Loyola University Maryland

Pre-Law Program

Pre-Law Board of Advisors

The Pre-Law Advisory Board (PLAB) is a resource for the Loyola University Maryland. The members of the PLAB are stakeholders of Loyola who have a responsibility to provide input concerning the quality, form, and outcomes of Loyola’s undergraduate programs, and provide critical and useful feedback to the Pre-Law Advisor and to the Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Graduate Programs.

The Board provides recommendations to the pre-law advisor at Loyola to raise the academic climate for our undergraduate students and their faculty to enhance the number and quality of applicants into law school and related fields and to increase national visibility and prestige for Loyola University’s pre-law program.

The Board reviews and provides feedback to the Pre-Law Advisor on ways to improve the pre-law program at Loyola.

Searle Mitnick, ‘66

Board Chair
Gordon Feinblatt LLC

Searle Mitnick, ’66Searle E. Mitnick is a member of Gordon Feinblatt LLC, a Baltimore-based law firm, where he practices mainly in real estate and business. His combined 50 years of legal experience have gained him a reputation for forming various business entities; handling major lease transactions of commercial and multipurpose properties; managing bond financing, mortgage insurance, and state and federal subsidies; overseeing the acquisition, development and construction financing of real estate and solar facilities; collaborating on multistate transactions; and serving as an expert witness and presenter for numerous industry and professional seminars. Searle graduated with a B.S. from Loyola College (now Loyola University Maryland) and holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Hon. Frederick J. Singley, Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Carolyn McNamara Barry

Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Graduate Programs, Loyola University Maryland

Carolyn McNamara Barry

Carolyn McNamara Barry received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with minors in Spanish, Sociology, and Secondary Education from Ursinus College, where she was inducted into the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. She then earned her Ph.D. in Human Development with a specialization in Educational Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been a faculty member of the Psychology department for over twenty years, earning the rank of Full Professor in 2015. She has served in a variety of departmental and university leadership roles including chairing the Psychology Department, Academic Senate, and a Middle States Higher Education Commission Periodic Review Report before assuming the role of Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Graduate Programs in 2019. Amidst her duties in this role, she has the pleasure of supervising the pre-law program for the university.

Matt Beverlin

Dr. Matt BeverlinOriginally from Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Beverlin graduated with a B.A. from Rockhurst University. During his graduate training at the nearby University of Kansas he began teaching at Rockhurst as an adjunct, then as a full-time non-tenure track professor, and then as a tenure track professor. To further his education in public policy and the law, and just short of a decade at Rockhurst, he departed to earn a J.D. from Gonzaga University. After working as a legislative policy analyst, federal law clerk, and an attorney in private practice, he thereafter returned to teaching part-time at Gonzaga. He missed the classroom too much to stay away longer, happily accepting joining the Political Science Department in 2020 as a Visiting Professor at Loyola University Maryland, his third Jesuit institution. In addition to his teaching duties in Political Science, he serves as the university Pre-Law advisor and moderator for the Pre-Law Society.

Danielle Johnson WhrenDanielle Johnson Whren

Digital Access Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library

William S. O’Hare, ‘74 

Snell & Wilmer

William S. O’Hare, ‘74 Bill O’Hare is partner of the Orange County and Los Angeles, California offices of Snell & Wilmer, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout the West and in Washington D.C. and Los Cabos, Mexico. O’Hare is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group.  A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, O’Hare has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trusts and Estates Litigation and by Southern California Super Lawyers for Business Litigation and as a Top 50 lawyer in Orange County.  Bill is a recipient of the Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the Robert Samuel Barnes Award from the Orange County Bar Foundation.  O’Hare serves on the board of directors of Public Media Group of Southern California.  O’Hare is a board member and past president of Project Youth OCBF.  He is a graduate of Loyola University of Maryland and the UC Hastings College of the Law.

Brandon Parlopiano

Dr. Brandon Parlopiano

Visiting Professor of History, Loyola University Maryland

Dr. Parlopiano received his Ph.D. and M.A. in medieval studies from the Catholic University of America and a B.S. in secondary education from the University of Scranton. He has received grants from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library to further his research in the legal aspects of mental illness during the Middle Ages. 

Amanda Preller, ‘96 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Amanda Preller, ‘96 Amanda Preller is a Senior Fiscal Law Attorney in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the General Counsel, General Law Division specializing in both appropriations and Federal property law. Ms. Preller was awarded a J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1999, having earlier received her BA from Loyola College of Maryland in 1996. Prior to joining HHS, Ms. Preller practiced law in various sectors; she initially practiced in the private sector as an associate in Baltimore-based law firm of Candy Thompson. Thereafter, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in the Domestic Violence Unit. Later she served as an Attorney Advisor for the Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs; and provided legal counsel and expertise to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the areas of trust and estates.  

David Rawle

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (Retired)

Astrid Schmidt-King 

Executive in Residence at the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University Maryland

Astrid Schmidt-King Ms. Schmidt-King she teaches business law, international business (IB), and ethics and corporate social responsibility courses. She is the Director of the IB program, the Academic Director of the Sellinger Scholars Program and chaired the Building a Better World Through Business initiative from 2016-2021. Prior academia, Astrid practiced in the fields of immigration law, business compliance, and health care policy. In addition to her B.A., J.D. and LL.M., Astrid completed a hybrid M.A. from the Freie Universität Berlin in International Relations and Global Politics. She authored a chapter, "Foreign Law and Policy," participated in a Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar and the American Council on Germany's immigration delegation in Berlin, completed the Emerging and Developing Global Executive fellowship by the World Trade Center Institute, and is currently part of the Global Diplomacy Lab.

Julianne Tarver 

Legal Services Corporation

Julianne Tarver Serving as Program Counsel for the Legal Services Corporation, Ms. Tarver helps increase access to justice for low-income individuals. She previously worked at Maryland Legal Aid where she was the Director of the Pro Bono Program and represented clients statewide. She received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Julianne also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Planning from the Naval War College. She received her B.A. from Seton Hall University. Julianne lives in Baltimore with her husband Darryl, son Kellen, and French Bulldog Louie.

Cate Gillen Tierney, ‘89 

Environmental Protection Agency

Cate Gillen Tierney, ‘89As a senior attorney in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cate Tierney currently concentrates her practice on Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act enforcement. Tierney graduated with a B.A. in political science from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland) and received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She resides in the Annapolis, MD area.