500 West Baltimore Street, Suite 208
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1786
Phone: (410) 706-2080
Fax: (410) 706-0870
Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Please call the office for summer and holiday hours.
The Career Development Office (CDO) provides a range of professional development and recruitment services to assist students and alumni in obtaining legal experience and employment to advance their careers in the legal profession.
Dana L. Morris, JD
Assistant Dean for Career Development
Dean Morris leads the Career Development Office, overseeing all aspects of it services to students. With more than 20 years of legal recruiting expertise, she manages the CDO team and the delivery of its career advising and recruitment programs, as well as leading its employer development and outreach efforts. Before joining Maryland Carey Law, Dean Morris was the Director of the Career Planning Center at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Prior to entering law school administration, she was an associate at a general practice law firm in Peoria, Illinois. In her previous career, Dean Morris was chief manager of internal communications for Bank of Boston (now Bank of America) and a marketing communications editor in corporate publications at The New England. Dean Morris earned a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and a B.A. with honors from Boston University. She participates in the AALS Section on Student Services and is an active member of the Washington Area Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA) and the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), where she served on its Board of Directors (2009-2011) and has held a variety of other leadership positions. A frequent presenter, she has been recognized for her expertise involving legal recruitment, diversity pipeline efforts and expanding opportunities for women in the legal profession.
Ann Burke Lloyd, JD
Director, Alumni Counseling and Programs
Ann Burke Lloyd (’90) works primarily with Maryland Carey alumni, recent graduates as well as those who have been working for several years. In addition, she counsels students regarding all areas of employment, public and private. Ms. Lloyd is a graduate of the School of Law, where she was in the Environmental Law Program and a member of the Maryland Law Review. Following graduation she was an associate at Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper LLP) in the environmental practice group for several years before becoming the Director of Professional Development. As Director, she developed and coordinated associate training programs, managed the firm’s professionalism initiative, served on the Hiring Committee and supervised the firm’s legal recruiting staff.
Jennifer Pollard, JD
Director, Judicial Clerkships
Jennifer Pollard (‘03) counsels students on securing judicial clerkships and judicial internships. She received her JD from Maryland Law and her BS in Political Science and Economics from Towson University. After graduating from law school, Ms. Pollard clerked for the Honorable James P. Salmon on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, before practicing business law at Ridberg Sherbill & Aronson in Bethesda and corporate and real estate transaction law at Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP in Baltimore.
M. Teresa Schmiedeler, JD
Director, Public Service Programs & Outreach
M. Teresa Schmiedeler counsels students on pursuing careers in government and other public service career opportunities. Ms. Schmiedeler directs the Public Interest Externship Workshop, conducts outreach to public service employers, and oversees the administration of the UM Carey Law Public Interest Loan Repayment Program. She also works closely with the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP) law student organization to raise funds for summer public interest fellowships. Ms. Schmiedeler has published several articles in legal trade periodicals. Prior to her position at Maryland, Ms. Schmiedeler worked as a public interest career counselor at a Washington, DC law school and also practiced law for seven years as a Legal Aid attorney in Connecticut and Missouri. She is a member of the Maryland Pro Bono Coordinating Council, AALS Section on Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities, Maryland State Bar Association, Delivery of Legal Services, NALP Public Service Committee, UMD President’s Outreach Council and serves as Faculty Advisor to the Maryland Public Interest Law Project.
Nichole M. Velasquez, JD
Director, Private Sector Recruitment & Outreach
In this role, Ms. Velasquez counsels students on all aspects of their career paths, manages on-campus and regional interview events, maintains and establishes relationships with private sector employers, and develops professional development programming. She is also a member of the National Association for Legal Placement (NALP) and the Washington Area Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA). She was the 2010-11 Co-Chair of the WALRAA Diversity Committee and Co-Chair of the 2013 Educational Conference. Ms. Velasquez has also been published several times in various trade periodicals. Prior to joining the School of Law, Ms. Velasquez was a Maryland Assistant Attorney General and an Associate with the law firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP. She received her JD from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, where she was a member of the National Trial Team and Order of Barristers.
Data and Resources Specialist
LaShea Blake joined the law school’s administration in 1991 and joined the Career Development Office in 1998. Ms. Blake coordinates and creates a variety of databases for the collection and reporting of programming, operational and employment data. She also manages online and print subscriptions and resource materials for the CDO’s Resource Library and website. Additionally, she administers the CDO’s judicial clerkship mailing program, MDC Clerkship portal serving as the point-person for the coordination of clerkship recommendation letters. Ms. Blake received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland University College.
Terri Goode has more than 13 years of experience working in higher education. She joined the Career Development Office in 2006. As the Recruitment Coordinator, Ms. Goode handles all aspects of the logistics for the CDO’s recruitment and educational programs and sponsored job fairs, serving as a liaison to assist students and legal employers with registration and interview scheduling, as well as collecting and compiling program outcome results. In addition to administering the operations for interview programs, Ms. Goode assists in coordinating recruitment related programming, including mock interviewing programs and the CDO’s Firm Night Program, and manages the office’s reciprocity program.
CDO Executive Administrative Assistant
Adrienne Williams-Conover has been a member of the law school community since 2007. After working in the Office of Administrative Affairs then supporting the International Law Program, faculty and students, she joined the Career Development Office in Spring 2015. Ms. Williams-Conover manages the CDO’s reception area, assisting students and visitors and responding to all manner of requests involving CDO counseling appointments and other programs and services. Additionally, she coordinates the office’s job-posting processes, gathering information from prospective employers and disseminating information about current job and intern listings and career opportunities to students and alumni through the CDO Update, JobTalk, the CDO information board and other communications. Additionally, Ms. Williams-Conover assists counselors with program planning and logistics, and manages the CDO’s administrative systems and needs.