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.

2020 - 2021 Rachford Fellows

Lucy Dempsey, Rachford Fellow  

Lucy Dempsey grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and attended Davidson College. Before law school, she worked at Venable LLP as a Law and Policy Aide for the eCommerce, Privacy and Cybersecurity practice in Washington, DC. She enjoyed her 1L summer as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Paul G. Feinman on the New York Court of Appeals. She spent her 2L summer working remotely for Goodwin Procter LLP and wishing she were physically in New York. Lucy served as a Kirgis Fellow last year to a wonderful group of 1Ls and hopes to continue having career conversations with both them and the incoming 1L class.    

Christian Reese, Rachford Fellow  

Christian grew up in Bucks County, PA and attended Elon University. During his time at Elon, he was very involved in the university's mock trial team. During his 1L summer he worked for Judge Connelly in the Western District of Virginia Bankruptcy Court. For his 2L summer, he worked for Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, NC. His interests include tennis, golf, and transactional and bankruptcy law.

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