Career Planning Team
Keya Koul, J.D.
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES AND ALUMNI RELATIONS
Prior to joining USF, Keya practiced at a civil litigation firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also served as the Associate Managing Attorney of a real estate law firm, and in that capacity, was in charge of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training new associates and lateral hires.
During her legal career, Keya served as the Chair of the State Bar of New Mexico (SBNM) Young Lawyers Division and Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession. She also served as an American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Fellow, and Presidential Appointee to the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. For the past three years, Keya has served as an ABA Presidential Appointee to the Council on Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. In all of these roles, Keya created and implemented networking, mentoring, and other career-related programming for law students all across the country.
For the last two years, Keya has served on the NALP Regional Resource Council as the West/Rocky Mountain Region law school representative. She has also served on the Programming, Diversity, and Mentorship Committees for the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA).
In addition to her work with law students, she is extremely passionate about public service and diversity and inclusion initiatives, and has been instrumental in developing free legal services clinics for underserved populations, including veterans and homeless and transitional youth. Keya was named the SBNM Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year in 2011, a Finalist for the 2013-2014 ABA National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, and a 2015 Southwest Rising Star by Super Lawyers. She received her BA from Smith College, her MA from UCLA, and her JD from Southwestern Law School.
Traci Sharpe, J.D.
Associate Director of Career Planning
Traci manages all aspects of employer relations, including USF School of Law’s On Campus Recruitment “OCR” program. She remains an active member of the legal community in order to build invaluable relationships with alumni and employers. In addition, Traci works with students and alumni in the career development process to expand employment opportunities. She enjoys working with students and making an immediate and tangible difference in their lives.
Traci practiced securities law in southern California, in both the private and public sectors, at Keesal, Young & Logan, P.C., the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Association, before transitioning to the legal recruiting field. She was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles office of a national legal recruiting firm and worked in the legal recruiting industry for several years before working as a senior corporate recruiter at Countrywide Financial. Her background includes significant experience counseling law students, and attorneys at all stages of their careers. Throughout her career, Traci has been actively involved in diversity initiatives, and is currently a member of the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association’s Diversity Committee and NALP’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Traci received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law.
Ellen Schuster Strauss, J.D.
Ellen Schuster Strauss advises JD, LLM, and MLST students and alumni on academic planning and career development in the fields of tax, estate planning, and beyond. She also advises on and oversees externships. She leads workshops and courses on a range of professional development topics, including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking.
Ellen's students, clients, and colleagues value her direct, consultative approach and her concrete, real-world advice regarding the job market.
For over 10 years, Ellen has worked closely with and advised all levels of attorneys on career development and skills training and developed relationships with firms and companies throughout California. Ellen has experience with law firms and non-profits, and spent 6 years with the world's largest provider of ADR services. She was a legal recruiter prior to joining USF.
Ellen earned her JD 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.
Sammy is responsible for supporting career counseling services and coordinating career-related programming for students and alumni at the School of Law. Prior to working in higher education, Sammy worked as a recruiter in the tech industry. Outside of his role at USF, Sammy works as an HIV Counselor with UCSF.
Tyler is a Recruitment Coordinator in the Office of Career Planning, and supports various career services initiatives including USF School of Law’s On-Campus Recruitment (“OCR”) program. She works to build long-lasting relationships with alumni and employers and to provide the best career planning services and opportunities for our amazing law students and alumni.