Francie Scott is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Career & Professional Development, where she counsels students on all aspects of professional development and career planning and maintains oversight of the law school’s mandatory 1L Professional Development course.
Francie is a 2004 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest School of Law and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Philosophy and French. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. She practiced labor and employment law for several years with an international law firm based in Richmond, Virginia. In 2008 she left the practice of law to obtain a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her concentration was in nonprofit management. Before attending law school, she served in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe. She has authored a treatise chapter on U.S. employment law, published multiple NALP Bulletin articles addressing issues of student professional formation, and been a panelist at academic conferences on the Professional Development course. She is an active member and former president of the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association and is involved in many NALP professional groups, including the Law Student Professional Development section. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, a local attorney, and two young sons.
Public Interest Careers
Alvita Barrow serves as an Associate Director in the Office of Career and Professional Development and has more than three decades of experience in the public interest law field. Prior to joining Wake Forest, Alvita served for over 15 years as the managing director of Columbus Community Legal Services, the in-house civil litigation clinic at Catholic University’s law school in Washington, D.C.
A graduate of Duke University and Cornell Law School, Alvita began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County where she handled misdemeanor and felony cases on behalf of indigent individuals. She later joined the Office of the Public Defender in Rochester, New York, where she served as a trial attorney in the Violent Felony Section. Alvita’s legal experience also includes work as director of career services at George Mason University’s law school and work as clearinghouse attorney on a Department of Justice grant-funded project with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. She has also previously served on a number of nonprofit boards in Rochester, New York, and in Washington, D.C. Alvita’s legal education was a transformative experience for her and laid the foundation for the achievement of her professional goals as a lawyer. She counts it a privilege now to have the opportunity to work with Wake Forest students and alumni in their efforts to identify and develop a career path that will reflect their own values, goals, and interests.
Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Extraordinary client service is the defining characteristic of Alison Ashe-Card’s legal career. She now brings that devotion to client service to the Office of Career and Professional Development where she serves as an Associate Director. Prior to joining the staff at the law school, Alison’s practice focused on high profile product liability cases in federal and state courts nation-wide. She also has extensive experience in utilizing technological innovations to formulate efficient and cost-effective approaches to case/matter management in complex litigation and transactional matters.
Alison began her career as a staff attorney with The Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, where she practiced for five years before relocating to North Carolina in 1997. She devotes countless hours every year to community and pro bono service. Alison’s devotion to career and community was recognized in 2012, when she was selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Community Service Award from DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar. This award is given annually to one attorney nationally for public service. Alison is the first North Carolina attorney to win this award. She was also recognized by the North Carolina Bar Association as a 2012 Citizen-Lawyer Award winner. Alison received her J.D. from the American University – Washington College of Law. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College.
Assistant Director, Employer Outreach
Elizabeth Goodwin is responsible for leading outreach efforts on behalf of the Office of Career and Professional Development as well as the law school’s Experiential Education programs. These efforts include developing and strengthening relationships with law firms, government agencies, bar associations and the public sector. Goodwin, who graduated with her JD in 2008, brings a wealth of relevant experience to the law school’s placement strategy. She also holds leadership positions with several civic and political organizations and is an active volunteer for the N.C. Bar Association and a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar as well as the American Bar Association.
Jordan Crosby Lee
Jordan Crosby Lee is an Assistant Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development. He has earned three degrees from Wake Forest including a BA in English, an MA in English, and a JD. Prior to attending graduate school, Jordan taught high school in San Antonio, Texas. His experience there forged a passion for mentoring and teaching. While considering a career in academia, Jordan attended graduate school and earned his MA in English in 2013. Noting that the field of law appeared to be a space where language directly translated to substantive action, Jordan chose to apply his training in critical reading, writing, and analysis to the law. He graduated from Wake Forest Law in 2016 with multiple trial advocacy honors earned during his time on the National Trial Team (Robert Goldberg Award, Order of Barristers, and other specific competition related awards).
After becoming licensed to practice law in Texas, Jordan worked as an associate attorney for Plunkett, Griesenbeck & Mimari, a full service litigation firm in San Antonio, Texas. There he worked on a variety of litigation cases spanning multiple practice areas. However, his love for Wake Forest, teaching, mentoring, and the law quickly led him back to Mother So Dear. As an Assistant Director of the OCPD, he is able to combine his passion for teaching and the law with his diverse career background to assist Wake Forest’s budding attorneys define their professional identities, explore career options, and identify and pursue their career goals.
Catherine Sapp has been with the Office of Career & Professional Development since 2005. She has more than 32 years of experience as an administrative professional in the airline, textile, building, and financial industries. She serves as the direct contact between employers and our office in the coordination of Fall & Spring on-campus interview programs and over 30 off-campus regional and national interview programs each year.
Marketing & Data Coordinator
Sarah Taylor supports the marketing, communication, and data needs of the office. She is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive communication strategy for the office and serves as office expert on Symplicity and Salesforce career services databases. She collects and synthesizes all graduate employment data for annual employment reports to the American Bar Association and the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and is responsible for maintaining online resource materials as well as managing the OCPD’s social media presence. Sarah is a magna cum laude graduate of Towson University with a B.S. in Computer Art and also holds an Associate of Applied Science in Networking Technology from Forsyth Tech.
Diane Winter supports the day-to-day activities of the Office of Career & Professional Development and serves as the point of contact and liaison with the public, students, faculty, and staff. She administers all job postings as well as assists with updating database records, preparations for on- & off-campus interview programs, clerkship outreach, and various projects for members of the office. Prior to joining the OCPD, Diane worked in the financial, sales, and legal fields as an administrative professional.