Career Strategies Office Staff
Associate Dean for Career Strategies
Office: Room 324 - Phone: 215.571.4720 - Email
A consultant since 2001, Gerson has lectured on career strategies at law schools around the nation and at conferences and professional development institutes organized by the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP). She has led webinars for West LegalEd Center on small firm hiring, client development, student debt and networking skills. She has also provided individual counseling to students and recent law school graduates.
Her book, “Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market,” published by NALP, is in its third edition. The second edition of “The Modern Rules of Business Etiquette,” which she co-authored with David Gerson, was published in January 2014 by ABA Publishing. Her book about networking skills, “Building Career Connections”, was published by NALP in 2007. She is a former contributing editor for Student Lawyer magazine, a publication of the Law Student Division of the ABA.
She serves on the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, the first alumnae leadership organization of its kind, where she co-chairs the Student Life Committee.
From 1993 to 2001, Gerson served as the director of the Office of Career Services at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Gerson received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.
She clerked for a judge in Philadelphia and worked in private practice in Pittsburgh.
Alexandra L. Vecchio
Associate Director for Career Strategies
Office: Room 322 - Phone: 215.571.4725 - Email
Alexandra Vecchio has been with the law school since September 2007. She assists in all the aspects of career and professional development at the law school; counseling students and alumni in developing individualized career plans; overseeing, organizing and presenting career-related programs; maintaining and establishing relationships with legal employers; and acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers. Ms. Vecchio also oversees the judicial clerkship application process. Ms. Vecchio is a member of the admissions committee and acts as the alumni liaison for the law school.
Prior to joining the School of Law, Ms. Vecchio practiced at the Philadelphia office of Post & Schell, PC, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Heidi Willis Currier of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Ms. Vecchio is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy.
Rashida T. West
Associate Director of Government and Public Interest Law
Office: Room 321 - Phone: 215.571.4805 - Email
Rashida West manages career counseling, programming, and events for careers in government and public interest law. In this capacity, she develops opportunities for students and alumni, counsels on career paths and funding strategies, presents career programs, and conducts extensive employer outreach. Ms. West also teaches an upper-class seminar on Child Advocacy.
Prior to joining the School of Law, Ms. West practiced for five years as a child advocate attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates, which she joined as an Independence Foundation Fellow. She provided legal representation and advocacy for older youth aging out of the child welfare system. Ms. West is a graduate of Yale College and Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Jennifer D. Moore
Coordinator – Recruiting, Communications and Record-Keeping
Office: Room 320 - Phone: 215.571.4702 - Email
Jennifer Moore brings to the law school over 19 years of law firm administrative experience. She is responsible for outreach from the Career Strategies Office, including employment and other data management, support for law firm outreach and Symplicity services including OCI registrations, student communications and Symplicity technical assistance for employers and students.
Prior to joining the School of Law, Jen was responsible for firm-wide attorney recruiting and training for a large Philadelphia law firm. She managed both lateral and entry-level hiring as well as summer associate programs. She coordinated the OCI process, lawyer orientation and has experience with mentoring and diversity initiatives.
Administrative Support for the Career Strategies Office
Office: Room 320 - Phone: 215.571.4785 - Email