Barbara A. Landress, Director
JD, Harvard Law School
PhD, New York University
BA, Yale College
Barbara Landress joined the Office of Graduate Affairs in spring 2009. Barbara came to the Law School from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where as Director of Pre-Law Programs she worked to enhance opportunities for undergraduate students interested in law and public policy, through academic initiatives, mentoring, internship, and financial support programs and to establish Hunter’s Alumni Pre-Law Advisory Board. She also served on Hunter’s Fulbright Awards committee.
Barbara served for five years as a Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice where she investigated and litigated a wide range of employment discrimination cases. Her docket included cases involving individual employees and impact cases at multi-site facilities. She received two DOJ Special Achievement Awards for Sustained Superior Performance of Duty. Immediately after Law School, Barbara served as a Law Clerk to Judge Norma L. Shapiro of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Barbara’s PhD is in Hebrew and Comparative Literature, with a focus on modern Hebrew and comparative literature. Barbara has taught Hebrew literature at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. She has translated a memoir and literary criticism from Hebrew to English, and is the author of Her Glory All Within (Academic Studies Press 2012) on Israeli and American literary feminism.
She enjoys working with students from around the world.
Lourdes Olvera-Marshall, Associate Director
Licenciada en Derecho, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City
LLM '06, NYU School of Law
Lourdes joined NYU School of Law in 2010. Lourdes was born and raised in Mexico City where she obtained her law degree at ITAM (2003) with a Special Mention. While in Mexico, Lourdes practiced in the area of international maritime law at a boutique law firm. In 2003, she moved to New York and joined Brafman & Associates, a top white-collar criminal law firm. She was also a judicial intern at the NYC courts. In 2008, Lourdes joined the Attorney Professional Development department at Proskauer Rose LLP, a top NYC firm. She also has a coaching degree, having completed the Graduate Certificate in Organaziontal and Executive Coaching program at NYU. In addition, Lourdes is an Adjunct Instructor at NYU School of Professional Studies.
She brings this varied background to her work with students, providing academic advice, presenting workshops on topics ranging from study methods to networking, and organizing varied programming for the LLM student population, including Orientation for all LLM students. Lourdes has studies from Harvard, Cornell, and Universidad Complutense, Spain; she is admitted to practice in Mexico and New York. She has lived in several places including Canada, Spain, and Florida, where she worked in a year-long Cultural Program at Walt Disney World, Epcot Center. Lourdes also holds a Cordon D’or culinary degree, and a Certificate in Communication Skills from NYU.
Lourdes is co-chair of the NYU Women's Leadership Forum, a university-wide initiative which fosters leadership development for women faculty and administrators at NYU. She served for six years as a board member of the NYU Law Alumni Association, where she founded and co-chaired the Graduate Division committee. She is also a founding member of the Mexican professional network in NY, Red Global MX.
She enjoys traveling, reading, boxing, and networking.
Jacob Yohay, Administrative Assistant
BA (Psychology), Haverford College
Jacob joined the Office of Graduate Affairs in fall 2011. After earning a BA in psychology, Jacob worked in the book industry for ten years in postions including managing a New York City book store, and serving as sales manager for a large retail busiess selling academic and scholarly books via catalog and internet. He left the book business to live in Beijing, China where he completed a year-long course of study in Mandarin Chinese. Upon returning to the US, Jacob joined the Continuing Education Division of the School of Visual Arts here in New York City where he provided academic advice to students, evaluated new courses and organized programs for prospective students. In 2010 Jacob again spent a year in China, continuing his language studies before returning to work advising international students and providing support to graduate and exchange students at the Law School.
He enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.