Below is a brief overview of the professionals in the Office of Career Services who work with over 600 students and 9,000 alumni at the College of Law on issues of professionalism, job search skills and networking.
Stacey Wiley, Esq., Director
Stacey Wiley received a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Cortland, a Master of Science in counseling from Syracuse University, and Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Wiley practiced ERISA, trusts and estates, and tax law for several years at a local Syracuse firm before accepting the position of Associate Director for Career Services at Cornell Law School. She then worked at Quinnipiac University School of Law as the Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services. Before joining the Office of Career Services at Syracuse Law, Ms. Wiley was the Director of Career Development at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Ms. Wiley is certified in administering the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory and is a certified Workforce Trainer (NYS Governor's Office of Employee Relations). Ms. Wiley is admitted to the New York State bar and is also a certified mediator through New Justice Services. She is a member of the National Association for Law Placement, the Women's Bar Association for the State of New York, the American Bar Association, the National Career Development Association, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and the National Academic Advising Association.
Samantha Zappia Kasmarek received her Bachelor of Arts from Le Moyne College, and Juris Doctor from Buffalo Law School. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Kasmarek joined Hiscock & Barclay (now Barclay Damon) in Syracuse where she concentrated her practice in the area of litigation, with a focus on commercial litigation matters as well as torts, insurance and products liability issues.
Ms. Kasmarek is admitted to practice in New York. She is an active member of the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) and has served in several leadership roles including Northeast Regional Representative, Northeast Nominating Committee member and Annual Education Conference Planning Coordinator. She previously served as the chair of NALP's Public Service Section and is active in the Judicial Clerkship Section. She also serves on the Syracuse University Judicial Board.
In addition to counseling students and participating in career development programming, Ms. Kasmarek is the primary contact person for students interested in public sector careers, including judicial clerkships.
Kelly (Brant) Capozzi is the Assistant Director of Career Services and joined the College of Law in January 2017 as Assistant Director of Admissions. Mrs. Capozzi received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in student affairs administration from SUNY Binghamton. Before joining Syracuse University, Mrs. Capozzi worked at 2U Inc. where she managed the Student Support team for the @NYU (Steinhardt) partnership. Mrs. Capozzi has also held career and pre-law advising roles at both Colgate University and SUNY Binghamton.
In addition to counseling students and participating in career development programming, Mrs. Capozzi is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the on-campus recruiting program, employer partnerships and the collection and reporting of ABA-required data. Furthermore, she serves as the office’s alumni liaison.
Karima Akins-Rattigan is the Office Coordinator of Career Services and joined the College of Law in December 2017. Mrs. Akins-Rattigan received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Syracuse University. Before joining the College of Law, she was the Employer Relations Assistant in Syracuse University's Career Services and active member in many organizations on and off campus, as President of Delta Alpha Pi; Co-Coordinator of Eye to Eye (The only national LD / ADHD movement dedicated to mentoring); Election Inspector; an active volunteer with Vera House and homeless individuals during the holiday season; and many more.
In addition to assisting the office she helps prepare for the on-campus recruiting program, posting jobs, and assisting with events.