The University of Michigan Law School
South Hall, Suite 2200
701 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
StaffSarah C. ZearfossSenior Assistant Dean for Admissions, Finanical Aid, and Career Planning
Business Process Technology Analyst
Sabrina became a member of the admissions office in December of 2007. She initially arrived at Michigan in 1993 as an undergraduate student and in 1998 began her career at the University in the College of Engineering (RPM). She moved to the M-Pathways Project (now ITS) in 1999 and worked there providing functional and instructional support of the University’s enterprise business systems, while also obtaining expert level knowledge of the University’s administrative systems and business processes. Sabrina spends her spare time as an administrator for Maximum OutPut Track Club, whose goal is to help athletes experience their best possible achievement both athletically and academically. She is an avid sports fan, and dreams of some day owning her own professional football franchise.
Assistant Director, Advanced Legal Studies Degree Programs (M.C.L., LL.M., and S.J.D.)
Dora-Maria Sonderhoff has worked for the Law School since 1999, and oversees all aspects of the M.C.L., LL.M., and S.J.D. application process. She comes from a family of lawyers, and has an international background and experience. A native German raised in Japan, she graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with a BA cum laude in Comparative Literature. She then worked in classical music management in Vienna, Austria, prior to moving to Ann Arbor. In addition to German, Japanese, and English, Dora-Maria speaks French and Italian.
Lindsey joined Admissions in 2009. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and her J.D. cum laude from the Law School. At the Law School, Lindsey participated in the Women’s Law Student Association developing new fundraising events. As a Michigan undergraduate student, she found herself onstage with various student theater groups. Prior to joining the office, Lindsey practiced corporate transactional law at Miller Canfield in Detroit and Skadden in Chicago. Lindsey spends her time outside the office focused on her many obsessions: cooking, gourmet salt, pug rescue, Michigan sports, and the list goes on.
Joe Pollak joined the Admissions Office in 2012. He received his B.A. cum laude in Political Science and his J.D. with honors from George Washington University. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, Joe was in private practice as an environmental litigation and regulatory associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Washington D.C. and is a member of the Michigan and Washington D.C. bar associations. In his free time, Joe is a certified ropes course instructor and also enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, reading non-fiction, hiking, and traveling (with a particular interest in eco-tourism).
Rainey has over 10 years of service with the University of Michigan in undergraduate and law admissions, as well as systems implementations and management. She graduated from UM with an honors bachelor's degree in Classical Hellenism and a degree in Mathematics. She also received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MS in Natural Resources Policy and Behavior. Prior to joining UM, she worked for nonprofit environmental organizations.
Lindsey joined the Admissions Office in December 2009. She received her B.S. in Dietetics from Miami University of Ohio. As an undergraduate student, Lindsey was an active member of the rowing club as both a coxswain and rower. Prior to working at the Admissions Office, Lindsey spent a summer working for the University of Michigan Alumni Association in northern Michigan. Outside of work, she enjoys reading "chick lit," cooking, and marathon training.
Rachel joined the Law School in 2010. An avid choir member and actress in high school, she received her B.A. in Theatre from Wayne State University in 2009. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, she worked in WSU's Department of Theatre and at a financial investment firm. Rachel travels as much as her time allows, but at home she enjoys watching movies and television, reading, and cooking.
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Fang Tan received her B.A. from Suzhou University and her M.A. from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She also earned her M.A. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to joining the Law School Admissions Office, Fang worked as admissions officer at the Rackham Graduate School. In her spare time, Fang enjoys running, reading and listening to music.
Admissions Workroom Coordinator
Emily had previous work experience in admissions and insurance claims prior to her arrival at the Law School in 2000. Among her duties are coordinating and facilitating various tasks in the admissions process to keep things running smoothly. Emily spends her time outside of work volunteering and pursuing her many interests such as hiking, architecture and design, graphics, and oceanography, to name just a few.
Data Entry Operator Intermediate
Yvonne has been with the University of Michigan since May 1999. After starting in Parking Services, she transferred to the Admissions Office in June 2001. Her current position includes maintenance of financial data pertaining to the admissions process.
Jamie started working for the Law School Admissions Office in August 2002, and has been a part of the University community since 1996, when she began working for the Property Control Office. Outside of work, Jamie pursues her interests as a licensed pilot, a sky-diver, a published poet, and a designer of sea-bead weavings.
Clare joined the Law School Admissions Office in 2012. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, she worked in the Financial Aid Office at Washtenaw Community College. She has a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated cum laude. Clare has a passion for travel, cooking, sports, and refurbishing vintage/antique furniture.