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Pamela H. Lombardi Named to Head Career Services Office

Pam is no stranger to the field of career services. She served as placement director at the Moritz College from 1990 to 1995 and as director of career planning at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law from 1983 to 1990.

"My twelve years in career services at Ohio State and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law were particularly rewarding," she says. "My experience is that the best law is practiced by lawyers in jobs that fit their personal skill set. The excitement that comes from helping students find such jobs is professionally very rewarding."

"In addition to experience in career services, Pam brings a wealth of alumni contacts to the position," said Moritz Dean Nancy H. Rogers. "She is enthusiastic about returning to a position that involves greater student contact and the opportunity to work with the Career Services staff."

Dean Rogers noted that Pam has been outstanding in her alumni relations role. "We thank her for her contributions and will miss her there, where she has been creative, dedicated, strategic, and personable."

Pam began her career at the Ford Motor Company where she worked in human resources. She frequently hired lawyers to work in the labor relations department. This experience led her to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she was able to bring her human resources background and experience hiring lawyers together into a new career. While directing the Cleveland-Marshall career planning program, she earned a Master's degree at Cleveland State, specializing in human resource development, served two terms as the president of the Cleveland Law Placement Association, and participated in the National Association for Law Placement at the local and national levels.

When Pam joined the Moritz College in 1990, she was able to bring knowledge of the Cleveland job market and introduce the Columbus Bar Association to the practice interview program she had helped start in Cleveland. "The students at Ohio State were great," says Pam, "I met with them periodically to solicit their suggestions about how the office might improve. They had great ideas and we were able to implement many of them."

In 1995, she was promoted to assistant dean for alumni relations. She regularized annual alumni events in Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Washington, D.C., and participated in the design of the College's award-winning alumni web page. In 2002, she was the recipient of a university award for innovative programming in support of placement activities. She also worked with the team responsible for design of the newly-opened Barrister Club.

Pam wants to make the Career Services Office more proactive so students utilize fully the services of the talented staff.

"We want to help students focus on what they want and then provide them with the skills and specific job referrals they need to be successful," she stresses. She also hopes to put her contacts with alumni to work for students.

Laura Landy Carr
Laura Landy Carr

"Our alumni are particularly loyal, and many have already offered to help current students. Our job in career services is to marshal those resources in the most productive way," she adds.

Pam fills the vacancy left by Amee McKim, who resigned in May to accept a position as firm-wide director of legal recruitment at Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Va. In the interim, Cybele Smith, assistant director, guided the career services office.

Laura Landy Carr has been named the interim director of alumni relations. Laura has served as the events coordinator in the alumni office since 2001.