Career Planning Staff
As Assistant Dean for Career Planning, Jeremy Bloom oversees the Office of Career Planning, counsels students and alumni, and works closely with employers. Jeremy, a December 2001 graduate of the Law School, began his legal career as an associate in the Corporate Finance Department at Skadden in New York City. His legal experience also includes working as a senior counsel in the Enforcement Department at the New York Stock Exchange and at FINRA, interning for a federal district court judge in Detroit, and co-founding and managing a boutique law firm in southeast Florida. Immediately before joining the Law School, Jeremy was Senior Compliance Manager and Counsel for Tower Research Capital LLC, a proprietary trading firm in New York City. In addition to obtaining his JD degree at Michigan Law, Jeremy graduated from the Honors Program at the University of Michigan with a BA in political science.
Alyson L. Robbins, Public Interest Director
Alyson Robbins joined the Office of Career Planning as the Public Interest Director in August 2011. Most recently, Alyson was a Staff Attorney at the Family Law Project, an office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan, where she represented low-income victims of domestic violence in civil matters (family law, housing, immigration, and public benefits). She also supervised the law student volunteer program and served as the advisor to FLP's student organization at MLS. During law school, Alyson was a student attorney at the Northeastern's Prisoners' Rights Clinic and Domestic Violence Institute, the Committee for Public Counsel Services of Massachusetts' Youth Advocacy Project, Lawyers for Children in New York City, and the Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle in Ann Arbor. Alyson is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (JD), Bank Street College of Education (MSEd), and the University of Michigan (BS).
Kim LeClair joined the Office of Career Planning as the Recruitment Manager in March, 2012. Kim manages our three interview programs: Early Interview Week, Fall Interview Program, and Winter Interview Program. She also tracks student employment statistics for the department. Most recently, Kim worked at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment doing career advising and event planning. Kim is a graduate of Grand Valley State University (MPA), Oakland University (BS), and holds a Global Career Development Facilitator certification.
Carolyn Spencer comes to the office with a background in private firm practice, public service, and academia. She graduated from the University of Connecticut Law School after receiving her AB from Brown University. After law school, Carolyn worked for a medium-size firm, practicing mainly in the areas of medical malpractice and insurance defense. She next worked as an assistant city attorney for the City of New Haven before joining the faculty at Quinnipiac College School of Law, where she taught in the Legal Practice Program. While teaching, Carolyn served as a magistrate, hearing small-claims cases and minor motor vehicle infractions. In 1996, she became assistant director of the Legal Practice Program here at Michigan Law. Carolyn joined our office in March, 1999. She is available for student and alumni counseling.
Robin joined the office in August 2001. Previously, she served as the Vice President of an e-commerce company in Ann Arbor. Before relocating to Michigan in 1999 from Chicago, she was the legal compliance officer for a network of nonprofit environmental and consumer organizations, and a staff attorney for an international labor union, where she represented workers in arbitration and mediation settings, and advised the union on policy issues, regulatory matters, and contract negotiations. Before going to law school, Robin had a career in Chicago's nonprofit community, serving as a program officer at a foundation specializing in international and domestic human rights and civil liberties issues. Robin received her JD from DePaul College of Law, and her BA cum laude from Macalester College.
Greta M. Trakul, Attorney-Counselor and Judicial Clerkship Advisor
Greta joined the OCP team in June 2013 as the Judicial Clerkship Advisor. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, and her bachelor of arts degree with honors in political theory and constitutional democracy from Michigan State University—James Madison College. After law school, Greta spent two years practicing commercial litigation and bankruptcy/restructuring with Bryan Cave LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. She relocated back to Michigan, where she spent three years in the litigation and eminent domain practice groups at Clark Hill PLC. She then clerked for former Michigan Court Justice Maura Corrigan. Just prior to joining OCP, Greta served as the Director of Career Services and Outreach at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for almost five years.
Kindra is a 2008 graduate of Michigan Law. She joined OCP after practicing patent litigation at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where she was recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2014 Rising Star for Intellectual Property Litigation. While in the private sector, Kindra maintained an active pro bono practice focused on civil rights cases, including representation of decorated female soldiers challenging the military's former combat exclusion policies. In addition to her work at Covington & Burling, Kindra worked for a medium-sized law firm in Atlanta—her native city—doing First Amendment and media law and as a legislative assistant to a Georgia state senator. As a law student, Kindra was a contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review and participated in both Outlaws and the Black Law Students Alliance. She was a summer associate at Alston & Bird and Holland & Knight, both in Atlanta. She received her BA from Agnes Scott College. Kindra enjoys working with students and alumni to pursue careers that they find personally and professionally rewarding and approaches her counseling role from a holistic perspective. In her free time, she enjoys restoring antique furniture and catching up on really bad reality TV.
Pyper Logan Alpern, Attorney-Counselor
Pyper graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in December 2002 after receiving an AB in psychology, also from the University of Michigan. During law school, she worked as a law clerk in the University of Michigan's Office of the General Counsel. After graduation, Pyper practiced law in the litigation group at a large Detroit firm and for a small Ann Arbor labor and employment law firm, and managed real estate and labor and employment affairs in-house for a property-management company. Prior to joining the Office of Career Planning in October 2013, Pyper worked in career services for six years at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Beth is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned an A.B. in psychology with honors, and of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and a member of the Journal of Gender and the Law. Prior to joining OCP, Beth practiced antitrust law at Clifford Chance in New York City, Washington, D.C., and remotely from home in Ann Arbor. She also practiced at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Washington, D.C. While at Clifford Chance in D.C., she served on the hiring committee and volunteered as a peer counselor for the D.C. bar. Beth is also a life coach certified by Martha Beck. There is nothing she likes better than hearing someone's life story and planning a course of action to meet personal and professional goals.
Tammy Sindlinger joined the office in June 1993. She received her BS in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in August 1991. Tammy manages the Judicial database and serves as the OSCAR administrator for the Law School, oversees the Career Planning Resource Library, and develops and maintains the Careers website.
Katie Ulivi joined the office in November 2006. She received her BA in General Management from Michigan State University in 2001. Katie facilitates career planning events and handles administrative tasks for OCP.
Ruthie Freeman joined the Office of Career Planning as the front desk receptionist in July 2014. In addition to those responsibilities, she handles all job postings and manages our Job Bulletin. Ruthie is a 2006 graduate of the Residential College at the University of Michigan and a 2008 graduate of the School of Information. She's worked in student services in Chicago, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, and is happy to call UM home once again.
Public Interest/Public Service Faculty Fellows