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.

Barbara is the recipient of NYU's Distinguished Administrator Award (DAA), the highest distinction given to administrators by the University.

She enjoys working with students from around the world.

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.