Career Development Staff
Meredith O'Keefe, Esq.
Director for Alternative Careers and Assistant Director, Center for Career Development
Office: Library 243
Phone: 860-570-5324

Meredith engages in employer outreach and strategic planning of career counseling services, recruiting initiatives, resources and workshops for students on topics including: professional network building, interview skills, and crafting successful resumes and cover letters. She has presented to a national audience on how to promote long-term fulfillment among law students and lawyers. Meredith advises students interested in all employment sectors. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, she served as an AmeriCorps member working with at-risk youth, and earned her JD from UConn Law. After law school, Meredith practiced with firms in New York and Connecticut as a civil litigation associate. Meredith serves as the President of the Connecticut Association of Legal Recruitment Administrators (CALRA).

Julianne Klaassen, Esq.
Director for Private Sector Employment and Assistant Director, Center for Career Development
Office: Library 243
Phone: 860-570-5043

Julianne joined the Center for Career Development after spending several years as an in-house compliance attorney at a major aerospace and defense company. Prior to becoming corporate counsel, Julianne was an associate in the Commercial Litigation department of a large Connecticut-based firm and later joined the Government Investigations group of another large firm in Hartford, where she specialized in counseling clients on issues related to international trade. She had previously served as a research clerk at a specialty personal injury law firm. Prior to attending law school, Julianne worked in the sales division of a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. Julianne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and her Juris Doctor from UConn School of Law.

Julie Holden, Esq.
Director for Public Sector & Clerkships and Assistant Director, Center for Career Development
Office: Library 245
Phone: 860-570-5321

Julie joins the Center for Career Development after a diverse legal career on both coasts.  After earning her bachelor’s degree from UConn and spending a year working at a major health insurance company, Julie earned her Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School.  While in law school she gained experience in the public sector, serving on the board of a student-coordinated network of volunteer legal aid clinics, completing a semester-long field placement with a federal agency, and working on a presidential campaign with a focus on grassroots organizing.  Julie started her legal career as a litigation associate at a mid-size law firm in Los Angeles, and later moved in-house as an assistant general counsel for a real estate and investment company.  After relocating back to Connecticut, Julie completed a year-long clerkship with the Connecticut Judicial Branch before joining the Center for Career Development.

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

MaryBeth joined the Center for Career Development after managing prevention programs in the Hartford Public Schools. She tracks various information critical to the Center for Career Development'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.