The staff of the Career Services Office is dedicated to providing students and alumni with a complete one-stop resource for their career related questions and issues. Our staff is well trained to respond to the complex and difficult career questions that regularly face students and alumni.
Assistant Dean for Career Services
Jim Montes was named Assistant Dean for the Office of Career & Professional Development in August 2014. Prior to joining Touro Law Center Mr. Montes was a partner at the global law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, based in Manhattan. His practice concentrated in public and project finance, primarily in public and private securities offerings and securities registration. He also served as bond and underwriter’s counsel in connection with tax-exempt and taxable bond financings. A sample of some of the projects Dean Montes worked on while practicing law were the bond financings for the New England Patriots (Gillette Stadium), New York Giants/Jets stadium (MetLife Stadium) and the New York Yankees Stadium. During his tenure at Nixon Peabody, Mr. Montes also lead the firm’s New York State practice serving local municipalities as bond counsel. His legal experience is enhanced by more than 20 years as a senior executive in the banking industry prior to becoming an attorney.
During his career with Nixon Peabody, Dean Montes created and chaired Nixon Peabody’s Latino Affinity Network, and was a member of the firm-wide Pro-Bono Committee and the NYC Recruiting Committee. In his role as chair of the Latino Affinity Network, he hosted law school events at the firm and has spoken on various panels about life as an attorney of color at a large firm.
Mr. Montes is a current member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Long Island and is the Treasurer of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. He previously served as a member of the Stony Brook University President’s Advisory Committee and on the Town of Brookhaven Hispanic Advisory Board. He is a past member of the Allocations Committee of United Way of LI, and in 1999 he was appointed (and later elected Chair) by U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin to a Citizen Advocacy Panel to oversee improvements in customer service at the Internal Revenue Service.
He received a B.S. in Finance and International Business from NYU, and his J.D. from Fordham. He is a member of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Town Of Islip Distinguished Service Award (2015) and Networking Magazine’s prestigious David Award (2014) for achievements not only as a business leader but also for his community work. He was also recognized as a Touro Law Center’s Public Interest Attorney of the Year in 2010.
Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development
Natasha Dasani joined our staff in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Psychology and Sociology from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Dasani was a Notes and Articles editor on the Fordham Law Review and interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Manhattan Housing Court Project. She was also an active member of the Board of Student Advisors and the Latin American Law Students Association.
After law school, Ms. Dasani became an Account Executive with LexisNexis in the Law Schools division and worked with a number of law schools in New York, including Touro Law Center, for over six years. While with LexisNexis, she regularly worked with students and alumni to develop job search and interview preparation strategies and presented at workshops and a conducted a CLE on topics such as career resources on LexisNexis and cost-effective legal research. Ms. Dasani is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and she was recognized by the Nassau County Bar Association for her pro bono work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project in 2014.
Director of Employer Relations and Externships
Margarett Williams, who joined our staff in 2007, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Adelphi University, where she graduated summa cum laude,
and her Juris Doctor from Touro Law Center. While a student, she served as President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and was recognized for excellence in trial practice and her contributions to the quality of student life.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Williams spent almost 17 years in corporate Human Resources and Training in a $1.5 billion corporation. During that time, she obtained certification in Human Resource Management from Cornell University. She practiced employment law after graduation, but quickly began pursuing her interest in family law. Shortly thereafter, she practiced matrimonial and family law at Winkler, Kurtz, Winkler & Kuhn, an AV-rated law firm in Port Jefferson Station, New York. Ms. Williams has given presentations about resumes and provided counsel on job searches at the Association for the Bar of the City of New York. She has been also been recognized for her pro bono work by the New York State Bar and Suffolk County Bar Pro Bono Foundation.
Claudia Morett has been with Touro Law Center since 2000, and manages all on-campus interview programs and job listings.