Mary Adkins graduated from Duke University and Yale Law School. At Duke, she received the Terry Sanford Leadership Award from the Sanford School of Public Policy. At Yale Law, she served as student director of the Domestic Violence Clinic for two years and as a teaching assistant for Professor Owen Fiss. She received the Florence M. Kelley ’37 Family Law Prize for her work in the clinic and published an article in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, on which she served as a board member. During her time in law school, she interned at New York Legal Assistance Group and at Boies, Schiller & Flexner (New York Center office) and Vinson & Elkins (Dallas office). After graduating and passing the New York bar, she worked briefly at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in New York City before leaving the firm to pursue her writing career. Mary’s plays have been produced regionally and in New York, where she won the Outstanding Playwriting Award in the 2009 New York Fringe Festival. She has published articles in a number of periodicals nationwide. She has helped hundreds of students prepare for the LSAT and has a passion for assisting applicants in crafting stellar application packets.
A National Merit Scholar while an undergraduate at Tufts University, Russell Klein later became a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School, where he was also elected to the student senate and served on the board of the entertainment law society. After graduating and passing the New York bar, Russell worked as a corporate associate at a number of prestigious law firms and financial institutions, including WilmerHale, Goldman Sachs and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Russell currently serves as a legal consultant for several start-up media and technology companies and helps law school candidates prepare for the LSAT and navigate the JD admissions process. Russell served on the law school 'academic journals' panel, wrote for the American Review of International Arbitration, and received 'best brief' in the Columbia Moot Court competition.
Charmayne Palomba graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary Washington and studied environmental philosophy in graduate school at the University of North Texas. Before entering graduate school, she worked as a senior admissions counselor for Mary Washington, which gave her unique insight into the admissions process and what is involved in crafting a successful application. After earning her master’s degree, she spent several years conducting research for an environmental foundation in New York City. Currently, Charmayne is a student at the New York University School of Law, where she plans to focus on environmental and natural resources law. She also assists aspiring law students in preparing for the LSAT, and in her free time (which is at a premium!), she enjoys spending time outdoors and reading great novels.
Danielle Rothman is intimately familiar with the law school admissions process. After earning a degree in human development at Cornell University, she headed to Harvard Law School, where she was an editor on The Harvard Women’s Law Journal and a producer with the HLS Drama Society. After graduation, Danielle started her legal career in general corporate practice at Hughes Hubbard and Reed, and went on to specialize in hedge fund law at a boutique firm in New York. Danielle is a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network and is a volunteer tutor, helping prepare underprivileged high school students for the SAT.
With his honest, often frank advice and a shrewd ability to tease out a candidate’s best stories, Jeremy Shinewald built mbaMission from a “one-man show” into the market leader in MBA admissions consulting. Now, Jeremy is leading a team that will help law school aspirants differentiate themselves and grab the attention of admissions officers at elite law schools.
Before founding mbaMission and jdMission, Jeremy was the sole speechwriter for the Ambassador of Israel to the United States, for whom he wrote more than 70 policy addresses. Jeremy was admitted to several top domestic and international MBA programs and ultimately became one of the youngest members of his class at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where he was an admissions interviewer, wrote a Business Ethics case and a Small Business Acquisitions case and was chosen by his peers to be Class Graduation Speaker. Jeremy is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC), an organization committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical practices in MBA advisory services, and was co-chair of the 2009 AIGAC Conference at Columbia Business School. He is a recognized leader in the admissions consulting field, and has been quoted in U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Crain’s New York, Poets and Quants and more. Jeremy is also the author of the Complete Start-to-Finish MBA Admissions Guide.