Office of Career Management Staff
Rupa Bhandari, Assistant Dean & 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-E
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.
Christina Johnson, Recruiting and Office Manager
Charney Hall 115-2
In keeping with the vision of the goals and mission of the OCM office, Recruiting and Office Manager 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 Recruiting and Office Manager 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.
Jill Klees, Director of Career Development
Charney Hall 115-C
Jill Klees is the Director of Career Development for the Office of Career Management. Previously she was the Director of Student Life at Santa Clara Law where she was instrumental in advancing wellness programming and law student well-being. Jill has over 15 years of career coaching experience in both academic and corporate environments. She gained extensive experience working in start-up, non-profit and technology-based industries providing career related resources within the Silicon Valley marketplace. Jill has broad programming experience in developing innovative tools and resources to prepare her clients for the workforce and is highly skilled in helping her clients determine their unique talents and strengths. She has expertise in resume writing and in teaching students how to identify and capitalize on the best skills and attributes they have to offer to a potential employer. Jill holds an MA in Counseling from Santa Clara University and a BS in Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys hot yoga, biking, traveling, and spending relaxing time on the beach.
Marissa Nebenzahl Sinha, Director of Employer Relations
Charney Hall 115-D
Marissa Nebenzahl Sinha is the Director of Employer Relations in the Office of Career Management. In this position, Marissa serves as the strategic coordinator for establishing new and maintaining existing relationships between the hiring legal community and Santa Clara University law students and alumni. She also advises students in furtherance of their employment goals, as well as their personal and professional development. Prior to joining SCU Law, Marissa was a civil litigation and trial attorney for over 11 years with a practice including the defense of personal injury lawsuits involving motor vehicle and commercial trucking accidents, premises liability claims, investigation of suspicious first and third-party insurance claims, and construction-related disputes. Marissa received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2007. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Management Science in 2003, with honors from the Economics Department. Marissa is licensed to practice law in the State of California, and is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Northern District federal courts.
Sarah Tesconi, Director of Law Graduate Employment & Adjunct Professor
Charney Hall 115-B
Sarah Tesconi is the 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. Professor Tesconi teaches the Co-Op Education course for international J.D. students and LL.M.s engaged in Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Advanced Legal Writing (ALW), and the 1L Critical Lawyering Skills course. 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.