Career Development Staff

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Suzanne Hard
Director, Center for Career Development
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Office: Library 244
Phone: 860-570-5318

Suzanne joins the Center for Career Development after five years with the Connecticut Bar Association, where she produced education programming and content for attorneys at every career stage and practice setting. Her prior experience includes time in private practice in both large and small firms, along with roles in public interest law and higher education. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her JD from the University of Michigan.

Donald Bell
Don Bell
Assistant Director, Center for Career Development
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Office: Library 245
Phone: 860-570-5321

Don serves as an Assistant Director of Career Development, with a focus on public sector and public interest employment, including judicial clerkships. He previously served as the Director of the Black Talent Initiative at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In that role, Don worked directly with job applicants to increase diversity and inclusion among policymakers.

Prior to that position, Don was a legal fellow to Senator Chris Murphy, judiciary staffer to Senator Richard Blumenthal, and counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Don is an Honors Scholar graduate of the University of Connecticut (’10) and a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (’13).

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Julianne Klaassen, Esq.
Assistant Director, Center for Career Development
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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. Julianne currently serves as the President of the Connecticut Association of Legal Recruitment Administrators (CALRA).

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Meredith O'Keefe, Esq.
Assistant Director, Center for Career Development
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Office: Library 250
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. 

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Christine Pallotti
LLM Career Counselor, International Programs
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Office: Library 250

Chris joined the Graduate and Exchange Programs in the fall of 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has more than 15 years’ experience as a certified career and business coach, counseling clients from around the globe in strategic career planning and small business start-up and development. Her diverse background also includes experience with nonprofit organizations, government, military, labor relations, and volunteer work in Connecticut prisons. In addition to providing one-on-one coaching for students she also facilitates workshops on topics including professional development and branding, interview skills and LinkedIn.

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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.