Career Center directory - Mondale Hall terrace

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.

 

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.

 

Wendy Griak, Career Counselor

Wendy Griak
Career Counselor
612-625-6477
wgriak@umn.edu
Make an appointment with Wendy by going to the online scheduler.

Wendy works with students on all aspects of their career planning. Through individualized career counseling, she helps students strengthen their application documents, hone their networking skills, develop interview responses, and create a proactive job search strategy. Prior to joining the Career Center, Wendy worked as a senior career counselor at Capella University for five years. She is an active member of several professional associations and organizations related to the field of career counseling. Her previous work history includes experience in graphic design, marketing, and film production. Wendy earned her B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and her M.A. in counseling and psychological services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she completed a yearlong practicum in the Gustavus Counseling Center and discovered her passion for working with college students.

 

Simona Suen

Simona Suen
Sr. Recruiting and Diversity Coordinator
612-624-9057
suen@umn.edu

Simona plans and executes local and national hiring programs. She helps manages on-and-off campus interviews; and all related recruiting activities, such job fairs and diversity job fairs, local and out-of-state walk-arounds’ and mock interview programs; and serves as a liaison between the Career Center, students and employers. Simona also manages and oversees the spring and fall employer receptions and job postings. Simona currently serves on the Minnesota Career Development Association Executive Board and the Career Development Network Board. She is a member of the University of Minnesota Women’s Leadership Institute, the CDN Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Minnesota Legal Career Professionals and the Law School’s Diversity Committee. 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.

 

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy
Public Interest and Judicial Clerkship Adviser
612-301-1519
kenne766@umn.edu

Alison serves the Career Center as a resource for students applying for judicial clerkships and students pursuing public service careers. She is the contact for the online application system OSCAR, and coordinates with faculty and judges to help students applying for clerkships. Alison also facilitates programming and employer relations relating to public interest and mentorship programs. Prior to working for the Career Center, Alison graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Social Sciences, with a focus on counseling. She has experience with administration, behavioral therapy, research and non-profit work.

 

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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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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