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Law School Administration: Who Does What?

From time to time you will find that you need help navigating your way through your law school career. Here are a few basic facts about the people who help administer the Law School. These are the people on the front line of student services. If they can’t help you, they will direct you to someone who can.

The Dean, the Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Directors, and other Really Important People to Know:

  • Amy Arntsen, Registrar (room 5107; The Registrar maintains records relevant to your legal education and certifies you for graduation and diploma privilege. If you wish to confirm how many credits you have accumulated, which requirements you have satisfied, your current grade point average, or need help planning to study abroad, become a visitor at another law school, or apply for transfer, the Registrar can help you. After you graduate, Ms. Arntsen will certify your degree if you apply for bar admission in other states.

  • Justin Boehm, Human Resources Manager (room 5109;  Mr. Boehm is responsible for administering Law School staff hiring, employee benefits, assisting with payroll, and similar matters.  He is also the Division Disability Representative for employees, dealing with disability accommodations, ADA and FMLA issues.

  • Emilie Buckman, Engagement & Outreach Coordinator (room 2334;

  • Adam Bushcott, Main Office Manager (room 5110;  At the information desk, Mr. Bushcott will be able to answer your questions or point you in the direction of a person who can.

  • Malinda Constant, Project Manager, Office of Career and Professional Development (room 3221).  As  Project Manager, Malinda Constant is the lead contact for all issues related to Symplicity, the student job board and OCI interface for the UW Law School.  She can assist with password resets, student documents within Symplicity, and OCI questions.  She also maintains and catalogues employment records, and the surveys associated with those records, for students and graduates who have secured employment and those seeking employment.

  • Lauren Devine, Director of Scholarship Administration and Recruitment  (room 4314B;  Ms. Devine works with the Admissions team to administer the Law School's application process.  She also manages the scholarship application and administration processes, and counsels current and prospective students regarding admissions and financial aid.

  • Jane Ford Bennett, Senior Grade Reporter (room 5110A; If you have problems or questions about grades or need help registering for, dropping or adding courses; getting authorization for Directed Research or Directed Reading; changing the number of credits in a variable-credit course after the "edit" deadline has passed; or obtaining authorization for more than 18 credits in a semester (if you are a dual degree student), Ms. Ford Bennett can assist you. She also answers questions about the Dean’s List for each semester and can help you get information from your files, including your personal statement, application form or LSDAS report. All visiting students must see Ms. Ford Bennett to register for classes. 

  • Jennifer Gardner, Law School Accountant (room 5106;  Ms. Gardner handles the financial transactions for the Law School.  She can answer questions related to processing these transactions and policies related to purchases, travel, payments, etc.

  • Eric Giefer, Director of Technology (room 6374; Mr. Giefer and his staff run the Law School computer network and provide technical support for faculty, staff, and student organizations; develop applications and databases for Law School administration; and support audio-visual systems and classroom technologies. He also oversees the Digital Print Shop.

  • Kelly Hallmark, Payroll & Benefits Specialist and HR Assistant for Students (room 5106,  Ms. Hallmark handles all the Law School payroll and is the HR Assistant for student employment.  She can answer questions related to student hiring, payroll, I-9 documentation, criminal background checks, timesheets and benefits. 

  • Jennifer Hanrahan, Faculty Secretary (  Ms. Hanrahan is the secretary for Law School faculty members.  She also assists JD Grants student organizations with travel arrangements and reimbursements and serves as the receptionist at the front desk in the Law School Main Office and in the Dean's suite. 

  • Megan Heneke, Director, Office of Career and Professional Development (room 3221;  Ms. Heneke works with students to provide career advice and career, professional development, and networking programs and events.  She is available for one-on-one career counseling, including review and revision of resumes, cover letters and other application materials, interview preparation, and mock interviews.  

  • Lindsay Healless, Associate Director, Office of Career and Professional Development (room 3221; Healless works with students to provide career advice and career, professional development, and networking programs and events.  She is available for one-on-one career counseling, including review and revision of resumes, cover letters and other application materials, interview preparation, and mock interviews.  

  • Jane Heymann, Curricular Coordinator/ Academic Advisor (room 5103;  Ms. Heymann works in many different capacities of curriculum such as scheduling courses, answering student questions about registering for courses, providing academic advising, maintaining and updating curriculum-related information on the website, and assisting our many adjunct faculty members with any issues that arise in the course of their teaching.  Ms. Heymann also serves as the instructor for the Law School's Corporate Legal Department externship program, whereby students obtain academic credit for working at "field placements" in the in-house legal departments of various local corporations. 

  • Jini Jasti, Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and External Affairs (room 2346; Ms. Jasti works to foster closer connections of alumni to the University of Wisconsin Law School, to each other, and to our students. She serves as the main point person in Alumni Relations for all departments in the School.  She also oversees the External Affairs and the Continuing Legal Education Departments.

  • Michael Keller, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development (room 3221J;  Assistant Dean Keller is responsible for the overall direction of the Office of Career and Professional Development.  He aims to create the kind of programming and professional interactions necessary for students to succeed in the job market, emphasizing a strong start for first-year law students.

  • Kevin Kelly, Associate Dean of Student & Academic Affairs (room 5105; Associate Dean Kelly assists in the administration of the Law School with respect to academic and student affairs and the curriculum.  He helps plan the curriculum, including the schedule of courses, credits, and related academic matters; recruits adjunct faculty; counsels students on academic questions or concerns; and handles Diploma Privilege eligibility and JD degree requirements, including those involving transfer students and visiting students. He also works closely with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs on all issues pertaining to the student experience here at the Law School, as well as with Jane Heymann (Curricular Coordinator/ Academic Advisor), Amy Arntsen (Law School Registrar), Jane Ford Bennett (Senior Grade Reporter), and Assistant Dean Moji Olaniyan (Director of the Academic Enhancement Program).

  • Tammy Kempfert, Web Editor (Room 2338; 

  • Emily Kite, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (room 5101;  The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs consults with students about their academic, personal or professional issues. The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs can help you with the following kinds of matters: accommodations for disabilities (during the semester or during exams); re-scheduling of exams; complaints about sexual or physical harassment or assault; reports of hate and/or bias incidents; or visiting at or transferring to other law schools.  She works closely with the Student Bar Association and other student groups in planning and management of organization activities.

  • Karen Koethe, Director of Communications  (room 2336;  As the Director of Communications, Ms. Koethe is responsible for major communication initiatives, including print publications, the UW Law School website, the Gargoyle alumni magazine, and social media accounts.  She serves as the school's liaison to University Communications and broader campus communication efforts.  Ms. Koethe provides departments and student organizations with strategic guidance for communication initiatives and outreach.  

  • Moji Olaniyan, Assistant Dean & Director of the Academic Enhancement Program (room 6214;  Assistant Dean Olaniyan works with students to provide academic enrichment and/or academic support services.

  • Bethany Pluymers, Associate Dean for Administration (room 5111; Associate Dean Pluymers is responsible for the overall administrative processes of the Law School.  She serves as the CFO and HR Director and oversees the Law School Business Office.  The Building Manager and the IT Department also report to her.  

  • Kimberly Raether, Communications & Outreach Specialist (room 2332;  Ms. Raether brings graphic design and event planning expertise to a wide range of communication and outreach projects.  Working closely with current students and alumni, Ms. Raether is responsible for the Legal Education Opportunities Banquet, Homecoming Cane Toss, the Kastenmeier Lecture series, and the first year students' Community Outreach Day.  As the in-house graphic designer, Ms. Raether develops the UW Law School's visual identity through custom design projects, including invitations, posters, and website graphics.

  • Margaret Raymond, Professor and Dean of the Law School (room 5211A; Dean Raymond serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school, with overall responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fund-raising, budget planning and management, curriculum and student academic affairs.

  • Rebecca Scheller, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid (room 4314C; Assistant Dean Scheller administers, along with the Admissions Committee, the process of reviewing applications to the Law School. She, along with the Director of Scholarship Administration and Recruitment, Lauren Devine, administers the scholarship program as well as short-term loans. 

  • Bonnie Shucha, Associate Dean for Library & Information Services and Director of the Law Library (room 6358;  Associate Dean Shucha is responsible for all aspects of of the Law Library, including research support and instruction, the library collection and checking out materials, and library study space and technology.  Ms. Shucha also teaches Advanced Legal Research.

  • Carrie Sperling, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Education Innovation (room 5211C;  Associate Dean Sperling is responsible for the administration of experiential educational programs, including the Law School's clinics, Lawyering Skills Program, externships, legal writing, moot court, mock trial and pro bono programs.  She also serves as the Law School's contact for educational innovation initiatives.  

  • Susannah Tahk, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development (room 5211B;  Associate Dean Tahk assists the Dean with administration, with a focus on fostering the research mission of the Law School.  In this capacity, she works primarily with faculty by providing support to their research goals and projects and by aiding them in seeking and administering research funds.  Associate Dean Tahk also teaches tax law and policy. 

  • C.J. Ullrich, Building Manager (room 5337;  Mr. Ullrich handles facility problems and/or requests and building renovations. 

  • Danielle Wampole, Director of Admissions Operations (room 4314;  Ms. Wampole works with the Admissions teams to manage the Law School's application process.  She counsels prospective students on admissions policies and procedures, and assists applicants through every step of the process from submitting their application to matriculating as a first-year or transfer student.

  • Ursula Weigold, Director of Legal Research & Writing (room 4373B; Professor Weigold is responsible for the overall design and administration of the legal research and writing program.  She teaches legal research, writing, and advocacy courses and is available to answer student questions about our program or courses.  She also chairs the JD Grants committee.

  • Megan Zurbriggen, Associate Director, Office of Career and Professional Development (room 3221;  Ms. Zurbriggen works with students to provide career advice and career, professional development, and networking programs and events.  She is available for one-on-one career counseling, including review and revision of resumes, cover letters and other application materials, interview preparation, and mock interviews.  

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