Petal Modeste, J.D., M.B.A.
Assistant Dean and Dean of Career Services
Petal has extensive experience working as a lawyer and executive at top international law firms. She began her legal career as an associate in the Finance Group at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she represented lenders, borrowers, and underwriters in sophisticated financing transactions. Prior to joining Columbia Law School, she served as Senior Director and Strategic Advisor for Legal Recruiting at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she worked with firm management to assess hiring needs and objectives, develop attorney recruiting strategies, and implement initiatives for summer associates, full-time associates, lateral associates, and partners.
Petal is an active member of the Association for Legal Career Professionals, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and similar organizations. She speaks on a variety of topics, including the realities of legal practice and law firm life; managing law firm recruiting programs; the importance of diversity in the legal workplace; interview preparation; transitioning from law firm lawyer to executive; and communicating effectively.
Petal holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a juris doctor, cum laude, from the Howard University School of Law, where she was an editor for the Howard Law Journal, and a bachelor of arts, cum laude, in English and secondary education from Andrews University.