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Admissions Office

The University of Michigan Law School
Admissions Office
South Hall, Suite 2200
701 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
Telephone: 734.764.0537
Fax: 734.647.3218


Sarah C. Zearfoss
Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions, Finanical Aid, and Career Planning

Sarah Zearfoss 


Deanna Arrieta
Secretary Senior

Deanna ArrietaDeanna, an Ann Arbor native, joined the Law School Admissions Office in 2013. She has a BA in political science from Yale University, where she played women's rugby and IM soccer. Prior to working at the Law School, she worked as a leasing coordinator for off-campus student housing on North Campus. In her spare time, Deanna enjoys painting; spending time with family, friends, and Barney Fife (the puppy she rescued from the Humane Society); and vacationing in Ixtapa, Mexico.


Mark Jefferson
Assistant Director

Mark joined the Admissions Office in January 2014. He received his BA, magna cum laude, in philosophy from Morehouse College and his JD from Michigan Law. Prior to returning to Ann Arbor and joining the Admissions Office, Mark was finishing his first novel, Maria Callas Snaps a Rose in Two; prior to that, he was in private practice as a corporate associate in Manhattan. Mark spends his time outside of the office reading, writing, and listening to jazz and European classical music. His favorite musicians are Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, and J.S. Bach. His favorite book is the next one.

Joe Pollak
Assistant Director

Joe joined the Admissions Office in 2012. He received his BA, cum laude, in political science and his JD 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 State Bar of Michigan. In his free time, Joe is a certified ropes course instructor and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, reading nonfiction, hiking, and traveling (with a particular interest in eco-tourism).

Dora-Maria Sonderhoff
Assistant Director, Advanced Legal Studies Degree Programs (MCL, LLM, and SJD)

Dora-Maria SonderhoffDora-Maria has worked for the Law School since 1999 and oversees all aspects of the MCL, LLM, and SJD 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.

Kaylyn Talkington

Kaylyn joined the Law School Admissions Office in June 2014. She has a BA from Kenyon College, cum laude, in political science and religious studies. At Kenyon, she worked at the Career Development Office as the programming and outreach intern, and served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs on student council. Outside the office, Kaylyn enjoys watching documentaries about absolutely anything, snuggling with her puppy, and pining for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Fang Tan
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Fang TanFang received her BA from Suzhou University and her MA from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She earned her MA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to joining the Law School Admissions Office, Fang worked as admissions officer at U-M's Rackham Graduate School. In her spare time, Fang enjoys running, reading, and listening to music.

Rainey Lamey
Admissions Counselor

Rainey has more than 10 years of service with the University of Michigan in undergraduate and law admissions, as well as systems implementations and management. She graduated from U-M with an honors bachelor's degree in classical Hellenism and a degree in mathematics. She also received her JD from Michigan Law and an MS in natural resources policy and behavior. Prior to joining U-M, she worked for nonprofit environmental organizations.  

Clare Bailey
Clerk Intermediate

Clare BaileyClare 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 BS 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.


Jamie Clay
Clerk Associate

Jamie WebsterJamie 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 skydiver, a published poet, and a designer of sea-bead weavings.


Michelle DiMondo
Business Process Technology Analyst

Michelle joined the Law School Admissions Office in April 2014. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, Michelle worked for three years in admissions at U-M's School of Dentistry, supporting prospective health care professionals. Before that, Michelle held positions at U-M's Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Literature, Science & Arts. Michelle has a BS with honors in brain, behavior, and cognitive science from U-M and earned an MA in educational leadership for higher education administration from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to her passion for data and administrative processes, Michelle enjoys organic gardening, locally sourced food and beverages, and experimenting with new baking recipes and flavor profiles. Michelle also enjoys traveling to the Great Up North (i.e., Traverse City). You will frequently find her out on the sandy shorelines of the crystal-clear lakes fishing for her next big catch.

Yvonne Fuller
Data Entry Operator Intermediate

Yvonne FullerYvonne 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.


Emily Gee
Admissions Workroom Coordinator

Emily GeeEmily 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.

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