Academic Careers Program

About the Academic Careers Program

Contact Information

Academic Careers Program
Furman Hall, Room 430
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012-1301
Telephone: (212) 992-6096

Counseling sessions are scheduled by appointment. Email to set up an appointment.

Our Team

Michelle Cherande joined the law school in January 2009 as the first Director of the Judicial Clerkship Office, and began supervising the Academic Careers Program in 2012. Following graduation from NYU, Michelle clerked for Judge John M. Walker, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After her clerkship, Michelle worked as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she managed the largest consolidated securities litigation in history and had an active pro bono practice, which included representing a death row inmate. Michelle is an adjunct professor at the Law School and graduated from Brown University in 1994 and from NYU School of Law in 1997.

Naomi Sunshine joined the Academic Careers Program and the Public Interest Law Center in 2018 after teaching in NYU’s Lawyering program, where she was Associate Director. Prior to that, Naomi was an associate at public interest law firms in New York and San Francisco. There, she represented workers and consumers in federal and state wage and hour, employment discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, consumer, and disability access class actions. She previously clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley and Judge Victor Marrero of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Naomi earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.

Alex Lu is an Administrative Secretary at NYU Law for the Academic Careers Program and the Furman Program. He graduated from NYU College of Arts and Sciences in May 2015 with a BA in English and a minor in Web Design and Development. Alex has interned at the Newark Office of Administrative Law, where he explored urban inequality and observed governance in action. Alex freelances as a writer and editor, examining social equality and the arts.