Career Services Team

Faiza Shirazi, JD 

Director of Career Services 

Prior to joining the University of San Francisco School of Law, Faiza was a Career Advisor at Golden Gate Law School. Faiza’s legal career has been focused on helping underserved members of the community. She worked as a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Honors Program after law school and continued her work in housing at the Cook County Department of Planning and Development. She also litigated misdemeanors and felonies as a Cook County Assistant Public Defender.

After relocating to San Francisco, she worked at a small law firm doing plaintiff side employment law work. She has also served as a bar grader and is familiar with the challenges of preparing for the California bar exam. She is excited to use her varied legal experiences to help students determine what career path may suit them best. 

Faiza received her BA in Sociology with Distinction from the University of Michigan and her JD from Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, Faiza was a founding member of the Diversity Coalition, an organization that was created to address issues surrounding diversity. She is a first-generation immigrant and the first in her family to attend law school.

Email: fshirazi2@usfca.edu


Traci Sharpe, JD

Senior ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES

Traci SharpeTraci 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 (FINRA), 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 and inclusion initiatives, and is currently the Co-Chair of the National Association for Law Placement's (NALP) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Section, and a Member of the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association’s (BALRA) Diversity Committee.

Traci received her BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and her JD from McGeorge School of Law.

Email: tsharpe@usfca.edu


Phyra McCandless, J.D., M.P.H.

Associate Director of Career Services

A Bay Area native, Phyra McCandless graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she was on law review and co-chaired the Public Interest Law Foundation. Phyra received her AB in psychology from Harvard and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins. While a law student, she interned with Justice Now and the San Francisco City Attorney as well the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP). Immediately after law school Phyra was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at the Public Interest Clearinghouse (now One Justice). Phyra has worked in academia, government, the non-profit sector, and in the private sector in large companies and mid-sized law firms. As an attorney, she has represented plaintiffs in asbestos, tobacco, disability benefits, pharmaceutical, and medical device litigation as well as whistleblowers in qui tam False Claims Act cases. She served as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the General Counsel, and in the Office of Healthcare Compliance and Privacy at the University of California, San Francisco. Most recently, Phyra worked in eviction defense at ALRP and then as the agency’s Pro Bono Director.
 
Phyra has served on the Justice & Diversity Center’s Board and is currently the Bay Area Minority Bar Coalition’s representative as a member of the San Francisco Bar Association Board of Directors.