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JD-Next Advisory Board
Daniel B. Rodriguez

Harold Washington Professor of Law
Northwestern University, Pritzer School of Law

Daniel B. Rodriguez, the Harold Washington Professor at the Law School, served as dean of the Law School from January 2012 through August 2018.

His principal academic work is in the areas of administrative law, local government law, statutory interpretation, federal and state constitutional law, and the law-business-technology interface.

Formerly, Professor Rodriguez served as Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas-Austin; as a Research Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; as Dean and Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law; and, as a Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He has also served as a visiting professor at several top law schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, University of Southern California, and Virginia.

Rodriguez received his law degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from California State University of Long Beach.

Carly Gardner 

Director of Admissions
Widener University, Delaware Law

Cary Lee Cluck

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

David Yellen

Dean, School of Law

M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law

David Yellen became Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law on July 1, 2022. This is Yellen’s third deanship. He served as Dean and Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law from 2005-2016. During this time Loyola was recognized as one of the most innovative law schools in the country. He was frequently included on National Jurist magazine’s list of the 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education. Yellen was previously a faculty member at Hofstra Law School, where he held the Max Schmertz Distinguished Professorship and served as Dean from 2001-2004. He has also been the Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Professor at Villanova University School of Law and twice served as a visiting professor at Cornell Law School.

Dean Yellen’s major area of academic expertise is criminal law, particularly sentencing and juvenile justice. He has written widely about the federal sentencing guidelines, testified before the United States Sentencing Commission, advised President Clinton's transition team on white collar crime enforcement, and argued a federal sentencing case before the United States Supreme Court. He was also appointed as Special Master by the Presiding Judge of the Cook County Criminal Court to investigate claims of torture committed by a Chicago Police Commander.

Yellen previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, located at the University of Denver, from 2021-2022. IAALS is a national, independent research center which works to improve access to justice and the effectiveness of the civil justice system. From 2016-2019 was President of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Before beginning his academic career, Dean Yellen clerked for a federal judge, practiced law in Washington, D.C., and served as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He graduated from Princeton University and Cornell Law School.

Jorge García

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid and Campus Diversity
California Western School of Law

Jorge Garcia joined California Western School of Law in July 2021 as Assistant Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid & Campus Diversity.  Jorge graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in economics and subsequently earned an MBA at CSU San Marcos.  Dean Garcia has 18 years of law school admissions experience as well as 29 years administering financial aid to undergraduate and law school students.  Prior to joining California Western School of Law, Dean Garcia served as Director and Asst. Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid and Diversity Initiatives at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Included in Jorge’s responsibilities at California Western School of Law are leading the marketing, recruitment and admission efforts; the awarding of scholarships to the entering class; providing leadership to the Financial Aid Office; and leading the Law School in its diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and efforts.

Dean Garcia has presented at regional and national conferences on several topics including financing a legal education, diversity in legal education and on supporting DACA/undocumented students through law school.   Dean Garcia has been active with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) on a variety of committee and work groups including Services and Programs; Newcomers Planning Work Group; Emerging Markets and Innovation Committee; Finance and Budget Committee; and Audit Committee.  Additionally, Dean Garcia currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the LSAC.

Katrin Hussmann Schroll

Associate Dean of Admissions, Enrollment Management & Financial Aid
University of Miami School of Law

Katrin Hussmann Schroll is the Associate Dean of admissions, enrollment management, and financial aid at the University of Miami School of Law. In this role, Dean Schroll provides strategic leadership, policy direction, and operational oversight for the J.D. and LL.M. programs related to Admissions, Institutional Aid, Enrollment Management, and Admissions Marketing and Advertising. She also serves as the School of Law’s liaison to the University’s Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment and 'Canes Central.

Dean Schroll is actively involved with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), serving on the Schools and Candidates Committee. In the past, Dean Schroll has served as a member of LSAC's Board of Trustees, chaired the Schools and Candidates Committee, chaired the Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee, and served as a member of the Audit Committee, Information Services Division Advisory Group, Annual Meeting Planning Work Group, the Newcomers Work Group, National Recruitment Workgroup, and Graduate Programs Workgroup. She has served on the planning committee for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals, the Maryland State Bar Association’s MYLAW Law & Leadership Institute Committee, and the Board of Directors for the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association. She has also served as an evaluator of scholarship applicants for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Schwarzman Scholars Program. Dean Schroll previously served as the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. In addition to her responsibilities as Assistant Dean, she worked with students and clients in the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. She taught legal writing and constitutional law at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

Dean Schroll is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she was a Leadership Scholar and received awards for her advocacy on behalf of clients in the Immigration Law Clinic. Before attending law school, she graduated summa cum laude from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where she earned a B.A. in Economics. Dean Schroll spent her early years in Venezuela but relocated to the United States as a high school freshman. 

Maya Russell

Pre-Law Advisor
Furman University

Maya Russell serves as the Pre-Law Advisor in the Office of Pre-Professional Advising. She is Advisor to Furman’s Pre-Law Society and currently serves as Co-President of Quaternion Senior Order. Additionally, Maya holds several national level positions, currently serving as Chair of the Pre-Law Advisor National Council (PLANC), President of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SAPLA), and as Co-Chair for the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Pre-Law Education and Admission to Law School Pre-Law Advisor Committee. She also serves on the pre-law advisory committees for AccessLex and JD Next.

Maya received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, M.A. from the University of Montana, and B.A. from New York University. Prior to joining Furman, Maya served as an attorney for the United States District Court for the Districts of Wyoming and South Carolina. She has served as a faculty member at Casper College and at the University of Wyoming-Casper where she taught courses including American Government, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law of Evidence, and Politics and Judicial Process. Maya is licensed to practice law in Washington State, Colorado, and Wyoming. She met her husband, Brook Russell (a statistician at Clemson University), in her hometown of Perth, Western Australia.

Wendy Vonnegut

Director, Legal Studies Program

Professor of Legal Studies
Methodist University

Wendy Vonnegut is an Associate professor and Director of the Legal Studies Program at Methodist University. She is the Prelaw Advisor for the University. She has served as the Chair of the Conflict Resolution Committee, and is an academic advisor. She currently serves on the Tenure and Promotion Committee.

Mrs. Vonnegut teaches Business Ethics for the MBA program for Webster University, as well as Negotiations, Procurement and Acquisition Law. Mrs. Vonnegut has also been member of the faculty for the MBA program at Methodist University, teaching Ethics and Corporate Responsibility as well as Business Law.

Mrs. Vonnegut has been an active member of the Fayetteville community, and is a member of  the Board of Directors for the Child Advocacy Center, Legal Aid of Cumberland County, and is a Teen Court Judge. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for Campbell University School of Law. She was one of the 2014 Honorees for Women of Justice Awards given by Lawyers Weekly. She recently received the National Dean Gerald Wilson Award for excellence in prelaw advising.