Cornell Law School Office of Public Service Short


The Office of Public Service helps you explore legal employment, funding, and pro bono opportunities during law school and beyond.  We provide career counseling, present programs, and provide resources on non-profit organizations and government agencies.  In addition, we coordinate summer funding for unpaid work, and provides information on post-graduate loan repayment assistance and fellowships. Finally, we connect you with volunteer opportunities and advise public interest student groups.

The Office is staffed by Akua Akyea, Assistant Dean for Public Service and Michaela Azemi, Public Service Advisor. Outside of her role at Cornell, Michaela serves as LawNY®’s Regional Pro Bono Coordinator for seven offices handling LawNY®’s private attorney involvement, law student programs, and volunteer engagement. She previously worked as a Staff Attorney for LawNY® from September 2013 to August 2016, handling Family Law and Disability cases. Michaela received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 2012 and was admitted to practice in NY in 2013. In the summer of 2013, she volunteered as a Pro Bono Attorney for LawNY® where she developed a model for LawNY®’s uncontested divorce program and was honored to receive the NYSBA Empire State Counsel Award in the Fall of 2013. Michaela serves on the President’s Committee on Access to Justice (PCAJ) for the NYSBA, the Pro Bono Coordinator’s Network of the NYSBA, the Sixth Judicial District Pro Bono Committee, and the New York State Chief Judge's Attorney Emeritus Advisory Council. Michaela is currently the President of the Steuben County Bar Association and Vice President of the Finger Lakes Women's Bar Association. She serves as Domestic Violence Committee Liaison for the Women's Bar Association of New York, as a Pro Bono Leader for the 2018 NYSBA Partnership Steering Committee, and as Co-chair of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Subcommittee of the PCAJ.  Michaela is also an Adjunct Professor at Corning Community College where she teaches classes in the criminal justice program.

Take advantage of one-on-one career counseling appointments with Akua Akyea or Michaela Azemi.  To schedule an appointment contact Danielle Scharf or call 255-1458.