Meet the OCS Staff

Cliff Jarrett, Assistant Dean (540) 458-8534

Cliff Jarrett is a 1991 cum laude graduate of the law school. He joined the administration in 2014 from the legal recruiting and placement firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), where he was a partner and office leader of the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham office. At MLA, he focused on the placement of partners, practice groups and associates with law firms and in-house legal departments at international, regional and local firms throughout the southeast and nationally. Prior to opening MLA's North Carolina office, Jarrett was a partner in the Charlotte office of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman (now K&L Gates), where he practiced for nearly 16 years in commercial and intellectual property litigation. Contact Mr. Jarrett for advice on career strategy, resume and cover letter review, and assistance with interview skills and preparation.

Andrea Hilton, Associate Director for Professional Development (540) 458-8022

Andrea Hilton is a 1985 cum laude graduate of the law school.  After serving two years as a federal law clerk in Alexandria, Virginia, she practiced corporate transactional law in the Washington DC offices of several large national and international firms.  She returned to Lexington to join the law school administration in 2000, and served as the Director of Admissions from 2004 - 2010.  In the newly-created post of Associate Director for Professional Development, she focuses on assisting students with the transition from law school to the profession, and provides advice on strategy and applications to students seeking positions as post-graduate law clerks. She also provides general career strategy advice, document review and assistance with interview skills.

Freda Coleman-Jackson, Assistant Director of Career Strategy (540) 458-8536

Freda Coleman-Jackson graduated from Mercer University School of Law in 2009 and was the recipient of the Walter F. George Foundation Public Service Scholarship. During law school, she was an active member of the Legal Aid Volunteer Association and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Also, she was an intern with Northwest Florida Legal Services and the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia. Following graduation, Ms. Coleman-Jackson began working in law school administration, specializing in admissions, career services, and student affairs. In 2014, she simultaneously launched a career consulting business and began doctoral studies in higher education and student affairs. Ms. Coleman-Jackson will provide general career advice and focused advice for students seeking careers in public interest and government law. Additionally, she will provide interview preparation assistance and document review.

Suzanne Wade, Assistant Director for Employer and Alumni Outreach (540) 458-8996

Suzanne Wade attended Mary Baldwin College. She has worked at the University for many years, and joined the Office of Career Strategy in May 2008. She manages all aspects of recruitment and employer outreach; employers should contact Suzanne to schedule on-campus interviews or to participate in one of our Regional Interview Programs. Students may contact her for assistance with SCORE.

2022-2023 Rachford Fellows

Rachford Fellows serve as the liaisons between the OCS staff and the student body. As peer counselors, Rachford Fellows connect more easily with law students, removing some of the barriers that kept students from benefiting from OCS guidance. Rachford Fellows increase student engagement, provide a social media presence, improve communication and feedback from students, generate creative programming ideas, foster professional development, and perform critical document review.

Christina Fallon grew up in Hamilton, Massachusetts and attended Boston College (Class of 2017). After undergrad, she stayed in Boston and worked as a litigation paralegal at Latham & Watkins for three years before coming to law school. During her 1L summer, Christina worked for Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She spent her 2L summer as a corporate summer associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis. Christina's hobbies include swimming in the rivers of Lexington at all times of the year and drinking red wine with ice cubes on her front porch. Feel free to stop by!

Breanna Jefferson grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, and attended undergrad at the University of South Carolina Upstate where she was a member of the women's basketball team. Following her passion for public interest work, she spent the first half of her 1L summer interning with the Lynchburg Public Defender's Office and the second half interning with the United States Army JAG Corps at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona. She spent her 2L summer interning with the Public Defender's Office in Richmond, VA. In her free time, Breanna enjoys cooking, exploring the outdoors with her dog, and playing 2k.

Crawford Lewis grew up in Greenville, SC and attended Furman University and the Wake Forest University School of Business. Prior to law school, Crawford was a CPA at EY in the international tax and transaction services and private client practices in Atlanta. He spent his 1L summer with Bradley in Birmingham, AL and split his 2L summer working with Bradley and Alston & Bird in Atlanta in the corporate and tax practices. Around Lexington, Crawford enjoys hiking, Goshen Pass, cooking Tex-Mex, and walking his dog, Winston.

Molly O'Connell grew up in Lunenburg, Massachusetts and attended Georgetown University. Before law school, she worked as a congressional staffer on Capitol Hill. Molly spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern for the Honorable Timothy S. Hillman on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. During her 2L summer, she worked as a summer associate at Jones Day in Washington, DC. Molly enjoys cooking and playing golf, and is a diehard Boston sports fan.

Office Information

Washington and Lee University School of Law
Office of Career Strategy 
Sydney Lewis Hall 
Lexington, VA 24450   
Phone (540) 458-8535  
Fax (540) 458-8168