About Us

You'll do this once. We've done this thousands of times. What sets us apart? Every consultant on our team has multiple years of experience in law school admissions, and they have counseled, evaluated, and admitted applicants to top law schools across the country. We are the only consulting firm that helps applicants get into law schools, while also helping law schools improve their admissions outcomes — each year, law schools consult with us on how to advance their institutions. Not only do we understand the process; we developed the process.

Spivey Consulting Commitment to Ethics and Excellence

Excellence and integrity in our work are our founding principles, and we are dedicated to providing our clients with the very best consulting in the industry. This is reflected in the bios you see on this page – every Spivey Consulting member was recruited to our firm due to their impeccable reputation for integrity and meaningful work among their peers in the law school admissions community. It is the reason we have become the most sought after firm in the industry through reputation alone, without ever having advertised. A relentless pursuit for excellence in everything we do will always guide our hiring, our work, and our commitment to you.

As a team, we aspire to be part of something bigger than ourselves in order to make a difference in our clients’ lives. In doing so, we intentionally hire admissions professionals with the best reputations in the law school admissions industry. With well over 100 years' combined experience in legal education, the Spivey Consulting team has succeeded in helping thousands of students gain admission to law school.

LLM & International Student Admissions Specialist

Paula Gluzman

Paula Gluzman has over a decade of experience in legal practice and law school administration. Her true passion for working with students throughout their entire law school journey is demonstrated through her diverse professional positions. As the Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Washington School of Law and later at UCLA School of Law, Paula has read and evaluated hundreds of admissions files, interviewed applicants, and worked directly with candidates all over the country and abroad to advise them on the law school admissions process. In addition to mentoring and advising pre-law students and traveling the country to present on law school admissions topics, Paula also worked in law school career services, employer outreach and recruiting, and professional development training. She has reviewed and edited hundreds of resumes, cover letters, and other application materials, as well as graded California Bar exam practice tests. Additionally, Paula’s work as a law school career advisor allows her to bring the full-circle perspective to the admissions process, helping applicants make informed and strategic law school decisions from a career and professional development perspective.

Paula has served in elected leadership positions for NALP (National Association for Law Placement), is the president of SDLRA (San Diego Legal Recruiting Association), and is a Board member and co-facilitator of LEAP, a legal pipeline diversity fellowship program based in Los Angeles.

As an immigrant and the first in her family to attend law school, Paula is proactive in promoting diversity and inclusion in legal education and hiring. She understands the challenges involved in getting to law school and the value of knowledgeable mentorship through the admissions process. She strives to provide each client with the guidance to showcase their best attributes and highlight how they add distinguishing value to their future law school.

Paula lives in southern California. When she isn’t working with her clients, she is soaking up the sun at the beach with her family and their scruffy little pup.

“I want to greatly thank Paula Gluzman for all of her guidance, therapy sessions, and editing on my applications. She was a tremendous help, and I feel so lucky that we were paired up together when I started with Spivey. She made the application process much easier and kept me on track with my goals, while also making sure I was realistic. In addition, she made me feel comfortable enough sharing stories with her that I had trouble talking about, but knew would help the admissions team see my strength and resiliency. If it weren’t for Paula, I probably wouldn’t have written some of those essays, and who knows where I would be!” –J.C.

Rob Cacace

Rob Cacace works with budding attorneys to promote their career and professional development. He helps clients prepare for the various challenges of law school. As Executive Director in Georgetown Law’s Office of Career Strategy Rob oversees professional and skills training by helping to design and deliver programs, in addition to serving as a career advisor for hundreds of law students. Rob also taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown. He sharpened his research and writing skills as a federal district court clerk in DC and litigator at a plaintiff-side firm, refining competencies that he developed as a Summer Honors intern at the Department of Justice and a Summer Associate at Paul, Weiss in New York City. Rob’s clients benefit not only from his legal skills and professional development training but from his long-standing commitment to counseling; he caught the counseling bug as a tutor/mentor in college and continued to develop mentoring relationships while working with paralegals, interns, and law students. As a pre-law advisor in law school, he edited essays and applications materials and composed recommendations for students who went on to top law schools. Rob received his B.A. and J.D. from Harvard, and has a Masters in Modern History from Oxford University. As part of Spivey Consulting Pre-L program, he works with recently admitted law students to sharpen the skills that are vital to success as a first-year and beyond: critical reading, digesting cases, briefing, writing, outlining, and career planning.

Rob came to the legal profession by way of the Bronx. Born and raised there, he was the first in family to attend college (his father was a garbage man and his mother was a manicurist). Rob worked odd jobs through high school and college — including busboy, construction laborer, mail boy, short-order cook, travel writer, and file clerk. These days he spends the bulk of his time — and calories — chasing after his three kids in the parks, playgrounds, and museums of DC alongside his wife, who is a partner at a civil rights law firm.

“The prospect of starting law school ten years removed from undergrad was daunting in the extreme, however Rob Cacace and the Spivey Pre-L course gave me confidence in my abilities and the inside track on what to expect in 1L. Instead of wasting valuable time learning the mechanics of law school, I will now hit the ground running on day one. I heartily recommend the course to all rising 1Ls.” —Brendan H.

Joe Pollak

Joe Pollak is a former admissions officer for the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan, Joe reviewed thousands of applications, negotiated scholarships, and counseled students on their law school aspirations. Among his other roles, Joe ran the waitlist, supervised application processing, and managed applicants’ campus visits. As a consultant, Joe works with all kinds of clients and has a reputation for giving pragmatic and friendly advice about the admissions process. Joe also has special insight to offer Jewish clients.

Joe received his B.A. and J.D., both with honors, from the George Washington University. Earlier in his career, he practiced law in Washington, DC, and in between college and law school, he was the assistant director of a summer camp in central Texas. Joe is a part-time consultant with Spivey Consulting Group, and his flexible other job is as the executive director of an environmental nonprofit organization. In his free time, he is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, a fair-weather hiker, and a so-so bread baker. Joe lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and two sons.

“I reached out to Spivey and Joe Pollak after applying to law school at the very end of the cycle and being waitlisted by every school I applied to. I had no idea how to navigate the waitlist process! Efficiently, Joe carefully reviewed my application submissions and discussed my own preferences and needs. Based on his first hand experience on the admissions side, he described to me the inner workings of the waitlist process, and in what ways I could impact schools’ decisions. We crafted a strategy for how I should engage with each school on my list from that point through the end of the waitlist process. Now armed with a clear, thoughtful, step-by-step plan I was able to confidently reach out to schools at the right times and in the right ways. Joe relieved tremendous anxiety from the process and very likely made the difference in me getting into law school this cycle!” –Rising 1L at Northwestern School of Law

Amy Killoran

Amy Killoran has spent more than a decade working with law students and young attorneys on their career development. As a Director in Georgetown Law’s Office of Career Strategy, she specializes in working with upper-division students and recent law school graduates to help them realize their career potential. Amy is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a student at Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, where she coaches law and business leaders. She previously earned a certificate in financial planning, making her fluent in the personal finance aspect of career change and growth.

Before realizing that her passion lay in developing other lawyers’ careers, Amy clerked for a federal judge and practiced at an AmLaw 100 firm in Atlanta. She completed her B.A. at Cornell University and her J.D. at Duke Law. In addition to watching Blue Devil basketball, she and her husband spend many weekends cheering on their two young sons at swim and dive meets in Northern Virginia.

Hannah Song

Hannah Song has 16 years of higher education experience and has worked most recently as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She has reviewed over 15,000 law school applications and conducted over a thousand candidate interviews. Prior to working at Washington University School of Law, Hannah taught English language skills to international law students, MBA students, and post-doctoral employees at Washington University and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Hannah grew up in Chicago and received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois. Hannah and her husband moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 2005, and she now considers herself a proud St. Louisan. While she still loves her Chicago deep dish pizzas and Chicago-style hot dogs, Hannah enjoys checking out new restaurants in St. Louis with her husband and their three children. To balance her love for food, Hannah enjoys running and has participated in 3 half-marathons. She spends her free time watching musicals and traveling with her family.

Paul Rollins

Paul Rollins has nearly two decades of experience at both public and private law schools. He has been responsible for admissions, career services, student affairs, finance, reporting, and strategic initiatives as an associate or assistant dean at law schools including the University of Florida, W&L University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Georgia, and the University of South Carolina. Paul has evaluated thousands of law school applications and made the final admissions decisions and merit scholarship awards for applicants in eighteen admissions cycles.

Paul received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and his J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for a federal judge in Virginia and was in private practice for nearly five years before joining the University of South Carolina School of Law as the Assistant Dean for Admissions. During his career as a senior law school administrator, Paul developed admissions and scholarship strategies to increase student selectivity and diversity and gained valuable experience managing reporting to the American Bar Association, U.S. News & World Report, and the Association of American Law Schools. Paul understands how law school admissions committees make admissions and scholarship decisions to meet institutional goals. He brings his hard-earned expertise to each applicant he counsels to help them create a compelling and persuasive application.

An avid but mediocre recreational athlete, Paul enjoys basketball, working out, and participating in Masters USA Boxing tournaments all over the country including competing at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn and Sweet Science Boxing in Atlanta.

Rodia Vance

Rodia Vance has advised law school applicants for nearly 20 years. During that time, she has seen the highs and lows of law school admissions and has helped hundreds of applicants navigate the sometimes uncertain pathway to achieving their law school dreams. In doing so, she has crafted a unique approach to working with applicants that focuses on a holistic approach to application preparation that goes beyond “just the numbers.” She works with applicants to determine their specific, individual narrative and craft an application package that supports that narrative throughout all of its components. Rodia believes this is the best way to become a stand-out applicant in a sea of “numbers,” especially at top law schools, where she has assisted all types of applicants in gaining admission over the years.

Rodia is well-known and respected among law school admissions professionals across the country, both through her long tenure in advising as well as through her regional and national leadership in the field of pre-law advising over several years. She is a former President of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SAPLA) and former member of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC). Rodia holds a Juris Masters (J.M.) from Emory University School of Law as well as an M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, where she graduated with Honors.

In her spare time, Rodia can usually be found in her kitchen (also known as her “happy place”), where she is inevitably tinkering with some new recipe in her never-ending quest to be a master chef. In pursuit of balance, and an effort to mitigate damage to her waistline from said quest, she also enjoys afternoon runs around her local parks.

“My experience with Spivey was incredibly helpful and made navigating the law school application process much more straightforward. In addition to helping me gain an inside view of the admissions process, Rodia Vance was very comforting, gave me the confidence to present myself in the best light, and helped assuage some of the nervousness associated with applying to law schools. My desired outcome for the cycle was to simply be admitted to a law school, somewhere, anywhere, and I finished the admissions process with scholarships to all but two of the schools I applied to, finally accepting a full tuition and stipend offer from an in-state school.” –Ben B.

Justin Kane

Justin is a summa cum laude graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Political Science. He has worked in consumer protection for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office as well as compliance for a national financial services corporation. A self described LSAT geek who self-studied before scoring a 179 on his LSAT, Justin has taught the LSAT for several years and is passionate about helping students achieve their testing goals. His students regularly praise his ability to make complex LSAT concepts understandable, as well as his relentlessly positive attitude. At Spivey Consulting, Justin works with applicants who prefer self-studying for the LSAT but want a coach in their corner to explain concepts to them when they are stuck. Justin also writes weekly, data-centric blog posts on various topics regarding the LSAT, Applicant Pool, Employment, and more. These often contain never published before data that give an insider’s look into law admissions and legal education.

In his free time, Justin enjoys playing tennis, exercising, and any other activity that gets him outside. A lifelong New Englander, he can usually be found cheering on the New England Patriots.

Laura Wrobel

Laura Wrobel’s law school admissions career began in 1999 as an admissions officer at Duke University School of Law. In her time at Duke, Laura served as the Senior Admissions Officer and Director of Financial Aid for many years. Laura’s knowledge of law school admissions comes from having managed every aspect of the process. She has been a decision maker on tens of thousands of admission and scholarship applications, conducted interviews, managed scholarship and financial aid programs and awarded millions of dollars in scholarship and aid funds, as well as counseled applicants regarding the admissions and financial aid process. Laura also worked to assist those in need through her service as a member of the Board of Advisors for NC LEAF, North Carolina’s law loan repayment assistance program.

In her spare time, Laura is an avid runner, community volunteer and active in several philanthropic organizations. She enjoys traveling nearly anywhere, but especially cherishes time spent with her husband, three young children and dog in both the Outer Banks and Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

“After a disappointing LSAT score, I was almost convinced that top schools were entirely out of my reach. Working with Laura, however, has proven me wrong. She listened to my story and saw me as a person beyond just my numbers, and she guided me through the entire application process with her expertise, patience, and care. When I felt overwhelmed or anxious, Laura was always there to provide guidance and reassurance. She has made this process so much easier and enjoyable. In the end, I was accepted to several T14 schools and will be attending one with a substantial scholarship; I know I could not have done it without Laura.” –J.

Gregory Shaffer

Greg Shaffer has advised law school applicants for 15 years, during which time he has gained intimate knowledge of admissions processes at many of the top law schools in the country. Currently, Greg serves as the Associate Director of Pre-Law Advising and the University Pre-Law Advisor at the University of Maryland, where he enjoys sharing in his clients’ experience of applying to law school. In running one of the largest pre-law programs in the country, Greg has worked with over 3,000 students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and has helped students each year get into the most elite law schools, including Yale, Harvard, Stanford and many more.

Greg was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and is proud to have been a first generation college student. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland with degrees in economics and government/politics. He then went on to complete a law degree at the University of Notre Dame Law School, followed by a judicial clerkship back in his adopted home state of Maryland. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Greg spend 5 years practicing corporate and securities law at two of the nation’s largest law firms, providing an invaluable perspective to share with potential applicants.

Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors and is very active in the law school admissions community. When not helping students, Greg can be found spending time was his family, rooting on his Terps and Fighting Irish sports teams, and preparing for his true dream job of playing professional golf.

Patrick Connorton

Patrick Connorton works with incoming law students to prepare them to succeed in their academic and professional careers. Patrick has extensive experience teaching, tutoring, and mentoring law students, having taught legal writing as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School and having worked as a faculty-appointed tutor for students struggling to adjust to the rigors of law school. Patrick brings the perspectives of a “Big Law,” “Boutique,” and “In-House” practitioner to his teaching. He worked as a litigator for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, one of the most prestigious law firms in the country, and for Cohen & Gresser, an elite litigation boutique. He is now Head of Legal at a high-growth international marketing technology company. Prior to entering private practice, Patrick clerked for federal judges in the Southern District of New York and on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where he honed his legal writing and research skills.

Patrick is a graduate of Fordham Law School (magna cum laude), where he served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College. When not teaching or running an in-house legal department, Patrick can be found hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or chuckling over a good P.G. Wodehouse book.

“This course exceeded my expectations. Not only did I get drastically better at legal writing as the course progressed, but also I was able to use Patrick’s extensive feedback on my assignments to develop a set of personally-tailored guidelines, which I plan to use as a sort of checklist from now on when I do any legal writing. I will enter law school much more familiar and comfortable with the demands of legal writing because of this course, and I expect that to be extremely valuable.” —C.D.

Christian Panneck

Christian Panneck has over a decade of undergraduate admissions experience at Belmont University, serving in such capacities as Admissions Counselor, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, and Director of Admissions for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Additionally, she served as Associate Director of College Counseling for a Nashville-area private school, helping high school juniors and seniors navigate the college search and application process. She began her career in student affairs as Assistant Director of Residence Life at Vanderbilt University with responsibility for approximately 1000 residential students.

Christian also has experience in the publishing field, both as an Author Services Advocate and as Operations Coordinator for a small firm, positions she held while also doing freelance writing and editing work. With a love of reading, writing, and correcting errors, she has volunteered to be an unofficial editor in every professional and volunteer position she’s held.

Originally from Northeast Arkansas, Christian moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration. She later completed coursework toward a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership, also at Vanderbilt. After twenty wonderful years in Nashville, she recently relocated to Inlet Beach, FL, where she aims to put her feet in the sand at least once each day. A two-time HS state tennis champion, she’s an avid fan of VU athletics and loves cheering on her ‘Dores!

Jay Shively

Jay Shively has been working in law school admissions for over 20 years. Most recently, Jay was the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at Wake Forest University School of Law. Previously he served as the Assistant Dean for Admissions at Penn State University and the University of North Carolina. Jay earned his JD from the University of Houston Law Center and began his law school admissions career there. From 2004-2009, Jay served as the Director of Law School Services at the Law School Admission Council, where he worked with a team that developed, tested, and implemented databases and services utilized in every LSAC member law school. His efforts while at LSAC yielded important advances in the ability of schools to operate in a paperless environment and enhanced applicant services.

Jay has been a featured speaker for LSAC annual meetings, the LSAC Electronic Services Conference, the Pre-Law Advisors National Conference (PLANC), several regional prelaw advisor conferences, and the Association of American Law Schools. He has been interviewed, quoted, and consulted by numerous media outlets, including US News and World Report, Above the Law, the National Jurist, Prelaw Magazine, and the New York Times. His service to the profession has been extensive. He has served as chair of the AALS Section on Pre-Legal Education and Admission to Law School and numerous LSAC governance committees, including Committees for Services and Programs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Jay lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife Amy and their two boys, Ford and Harry.

Mike Spivey

Before founding Spivey Consulting, Mike was a senior administrator at the law schools of Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Colorado, where he developed national recognition for improving admissions, employment, external outreach, and rankings strategies. Mike has been featured in several CNN interviews on law schools as well as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, the Economist, and U.S. News & World Report, and has been highlighted in The Chronicles of Higher Education for his forward-thinking efforts as a law school senior administrator. He is a former Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) faculty member for new admissions professionals and served as an Advisory Board Member for Lexis Nexis. He has also served on the board of both a non-profit and tech start-up. Mike was honored and is an inductee of The Blackburn Society for his demonstrating ethics and leadership in his career. “Dean” Spivey has been a featured speaker and panelist at more than 150 prestigious universities, including Princeton University, Stanford University, and Dartmouth College, and has been actively sought out to consult for a wide range of law schools. He is a frequent author of motivational articles and podcasts at The Spivey Blog, where he can be booked as a public speaker. As of August 2021, Mike has two book deals, one on admissions and one on motivation and decision-making, both set to be published in late 2022.

A former athlete, Mike was twice invited by the Cleveland Indians to participate in professionally scouted tryouts and recruited to play baseball, football and track in college. Mike was a Philosophy Major at Vanderbilt University, MBA graduate from the University of Alabama and Doctoral Student in Higher Education Leadership at Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt University. He now spends his spare time hiking the mountains around Boulder, Colorado with his dog and running 5k and 10k races.

You can view Mike’s LinkedIn profile with completely unsolicited testimonials.

“As a parent and business professional, I am deeply compelled to share my experience with anyone considering using Spivey Consulting.

Mike was a Dean at Washington University when my son attended law school there during the “Great Recession.” My son wanted to practice law in Boston and Mike specifically flew to the area and met with a number of law firms – which ultimately helped open a door for my son to land a position at an elite Boston Firm. Mike took personal interest in placing his students when most law schools across the nation were being shut out due to the hiring freeze of the time.

For admissions help, this year we called Mike because our daughter was wait listed at her dream school. While not making any guarantees, Mike did make a promise. That he would commit himself to do everything he could on her behalf. Today she was admitted.

I write this testimonial because far too often I have heard similar promises in life – only to receive a follow up email or call with a litany of reasons when things didn’t work out. But this was different. Mike spoke to us during this process with calm confidence, an exhaustive knowledge of the process, and with palpable commitment to my daughter. And he delivered.

It is rare to find this type of sincere commitment and passion to delivering results in the business world. But we have found that with Mike and Spivey Consulting twice now. I hope that others reach out to Spivey Consulting, because I think you will see the same dedication and personal attention that my family has seen. And I know firsthand how important this process is.” –Ron Weissman

Karen Buttenbaum

Karen Buttenbaum is a respected law school admissions professional with over 16 years of experience working in legal education. From 2001-2013, she was a voting member of the admissions committee at Harvard Law School, reading and making decisions on over 16,000 applications and interviewing over 1,000 applicants during that time. Karen held almost every position on the senior staff in the HLS admissions office starting as an Assistant Director, moving up to Associate Director and most recently serving as Director. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, Karen assisted efforts in the admissions office at Roger Williams University School of Law helping them to achieve significant admissions milestones. Throughout her career in law school admissions, she has been actively involved with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) serving on the Test Development and Research Committee, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, served as a faculty member for new admission professionals, and has spoken at many LSAC sponsored events and conferences. Karen has been a member of the Northeast Association of Prelaw Advisors for many years, and a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1997.

A former race junkie, Karen has completed three marathons and dozens of other races and triathlons of all distances, including finishing the Timberman Half-Ironman in New Hampshire. She now spends her spare time running after her active son.

“As an international applicant, I felt assured that Karen was by my side, as my trusted teammate, adviser and friend. Karen is always able to provide useful and valuable insight for the applications, and highly detailed and professional advice about the law schools and legal employment market. Karen played a vital and indispensable part in my success in this cycle. She is patient, responsive, dedicated and reliable. I highly recommend Karen, and I hope others will reach out to her as well.” —A.C.

Jayme McKellop

Jayme has over 13 years of experience in legal practice and education, serving as the Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School before joining the Spivey Consulting Group. At Chicago, she administered the application review process from start to finish, read thousands of law school applications, and was responsible for designing and implementing Chicago’s admissions interviewing program. She also managed Chicago’s student admissions committee, affinity group outreach, and several aspects of the admissions process. Before transitioning into law school admissions, she practiced employment and labor law at Sidley Austin in Chicago. Jayme has a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University. Jayme is a detail person and enjoys helping clients find the best way to convey their authentic voice and ideas. She loves the strategy involved in admissions, on both the applicant and law school sides. Jayme is also an animal welfare advocate and has worked on several legislative initiatives related to companion animals and addressing the problem of puppy mills.

Jayme grew up in a small town in central Ohio but she now proudly considers herself a Chicagoan. She lives in downtown Chicago with her husband and two young children. She loves dogs (with a soft spot for West Highland White Terriers and older rescue dogs), Ohio State football, California wine county, and classical music. Most weekends, she and her family enjoy exploring the city, and she is always in search of great vegetarian food, a new local coffee shop, and anything sweet (she is an expert on Chicago’s extensive gourmet doughnut scene).

“I absolutely cannot recommend Spivey Consulting Group highly enough. Jayme was so knowledgeable and patient, and she helped me to stay positive during what was a really stressful time for me. The law school application process is a daunting one, and having a former director of admissions at one of the top law schools in the country as my personal advocate and consultant was so reassuring and made the process so much less stressful. Despite my three disappointing LSAT scores, which I was sure would preclude me from a T14, I am attending my dream school in the fall where I did not think I stood a chance. Thank you so much to Jayme and the entire Spivey Consulting Group—I could not have done it without your knowledge and expertise!” –E.

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson has worked in Admissions for more than 20 years and enjoys advising students as they navigate the admissions process. Most recently, Tom served as the Director of J.D. Admissions at Harvard Law School where he received the 2018 Dean’s Award for Excellence. During his years in Admissions, Tom has evaluated thousands of applications, interviewed more than 900 law applicants, and served on admissions committees within three different universities.

As a first generation college student himself, Tom understands the value of good advising throughout the admissions process. He is particularly proud of his role in admitting the first ever class at Harvard Law with more than 50% women, has advised students from across China, Europe, North and South America, and enjoys talking with Veterans about their law school aspirations.

In addition to his professional experience, Tom earned a Masters in Education at the University of Vermont and a Doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts. When not working with potential applicants, you can find Tom hiking with his yellow lab Wilma, kayaking, or cycling northwest of Boston!

“Tom’s years of experience, expertise, and professionalism helped me gain admission to Stanford Law School, which was a huge reach for me considering my LSAT and GPA. He helped me outperform my stats by helping me craft an unique and cohesive narrative. At the beginning of the cycle, Tom was very honest with me about where to set expectations, and he helped me curate a great list of safety, target, and reach schools. While working on my applications, Tom had a phenomenal turnaround time and always provided timely and helpful advice. The attention to detail and care that he showed to each and every one of my applications exceeded all expectations. He has an incredible network of admissions insiders who he never hesitated to reach out to for school-specific advice. I know I could not have achieved my results without his support and guidance.” -SLS bound

Sarah Oline

Sarah Oline is a former Director for Law Enrollment at Wake Forest University School of Law. Among her many responsibilities in the Wake Forest Law Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Sarah counseled prospective law students, reviewed applications, and gave presentations on navigating the law school admissions process, writing personal statements, and financing legal education. She is well-versed in the admissions process from both sides and greatly enjoys working one-on-one with prospective law students as they move through that process toward their goals. Before transitioning to law school admissions, Sarah was an attorney in New York City practicing law in the area of insurance coverage and litigation. She earned her JD, cum laude, from Boston University and her BSC, cum laude, from the University of Miami, majoring in Journalism and English. After living in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina, Sarah now enjoys life with family and friends in her suburban Chicago hometown. While she wishes she could mention an athletic or exercise-related hobby, her favorite things to do are watch TV, read books, and then talk about what she watches and reads.

“I was a reverse splitter for most of the schools I applied to (high GPA and low LSAT score). Sarah helped me with my entire application, and I have been admitted to my top schools. Spivey Consulting was the best investment I have ever made. I would make the same decision in a heartbeat!” –J.J.

Erika Guckenberger

Erika Guckenberger graduated from Harvard College in 2000, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, cum laude. In 2004, she completed her Master’s of Education through Salem State College. She served as a member of the Harvard Law School admissions team for three years, working alongside fellow Spivey consultants Karen Buttenbaum, Danielle Early, and Tom Robinson. In 2016 she joined the Spivey Consulting team, working with clients on the other side of the admissions equation. In addition to her work on behalf of law school applicants, she is employed as a middle school social studies teacher and as a registered yoga instructor. When time permits, she indulges her curiosity by traveling the world, including recent excursions to Cuba and Portugal, and two Fulbright Group Study Abroad trips to East Africa and Japan.

“I just wanted to thank Erika for everything she did with my personal statement. I applied to 14 schools, and I have been admitted to all of them! I have finally decided to attend Emory with scholarship money! My highest LSAT score was a 155, and I am confident that I would not have the opportunity to attend Emory if it wasn’t for Erika’s help. I will forever be grateful for her excellent work!” —K.S.

Shannon Davis

Shannon Davis has worked in law school admissions for 17 years, serving most recently as Assistant Dean for Admissions and Communications at Lewis & Clark Law School. In this role, she coordinated faculty and student admissions committees, made thousands of admissions and scholarship decisions, advised countless applicants, and established a successful interview program. She has served on several committees with the Law School Admissions Council, and presented at colleges and universities across the country. Shannon has a wealth of experience in higher education, having also worked in undergraduate admissions, judicial affairs, student activities, alumni affairs, and residence life at universities in the Midwest and on the west coast.

Shannon began her career as a college and financial aid counselor, scholarship coordinator, and career advisor at a college-prep high school in the California bay area. Her professional background also includes years of experience in marketing and communications. Shannon earned a BA from Santa Clara University and an MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. Her graduate school research focused on college rankings, access to education, and campus hate crimes.

Shannon is grateful to live in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Like most of the SCG team, Shannon enjoys traveling and being active. When she has a couple free hours, you can usually find her trail running, road biking, playing tennis, or reading while sipping a hot cup of chai tea.

“Working with Shannon was an excellent experience. From a substantive perspective, Shannon’s insights helped me to fine-tune my application, ensuring that I presented a focused and impactful message across my personal statement, supplemental essays, and interviews. On an interpersonal level, meanwhile, Shannon was the consummate professional, always available to provide quick-turnaround essay feedback or hop on the phone for a conversation about application strategy.

I sought the services of a consultant because I wanted to make sure that I would be “putting my best foot forward” in the high-stress and often opaque world of law school admissions. Shannon played a key role in helping me to achieve this goal. With her help, I was accepted to schools across the T-14, and will be attending a T-5 school on a full-tuition merit scholarship this fall. Shannon’s support was invaluable, and I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to get the most out of their cycle.”–K.

Anne Dutia

Anne Dutia has been involved on both sides of the admissions process since 2001. After spending four years in admissions at The University of Michigan Law School as Assistant Director, she served as a pre-law advisor at The University of Texas at Dallas until joining Spivey Consulting in October of 2017. As a pre-law advisor, Anne was on the Executive Board of the Southwestern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA) and on the Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC). She has presented at and helped to organize multiple pre-law advising conferences. She was also a coach of a Top 15 undergraduate Moot Court team and served on the Executive Board of the American Moot Court Association (AMCA).

A self-professed nerd, Anne loves a well-told story. She therefore appreciates how an application must offer a coherent, compelling narrative that conveys the applicant’s motivations, experiences, and trajectory. During her time as a pre-law advisor, Anne worked with incredibly diverse students, including first-generation college students, community college transfers, non-traditional students, National Merit Scholars and Honors students, who were accepted at law schools all over the country, including the most prestigious schools in the nation, often with significant scholarships.

Born in Bombay, India, Anne has lived all over the United States. Despite living in Texas for more than a decade, she still claims Alabama as her home. She’s passionate about Alabama football, and when she’s not being a soccer or band mom, she can be found cheering on the Crimson Tide.

“I was referred to Spivey by a friend who insisted the company’s admissions consulting service is worth every penny. Though applying to law school can be quite stressful, Anne eased all of my concerns with her expertise and made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. She did an outstanding job tailoring my essays, along with other parts of my application, to effectively highlight my strengths and tell my story. Needless to say, the service exceeded my expectations and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I was admitted to my top choice law school with a substantial scholarship. I am truly grateful for having the opportunity to work with Anne and will highly recommend Spivey’s services to anyone interested in applying to law school in the future.” —M.

Kevin Petty

Kevin Petty has over 10 years of law school admissions experience, most recently as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Chicago Law School. In this position, he reviewed applications for both admissions and for scholarship awards and was responsible for both initial scholarship decisions and reconsiderations. He also managed the Summer Public Interest Program funding and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago Law School, Kevin’s background included experience working in human resources, business and financial management, and business consulting. He received a B.S. in Business Management from DePaul University.

Kevin calls Chicago home, and he enjoys clean eating, cooking, running along Chicago’s lakefront, and walks with his very sweet but very opinionated Boxer.

“I had the pleasure to work with Kevin during my cycle and was constantly thrilled with his professionalism, knowledge, and generosity with his time. As a splitter applying straight out of undergraduate, I had a number of questions about school list, essay strategy, and more, all of which Kevin helped me navigate deftly. Kevin was always accessible via email or call, and I never felt at all rushed or like I wasn’t a priority of his. In what could have been an incredibly stressful cycle, I felt like I had a supporter in my corner. This culminated in multiple T14 acceptances with scholarship, while many others with my numbers got primarily waitlists and denies. Kevin absolutely resulted in a stronger application, and I cannot recommend him more highly.” –R.P.

Jenn Kopolow

Jenn Kopolow has over 15 years of experience in legal practice and higher education. As the Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Richmond School of Law, she read and made decisions on thousands of admission files, counseled hundreds of pre-law students, and frequently traveled to undergraduate institutions giving presentations on getting into law school. Jenn’s professional experience also includes 5 years of teaching legal writing and criminal law courses as a professor of law, grading Virginia bar exam essays for the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, and serving as a bar adviser for Themis Bar Review. These roles highlight her talents for, and interest in, mentoring students and teaching enhanced writing skills. As a Partner with Spivey Consulting, Jenn’s admissions and academic background allows her to merge her passion for legal education with her love of counseling students.

Jenn brings an enthusiasm for running to the collective athleticism of the Spivey Consulting Group. She has run two marathons, twelve half marathons, and countless shorter races. When she’s not chasing her next half marathon personal record, Jenn is planning her next travel adventure with her husband and searching for the perfect cup of coffee.

Jenn earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina and her B.A., summa cum laude, from James Madison University.

“Jenn was so helpful during my application cycle! I was impressed by her patience, accessibility, and work ethic. Her experience in law school admissions helped me to make strategic decisions that got me into my dream school, Harvard! She’s a detailed editor who made my application shine. The process was so much smoother because of Jenn, and her knowledge and passion gave me confidence at every step along the way. I would highly recommend Jenn and the Spivey Consulting Group for your law school application cycle!” —S.N.

Peter Cramer

Peter Cramer, a self-described “lawyer-linguist,” has been working in legal education for over 25 years. He started his law school career at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and later went to Georgetown University Law Center where he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Global Legal English. For nine years prior to joining Spivey Consulting Group, Dr. Cramer worked as the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Students at Washington University School of Law, where he focused primarily on admissions, course counseling, and instruction.

Trained in law in Germany, Dr. Cramer went to the USA to receive a degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); he earned a PhD in Language Education and also received an LLM. Dr. Cramer is a recognized specialist in Legal English. He developed the first 2-Year LLM program in the US at Georgetown and a similar program at WashU. He also has co-authored a book on drafting contracts in Legal English (a page turner). Dr. Cramer has also taught classes at Harvard, Cairo University, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan.

Over the course of his work at various law schools, Dr. Cramer has gone over thousands of applications of JD, LLM, JSD, and MLS students, written by native and nonnative speakers alike. Besides being able to point out dangling participles and other grammatical issues in an applicant’s statement, Dr. Cramer has developed a profound sense of knowing “what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s terrible.” His advice to any applicant is always to be as genuine and sincere as possible in telling their story.

In his free time, Dr. Cramer is an avid biker. He lives in a tiny home in Saint Louis and regularly travels abroad with his polyglot family.

Nicholas Everdell

Nick Everdell is a seasoned admissions professional with more than eight years of experience at some of the country’s most respected law schools. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia Law School, where he reviewed and voted on more than 16,000 applications. In 2014 he became Director of Recruitment at Yale Law School, where he was deeply involved in managing Yale’s unique admissions process. Nick started working in admissions in 2004 at Vermont Academy, a small boarding school in southern Vermont.

Nick holds a BA in Russian Studies from Cornell University, and an MA in Education Leadership from Columbia. As the child of two independent school teachers, he developed at an early age a passion for helping people find and achieve the educational path that leads to the greatest personal and professional success.

Nick grew up splitting his time between the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and the coast of Maine, and as such loves spending as much time on the water or in the woods as possible. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two young sons.

“I am the first person in my family to go to law school and had no idea what I was getting myself into with the application process. I hired Spivey after seeing countless glowing reviews on every website I visited for advice. I was not disappointed. Nick was so patient, friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable throughout the entire process and especially when anxiety was getting the better of me. Nick is on your team from beginning to end and he makes you feel as if he’s in the ring fighting your challenges and reveling in your successes right along with you. Not only did I get into several top law schools, but I received very generous scholarships as well. I am happy to report that I will be attending my first choice law school, and there is no doubt in my mind that would not be true had it not been for Nick’s help! I highly recommend both Spivey Consulting and Nick Everdell.” —Lauren M.

Derek Meeker

Derek Meeker is a nationally respected professional among law school admissions and career services deans. His more than 20 years of experience include serving as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as Recruiting Manager for global law firm Paul Hastings, and as an admissions reader for the University of Chicago Law School.

As Dean of Admissions at Penn Law, Derek evaluated and made the final decision on every J.D. application–over 6,000 per year. During his tenure, Penn Law received a record number of applications, increased selectivity, and expanded need-based, public service, and merit scholarship programs. As a consultant, he has guided hundreds of law school applicants through 10 admission cycles and has advised law schools on their admissions and career services strategies. He also has counseled law students on the big law hiring process, interviewing skills, and etiquette. He has spoken at dozens of colleges across the country and served on committees and panels for various professional organizations, including as a research assistant and Chair of the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

A first-generation college student from rural Ohio and member of the LGBTQ community, Derek is most proud of his legacy of increasing racial, sexual orientation, and socio-economic diversity at Penn Law and in helping to launch diversity scholarships at Paul Hastings. He also has served as a career mentor and writing coach to first-generation college applicants in the Los Angeles area. A former practicing attorney, Derek holds a B.S. in Journalism and takes continuing education courses in the Writers’ Program at UCLA. He is passionate about writing and loves coaching students to be better writers. Derek is based in LA and enjoys acting, yoga, meditation, biking, and camping.

“Derek, I decided to pull the trigger and commit to Harvard Law School. I am incredibly happy about my choice and can’t wait to begin my law school journey this fall. Thank you so much for all your incredible help and insight throughout the zany admissions process. Your guidance was invaluable, and I will be forever grateful to you. You not only helped me achieve a level of success I couldn’t imagine was possible but also—through your indefatigable editing and note-giving—elevated my writing ability to new heights. Both are gifts that will benefit me throughout my life. And through it all, your calm demeanor helped keep my anxiety at bay. I am so appreciative of your services.” —A.P.

Anna Hicks

Anna Hicks oversees the administrative and business operations of Spivey Consulting Group and has been with Spivey since 2013. Anna has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, where she majored in journalism and graduated magna cum laude before being accepted to 8 of the top 14 law schools with significant scholarships, including a named full ride to a top 10 school. Anna lives with her husband and her loveable mutt Noodle in New Haven, Connecticut, where she enjoys performing in musical theatre and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

“Anna and Mike — I cannot thank you both enough for all the support over the past year plus. I am extremely happy with my outcomes overall, but ending up at my dream school is the best I could have hoped for. I am grateful for all the encouraging emails, statement edits, and advice throughout this process. I know you are both unimaginably busy, but I always felt like I was first on your list, and no question was too small. THANK YOU so much!” –C.M.

Lauren Brown

Lauren has over 16 years of experience in legal practice and law school career services, having served as a Director, interview coach, and alumni career advisor at Emory University School of Law’s Career Center since 2011. While at Emory, Lauren has overseen Career Center programming, including endowed events and professional development workshops, and managed alumni outreach for over 20 practice societies. In 2016, Lauren was nominated for and completed the Emory University Emerging Leaders program. Prior to joining Emory, Lauren practiced law in the Financial Institutions group at Bryan Cave LLP in Atlanta, where she served on the firm’s hiring and associates committees. Lauren received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a John W. Wade Scholar, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Lauren enjoys coaching students on crafting a unique professional narrative and setting themselves apart in the interview process, and partnering with students to navigate the job search process and achieve their professional goals.

Lauren lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children and is an active volunteer in the local schools and education foundation, JDRF, and Camp Kudzu, a non-profit camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes. When she’s not attending her children’s sporting events, she enjoys running and working out, college football, summers in Northern Michigan, and Mexican food.

Sir Williams

Sir Williams is a seasoned higher educational professional with over a decade of law school admissions experience. Most recently, Sir served as Director of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In that role, Sir counseled hundreds of prospective students on navigating the admissions and financial aid process, reviewed thousands of law school applications, and led the successful implementation of UW’s first pre-law diversity pipeline summer program.

Sir is also well known and respected within the broader law school admissions community. During his admissions tenure, Sir actively advised students on behalf of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), serving as a trusted presenter during regional forums, annual meetings, and other special events. Sir also provided expert guidance to law schools nationwide seeking grant funds to establish LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars programs.

Sir’s passion for student success comes from his personal experiences navigating college and law school as a first-generation, non-traditional student. When he is not working, Sir enjoys traveling with his family, listening to audiobooks, and winning at Taboo.

Sir’s Adopted Philosophy re Writing: Write your story in a way where others may see fragments of themselves within you. – Lena Waithe

“I am HUGELY thankful for all of Sir’s help. I’ve seriously outperformed my numbers, and my Chicago interviewer loved (and loosely quoted) my personal statement. Thank you so much for helping me develop my application. I never imagined that I’d be in SUCH an enviable position at this stage of the law school admissions cycle.” –A.G.

Quinn Brown

K. Quinn Brown is a college admissions professional and practitioner scholar with over six years of experience in higher education administration. Prior to joining the Spivey Consulting Group, Quinn worked with aspiring law school students, most recently as the Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives at Yale Law School; and, previously, as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Fordham University School of Law. One of the things that Quinn most enjoys about the law school admissions profession is working with students to aid them in actualizing their scholarly ambitions. With an understanding of the transformative power of human impact, he has been honored to serve as a mentor to a number of the students with whom he connected during his years as a traveling law school admissions officer.

Quinn is a native of Massachusetts and a proud New Englander. He earned a bachelor of arts with majors in African American studies and political science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and two master of arts degrees in education from New York University and the Teachers College at Columbia University. His research interests include higher education policy, diversity and enrollment management, and equity in elite-college access processes.

Favorite inspirational quote: “You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” –Brian Tracey

“Quinn was instrumental in my very fortunate cycle despite the competitiveness of this year due to COVID-19. He was incredibly diligent in making sure that each part of my application was as strong as it could be. The fact that we did over a dozen substantive drafts of each part of the application is a testament to his diligence and care he puts into his clients, making me feel like I put my absolute best foot forward when I hit the submit button. I do not know who else would have corresponded with me practically every day for months, answering all my questions with patience no matter how silly or small. Moreover, Quinn’s school-specific knowledge for Yale Law is indispensable, and it cannot be understated how important it is to have that perspective of a former law school admissions officer. Of note, he was able to weave all the different important aspects of my identity into my application in a way that was thoughtful and cohesive. I can confidently say that I would not have gained admission to many T-14 schools without Quinn’s help. Working with Spivey Consulting was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I highly doubt that I would have had the same results on my own or with another consulting firm.” –J.R.

Christina Williams

Christina has thirteen years of selective admissions experience at Vanderbilt University - first with Undergraduate Admissions, and then Law School Admissions. At Vanderbilt Undergraduate Admissions she worked her way up from Admissions Counselor to Associate Director, and recruited students from across the country while also serving as Director of the Undergraduate Admissions Tourguide program. She moved across campus to create, implement, and direct the Vanderbilt Law School’s Admission Interview Program and Admitted Student Receptions. While in her role as Associate Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt Law School, Christina coordinated more than 8,000 interviews by Admissions Officers and volunteer alumni, and conducted more than 800 interviews herself. Additionally she reviewed and voted on the admissions decision for more than 6,500 law school applications.

Christina earned a B.S. from Vanderbilt in Mathematics and Secondary Education, and a M.A. from Boston College in Mathematics. She grew up in North Florida, but after living in Nashville for sixteen years, considers Music City home. Together with her husband and two sons she enjoys sampling Nashville’s newest restaurants, and rooting for the Titans and Commodores.

“Consider yourself lucky if you get to work with Christina Williams. I began with no idea about how to approach my law school applications, but Christina was with me every step of the way, answering any and every question on my mind throughout the process. She meticulously edited each of my application materials, and was a grounding voice during a time that is inevitably fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. Perhaps even more importantly, Christina worked with me to ensure that my application told a story: my story. I was accepted to nearly all of the T14’s I applied to, and will be attending a T10 school in the fall with a huge scholarship. I have no doubt that I would not be in this position if it weren’t for Christina’s eye and advice. Indeed, choosing to use Spivey Consulting was the best investment I’ve ever made, and I urge other applicants to do the same!” —E.

Danielle Early

Danielle Early has 15 years of admissions experience, most recently serving as Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School. As a voting member of the HLS admissions committee, she evaluated over 10,000 applications and conducted hundreds of admissions interviews. Prior to joining Karen in the HLS admissions office, Danielle worked in undergraduate admissions at Harvard College as well as Clark University.

In addition to the many roles Danielle filled in the HLS admissions office, she also served as a proctor (or dorm parent/resident hall director) while at Harvard, acting as an academic and career advisor for students. Danielle has spent considerable time counseling students throughout their undergraduate careers, job searches and grad school applications.

Danielle earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Clark University as a double major in Communications and Studio Art and then continued on there to earn a Master’s Degree in Professional Communications. These days, you are likely to find her hiking with her dog, taking cooking classes or working on a new drawing.

“Danielle was an incredible resource during my entire application cycle – I cannot imagine this year without her. She was there for me at every step of the way, accessible by phone, email, text, and even Skype when I was overseas. Furthermore, Danielle offers extraordinary insight into the application process after her years at HLS. She not only knows what to say, but also how to say it – making my application more competitive and persuasive. Finally, Danielle manages to respond to panicked emails and angsty phone calls with exceptional patience and positivity. In the months that followed my application submissions, I found this last point to be most impressive. I would highly recommend Danielle and the Spivey Consulting Group for your law school application cycle!” —D.

John Stachniewicz

John Stachniewicz works directly with law schools to help improve their administrative and financial operations, and to enhance their metrics related to rankings, and he has over twenty years higher education experience in this area. Prior to joining Spivey Consulting Group, he was Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at Boston College Law School. As associate dean, he supervised finance and budgets, admissions and financial aid, career services, marketing and communications, human resources, reporting, and publications. At BC Law, John spearheaded the initiatives that resulted in a ten position increase from 36 to 26 in USNWR rankings between 2015 and 2018. Additionally, ranking increases were achieved in the Above the Law Top 50 Law Schools, to a high of 16, and in the Washington and Lee Law Review Rankings, to a high of 21. John holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a master’s degree from Tufts University.

John and his husband split their time between Boston and Provincetown with a neurotic and loveable beagle in tow.

Nathan Neely

Nathan Neely was most recently the Director of Global and Graduate Programs at the University of Houston Law Center after his promotion from his role as Associate Director of Admissions. Prior to joining UHLC in 2012, Mr. Neely was the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law from 2009 to 2012. Nathan holds a J.D. (2004) and prior to working in admissions practiced law with the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. In addition to his work in legal education, Nathan has served within the Law School Admission Council’s volunteer governance, working on the Annual Meeting Work Group on three occasions, the National Recruitment Calendar Work Group once, and, most recently the Misconduct and Irregularity Subcommittee. When he’s not running to keep up with his three children and one very supportive wife, you can find him running marathons (he will soon be running his 25th full/ultramarathon!), enjoying Camp Gladiator workouts (so much so that he and his coed team even qualified for the 2019 and 2021 CG Games Finals), and hiking (he summited Mount Whitney in 2009).

“I was very apprehensive going into this process. Having been out of school for a few years, and with lower stats than I was hoping for, I wanted to make sure my application was perfect the first time. I was unsure what the final product should look like and which pieces of my story were relevant. With Nathan Neely’s help, I was confident my materials were strong by the time I submitted. At the beginning, I wondered if I should apply to any of the top 3 schools. Nathan was patient with my back-and-forth as we crafted my list of schools and did not try to force me in any direction. Since there are no guarantees for anyone, I decided to take my shot. Throughout the process, Nathan was realistic but encouraging, even though I applied to a lot of reach schools. The Spivey process is about more that just submitting a perfect application. Nathan worked with me for weeks with feedback as I crafted essays that showed both my strengths and my true personality. I believe this distinction is reflected in my outcomes. My best results came from institutions with which my background and goals would resonate with the most. I know that those values would not have shined through as clearly without Nathan’s help. If I had to do it all again, the only thing I would change is having ever hesitated about working with Spivey Consulting. It would have saved me a lot of anxiety in the beginning. I am so grateful for Nathan’s guidance and his friendship throughout this process. A year ago I would have never believed all the options I would have. Stanford Law School is the best outcome I could have ever imagined, and I am so excited to be attending in the fall.” –C.

Nikki Laubenstein

Nikki Laubenstein worked in law school admissions for nearly 18 years, most recently as Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management at Syracuse University College of Law. In this role, she managed the admissions and financial aid offices and enrollment for the J.D. and LL.M. programs. Nikki made admissions and scholarship decisions and supervised the faculty admissions committee process. She directed marketing and data analytics, negotiated financial aid awards, conducted interviews, and met with prospective students to discuss law and joint degree program opportunities. She has participated on numerous panels and at workshops providing strategies for students to strengthen their applications. Nikki also served as an academic and career counselor with a focus on prelaw advising at Syracuse’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Nikki earned a B.A. in psychology and a M.S. and C.A.S. in counseling. She began her career working in a high school counseling office where she developed a passion for advising students on college admissions and career development. A former college student-athlete, Nikki’s studies included a focus in sports psychology. She enjoys using this background to help her students with time management, goal setting, and motivation.

Central New York has a lot to offer, and Nikki likes hiking, skiing, and any outdoor activity (as long as it’s not too cold)! She now spends most of her spare time attending sporting events for her two children.

“I cannot thank Nikki enough for everything she has done for me. This was the best money I’ve ever spent. I would’ve gone in a completely different direction on a lot of things on my application, and I am confident my results would not have been as strong. I got offers from Top 14 and Top 20 schools, and I could have never dreamed of these results when I started this process. Nikki was a calming and reassuring force throughout. She encouraged me to aim higher when I doubted myself. Writing my essays seemed like a monumental task, but Nikki was able to help me construct a coherent and compelling essay piece by piece. I had so many thoughts about what I wanted to say about myself, my struggles and, my achievements, but I had no idea how to put them into words. She helped me craft a story that was my own and in my own words. It felt like talking with a friend (and sometimes a counselor when I needed it!) with Nikki. I definitely recommend working with Nikki and the Spivey Consulting Group. My outcomes have exceeded my wildest dreams.” – A.C.

Emily Allen

Emily Allen’s law school admissions career began in 1999 as the Director of Admission for Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. As the admissions office department head, Emily reviewed and made decisions on law school applications and advised faculty committees on scholarship recipients. When Emily started a family, she stayed on as a consultant for the law school and continued to review applications and make admission decisions. With her Masters in Counseling and Human Services, Emily says her true passion is advising. She loves working with potential law students and guiding them through the application process.

Emily lives in Boise, ID where she and her husband are raising their three kids. She enjoys skiing, running, tennis and most things outdoors. She says she volunteers way too much at her kids’ school and loves the outlet that advising law applicants gives her.

“Emily Allen made me feel confident throughout the process that I had made the right decision. And if I had known that I would be walking away with roughly $110K in scholarships from one of the best law schools in the country, I would have committed even sooner. Thank you so much for the time, energy, care, expertise, and passion that you put into your work. It has been an amazing opportunity to work with you and I am humbled by the outcome we achieved.” —Liam