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Florida State University

 

Contact Us

Address:
425 West Jefferson Street
Advocacy Center Room A214
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1601
Phone: 850.644.4495
Fax: 850.644.2109
Email: careerservices@law.fsu.edu

The professional staff of the Career Services and Professional Development Center is eager to assist you in all stages of your career development and planning. Please contact us with any career-related questions you may have. The office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will do our best to accommodate requests for appointments outside of office hours as needed.

Meet Our Staff

Debra Henley – Assistant Dean

Debra HenleyDebra Henley is the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Professional Development. She also teaches Legislative Practice at FSU Law. She previously served for seven years as executive director of the Florida Justice Association (FJA). Debra also served as legislative director of the FJA for 18 years, as a civil trial attorney with Connor and Martinez, as a member of the staff of the Florida House of Representatives and as commissioner on the Florida Commission of Ethics, among other positions. Debra graduated from the FSU College of Law in 1987 with high honors. She has a wealth of legal experience and an extensive network of professional legal relationships.

Alisa "Lisa" Duke – Assistant Director

Lisa DukeLisa Duke moved from Fort Lauderdale to Tallahassee with her family in 2001. Her main area of practice since she graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1986 has been health care law, with a focus on transactional and regulatory work. She has represented hospitals, doctors, home health agencies, hospices, clinics, medical equipment providers and pharmacies, to name a few. Lisa has provided educational seminars to doctors, nurses and health care administrators on topics such as risk management, fraud, medical records and human resources. Early in her career she served as Associate General Counsel to the North Broward Hospital District (now “Broward Health”), a four hospital special district, where she took the lead on helping navigate the new demands of managed care. From there she moved to Broad and Cassel as part of their health care group with a focus on state and federal anti-kickback and fraud laws as well as labor law and health care compliance. Immediately prior to moving to Tallahassee, Lisa served for five years as in-house General Counsel for Medical Services of America, Inc, a large multi-state provider of health care services. At MSA, she created their first Corporate Compliance Program pursuant to federal requirements. In 2001, she opened her own firm as a sole practitioner to continue to provide legal assistance to her health care clients and others in Tallahassee. Lisa is a member of the Florida Bar. 

Thomas Latino – Career Advisor & Employer Development Manager

Thomas LatinoThomas Latino earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He brings nearly a decade of recruiting and career development experience to the FSU College of Law. Thomas worked with some of the largest financial and legal firms in the nation, recruiting and placing graduates and experienced professionals at various levels across diverse sectors. He has devoted the majority of his career to developing and maintaining relationships with employers, regardless of their size. Thomas maintains contact with firms, in part, to stay abreast of the changing landscape of any industry. He looks forward to utilizing his skills in these areas to effectively seek out opportunities for law students and to provide insights into the “real world” of legal hiring and what it takes to succeed at the interview and as an attorney. Thomas is also a graduate of Beloit College, where he earned degrees in political science and international economics. 

Catherine "Cathy" Oakley – Information Manager and Career Advisor

Cathy OakleyCathy Oakley has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and holds a Ph.D. in education policy and program evaluation. She co-authored the article, “A Model and Test of Policymaking as Process,” which was published in the Journal of Politics and Law, and she interviewed key law experts from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Florida Senate while completing her dissertation on policymaking in juvenile justice education in Florida. Cathy worked in Academic & Student Affairs at the State University System of Florida Board of Governors Office, where she staffed many projects, such as the Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health Task Force and the Civic Literacy Committee. Prior to joining the Board of Governors, she served as internship director at the FSU College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, where she developed the career resource center, created and taught career development and policy courses, and led career workshops, career panels, and information sessions for students.

Courtney Feehrer – Program Associate

Courtney Fuentes FeehrerCourtney Feehrer has a B.S. in interdisciplinary social sciences from Florida State University, with a concentration in sociology and political science. She also received a certificate in emergency management. She previously worked at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory and spent three years in Ecuador with the Peace Corps. Courtney is fluent in Spanish and English.



Sherri Rogers
 – Southeast Regional Recruiter

Sherri RogersSherri Rogers received her J.D. from Florida State College of Law in 1992.  She has lived in Atlanta for more than 25 years with her husband Ben (who is also a graduate of the FSU College of Law) and their two children, Matt and Lydia.  Sherri previously worked for several years at the law firm of Bondurant, Mixson and Elmore, where she managed the firm’s legal recruiting and hiring process, provided support for the law library, and assisted in major litigation matters. She left the law firm to focus on family and volunteer responsibilities and gained extensive teaching, public speaking, fundraising and event planning experience while working as a volunteer leader for numerous school, church and public service organizations.  Sherri is excited to combine her broad experience with her strong passion for FSU to help support law school students and alums seeking legal employment in the Atlanta area.