Vanassa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is the Associate Director of the Career Development Office, as well as being the Public Interest and Government Programs Coordinator. Vanassa presents a variety of professional development programming, counsels, conducts workshops, and is involved in the coordination of job fairs. She is also the liaison and coordinator for the military’s JAG Corps programs.
While attending law school as an evening student and after graduation, Vanassa was employed full time as a law clerk for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Located in Washington, D.C., the BBG is an independent federal agency responsible for all U.S. government sponsored, non-military, and international broadcasting. Vanassa served as the legal and administrative assistant to the General Counsel and the staff attorneys. She worked with the office attorneys on various federal legal issues, including equal opportunity, civil rights, employment, government contracts, appropriations, copyrights, and legislation. Her duties involved working on cases for federal administrative hearings and for litigation in federal court. Furthermore, she also worked as a student attorney in the University of Maryland’s Community Development Clinic, assisting local residents with community development and revitalization matters.
Vanassa has also received a Master’s of Arts in Urban Education, with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling, from Norfolk State University. She has extensive experience counseling individuals in employment, educational and career planning, and in job seeking skills and professional development. Her background also includes experience as a trainer, facilitator, and instructor of adult education and training programs.
In addition to her counseling and legal experience, Vanassa also has a military background, having served as an officer in the United States Navy. Her naval experiences have included working as a Legal Officer, serving as the Director of an outpatient counseling, treatment, and education center, and working as an Assistant Inspector General.
Vanassa formerly served on the board of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center. She is the law school’s representative with the Sunbelt Diversity Recruitment Program and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. Vanassa is a member of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the Association of Women Attorneys, the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, the New Orleans Legal Recruiting Association, and the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Through NALP, Vanassa serves on various NALP sections, committees and workgroups, to include: federal and state government opportunities, law student professional development, nontraditional legal careers, and public service. She also a member of the FBA federal career services division and the FBA veterans and military law section. She is also a member of the FBI New Orleans Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
J.D., University of Maryland; M.A., Norfolk State University