Knapp, McCarthy to Lead Professional Development Team
Lyn Rogers Knapp has been named senior director for Georgia State Law’s new Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies, with Amy McCarthy (J.D. ’02) being named director. Both Knapp and McCarthy assumed their positions June 1.
Knapp has extensive experience in legal recruiting, human resources and corporate counseling. She successfully ran Peachtree Legal Recruiting for more than 20 years, placing attorneys with law firms and corporations throughout the United States, assisting with mergers and acquisitions, and consulting with firms and attorneys.
“I am passionate about building relationships, particularly in the context of career and business development. In this role, I can utilize my broad network of legal and business contacts and experience recruiting and consulting to assist students and alumni as they begin and then build their careers,” Knapp said. “It is a surprise and gift that at this point in my life, I have the opportunity to combine my joy and skill set to help others and also be part of this amazing institution.”
Knapp held an in-house position as HR director for a number of privately held companies, focusing on strategic initiatives, culture, employee development and recruiting. Prior to joining Georgia State Law, Knapp started the corporate consulting company, Culture Grow, and assisted clients with cultural improvement, succession planning, management training, recruiting and executive coaching. She looks forward to applying her experience and expertise to her role at Georgia State Law.
Knapp’s primary responsibilities include providing career and counseling services to students and alumni, as well as enhancing Georgia State Law’s reputation and visibility within legal and business communities. She also hopes to further develop the skills and knowledge of the professional development & career strategies team and work closely with faculty and staff to better serve students.
McCarthy has worked with the college since 2013 and values the relationships she has developed with students and alumni.
“I find it rewarding to work one-on-one with a student toward a goal and watch them achieve it,” she said. “There is nothing better than having a student return to my office beaming with pride because they landed a dream job or crushed an interview.”
Under Knapp’s leadership, the Career Services Office is being renamed the Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies, and she will build upon the excellent foundation Brown and McCarthy have established. “Vickie and Amy have done an outstanding job on behalf of the graduates and students,” Knapp said. “It is a joy and privilege to have this opportunity.”
Knapp intends to be proactive in her outreach to employers, students and faculty and hopes to collaborate on ways to improve professional development. “I am interested in any suggestions students or faculty might have,” she said. “I love change and am open to new ideas and thinking outside of the box.”
In her new role as director, McCarthy’s main priority is to establish an enhanced professional development curriculum for students that will provide them with the tools to be successful in a job search, as well as their careers.
“The curriculum should dovetail nicely with Georgia State Law’s emphasis on and commitment to professional identity formation,” McCarthy said. “I will work to ensure that students are absolutely prepared to impress employers with their application materials and career readiness. Lyn and I will work together to accomplish this by providing quality programming, as well as on-demand resources to help students prepare to meet the demands of the modern legal job market.”