Berkeley College Students and Alumni Discuss Varied Legal Career Paths with Panel of Attorneys and a Former Judge

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Photo Caption: Practicing attorneys and a former judge took center stage at Berkeley College to inform students about their real-life experiences – the ups and downs, what they can expect, challenges and rewards – in the career paths they have chosen, at a forum held at the Midtown Manhattan campus on February 28, 2019. The panelists presented legal career options and professional development strategies and tips for emerging legal professionals. “The goal is to engage students – allow them to explore various legal fields, gain firsthand experience from real practitioners, practical advice and information about the legal education experience and process,” said Pearline Guillaume, Professor, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies. The event also offered networking opportunities by allowing attendees to collectively explore topics and connect with legal professionals.

Clockwise from top left: Professor Pearline Guillaume, JD, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, who also served as moderator; Yvonne Agbontaen, Esq., Law Office of Yvonne Agobontaen; Damani Simms, Esq., Associate, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter& Hampton; Dara Sheinfeld, Esq., Pro Bono Attorney, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kerri-Ann J. Wright, Esq., Director of Training and Professional Development at the Legal Aid Society, Civil Practice; Larry Martinez, Esq., Partner and Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Group, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP, and Paul Grosvenor, Esq., former Kings County Family Court Judge.


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A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,000 students – including more than 350 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For six consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is


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