Career Planning Staff
Meredith O'Keefe, Esq.
Director, Career Planning Center
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).

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.

Chester Fernández, Esq.
Career Counselor, Career Planning Center
Office: Library 245
Phone: 860-570-5321

Chester joined the Career Planning Center after serving as the courtroom deputy for Judge Vanessa L. Bryant of the U.S. District Court. He previously worked as a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in its Boston and Springfield offices. Chester is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Originally from the Boston area, Chester earned his Master of Public Administration and MS in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University before receiving his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law, where he received the Outstanding Latina/o Law Graduate Award. Before attending law school Chester worked for Robinson + Cole in recruiting and for the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy as a Regulatory Specialist. Chester is fluent in Spanish and is a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Costa Rica.

Julianne Klaassen, Esq.
Career Counselor, Career Planning Center
Office: Library 243
Phone: 860-570-5043

Julianne joined the Career Planning Center 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 Law.