Career Center staff

Career Center Staff

Claudia Melo

Claudia Melo, J.D.
Director
612-626-5060
melox005@umn.edu
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

612-626-9467
srohne@umn.edu

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.
Director of Public Interest Programs
612-626-7517
amfurst@umn.edu
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 Director of Public Interest Programs, directing the Law School’s Minnesota Law Public Interest Residency Program, along with other summer and post-graduate programs to support public interest careers. Amanda also provides counseling and resources to students interested in public service, engages in employer relations for public interest employers, and provides development support. A 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, Amanda 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.

 

Laura Clemens

Laura Clemens, J.D.
Career Counselor
612-625-6477
lclemens@umn.edu
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
612-626-2962
hprest@umn.edu
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
612-624-9057
suen@umn.edu

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.

 

Joel Eaton

Joel Eaton
Administrative Assistant and Receptionist
612-625-1866
jceaton@umn.edu

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.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Contact

Phone: 612-625-1866
Fax: 612-626-7720
E-mail: lawcareers@umn.edu

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

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