Career Planning Team

Johanna Hartwig, J.D./M.P.P.


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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.  


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.


Tammy Dawson, J.D.


Tammy DawsonTammy works with students and alumni to clarify their career goals, develop actionable plans for achieving them, and learn the skills needed to be successful in their job searches. She loves helping clients develop greater awareness of their interests, strengths, and values as well as explore the types of work that may be good matches for them so they are able to launch rewarding, fulfilling careers.

Prior to joining USF, Tammy was the director of professional development at Fenwick & West LLP where she designed and refined practice group and professional skills curriculum and oversaw its execution. In her private practice, Tammy coached individual lawyers and law students on making career transitions, achieving leadership positions, and pursuing long-term goals. Tammy has been actively involved in the Bay Area legal community, serving as the executive director of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum West, a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco No Glass Ceiling Task Force’s working group, and co-chair of the Queen’s Bench Employment/Work-Life Balance Committee. Before becoming a coach and career counselor, Tammy practiced immigration law in government, nonprofits, and as a solo practitioner, including working as the supervising immigration attorney at the Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center, a clinical program of Santa Clara University School of Law.

Tammy holds a B.A. in U.S. history from Barnard College of Columbia University and a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law. She also has a certificate in Core Strengths Coaching from the Applied Positive Psychology program at San Francisco State and is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.