Office of Career and Professional Development Staff

Michael Keller, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development

Emily D. Kite, Esq., Associate Director

Megan E. Heneke, Esq., Associate Director

Melissa Burkland, Esq., Associate Director

Katherine Matusinec, Project Manager

Aaron Gilstrap, Office Coordinator

Michael Keller
Assistant Dean

Office: 3221J

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 support.”

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.”

Emily D. Kite, Esq.
Associate Director
Office: 3221H
Phone: (608) 262-8554


Emily joined the Office of Career and Professional Development Office in December 2013 and serves as the primary contact for Public Interest and Government employment. 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.  Emily will happily talk to you for hours about travel or cheese.

Megan E. Heneke, Esq.
Associate Director
Office: 3221K
Phone: (608) 265-6684

Megan joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in July 2014.  Prior to joining OCPD, Megan completed a two-year judicial clerkship in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.  After her clerkship, Megan served as an Assistant State Public Defender in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for three years.  She managed a large caseload consisting of a variety of criminal cases from misdemeanor drug possession to first-degree murder. 

Megan graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction, in 2009.  While at Iowa Law, she was an Associate Note Editor for Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems.  She was also involved in the Equal Justice Foundation and served as a mentor to first-year law students.  Megan received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Iowa, where she served in leadership roles in the University of Iowa Student Government and studied abroad in South Africa.  Megan also worked on several political campaigns including the 2004 presidential campaign from the caucus to the general election.  In her spare time, you will find her playing Scrabble, trying a new restaurant, or reading travel magazines.

Melissa Burkland, Esq.
Associate Director
Office: 3221A
Phone: (608) 262-6444


Melissa joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in August 2014.  Prior to joining OCPD, Melissa spent six years as a litigation associate in Michael Best & Friedrich LLP's Milwaukee and Madison offices.  At Michael Best, Melissa worked on a wide variety of complex commercial litigation cases, including business and financial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and labor and employment matters.  Prior to joining Michael Best, Melissa served as a law clerk to the Honorable J.P. Stadtmueller in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. 

Melissa graduated in 2005 from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she received the North Dakota Bar Association Scholarship and Burtness Scholarship Award.  Melissa served as the Outside Articles Editor for the North Dakota Law Review.  Prior to law school, Melissa attended the University of Nebraska where she graduated with a B.A. in English and spent time studying at the University of Tubingen in Tubingen, Germany and Mansfield College at Oxford University.  In Melissa's spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, traveling, and trying new restaurants in Madison. 

Katherine Matusinec
Project Manager
Office: 3221C
Phone: (608) 260-3427


Aaron Gilstrap
Office Coordinator
Phone: (608) 262-7856

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