Meet the CSO Staff
The Career Services Office (“CSO”) partners with students and alumni on all aspects of their career development through individual career counseling, specialized programming, and extensive resources. The CSO sponsors a variety of recruitment programs, networking events, and other initiatives to connect students with private, public, and judicial sector employers. We educate students and alumni on personal and skills-based self-assessment, developing effective job search campaigns and strategies, workplace professionalism, and the diverse range of career opportunities available to those with legal education and training.
Our career advisors come from a variety of legal backgrounds, with professional experience ranging from private practice to public interest and government, to academia and nonprofit organizations. We encourage students to maintain regular contact and take advantage of access to their individual career advisor for job search strategy sessions, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, or simply for encouragement and advice.
Meet the Career Services Team
Oscar Teran, Associate Dean
Most recently, Oscar served as Western State's Director of Career Development. Oscar's higher education experience also includes serving as the Founding Director of the DREAM Center at UC-Irvine, Assistant Director of Career Services at Chapman Law, and Director of the Alumni Mentor Program at his alma mater, UC-Hastings.
Before entering higher education, Oscar served as a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid in San Jose, California Rural Legal Assistance in Delano, Positive Resource Center in San Francisco, and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid in El Paso.
He is admitted to practice law in California and Texas, has been active in National Association for Law Placement, and has taught leadership courses through Chapman University's Attallah College of Educational Studies.
Elizabeth Bernstein, Director
A member of the Career Services Office since 2004, Ms. Bernstein counsels students and alumni on legal career path options, resume and cover letter drafting, interviewing skills, and formulating career goals. She coordinates and presents workshops on career planning and law student professionalism. Additionally, she oversees the Alumni Resource Network directory, a platform to help students and fellow alumni as they navigate career path questions.
Ms. Bernstein is an active member of the Los Angeles Area Legal Recruitment Association (LAALRA), where she was a recent board member and now serves on the Membership Care Committee. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University and is a Certified Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. ®
Jody Stein, Esq., Senior Assistant Director
Ms. Stein advises students and alumni on all aspects of their job search preparation, including providing support as they clarify their career goals and strategize their employment searches. She comes to Southwestern Law School with a background in employment law, having started her career litigating discrimination claims on behalf of employees at a small Los Angeles firm. Ms. Stein continued her work in the field of employment law with a human resources consulting firm for which she has written regular employment law updates, conducted trainings on building respectful workplaces, and investigated discrimination claims in the workplace. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Stein is a member of the California State Bar.
Christine Caldwell, Esq., Assistant Director
Ms. Caldwell counsels students and alumni on career planning, job search strategies, networking, professionalism, resume and cover letter drafting, and interview preparation with a special focus on Public Interest Law.
Prior to joining the Career Services Office, Ms. Caldwell represented children, non-minor dependents, and parents in the juvenile dependency court as a staff attorney with the Children’s Law Center of California. She is designated a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. Ms. Caldwell also represented children in high-conflict custody cases in family and probate court and practiced as a mediator in family law and juvenile dependency cases.
Ms. Caldwell earned a Certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine graduating cum laude. Ms. Caldwell is a member of the California State Bar.
Megan Evanich, Assistant Director
Ms. Evanich is available to counsel students and alumni on career planning and job search strategies, networking, and resume and cover letter drafting. Ms. Evanich serves on the Faculty Placement Committee and is an active member of NALP (The National Association of Legal Professionals) and LAALRA (Los Angeles Area Legal Recruitment Association). She also writes articles for the Job Talk section of the Southwestern Law Blog. Ms. Evanich is an alum of Southwestern. While in law school, she externed with the Children’s Law Center, Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, and the Honorable Amy Pellman, and participated in the Children’s Rights Clinic. She received her BA in Theatre & Psychology from Western Illinois University. Before law school, Ms. Evanich worked in the entertainment industry.
Yvette Gonzalez, Esq., Assistant Director
Ms. Gonzalez counsels students and alumni on career planning and job search strategies, networking, and resume and cover letter drafting. She started her legal career at a large, international law firm where she focused on employment law and insurance litigation. She then transitioned to the private sector where she was a Director of Recruiting for a national legal staffing agency for over 10 years. Ms. Gonzalez received her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Stanford University. Ms. Gonzalez is a member of the California State Bar.
Alejandra Martinez-Ramos, Recruiting Coordinator
Ms. Martinez-Ramos administers and manages the recruitment programs at Southwestern Law School, including the On-Campus Interview (OCI) programs, the Mock Interview Program, and the Symplicity job board. Prior to joining Southwestern Law School, Ms. Martinez-Ramos was the Faculty Support Coordinator for the College of Business Administration and Public Policy at California State University, Dominguez Hills. In this role, she assisted over 100 faculty across four academic departments. Ms. Martinez-Ramos received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Giselle Martinez, Student Services Assistant
Ms. Martinez handles office communications within the CSO. She is the first point of contact when entering the Career Services Office. Prior to joining the department, she was working with Southwestern’s Externship Office, Administrative Services Office, and Registrar. Ms. Martinez has a background in Placement Services and Financial Aid Advising. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara.