The Office of Career and Professional Development

Office Hours and Location:

Location: 975 Bascom Mall, Room 3221
Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. (Hours subject to change)

Contact Us:
(608) 262-7856
(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 HeadshotMichael Keller | Assistant Dean

Office: 3221J
(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."

Emily Kite HeadshotEmily D. Kite, Esq. | Director

Office: 3221H
Phone: (608) 262-8554

Emily Kite joined the Office of Career and Professional Development 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 and 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 for ours about travel or cheese.

Megan Heneke HeadshotMegan E. Heneke, Esq. | Associate Director

Office: 3221K
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 if 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.

Malinda Constant HeadshotMalinda Constant | Project Manager

Office: 3221C
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.

Joshua Hanson HeadshotJoshua Hanson | Administrative Assistant

Office: 3221 Front Desk
Phone: (608) 262-7856

Joshua Hanson joined the Office of Career and Professional Development as the office manager in January 2017. In this role, Josh assists students in scheduling meetings with career advisors, updates the online job database, and provides general office support.

After graduating from Winona State University in 2016 with his undergraduate degree, Josh spent time in customer service roles at a Madison based startup, EatStreet. In addition, Josh served as a White House intern during the summer of 2016, working on former First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative.

Josh enjoys spending time with his partner Sam, studying education policy, playing with dogs (especially his wiener-lab, Zeke), and buying noisy toys for his niece and nephew.

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