Brooklyn Law School is proud to announce that Karen Eisen has been named the new Assistant Dean of Career Development. Eisen comes to the Law School with a wealth of experience in the public sector as a prosecutor and in private practice as a legal recruiter and director of professional development at several global law firms. “Karen is an accomplished leader and has a deep understanding of the economic pressures of today’s job market,” said Dean Allard. “After an extensive national search, which produced many outstanding candidates, we are more than confident that she is the right person to lead our Career Center at this moment in time.”
A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Eisen began her career as a staff attorney with the Mental Hygiene Legal Service, First Department and then joined the New York County District Attorney’s Office in 1987, where she was an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau for 14 years. She transitioned to legal recruiting in 2001, and since then has dedicated her career to professional development, mentoring, and recruitment of paralegals, attorneys, and partners at firms such as Gibbons, Budd Larner, Sill Cummis & Gross, Chadbourne & Parke, and most recently, at Winston & Strawn.
While Eisen has worn several hats throughout her career, what has remained constant is her focus on assisting students in their career development. As a prosecutor, she mentored undergraduate and graduate students, recruited summer and permanent candidates to the Manhattan DA’s office, and developed and led training and career development programs. As an Adjunct Professor in Legal Research and Writing at New York Law School, she counseled first-year students as they sought summer employment. For the past 12 years she has served as a legal recruiter and director of professional development, working to bring law students up the ladder and developing sound strategies for their career development.
“My focus is to enable students to create skills for lifelong career and professional development, in tune with the changing landscape of the legal industry,” said Eisen. “It is not enough to get the students “up and out” of law school; we must prepare them for career-long trajectories and moves. I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with BLS students. I hope to help them open doors to rewarding careers.”