a Masters in Public Policy Sciences from the university.  Ed maintained strong ties with Duke during his years of living and practicing law in the DC area by serving, at various times, as president of the Duke Alumni Association, a member of the Board of Visitors of the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees, and as a member of the 1992 Duke University Presidential Search Committee.  Currently Ed is the chairperson of the Citizens Advisory Council of the Duke Cancer Institute.

  • Oleg Kobelev

    Director of International Career Development and Special Projects

    Phone: 919-613-7144
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    Oleg is responsible for advising students on international career opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Oleg joins Duke Law from the National Association of Attorneys General, where he served as tobacco counsel, supporting 52 attorneys general in enforcement and implementation of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which ended states’ Medicaid litigation against tobacco companies and governs annual multi-billion dollar payments from tobacco companies to cover states’ costs in caring for people with smoking-related illnesses. He also has served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and as an associate with Sidley Austin in New York. Oleg is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was editor in chief of the Journal of Law and Technology.

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    Adriane Kyropoulos

    Director of Recruitment and Employer Relations

    Phone: 919-613-7211
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    A graduate of Duke University and Fordham University Law School, Adriane practiced law for eight years in New York, at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Carter, Ledyard & Milburn and Willkie, Farr and Gallagher. Subsequently, she took on roles in Human Resources and Recruitment, working at legal executive search firms and managing the recruitment function for the Legal and Compliance divisions at Goldman Sachs. Immediately prior to coming to Duke, Adriane was the Manager of Employment and Human Resources at Practical Law, a Thomson Reuters business.

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    Patricia Roz

    Staff Assistant

    Phone: 919-613-7030
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    Emily Sharples

    Manager, Office of Public Interest Advising

    Phone: 919-613-8519
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    Emily is the Manager of the Office of Public Interest Advising, where she focuses on event planning, program execution, marketing, student engagement and general advising. Emily received her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from NC State, and her undergraduate degree from UNC Asheville. Originally employed as the Office Coordinator in the Career Center, Emily joined the office in 2010. She is a Guardian ad Litem for the Durham County Court Systems, tutors in Raleigh, and is an avid runner.

Bruce Elvin
Bruce Elvin
Associate Dean & Director of Career and Professional Development

Career & Professional Development Center

Room 2015

Box 90367
Durham, North Carolina
27708-0367

(919) 613-7031 phone
(919) 613-7266 fax
careercenter@law.duke.edu