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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, Financial Aid, and Career Planning

Sarah Zearfoss 







Shannon Briscoe
Senior Secretary


Shannon joined the Law School Admissions Office in December 2016. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, she worked as a Faculty Assistant at the University of Michigan Law School. Her fascination with the law has led her to study and receive her degree in criminal justice. In her free time, Shannon enjoys watching football (GO BLUE!) and baseball. She loves to read and spend time on the lake during the summer. She has a daughter who keeps her busy as an aspiring U of M gymnast!


Yvonne Fuller

Data Entry Operator Intermediate 

Yvonne Fuller

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.


Emily Gee

Clerk Intermediate

Emily Gee

Emily has 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. 


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


Sean McElhone

Business Process Technology Analyst 


Sean McElhone joined the Law School Admissions Office in October 2016. He received a Bachelor's Degree in both Business and Computer Science from Cleary University in 2011. After graduating, Sean spent a year working in the insurance industry until accepting a position at the University of Michigan Health System. While with UMHS, he worked in the MiChart/Epic Department as part of the Training Team. Outside of the office he enjoys fishing, riding his bike, and enjoying the outdoors.


Angela Nicoloff

Clerk Intermediate


Angela joined the Law School Admissions Office in December 2016. Angela graduated from Michigan State University in 2004 with a BA in Telecommunication. She also attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts in 2011 and completed the Video/Film program. Throughout the years, Angela has worked in the broadcasting industry and has several years of customer service experience. Outside of work, Angela enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and reading.  


Joe Pollak
Associate 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).

Taylor Simon



Taylor, an Ann Arbor native, joined the Law School Admissions Office in 2016. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in International Studies in 2015. Since graduation, Taylor has worked in higher education for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as working as a nanny for other U-M families. Outside of the office, she loves live music, fishing, and anything outdoors.


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

Dora-Maria Sonderhoff

Dora-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.


Fang Tan
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Fang Tan

Fang 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.

Kalli Washburn
Clerk Intermediate

Kalli joined the Law School Admissions Office in May 2016. Originally from Iowa, she graduated with a BA in Public Relations and Strategic Communication from St. Ambrose University in December 2011. Since graduation, Kalli has worked in the corporate world in a variety of fields, such as furniture and aviation. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, shopping, and being a crazy cat lady.