The NAPLA Nomination Committee 2015-2016 is honored to present the following slate of Executive Board and At-Large Board positions.
NAPLA Nominations Committee: Recommended Executive Board – 2016
Slate of Self Nominations for At-Large Board Positions – 2016
BIOS of Recommended NAPLA Executive Board Members
President: Kyle Kopko (Elizabethtown College)
Dr. Kyle C. Kopko has served NAPLA on its Board of Directors for the past four years as an At-Large Board Member, Treasurer, and he currently serves as President-Elect. He is a faculty member in the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Legal Studies at Elizabethtown College, where he also serves as Director of the Honors and Pre-Law Programs and Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement and Engagement. His research and teaching interests include American politics, constitutional law, and judicial behavior.
1st Vice 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.
2nd Vice President: Thomas Rozinski (Touro College)
Tom Rozinski currently serves as an at-large board member. 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.
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: 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.
BIOS of Recommended NAPLA At-Large Board Members
Greg Bordelon (Monmouth University)
Greg previously worked for the Paris branch of a U.S. law firm. Before teaching at Monmouth, he was an editor and lecturer for the BARBRI program under West Education Group. He also serves as the director of Monmouth’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He has published writings on the Napoleonic Code, constitutional dynamics of campaign finance and lobbying laws and materials for students preparing for the Louisiana and Georgia bar exams. Current projects include shifts in bar exam format and pre-law effects thereof and the impact of state constitutional studies in secondary education as it impacts civic engagement.
Elizabeth Broccoli (John Jay College)
Elizabeth Broccoli is the Assistant Director of the Pre-Law Institute and Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. In her role, she counsels students and alumni who are deciding whether to pursue law school and those who are preparing for law school. Prior to her work at John Jay, Elizabeth was a staff attorney at a non-profit law firm in North Carolina where she represented indigent clients in civil legal matters. She holds a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston University.
Ed Egan (Mount St. Mary’s University)
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.
Hilary Mantis (Fordham University)
Hillary Mantis is a Director of the Pre-Law Program at Fordham University and a former Director of Career Services at Fordham Law School. She is the author of Alternative Careers For Lawyers, co-author of Jobs for Lawyers, and is currently the Pre-Law Columnist for Pre-Law Magazine and Contributor/Blogger to the National Jurist. She is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School.
Rita Ralston (Boston University)
Rita Ralston, the Pre-Law Academic Advisor at Boston University, has been a member of NAPLA since 2004 and a regular participant in NAPLA conferences and programs. In 2012, in an effort to further develop and increase lines of communication between and among pre-law advisors, law school admissions officers and other law-related organizations, Rita co-founded the Boston Connect program along with NAPLA colleague, Stephanie Ripley. While continuing the Boston Connect program, Rita welcomes the opportunity to develop professionally, collaborate with colleagues, and contribute to our profession in a new way by serving on the NAPLA Board as an At-Large Member.
William Schweers (Carlow University)
Long before I joined NAPLA and became a full time educator, I served in the role of pre-law advisor. My father was a lawyer. I followed his path. Subsequently, 14 members of my extended family, and both of my sons became lawyers. I am proud to say that I provided advice to each of them at some point along the way. It has been most gratifying to maintain this tradition by serving as a pre-law advisor to students at Carlow University. I have devoted my professional and personal life to the law and lawyers. I look forward to continuing to provide advice to others about this noble calling.
Greg Shaffer (University of Maryland)
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.
Marianne Singer (Wheaton College)
Marianne advises the Senior class and Young Alumnae/i on career and professional development and assists with career services programming and events. Additionally, she also oversees Pre-law Advising. Her background in Higher Education is in both Academic Advising and in Career Services, having served for over 12 years at colleges in the Northeast. Prior to entering the field of Higher Education she practiced law in Upstate New York and Massachusetts and in 2003 she opened her own practice which she still manages. Marianne received her B.A. in European History from Wheaton College and her J.D. from New England School of Law.
Michelle (Offenberger) Yingling (University of Pittsburgh)
Michelle has been the Pre-Law Advisor and Pre-Professional Career Consultant at the University of Pittsburgh for over two years. She has been an active member in NAPLA through attendance at conferences, presentations at conferences, and her involvement on the Communication and Strategic Initiatives Committee. At the University of Pittsburgh, Michelle actively advises Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity on campus.
NAPLA Nomination Committee 2015-2016
Karen Graziano, Nomination Committee Chair and Immediate Past President, Villanova University
Michael Gabriel, Nomination Committee Member, George Washington University
Anne Grieves, Nomination Committee Member and Board Member, Northeastern University
Elise Jaffe, Nomination Committee Member, Hunter College
Alexandra Linsenmeyer, Nomination Committee Member and Board Member, The University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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.