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Admissions Office

The University of Michigan Law School
Admissions Office
South Hall, Suite 2200
701 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
Telephone: 734.764.0537
Fax: 734.647.3218




Sarah C. Zearfoss
Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Career Planning

Sarah Zearfoss 


Deanna Arrieta
Office Manager

Deanna ArrietaDeanna, an Ann Arbor native, joined the Law School Admissions Office in 2013. She has a BA in political science from Yale University, where she played women's rugby and IM soccer. Prior to working at the Law School, she worked as a leasing coordinator for off-campus student housing on North Campus. In her spare time, Deanna enjoys painting; spending time with family, friends, and Barney Fife (the puppy she rescued from the Humane Society); and vacationing in Ixtapa, Mexico.



Kylie Brown
Kylie joined the Law School Admissions Office in September 2015. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, she worked at the University of Michigan's IT helpdesk. She has a BA in Technical Communication from Eastern Michigan University. Her professional career has pointed her in many directions, including jobs in the beauty industry, aviation, and IT. She is excited to add law admissions to the array. Outside of the office, Kylie can be found reading, baking, spoiling her dog, and generally flailing about.

Mark Jefferson
Assistant Director

Mark joined the Admissions Office in January 2014. He received his BA, magna cum laude, in philosophy from Morehouse College and his JD from Michigan Law. Prior to returning to Ann Arbor and joining the Admissions Office, Mark was finishing his first novel, Maria Callas Snaps a Rose in Two; prior to that, he was in private practice as a corporate associate in Manhattan. Mark spends his time outside of the office reading, writing, and listening to jazz and European classical music. His favorite musicians are Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, and J.S. Bach. His favorite book is the next one.

Joe Pollak
Assistant Director

Joe joined the Admissions Office in 2012. He received his BA, cum laude, in political science and his JD with honors from George Washington University. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, Joe was in private practice as an environmental litigation and regulatory associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. In his free time, Joe is a certified ropes course instructor and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, reading nonfiction, hiking, and traveling (with a particular interest in eco-tourism).

Dora-Maria Sonderhoff
Assistant Director, Advanced Legal Studies Degree Programs (MCL, LLM, and SJD)

Dora-Maria SonderhoffDora-Maria has worked for the Law School since 1999 and oversees all aspects of the MCL, LLM, and SJD application process. She comes from a family of lawyers, and has an international background and experience. A native German raised in Japan, she graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with a BA, cum laude, in comparative literature. She then worked in classical music management in Vienna, Austria, prior to moving to Ann Arbor. In addition to German, Japanese, and English, Dora-Maria speaks French and Italian.

Fang Tan
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Fang TanFang received her BA from Suzhou University and her MA from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She earned her MA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to joining the Law School Admissions Office, Fang worked as admissions officer at U-M's Rackham Graduate School. In her spare time, Fang enjoys running, reading, and listening to music.


Rainey Lamey
Admissions Counselor

Rainey has more than 10 years of service with the University of Michigan in undergraduate and law admissions, as well as systems implementations and management. She graduated from U-M with an honors bachelor's degree in classical Hellenism and a degree in mathematics. She also received her JD from Michigan Law and an MS in natural resources policy and behavior. Prior to joining U-M, she worked for nonprofit environmental organizations.  


Jacob Brooks
Clerk Intermediate

Jacob joined the Admissions office in September 2015. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As an undergraduate, he worked as a Student Coordinator in Michigan Dining and received a Hopwood Undergraduate Poetry Award. Outside the office, he enjoys reading, writing, hearing live music and poetry, playing video games from the 90’s, and trying to cook.



Caleb Burzan
Clerk Intermediate
Caleb joined the Law School Admissions team in 2015. He is currently in his senior year studying Psychology at American Military University (AMU).  Caleb also serves as the President of AMU’s Sports and Wellness United club. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Caleb served several years in the US Coast Guard as an Operation Specialist, where he specialized in search and rescue coordination for the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction books, bicycling, anything that involves sports or being active, traveling, and playing outdoors with his two Labrador retrievers.


 Emily Gee
Clerk Intermediate

Emily GeeEmily had previous work experience in admissions and insurance claims prior to her arrival at the Law School in 2000. Among her duties are coordinating and facilitating various tasks in the admissions process to keep things running smoothly. Emily spends her time outside of work volunteering and pursuing her many interests such as hiking, architecture and design, graphics, and oceanography, to name just a few.



Sarah Rose Sobek
Business Process Technology Analyst

Sarah Rose joined the Law School Admissions Office in April 2016. She received her BS, cum laude, in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her MA in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the admissions office, Sarah Rose worked as an academic advisor and consulted on data analysis for accreditation and departmental initiatives with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at U-M.  In addition to her interest in data and analysis, Sarah Rose has a passion for educational research pertaining to equity and inclusion. Sarah Rose also enjoys baking, running, rowing, and spending time getting lost outside.


Yvonne Fuller
Data Entry Operator Intermediate

Yvonne FullerYvonne has been with the University of Michigan since May 1999. After starting in Parking Services, she transferred to the Admissions Office in June 2001. Her current position includes maintenance of financial data pertaining to the admissions process.


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