Career Center staff

Career Center Staff

Claudia Melo

Claudia Melo, J.D.
Make an appointment with Claudia by going to the online scheduler.

Claudia oversees Career Center administration, including counseling initiatives and managing the Law School’s compliance with all employment reporting requirements including the ABA, NALP, and U.S. News. Most recently, she served as Vice President of the Minnesota Legal Career Professionals. Claudia is a member of Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and the NALP Judicial Clerkship and Public Service committees. Previously, Claudia was a career coach at the Carlson School of Management and a career counselor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Before entering higher education administration, she served as a staff attorney for the Youth Advocacy Center of Covenant House New Jersey and was an associate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. Claudia received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law.


Sarah Rohne

Sarah Rohne, J.D.
Employer Relations Director
Career Center Associate Director


Sarah manages employer relations for the Law School, including development of local, regional, and national employment opportunities for law students and alumni; and management of national and on-campus recruiting, diversity hiring, and other hiring programs. Sarah’s background also includes practicing law as an attorney in Minneapolis, and employment with national legal staffing agencies as a senior recruiter. For many years Sarah has been active in national legal professional development organizations and currently serves as the NALP Liaison to the Commission on Women in the Profession, and the NALP Midwest Regional Representative for law schools throughout the midwest. Sarah is also an active leader in Minnesota and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Minnesota Women Lawyers, as well as chairs the Law School Liaison Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Sarah received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.


Amanda Furst

Amanda Furst, J.D.
Assistant Director, Public Interest
Make an appointment with Amanda by going to the online scheduler.

Amanda joined the Career Center staff in 2012 as its inaugural public interest coordinator, a position funded by a generous gift from the Robina Foundation. Amanda is now Assistant Director, Public Interest, where she provides program management for the Law School’s summer and post graduate programs to support public interest careers, provides counseling and resources to students interested in public service, and engages in employer relations for public interest employers. Amanda, a 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, started her career as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow where she developed a Medical-Legal Partnership Project. She served as staff attorney in the Employment and Public Benefits Unit, then in the Housing Law Unit, of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in New Orleans. She is currently the Committee Chair for Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee.


Laura Clemens

Laura Clemens, J.D.
Career Counselor
Make an appointment with Laura by going to the online scheduler.

Laura focuses on student career counseling, professional development programming and managing mentorship programs. Before joining the Career Center, Laura served as assistant director in the Career Center of Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, GA. Laura received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas. She will also complete an M.S. in Academic Advising at Kansas State University in Spring 2015. After law school, Laura practiced primarily in family law and civil litigation. She frequently offered free legal advice during law clinics and self-representing clinics at Tubman-Chrysalis. Prior to joining Mercer, she worked with undergraduate students in Advising and Accessibility Services at Concordia University in St. Paul and in Career Services at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.


Hallie Prest

Hallie Prest, J.D.
Career Counselor
Make an appointment with Hallie by going to the online scheduler.

Hallie devotes a majority of her time in the Career Center to individualized student counseling and professional development programming. Before joining the Career Center in March 2015, Hallie worked as an admissions counselor at the Law School and clerked for the Honorable Jay M. Quam at Minnesota’s 4th Judicial District Court in Hennepin County. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Hallie is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.


Simona Suen

Simona Suen
Employer Relations Associate

Simona joined the Career Center in 2010 as a Human Resource Development intern. Due to her hard work Simona is now Employer Relations Associate. In this role, Simona plans and executes local and national hiring programs. She manages schedules for on-and-off campus interviews; and serves as a liaison between the Career Center, students and employers. Simona also coordinates spring and fall employer receptions, job postings, work study, and post graduate fellowships. Simona currently serves on the Minnesota Career Development Association Executive Board. She is a member of the University of Minnesota Women’s Leadership Institute and serves as the Diversity Liaison for the Minnesota Legal Career Professionals. Simona has a B.A. in human resource development and management from the University of Minnesota and several years of work experience with Target Corporation.


Shana Tomenes

Shana Tomenes
Public Sector Coordinator

Shana works with law school students and alumni to connect them with post-graduate judicial clerkship and public sector opportunities. She manages the Judicial Clerkship application process, engages in employer relations for public interest employers, and actively serves in the NALP Judicial Clerkship Section. Shana first joined the Career Center in 2013 as the team’s Office Manager. Her background includes coordinating legal services for victims of domestic violence at Tubman-Chrysalis and providing administrative support at Hamline School of Law Dean’s Office. Shana received her B.A. in Psychology from Hamline University with a minor in Legal Studies. Shana actively volunteers with Hamline University undergraduate Mock Trial program and North Branch High School Speech program.


Joel Eaton

Joel Eaton
Administrative Assistant and Receptionist

Joel serves as the receptionist/administrative assistant for the Career Center. In this capacity, Joel manages the reception desk, and participates in office administration and event planning. Graduating from Hamline University in 2012, Joel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. Before joining the University of Minnesota Law School, Joel aided in planning events and performed administrative roles for the Surface Mount Technology Association and was an assistant in Hamline University’s Office of the President. Since high school, Joel has been involved in various speech and debate, student government, and mock trial programs.

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Phone: 612-625-1866
Fax: 612-626-7720

University of Minnesota Law School
Career Center
N150 Mondale Hall
229 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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