Career Development Staff

The Career Development office is located on the first floor of Drinko Hall in room 104.

Linda Sheer Jones

Senior Director of Career Development

Phone: (614) 688-8669
Office: Drinko 104P

Linda Jones joined Career Development with over 15 years of experience in the recruitment and professional development of law students and attorneys. Before moving to Ohio, she was the Director of Legal Personnel for the New York law firms Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith where her responsibilities included hiring summer and permanent associates, managing summer programs and associate assignments and evaluations. She also managed her firms’ Continuing Legal Education Programs.

Linda has written or spoken for The American Bar Association, The National Law Journal and the National Association of Law Placement. Since coming to Columbus, Linda has been involved in community service, serving as president of the Goodwill Columbus Service Board and of Beaux Arts at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Elizabeth Watkins

Assistant Dean for Career Development

Phone: (614)-292-2317
Office: Drinko 104S

Cybele Smith

Director of Public Service & Public Interest Programs

Phone: (614) 292-7707
Office: Drinko 140, Public Service Law Center

Cybele Smith, Director of the Public Service Law Center, currently focuses on advising students who are interested in public interest and government sector jobs, honors programs, and fellowships at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. She coordinates the judicial clerkship application process and serves as the LRAP Coordinator. Cybele counsels students and alumni on how to land and change legal and JD preferred jobs and how to prepare for summer and permanent jobs and interacts with a variety of student groups and public and private sector employers through programming and the annual Government and Non-Profit Opportunity Forum Career Fair held in February.

Cybele has the privilege of serving as the administrator of the Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project which helps veterans facing legal issues in the areas of consumer law, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures and relief from default judgment. She hires student Fellows and oversees the day to day operations of the Project.

Cybele is currently on the Board of Directors of NALP for the 2013-2015 term, and she has presented at the NALP annual conference and public service Mini-Conferences. She has written book reviews for the NALP publication committee. In 2006 she was the NALP Workgroup Leader planning the NALP/PSLawNet Mini-Conference in Washington, D.C. She held the position of Vice Chair for Conference Planning for the 2008 NALP Educational Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in Spring 2008. Cybele was elected to serve as a NALP Nominating Committee Member for the Midwest Region during 2008-09. She held a two year term on the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee and more recently she was the recipient of the Recognition of Service Excellence Award for her work with NALP in 2012. In 2012-2013 she served on the 2013 NALP Annual Conference Planning Committee.

Cybele completed a three-year term on the Ohio State University Staff Advisory Committee, and a two-year appointment to the university Government Relations Committee. She has served as a hearing panel volunteer for Ohio State’s Office of Student Conduct. Cybele has been involved with the Law and Leadership Institute, a diversity pipeline program for Ohio high school students for the past five years. She has served on the Westerville Uptown Review Board and currently is serving a five year term on the Board of Zoning Appeals in her township.


Lori Serpico

J.D. Career Advisor

Phone: (614)-292-8814
Office: 104N

Lori brings a wealth of experience to the Career Advisor position. She most recently was the Assistant Director, Career Services & Liaison to the College of Creative Arts at Miami University where she designed and implemented numerous programs to provide students with job search tools and strategies, experiential learning and employment opportunities. She also has extensive career counseling, recruiting, and employee relations experience in the healthcare, business, and higher education arenas. Lori will be coordinating the Moritz Board Fellows Program for 2L’s and 3L’s who apply to be matched with participating nonprofit boards. For several years, Lori served on the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Board. In addition to her significant counseling experience, Lori’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to launching an upscale clothing boutique in Cincinnati where she was the owner for nine years, leading all facets of the business’s operations.

Lori received her MA in Counseling from the University of Cincinnati and her BA in Public Administration/Personnel Management from Miami University.

Liza B. Moore

J.D. Career Advisor

Phone: (614) 247-6245
Office: Drinko 104K

Liza Moore graduated from the Moritz College of Law in 1999. After graduation, Liza worked for the law firm of Dykema Gossett in their Detroit and Ann Arbor offices. Her practice focused on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and securities matters for many of the firm’s casino gaming, biotechnology and life sciences, information technology and financial institution clients.

For the past few years, Liza has been a volunteer at her children’s schools and has planned events to raise funds and awareness for local and national organizations such as Dress for Success Columbus, National Psoriasis Foundation and National Council of Jewish Women.

Cheri Wiles

J.D. Career Advisor

Phone: (614) 247-1600
Office: Drinko 104G

Cheri Wiles graduated from the Moritz College of Law in 1994 and began her career as an attorney for the law firm of Fisher & Phillips in Atlanta, Georgia, advising corporate clients on labor and employment issues. From there, she worked at The Court Television Network (CourtTV) in New York as a booker identifying and interviewing participants in legal disputes of national interest.

Cheri entered the sports industry in 2001, serving as the director of community outreach with the San Diego Super Bowl Host Committee, the committee charged with coordinating the planning of Super Bowl XXXVII. In that capacity, she worked with the NFL to implement League outreach initiatives and to sanction community events.

Cheri joined the Columbus Blue Jackets organization as a client services manager in 2003 and served in that capacity for three years before assuming the position of director of partnership marketing. As director, Wiles led a team responsible for overseeing the strategic marketing of the team’s corporate partners and played an instrumental role in the execution of all aspects of partner activation programs.

Lakin Miehls

Program Coordinator

Phone: (614) 292-0087
Office: Drinko 104B