Rupa Bhandari, Assistant Dean, Ofices of Career Management & Adjunct Professor
Charney Hall 115-A
Rupa Bhandari is the Assistant Dean for the Office of Career Management (OCM) and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. After graduating from Santa Clara Law, Rupa practiced at a mid-sized litigation firm in health law and employment law. While she enjoyed litigation, her favorite part was mentoring the 2L summer associates and working with the diversity committee to create a law school pipeline program. She then joined a small start-up firm before moving over to higher education in 2008. For 3 years she worked as the Associate Director for Career Development at UC Hastings College of the Law, and then moved over to Student Services first as the Director and then as the Assistant Dean of Student Services. While there, she collaborated with other faculty and administrators to create a professional development curriculum for the 1Ls that included a written professional development plan and a coaching meeting to debrief the written plan. She also focused on leadership development, academic advising, and wellness for students (she also managed the Student Health Center). She won Administrator of the Year in 2011 as voted on by the students and then won Outstanding Contributions to the UC Hastings Community, with Distinction, in 2017 before coming back “home” to her alma mater. At Santa Clara Law, in addition to managing OCM she is an adjunct professor for the 1L Critical Lawyering Skills class and also for the Externship Program.
Elizabeth Ford, Employment Data Outcomes Coordinator
Charney Hall 115-D
Elizabeth received her MBA from Northeastern University and served as a Senior Assistant Dean in the Leavey School of Business for the past 25 years. Over the course of her academic career, she managed the Graduate Business Programs Office and in the last two years she worked as the Assistant Dean of Assessment and Accreditation to prepare the Leavey School of Business for the AACSB accreditation process. We are thrilled to have hired Elizabeth with her understanding of Santa Clara University and accreditation standards to assist us with this new ABA accreditation process.
Louise Francis, Interim Career Counselor
Charney Hall 115-C
Louise Francis, a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, was a commercial litigator in San Francisco for over 15 years before transitioning to become a Executive, Transition and Career Coach and Counselor, which she has done for over 15 years. As a commercial litigator she clerked on the U.S. District Court for Hon. D. Lowell Jensen (now retired), was an associate at Sheppard Mullin, and became a partner at the former AmLaw 100 firm Heller Ehrman. Her practice included insurance recovery, securities litigation, immigration, employment and other commercial issues. She tried cases in federal and state court, including being part of the team for a multi-million dollar insurance recovery case with a trial that lasted more than six months, and argued before the Ninth Circuit; throughout her litigation career she was active in attorney recruitment and development. At Heller Ehrman she spent three years as the Managing Partner of the firm’s headquarter office in San Francisco. As a Career Coach she has nearly 10 years experience counseling UC Hastings law students, recent graduates and experienced alumni and was part of the team that developed a professional development curriculum for the school’s Inns of Court program. She is a Certified Executive Coach, trained by the Hudson Institute of Coaching, and is a Certified Mediator, trained by UC Berkeley Extension.
Christina Johnson, Program Coordinator for the Office of Career Management
Charney Hall 115-2
In keeping with the vision of the goals and mission of the OCM office, Program Coordinator Christina Johnson is responsible for directing the use of a sophisticated online recruiting and employment management system (Symplicity), assisting in the coordination of all recruitment activities including large events and smaller forums, as well as, directly relating with employers and students. The Program Coordinator manages a very busy student service office and supervises a team of student assistants, to ensure a high level of customer service to students, staff, faculty, employers and alumni.
Sarah Tesconi, Assistant Director of Law Graduate Employment & Adjunct Professor
Charney Hall 115-B
Sarah Tesconi is Assistant Director of Law Graduate Employment in the Office of Career Management where she advises all class levels, LL.M. students, and alumni and creates programs and events to further students’ professional development. Sarah is also an Adjunct Professor and teaches the Co-Op Education course for international J.D. students and LL.M.s engaged in Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Before joining SCU, Sarah was a litigation associate for a plaintiff-side firm where she conducted trials and participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations. She also worked in-house for an insurance company handling insurance defense cases. Sarah received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and also has a Master’s degree from San Jose State University and Bachelor’s from Sonoma State University.
Professional Organization Memberships:
California State Bar, Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA), National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Northern California Law School Consortium, Bay Area Law School Consortium on Alumni Services.