Career Center directory - Mondale Hall terrace

Career Center Staff

Claudia Melo, J.D.
Director
612-626-5060
melox005@umn.edu
Make an appointment with Claudia by going to the online scheduler.

Claudia oversees Career Center administration, including counseling initiatives and managing the Law School's compliance with all employment reporting requirements including the ABA, NALP, and U.S. News. Most recently, she served as Vice President of the Minnesota Legal Career Professionals. Claudia is a member of Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and the NALP Judicial Clerkship and Public Service committees. Previously, Claudia was a career coach at the Carlson School of Management and a career counselor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Before entering higher education administration, she served as a staff attorney for the Youth Advocacy Center of Covenant House New Jersey and was an associate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. Claudia received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law.

Alison Plavin, J.D.

Alison Plavin, J.D.
Assistant Director, Employer Relations
612-626-9467
plavi003@umn.edu
Make an appointment with Alison by emailing lawcareers@umn.edu.

Alison creates, manages, and implements the Law School's employer development strategies, including national recruitment programs throughout the country and the Corporate Fellowship with Fortune 500 corporate partners. She also serves as a career counselor for Minnesota Law alumni. Before joining the Career Center, Alison was an associate at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis and served as Director of Alumni Engagement at College Mentors for Kids, Inc. Alison received her B.A. from Indiana University and J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Anne Sexton, Assistant Director, Public Interest, Career Center

Anne Sexton, J.D.
Assistant Director, Public Interest
612-625-1552
asexton@umn.edu
Make an appointment with Anne by going to the online scheduler.

Anne plays a key part in the Career Center’s ability to prepare and move students and graduates into public interest employment, including providing individualized counseling on public interest career opportunities. She also teaches both the Public Interest Field Placement and Remote Semester Program. Anne received her B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Demonstrating her commitment to public service, she previously served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Wieners, an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, and an Assistant Revisor at the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Anne is also currently an adjunct professor for Minnesota Law's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court.

Hallie Prest, J.D.
Career Counselor
612-626-2962
hprest@umn.edu
Make an appointment with Hallie by going to the online scheduler.

Hallie devotes a majority of her time in the Career Center to individualized student counseling and professional development programming. Before joining the Career Center in March 2015, Hallie worked as an admissions counselor at the Law School and clerked for the Honorable Jay M. Quam at Minnesota’s 4th Judicial District Court in Hennepin County. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Hallie is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Wendy Griak
Career Counselor
612-625-6477
wgriak@umn.edu
Make an appointment with Wendy by going to the online scheduler.

Wendy works with students on all aspects of their career planning. Through individualized career counseling, she helps students strengthen their application documents, hone their networking skills, develop interview responses, and create a proactive job search strategy. Prior to joining the Career Center, Wendy worked as a senior career counselor at Capella University for five years. She is an active member of several professional associations and organizations related to the field of career counseling. Her previous work history includes experience in graphic design, marketing, and film production. Wendy earned her B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and her M.A. in counseling and psychological services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she completed a yearlong practicum in the Gustavus Counseling Center and discovered her passion for working with college students.

Simona Suen
Sr. Recruiting and Diversity Coordinator
612-624-9057
suen@umn.edu

Simona plans and executes local and national hiring programs. She helps manage on- and off-campus interviews; and all related recruiting activities, such as job fairs and diversity job fairs, local and out-of-state walk-arounds' and mock interview programs; and serves as a liaison between the Career Center, students and employers. Simona also manages and oversees the spring and fall employer receptions and job postings. Simona currently serves on the Minnesota Career Development Association Executive Board and the Career Development Network Board. She is a member of the University of Minnesota Women’s Leadership Institute, the CDN Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Minnesota Legal Career Professionals and the Law School's Diversity Committee. Simona has a B.A. in human resource development and management from the University of Minnesota and several years of work experience with Target Corporation.

Joy Wang, Career Counselor

Joy Wang
Career Counselor/Judicial Clerkship Advisor
612-301-1519
wang4025@umn.edu

Joy advises students and alumni seeking judicial clerkships and administers the judicial externship program. She received her B.A. from Denison University and her J.D. and M.P.H. through the Joint Degree program at the University of Minnesota. She clerked for the Honorable Natalie E. Hudson on the Minnesota Supreme Court from 2016 to 2017, and practiced trademark and copyright law for four years as an Associate Attorney in Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, serving as the Vice Chair of the firm’s Minority Lawyers Network in 2021. Joy is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and a pro bono attorney for asylum applicants through the Advocates for Human Rights.

Sarah Motevalli, Career Center

Sarah Motevalli
Employer Relations Assistant
612-625-1866
motev004@umn.edu

Sarah earned a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a B.A. from Hamline University in her hometown of St. Paul. Before joining the Law School, Sarah served as a Community Peacebuilding Ambassador for the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, and supported her fellow students as a Postgraduate Resident Assistant. She also served survivors of torture and war trauma in the Twin Cities community at the Center for Victims of Torture.