For Immediate Release:  Mar 15, 2010
2010, 03, 15

Hofstra Law Establishes Senior Role to Oversee Professional Development and Career Advancement

Hofstra Law Establishes Senior Role to Oversee Professional Development and Career Advancement

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — "I am truly pleased that Victoria has agreed to leave her highly successful business and join Hofstra Law full-time," said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. "This is a reshaped, elevated role and will be a critical one - helping our students develop professional identities that will establish their future success and leadership skills to help them make an impact in their fields. Victoria's unique perspective and impressive background will enable her to implement strategies that maximize the career potential of our young lawyers."

"I am tremendously excited to return to Hofstra Law in this capacity," said Dean Roberts. "The opportunity to further the law school's vision of supporting its students as leaders and professionals, and expanding the school's innovative career and professional development programming, was so compelling to me that it justified leaving my consultancy. Hofstra Law is a dynamic, vibrant place, and I am dedicated to supporting the professional success of our students, alumni, and the school as a whole."

Dean Roberts will oversee and create synergies between the Offices of Career Services, Student Affairs, and Academic Records at the Law School. As an alumna and the lead creator of Hofstra Law's Classroom to Career (C2C) programs, she is familiar with and has a vested interest in the growth of Hofstra Law students and alumni.

C2C highlights two critical elements of professional development not taught as part of a traditional law school curriculum: training students to develop their professional presence and teaching them the practical skills of being a lawyer. The methods by which these trainings are conducted include on- and off-campus special events, such as boot camps, seminars, and networking opportunities.

"Now more than ever, employers want entry-level professionals who already possess effective leadership, communication, and business development skills," Dean Roberts added. "and the ability to accomplish this and support our graduates' successful transition to the workplace is greatly increased through the active and ongoing participation of our alumni and the broader legal community in their professional and career development. This will be a primary focus, as well."

Bringing 20 years in professional practice, Victoria most recently served as owner and president of MindShift Resources, an executive coaching, leadership and business management consultancy.

Prior to founding MindShift, Victoria was a partner at the law firm of LePatner & Associates, LLP for 10 years, where she served as administrative partner and spearheaded their client development and management initiatives. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Wellesley College, a J.D. from Hofstra Law School, and certifications in Executive and Organizational Coaching and Life Coaching from New York University.

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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