School of Law names new associate dean of professional and career development

Sadin, Shelley RShelley R. Sadin has been named associate dean of professional and career development for the Quinnipiac University School of Law.

“Shelley Sadin brings to this role enormous experience, enthusiasm, energy, warmth and wisdom,” said Jennifer Gerarda Brown, dean of the School of Law. “She has spent almost 30 years developing a reputation as a skilled, ethical and diligent lawyer. She will share with our students both her understanding of the profession and her substantial network of contacts to aid our students as they make their way in the profession.”

Sadin is responsible for the professional development of law students through employer outreach for both summer and permanent job opportunities.

“I am thrilled to be going ‘back to school’ after 30 years, particularly as I am joining a faculty so dedicated to its students,” Sadin said. “The new associate dean position is a reflection of that dedication. The law school is committed to the success of its students, not just in the classroom but in the workplace.  As I see it, my job will be to ‘get the word out’ that Quinnipiac students not only can think critically and write effectively, but that they are being taught that practicing law is as much about problem solving as it is about advocacy.”

Brown said students will appreciate how deeply Sadin cares about their success and how fully she understands the relationship between career development and Quinnipiac’s mission to educate the whole lawyer.

“Dean Sadin will contribute to our students’ professional development in a number of ways,” Brown said. “First, she will devote substantial time to discovering new pathways and opening new doors for our students. She will explore professional opportunities for our students in which a JD is preferred but not necessarily required for the job, because we know that lawyers make tremendous contributions to organizations and communities in these roles. Second, Dean Sadin will collaborate with Kathy Kuhar, our associate dean of students, on professional development and career services programming, organizing workshops, panels and speakers that teach our students about professionalism. Third, she’ll work closely with our students one-on-one, both in career counseling and by teaching one course each year.”

Sadin earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College. She received her JD in 1984 from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a third-year editor of the American Criminal Law Review.

Sadin joined the law firm of Zeldes, Needle & Cooper in 1984 and has been a partner since 1991.

“Zeldes, Needle & Cooper will miss Shelley, but we are sure that in her new position at the Quinnipiac School of Law she will employ her intellect, determination and keen sense of ethics to help prepare new generations of professionals as they transition to the practice of law,” said Maximino Medina, Jr., the managing partner of the Bridgeport law firm. “Our firm’s loss therefore shall be a gain for the law school and the profession.”

Sadin’s experience covers a wide range of matters and subject areas, from corporate investigations and complex litigation to appeals in state and federal courts.

“Legal problems can be as discrete as a dispute between two parties or as broad as developing a body of public health law in the wake of Obamacare, or a new body of election law in the wake of Shelby County against Holder,” Sadin said. “But all legal problems require an ability to work with colleagues and adversaries in a thoughtful, productive way. That’s what Quinnipiac students are learning to bring to the table.  That’s what will make them valuable members of any legal team.”

Sadin has a lengthy record of scholarly achievements that includes numerous publications and has a prestigious AV Martindale-Hubbell rating. She is listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America for appellate law and white collar criminal defense and has been named one of National Law Journal’s 2003 pro bono lawyers of the year.

Sadin has been involved in numerous activities, including helping the School of Law’s Juries and Justice and Moot Court Society programs.


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