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Career Planning Staff

Johanna Hartwig, J.D., Senior Director of Career Development


Johanna Hartwig leads the School of Law’s career services program through setting strategy for identifying and expanding employment opportunities for students and graduates; supervising the services and programming provided by the office; and promoting the high quality of USF law students and alumni to a range of potential employers.

Previously, Johanna practiced general commercial litigation in San Francisco, first at Morrison & Foerster LLP and then at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Johanna’s representation included commercial contract disputes, intellectual property matters, and regulatory investigations. Johanna punctuated her commercial litigation practice with a two-year clerkship for the Hon. Margaret M. McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, whose chambers are in San Diego. Johanna served simultaneously as an appellate clerk and as an ethics clerk, supporting Judge McKeown in her role as Chair of the Codes of Conduct Committee, which is the ethics committee for the entire federal judiciary.

Johanna holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she graduated magna cum laude, earned Order of the Coif, was awarded the Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy Award, and served as contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review. While earning her law degree, Johanna also earned a Masters in Public Policy.  

Email: jkhartwig@usfca.edu

Ellen Schuster Strauss, Esq., Associate Director of Career Development

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Ellen counsels USF Law students and alumni on their career options. Prior to joining USF, she was a legal recruiter, during which she worked with and placed attorneys at all levels and developed relationships with firms and companies throughout California. Ellen has experience with law firms and non-profits, and spent six years with the world’s largest provider of ADR services. There, she developed relationships with and managed the businesses of attorneys and Judges throughout the country. Ellen’s clients and students value her direct, consultative approach and her concrete, real-world advice regarding the job market.

Ellen earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she was a founding member of the King Hall ACLU and an active member of the Equal Justice Society. She earned her B.A. in French and English from the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors.

Email: esstrauss@usfca.edu

Cometria Cooper, J.D., Assistant Director of Career Development


Assistant Director Cometria Cooper, a 2009 alum of the School of Law, counsels students and alumni on their career options. Prior to joining USF, Cometria was a solo practitioner in the East Bay, where she represented clients in real estate and housing, contract, and product liability matters.

During her legal career, Cometria served as an attorney member of the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners and participated in the regulation of applicants to the California State Bar. She currently serves as a board member for the California Association of Black Lawyers, the Charles Houston Bar Association, and the NAACP. Through her professional experiences, Cometria has built lasting relationships with judges, attorneys, and law students, and has programmed events to foster connections and mentorships between all three.

Cometria holds a B.A. in U.S. History and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her J.D. from USF in 2009, where she was an Academic Support Program participant.

Email: cccooper2@usfca.edu

Virginia Green, Program Assistant

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Virginia Green is a graduate of Denison University in Ohio, where she earned a B.A. in History. Prior to joining USF, Virginia served as the Program Coordinator for the Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program at Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. She has also worked as an Advertising Coordinator for Ohio Magazine and as a Collegiate Finance Consultant for the Delta Gamma Fraternity Executive Offices. Virginia heads the front desk, coordinates the Office of Career Planning programs and events, and oversees the administrative aspects of the office. 

Email: vkgreen@usfca.edu