The staff of the Career Services Office is dedicated to providing students and alumni with a complete one-stop resource for their career related questions and issues. Our staff is well trained to respond to the complex and difficult career questions that regularly face students and alumni.
Assistant Dean for Career Services
Jim Montes created, and currently chairs Nixon Peabody’s Latino Affinity Network, and is a member of the firm-wide Pro-Bono Committee and the NYC Recruiting Committee. In his role as chair of the Latino Affinity Network, he has hosted law school events at the firm and he has spoken on various panels about life as an attorney of color at a large firm. He has been involved in preparing law students for interviews and advising them on career strategies.
Mr. Montes is a current member of the Town of Brookhaven Hispanic Advisory Board. He previously served as a member of the Stony Brook University President’s Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Long Island, where he also served as Chair of its Cultural Diversity Task Force. He is past member of the Allocations Committee of United Way of LI, and in 1999 he was appointed (and later elected Chair) by U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin to a Citizen Advocacy Panel to oversee improvements in customer service at the IRS.
He received a B.S. in Finance and International Business from NYU, and his J.D. from Fordham. He is a member of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He has received numerous honors and awards, most recently Networking Magazine’s prestigious David Award for achievements not only as a business leader but also for his community work. He was also recognized as a Touro Law Center’s Public Interest Attorney of the Year in 2010.
Senior Director of Career Services and Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Erica Edwards-O'Neal received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and her Juris Doctor from Touro Law Center. Prior to joining Touro Law’s Career Services Office in 2003, she served as the Director of a legislative advocacy coalition in Nassau County, where she developed and carried out advocacy strategies related to the Nassau County and New York State Budget process on behalf of Nassau’s youth, mental health, substance abuse and child care agencies and the people they serve. Additionally, as a Legal Mentor and Community Development Liaison with the Time Dollar Organization in Washington, D.C., she was instrumental in the establishment of the District’s first Youth Court Diversion Program. She has also served as an Americorp VISTA volunteer, where she assisted in advocating for housing rights legislation and established a New Home Ownership Program for low-moderate income families.
Ms. Edwards-O’Neal is a member of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, Suffolk County Women's Bar, New York City Bar’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, The National Bar Association and is a newly appointment member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She has served on the Boards of several organizations, including Girls Inc., Urban League/Dowling College GEARUP College Preparatory Program, and Suffolk County Community Council.
Charlie Hill received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Binghamton University, where he was an active member and Vice President of the Circle K community service organization. He earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, where he received American Jurisprudence Awards in Professional Responsibility and in Civil Procedure. While attending law school at night, Mr. Hill was a trial investigator at Furey & Furey in Hempstead, NY and later clerked in the New York City office of Ahmuty, Demers and McManus.
After law school, he became associated with the litigation firm of Keller, O’Reilly and Watson, where he defended premises liability, labor law, and medical malpractice cases. Mr. Hill then joined the in-house insurance defense firm of Isserlis and Sullivan in Bethpage, NY. Charlie was with Isserlis & Sullivan for ten years, and, in addition to his responsibilities in representing clients in civil litigation matters, he also trained and mentored new attorneys and gave presentations to the paralegal staff on important legal developments. Mr. Hill joined our staff in 2007 as an Assistant Director of Career Services and was promoted to Director of Career Services in November, 2011.
Catherine Quinn received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Fordham University and her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she worked in constituent services for two elected officials on Manhattan’s East Side. In addition, she was an Americorps volunteer for one year at Casa de Esperanza, a long-term shelter for children in Houston, TX. While attending law school in the evening division, she was a full-time paralegal in the litigation group at Peknic & Peknic, then in the real estate practice group at Herzfeld & Rubin. Following graduation, she remained an associate there, practicing real estate litigation. Ms. Quinn left there to become a Legal Conference Producer at American Conference Institute, where she was responsible for developing and promoting events examining legal issues associated with life science practices. For nearly two years she was an associate at Burns, Russo, Tamigi & Reardon, defending municipal law and premises liability cases. Ms. Quinn then joined Custom Legal Solutions, where she placed attorneys and legal support staff in permanent and temporary assignments at law firms and companies.
Margarett Williams, who joined our staff in 2007, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Adelphi University, where she graduated summa cum laude,
and her Juris Doctor from Touro Law Center. While a student, she served as President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and was recognized for excellence in trial practice and her contributions to the quality of student life.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Williams spent almost 17 years in corporate Human Resources and Training in a $1.5 billion corporation currently owned by Motorola. During that time, she obtained certification in Human Resource Management from Cornell University. She practiced employment law after graduation, but quickly began pursuing her interest in family law. Shortly thereafter, she practiced matrimonial and family law at Winkler, Kurtz, Winkler & Kuhn, an AV rated law firm in Port Jefferson Station, New York. Ms. Williams has given presentations about resumes and provided counsel on job searches at the Association for the Bar of the City of New York. She has been also been recognized for her pro bono efforts by the Suffolk County Bar Pro Bono Foundation.
Claudia Morett has been with Touro Law Center since 2000, and manages all on-campus interview programs and job listings.