Career Services Staff

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.


Kim Wolf Price, Esq., Assistant Dean

Kim Wolf Price received a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, and Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Wolf Price joined the New York City office of Clifford Chance as an associate where she gained experience in securities litigation, white collar criminal defense and numerous pro bono criminal matters.   She was also appointed to the firm’s Pro Bono & Community Affairs Committee. Prior to joining the College of Law she was an associate with Gilberti, Stinziano, Heintz & Smith in Syracuse where she practiced civil litigation. While in attendance at the College of Law, Ms. Wolf Price was the Notes and Comments Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and an Associate Member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She was also inducted into both the Justinian Honorary Law Society and the Order of the Coif. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Wolf Price was the legislative coordinator for the New York Public Welfare Association and worked in communications for the New York State Assembly.

Ms. Wolf Price is admitted to practice in New York. She was recently appointed Chair for the New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyers in Transition. Her professional affiliations include a number of bar associations including the American Bar Association and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers as well as the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP).

Ms. Wolf Price serves as an adjunct professor at the College of Law, teaching a 3L seminar on bar examination skills. In addition, she speaks on issues of professionalism, career training and ethics and has co-authored articles on subjects ranging from securities litigation to New York civil practice.

Ms. Wolf Price's email address is kwprice@law.syr.edu


Samantha Z. Kasmarek, Esq., Associate Director

Samantha Zappia Kasmarek received her Bachelor of Arts from Le Moyne College, and Juris Doctor from Buffalo Law School. Ms. Kasmarek was the Executive Productions Editor of the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal. During law school she worked for both a bar preparation company and a legal research company as a student representative. 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 including torts, insurance and products liability issues.

Ms. Kasmarek is admitted to practice in New York and her professional affiliations include the American Bar Association and the Central NY Women’s Bar Association as well as the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP). Ms. Kasmarek currently serves as the Northeast school representative for NALP's Nominating Committee. In 2014, she was elected to NALP's Regional Resource Council, where she served a two-year term as a Northeast Regional Representative. She previously served as the chair of NALP's Public Service Section during the 2013-2014 academic year and the vice-chair of the section's publications work group in 2012-2013. 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.

Ms. Kasmarek's email address is kasmarek@law.syr.edu.


Melanie Cuevas Rodriguez, Esq., Associate Director

Melanie Cuevas Rodriguez received a bachelors degree in Sociology and English/Literature & Rhetoric from SUNY Binghamton, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,  and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.   Melanie was a Debevois & Plimpton Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York City where she assisted with the Center’s efforts to secure economic justice for the poor through impact litigation and policy advocacy.  Before returning to the College of Law, Melanie worked at the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse where she represented clients in various civil matters including domestic violence and family law. 

Ms. Rodriguez is admitted to practice in New York.  Her professional affiliations are the Onondaga County Bar Association, CNY Women's Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP).

In addition to counseling students, Ms. Rodriguez manages the College of Law's Pro Bono Program as well as plans and organizes diversity and inclusion programming.

Ms. Rodriguez's email address is mcrodriguez@law.syr.edu.


Kathleen L. Mercer, Assistant Director

Kate Mercer received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a certificate in Adolescent Education from Nazareth College. Kate taught middle school English in Rochester, New York before moving to the European microstate of Andorra to teach English at a private language academy for one year. She has substitute taught in Syracuse and Fulton City Schools.  

In addition to managing the office's social media presence, Ms. Mercer is responsible for overseeing the on- and off-campus interview program, importing and confirming statistical data required by the American Bar Association, and counseling students. She is a member of the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP).

Ms. Mercer’s email address is klmercer@law.syr.edu.