Ana Bierman, Director of Career Planning and Placement (right)
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am very proud to have been selected director of the Career Planning and Placement Office (CP&P). I enjoy working with young lawyers and law students, and have over 7 years of experience advising students and attorneys about their career paths. I opened the Miami office of a national attorney search firm — working as a legal recruiter gave me an inside look at the legal hiring process – knowledge that I think will be very useful to me in my new position.
Prior to joining the CP&P I taught in FIU Law’s LSV program for a year. I also taught legal research and writing at another law school for several years — helping students succeed professionally and academically brings me great satisfaction. I graduated from Penn Law, and received a BA from Cornell. Following law school I worked in the corporate securities department of an international law firm, and at a major high tech firm.
My husband Mitch – an attorney – and I are the happy parents of 2 school age kids –we also consider ourselves the parents of our two dogs! My family loves living in Miami, and we think that community service is very important. My husband and I serve on several not-for-profit boards, and we stay involved in causes that are close to our hearts.
What are the most pressing challenges facing CP&P, and how do you intend to deal with these challenges?
Among our challenges is making sure that FIU Law and its students are front and center in the minds of prospective employers. Our goal is to develop and maintain strong relationships with private and public sector employers. To do this we are increasing our outreach to employers – we are visiting their offices and bringing them to campus to see the excellent caliber of our students and the excellent training and education that they are receiving at FIU.
During the academic year we will invite many employers to participate in various formal and informal programs hosted by our office. We hope to provide students with many opportunities to make meaningful contacts that will serve them as they plan their professional life.