Career Development Office

Our Career Development Office (CDO) is a student-centered team of legal recruitment professionals who work with students and alumni to share the knowledge and tools that they need to pursue their career goals.  Our team shares a passion for helping you navigate your job search to obtain legal experience and employment in your career area of interest.  We help you to create and advance your career plan through individualized advising, coordinated recruitment programs, connecting you with alumni, and providing access to professional workshops and resources that will direct you through the career exploration and job search process.

Administration & Staff

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.

Dina R. Billian, JD
Deputy Director of Career Development
Dina R. Billian (’93) counsels students and promotes career opportunities, particularly in the area of private sector employment opportunities.  Ms. Billian also participates in employer development and outreach efforts. Ms. Billian has more than 20 years of experience in recruitment, professional development, legal staffing, and private law practice. Prior to returning to the School of Law, Ms. Billian was the Director of Recruitment and Professional Development at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., where she handled the recruitment of lawyers, law students, and paralegals, and oversaw the summer associate program.  Additionally, she partnered with firm leaders on professional development programming and pro bono initiatives. Before joining Miles & Stockbridge, Ms. Billian was the recruitment coordinator at Saul Ewing, L.L.P., former associate director in the CDO, and the legal recruiter at a legal staffing agency.  She also practiced law in the Baltimore area for three years. Ms. Billian received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and her A.B. in Abnormal Psychology and Criminology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Ms. Billian is a presenter and contributor of articles on such topics as civility in the legal profession and generational differences.

Ally M. Amerson, JD
Director of Alumni Counseling and Programs
Ally Amerson counsels students and alumni on their career development and job searches, with an emphasis on graduating students and recent alumni. Prior to joining the Career Development Office, Ms. Amerson worked as the Director of Legal Recruiting at Special Counsel, where she assisted recent law school graduates and experienced lawyers in securing traditional and non-traditional employment with law firms, corporate legal departments, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Ms. Amerson received her JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, and her BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the Maryland Bar, and is engaged with a host of civic organizations including the Baltimore City Wage Commission, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Board of Directors, the Journey Home, and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Maryland Transit Administration.

Aaron M. Graham, JD
Associate Director of Career Counseling
Aaron Graham advises students on conducting effective job searches for legal careers and assists with the development and implementation of Career Development Office recruitment and educational programming for private and public sector career opportunities.  Prior to joining Maryland Carey Law, Aaron served as the Director of Legal Recruiting for the Baltimore branch of Special Counsel, where he connected local attorneys, law school students, and recent graduates with regional corporations, law firms, and offices.  Before joining Special Counsel, he also worked for Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, advocating on behalf of plaintiffs in toxic tort litigation.  Aaron earned his JD from New York Law School, and his BA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

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
Managing 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 State Bar Association, Delivery of Legal Services and Maryland State Bar Association, Special Committee on Wellness, NALP Public Service Committee and serves as Faculty Advisor to the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP) law student led not for profit organization. 

LaShea Blake
Senior 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 the online and print subscriptions and resource materials for the CDO’s Resource Library and website as well as manages the office’s reciprocity program. Additionally, she administers the CDO’s judicial clerkship mailing program and is 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.

Casandra Nesmith
Recruitment Specialist
Ms. Nesmith joined the Career Development Office at the end of the 2021 year.  As the CDO's Recruitment Specialist, Ms. Nesmith fields student and employer inquiries to the office and administers the year-round job posting process, which includes promoting job opportunities and program announcements through the CDO’s online communications.  Additionally, Ms. Nesmith assists with all manner of event and online logistics necessary to produce the CDO’s fall and spring recruitment programs as well as CDO-related professional development programs.