Career Planning Team

Johanna Hartwig, J.D./M.P.P.
Assistant Dean for Career Planning & Legal Community Engagement


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.  


Ellen Schuster Strauss, J.D.
Assistant Director, LLM in Taxation Program

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Ellen Schuster Strauss counsels and advises students and alumni in the fields of tax law and trusts and estate planning, including those in the JD, LL.M. in Taxation, and Master of Legal Studies in Taxation programs. Prior to joining USF, Ellen was a legal recruiter specializing in tax and estate planning placements. For two and a half years, Ellen was a career counselor in the Office of Career Planning specializing in private sector career advising. Ellen's students, clients, and colleagues value her direct, consultative approach and her concrete, real-world advice regarding the job market. Ellen is available for academic and career advising at Kendrick Hall and the Downtown Campus.


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. She currently serves as the President of Charles Houston Bar Association, and General Counsel for the Oakland 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. She has earned awards from for her advocacy and leadership from the National Bar Association, Ms. JD, and Lawyers of Color. She is certified to administer Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory.

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.


Alexandra Doll
Recruitment Coordinator

As the Recruitment Coordinator, Alexandra Doll is responsible for organizing on-campus recruitment and managing job opportunity posting at the School of Law. Alex also conducts a wide range of other activities to support career counseling services for law students and alumni. Prior to joining the OCP team, Alex was the office administrator/program associate at NARAL Pro-Choice California, where she worked closely with their state director on office administration, event planning, and general program support. One of her favorite projects was organizing a panel presentation with a local chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

Alex has been involved with various nonprofit organizations, through internships, volunteering, and board membership. She is currently an event co-director for the Bay Area-based young professional networking organization Good Ol’ Girls and is a board member of the nonprofit Women’s Therapy Center.

Alex earned her Master’s in Gender from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She graduatedmagna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Gender Studies from UC San Diego, where she spent a year studying British history at Kings College London. 


Virginia Green
Office Manager

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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.