Michael Keller, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development
Trisha Fillbach, Esq., Director
Sarah Hadjimarkos, Esq., Associate Director
Emily Kite, Esq., Associate Director
Rukmini Vasupuram, Esq., Project Manager
Joanna Binsfeld, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (608) 890-4651
Michael Keller joined Dean Margaret Raymond’s leadership
team at the University of Wisconsin Law School as assistant dean of career and professional development in April 2013.
Keller comes to UW Law from Indiana’s Maurer School of Law, where he
directed their Office of Career and Professional Development for nearly a
decade. He managed staff, developed employer relations, directed a
judicial clerkship program, presented workshops, and counseled students.
Prior to that, he spent over six years in career services at the
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
At UW Law, he aims to create the kind of programming and professional
interactions necessary for students to succeed, emphasizing a strong
start for first-year law students. Keller and his staff are developing a
professionalism contract and self-assessment tools to set expectations
and lay groundwork from the beginning. Accordingly, the Law School has
changed the name of the office from “Career Services” to “Career and
Professional Development,” reflecting this more holistic approach.
“I’m excited to join UW Law School at this critical time in legal
education,” Keller says. “There’s a solid foundation to build on with
excellent students, shaped by one of the best experiential learning
programs in the country, a large and active alumni network, experienced
staff in my office, and a dean whose leadership inspires confidence and
Keller graduated summa cum laude from University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point and received his MPA with highest honors from Indiana University.
“With Michael leading the Office of Career and Professional Development, we’re exploring ways to help our students bring new value to employers and position themselves to be successful in the current challenging employment market,” said Dean Margaret Raymond. “We’re thrilled to have one of the best at the helm.”
Trisha Fillbach, Esq.
Phone: (608) 262-6444
Trisha joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in June 2011. With almost 10 years of experience in legal career services, Trisha has worked in all areas of career development from public service and judicial clerkships to on-campus interview programs and small firm employment and has counseled thousands of students and alumni in their job search. Trisha has developed numerous workshops, including creative programming related to resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and networking.
Prior to coming to the UW, Trisha served as the Director of Career Development at Drake University Law School. Trisha served in this capacity for almost six years. As Director, Trisha managed all aspects of the Career Development Office (CDO) from counseling and programming to employer outreach and marketing. She counseled students interested in private, public, and alternative careers and managed all of the on- and off-campus recruitment programs. She also provided judicial clerkship advising and organized numerous networking events. Under her management, the Career Development Office received rankings significantly higher than peer schools using the Law School Survey of Student Engagement. Trisha twice received the Student Bar Association President's Award for Faculty/Staff Member of the Year. Trisha also coached Drake Law's ABA Negotiation Teams in 2009 and 2010.
Trisha started her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Debra Jacobson in Rochester, Minnesota. Following her clerkship, Trisha joined the litigation group at DeWitt Ross & Stevens, s.c. in Madison, practicing primarily family law. In 2004, Trisha moved to Los Angeles, California and began working for the Career Development Office at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu. She served as an Assistant, then Associate Director of Career Development.
Trisha graduated, with Distinction, from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Journalism. She received her Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law.
Sarah Hadjimarkos, Esq.
Phone: (608) 265-6684
Sarah joined the Office of Career and Professional Development Office in June 2013, following an eight-year career as a litigator in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices. At Gibson, Sarah focused on class action and securities litigation, and she was heavily involved in the firm’s recruiting program and diversity efforts. In addition to practicing law, Sarah also taught high school at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. She developed and implemented English Language Arts curriculum, taught English to 9th, 10th, and 12th graders, and coached Dorsey’s Mock Trial team.
Sarah graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002. Sarah was a member of the San Diego Law Review, a peer academic tutor, and a Public Interest Grant recipient. Sarah was admitted to the California Bar in 2002, and she is also admitted to various federal courts throughout the state of California. Prior to law school, Sarah attended Northwestern University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Theater. She performed in various campus productions and was a member and director of Melodious Thunk, Northwestern’s original a cappella group.
Emily Kite, Esq.
Phone: (608) 262-8554
Emily joined the Office of Career and Professional Development Office in December 2013. Prior to joining OCPD, Emily spent five and a half years as a litigation associate in Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s New York and London, UK offices. At Willkie, Emily worked on matters involving issues of copyright, antitrust, accounting regulation, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Emily also advocated pro bono in domestic violence and criminal appeals cases, and she participated in Willkie’s recruiting program as an interviewer. In 2012, Emily worked as a field organizer in Western Pennsylvania as part of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign.
Emily graduated in 2006 from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Emily was a Managing Editor for the Columbia Journal of European Law, a board member of Columbia’s Domestic Violence Project, a student advocate in the Prisoners & Families Clinic, and a Student Editor for Columbia’s First Year Moot Court Program. Emily also interned at Legal Momentum (The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund), as a Public Service Fellow, and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Emily attended Wake Forest University, where she graduated, cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science. She minored in Journalism and German, and studied for a semester in Vienna, Austria.
Rukmini Vasupuram, Esq.
Phone: (608) 890-3427
Rukmini joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in May 2013, following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin Law School. In law school, Rukmini had a primarily public interest focus, interning at the Neighborhood Law Clinic, two different Wisconsin District Attorney's offices, and the Mediation Clinic. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, a board member of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and an oral argument coach for Civil Procedure I. She graduated with Pro Bono Distinction.
Rukmini has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Women's Studies, and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Prior to law school, she worked as a clinical social worker in various settings, including community mental health and the University of Michigan Hospital.
Phone: (608) 262-7856
Joanna has worked in three different departments at the law school. She began in 2005, working with the Dean of Students in the Academic and Student Services Department, planning various large law school events. From 2009 to February 2012, she worked as Curricular Coordinator for the law school. In February 2012, she joined the Office of Career and Professional Development. Joanna has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a Masters degree from Ohio University.