Office Hours and Location:
Location: 975 Bascom Mall, Room 3221
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. (Hours subject to change)
Phone: (608) 262-7856
Fax: (608) 265-6289
The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) provides counseling, materials, resources and programs to help students and alumni in their searches for employment during the summer, school year, and after graduation. We encourage you to make an appointment for individual career counseling or to review your resumes and cover letters -- or, just stop by to talk!
Who we are:
Michael Keller | Assistant Dean
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.
He came 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, Micheal aims to create the kind of programming and professional interactions necessary for students to succeed, emphasizing a strong start for first-year law students. Michael and his staff have developed 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," Michael 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."
Michael 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."
Megan E. Heneke, Esq. | Director
Phone: (608) 265-6684
Megan Heneke 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.
Lindsay Healless, Esq. | Associate Director
Phone: (608) 262-1054
Lindsay Healless joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in July 2017. Prior to joining OCPD, Lindsay served as an Assistant District Attorney in Rock County, Wisconsin. Lindsay’s caseload consisted of various criminal matters, as well as numerous crimes against children. After seeing the many effects of the criminal justice system, Lindsay shifted her focus to education. For the past two and a half years, Lindsay has worked with high school students as a career advocate. In this role, Lindsay worked to eliminate the many barriers students face by giving them realistic work based learning opportunities, and placing them in meaningful career paths.
Lindsay graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2012. While at Wisconsin, Lindsay was an intern with the Prosecution Project, as well as an extern for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. In addition, she also served as a small group leader for first year law students. Prior to law school, Lindsay attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where she graduated magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science. As is true of any Wisconsin native, Lindsay loves all things cheese and is a diehard Wisconsin Badgers fan!
Megan K.S. Zurbriggen, Esq. | Associate Director
Phone: (608) 262-8554
Megan Zurbriggen joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in August 2017. Megan practiced state and federal law in Minnesota and nationwide. She primarily represented individuals injured as a result of negligence in complex tort and professional liability cases including motor vehicle collisions, product liability claims, medical malpractice injuries, long-term care injuries and wrongful death claims. Upon moving to Madison, Megan worked in Member Relations at the State Bar of Wisconsin, where she worked closely with lawyers all over the State and country and served as the administrator for the Wisconsin Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.
Megan is a 2012 graduate from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in law school, she was a student attorney in the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services as part of the Elder Law Practice Group. Megan also worked as a public policy intern for the Alzheimer’s Association and studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prior to law school, Megan attended Iowa State University, graduating with B.A.s in Criminal Justice and Communications. Megan enjoys cooking, yoga, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family.
Malinda Constant | Project Manager
Phone: (608) 890-3247
Malinda Constant joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in July 2016. Prior to joining OCPD, Malinda graduated in 2016 from Marquette University with a master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Malinda also attended the University of Iowa where she graduated with a B.A. in Health and Human Physiology. During her time as an undergraduate student, Malinda worked for the Department of Public Safety and was a Peer Advisor at the Pomerantz Career Center. In her spare time, Malinda enjoys watching college football games, running, and cooking.
Aaron Gilstrap | Office Manager
Phone: (608) 262-7856
Aaron Gilstrap joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in January 2016. Aaron graduated in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and German. While away from work, Aaron enjoys spending time with his friends as well as playing video games, watching Netflix, and playing tennis.