Career Planning Staff
James Ray
Director, Career Planning Center
Office: Library
Phone: 860-570-5043

Jim oversees the Career Planning Center’s efforts to position students for success in the legal marketplace.  He works with faculty, alums and employers to maximize the number of opportunities available to students. Before joining the Law School, he was a partner at Robinson & Cole in Hartford, where he focused on counseling clients and litigating environmental and products liability cases while serving as the hiring partner and diversity partner. He has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Environmental Law since 2008 and is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York.  He began his career as an environmental engineer with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.  Jim is a triple Husky, earning his BA in chemical engineering, his MBA and his J.D. from UConn.  

Michele Hoff, Esq.
Associate Director, Career Planning Center
Office: Library 245
Phone: 860-570-5321

Michele serves as a career counselor for J.D. students and graduates, focusing much of her time on judicial clerkships and internships. She has primary responsibility for the employment surveys (summer and post-graduate) conducted by the Career Planning Center. During her tenure with the Career Planning Center, Michele has also coordinated the Alumni Mentor Program, acted as the First Year Honors Program liaison and served as the Law School’s pro bono coordinator. Michele received her JD from UConn Law, where she served as an administrative editor of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. Michele is admitted to practice before state courts in both Connecticut and Maryland.

Meredith O'Keefe, Esq.
Career Counselor, Career Planning Center
Office: Library 243
Phone: 860-570-5324

Meredith works with students and graduates, especially those interested in public interest and fellowship opportunities. Meredith earned her B.A. at the University of Florida with a major in political science. After working with at-risk students as an AmeriCorps member, Meredith completed her legal studies at UConn Law in 2008. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. Prior to returning to UConn Law, Meredith served as civil and commercial litigation associate in New York and Connecticut.

MaryBeth DelGaudio
Program Coordinator, Career Planning Center
Office: Library 242
Phone: 860-570-5443

MaryBeth joined the Career Planning Center after managing prevention programs in the Hartford Public Schools. She tracks various information critical to the Career Planning Center's success and assists with the Law School's recruiting programs and career fairs. She also provides direct support to employers and works with the director on employer outreach initiatives.

Peggy Shapiro, M.S
Career Counselor, Career Planning Center
Office: Library 249
Phone: 860-570-5183

Peggy retired from the position of associate director of Career Services in 1999, but has returned on a part-time basis to assist with counseling students and graduates regarding resume writing and career development. Peggy is a graduate of Smith College and earned a masters in educational administration from the University of Hartford.