The NAPLA Nomination Committee 2016-2017 is honored to present the following slate of Executive Board and At-Large Board positions.
NAPLA Nominations Committee: Recommended Executive Board – 2017
Slate of Self Nominations for At-Large Board Positions – 2017
BIOS of Recommended NAPLA Executive Board Members
President: Michael Vitlip (Drexel University)
Michael Vitlip is the Pre-Law Advisor at Drexel University. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. Prior to entering his current role, he gained experience in both the legal and test prep industries. Michael also hosts the Philadelphia Law Fair and Philadelphia Law Admissions Panel and coaches the Drexel Undergraduate Mock Trial Program. Since joining NAPLA Michael has served as an at-large member of the Board, a member of the Conference Planning Committee, a member of the Finance Committee, and Chair of the Communications and Strategic Initiatives Committee.
1st Vice President: Thomas Rozinski (Touro College)
Tom Rozinski currently serves as 2nd Vice President. He is Associate Professor of Political Science at Touro College, where he has taught for ten years, as well as prelaw advisor. His recent projects include trying to increase collaboration between legal writing professors and undergraduate teachers of constitutional law, and attempting to make the LSAT schedule more student-friendly. As a NAPLA board member he redesigned the process for the selection of future conference sites using a model that should reduce costs for NAPLA attendees.
2nd Vice President: Nancy Gibson (Bates College)
Nancy is currently serving as Interim NAPLA Secretary. She has been the prelaw advisor at Bates College in Maine for the past 7 years. Before that, she designed and directed the externship program at the University of Maine School of Law and taught in its legal clinic. Nancy has a JD from Northwestern and has practiced law in a large commercial litigation firm in Boston and taught and supervised student casework at Northwestern University’s Legal Clinic for a number of years. She has also provided career and professional development advice and trainings to attorneys and legal organizations.
Treasurer: Dianne McDonald (Bucknell University)
Dianne McDonald has a background in both law and education and has served as the pre-law advisor at Bucknell University as well as a lecturer at Bucknell’s School of Management since 2010. She served as a conference co-chair for the NAPLA conference in Baltimore in 2014 and as an at-large member of the NAPLA board of directors. She is currently treasurer of NAPLA.
Secretary: Lauren Dropkin (Brandeis University)
Prior to joining the Hiatt Career Center at Brandeis University, Lauren practiced family law for 13 years in Chicago. While in Chicago, she taught legal research and writing for a semester at DePaul University, College of Law. At Brandeis, she advises students on all aspects of their pre-law experience, including choosing a path, taking classes, networking, finding and applying to jobs and internships related to their anticipated legal careers, as well as preparing for the LSAT and applying to law school.
BIOS of Recommended NAPLA At-Large Board Members
Ed Egan (Mount St. Mary’s University)
Ed currently serves as a board member. I have been the Director of the Pre-Law Program at my alma mater – Mount St. Mary’s University since 2009. In addition to my Pre-Law advising, I teach an LSAT prep class as well as law related courses in the Political Science Department. I feel very fortunate to work with bright students at a place I love surrounded by wonderful colleagues. Prior to taking the Pre-Law position at Mount St. Mary’s, I practiced law in Maryland, D.C. and Pennsylvania and was also a business owner.
Heather Frederick (Slippery Rock University)
Dr. Heather Frederick is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA, where she has taught American National Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Courts, Presidency, Congress, and Senior Seminar since 2004. She has been the SRU Prelaw Program Coordinator since 2011. As co-creator of the SRU Prelaw Program, she has been instrumental in the development of courses, programming, the student organization Law Society, and a budget for the program. I would love to be a member of the Communications and Strategic Initiatives Committee or the Nominating Committee and very much look forward to aiding in the the planning and implementation of the annual NAPLA conference.
Steven Lichtman (Shippensburg University)
Steven Lichtman is Associate Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor at Shippensburg University. He has been an active and engaged member of NAPLA since 2007. In his decade of NAPLA membership, Steven has served on the Conference Planning Committee (2017) and as NAPLA Treasurer (2012-2013). He has presented on a dozen different panels at NAPLA and PLANC, on subjects as varied as marketing pre-law programs, faith-based law schools, pre-law advising in political science, and the “new normal” for law schools. Steven received his undergraduate (1990) and doctoral (2004) degrees from Brandeis University, and his law degree (1993) from New York University.
Phillip Mink (University of Delaware)
Phillip Mink attended the University of Mississippi Law School, and he then attended the University of Virginia on a Henry Hoyns Fellowship in Writing. He subsequently practiced law in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and in 2004 he joined the writing faculty at the University of Delaware. Since then he has created two permanent legal writing classes, and he has advised countless pre-law students. Professor Mink has a particular interest in the personal statement because of its potential to help with both admissions and funding. In addition to his teaching and advising, Professor Mink is now the director of a new pre-law mentoring program at Delaware.
Greg Shaffer (University of Maryland)
Greg currently serves as a board member.I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland and of Notre Dame Law School. After a judicial clerkship in Baltimore, I practiced corporate law at major law firms in Baltimore and Washington DC for 5 years. I returned to the University of Maryland in 2003 to assume the pre-law advising duties and have been the Coordinator of Pre-Law advising since 2006. I have been a member of NAPLA since 2006, attending each conference since then, as well as presenting on numerous occasions and assisting with new advisor training for each of the past 4 conferences.
Victoria Turco (Georgetown University)
Victoria currently serves as a board member.Victoria Turco been the Pre-Law Advisor at Georgetown University since 2008. She co-chaired the NAPLA 2014 Annual Conference. She has created / organized a variety of pre-law panels at Georgetown University over the years, including: Attorney Professionalism; Opportunities for Diverse Law Students; and The Legal Employment Market. Victoria is a licensed attorney with a background in health care and higher education law, and welcomes the opportunity to serve another term on the NAPLA Board.
Joan Metzler (Quinnipiac University School of Law)- Associate Member
Joan Metzler is Director of Admissions at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. She has been a member of NAPLA for 10 years, and has worked with NAPLA Board members with planning events for the 2009 and 2018 annual conference. Joan has also participated in the new pre-law advisor training panel for the last three NAPLA conferences. She is a member of the ABA, CBA, LSAC Services & Programs (S&P) Committee, and LSAC National Recruitment Work Group.
NAPLA Nomination Committee 2016-2017
Kyle Kopko, Nomination Committee Chair and Immediate Past President, Elizabethtown College
Anne Grieves, Nomination Committee Member and Board Member, Northeastern University
Mike Vitlip, Nomination Committee Member and Board Member, Drexel University
Karen Graziano, Nomination Committee Member, Princeton University
Adam Tenenbaum, Nomination Committee Member, Franklin & Marshall College
Did you know that NAPLA offers scholarships to help defray the costs of conference attendance for pre-law advisors whose institutions are unable to provide financial support for them to attend the conference?
If you want to attend the 2017 NAPLA Conference in Pittsburgh, but your institution is unwilling to pay for you to go, be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity.
Visit www.naplaconference.org/conference-scholarships for full details and a scholarship application.