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.
Dana L. Morris, JDAssistant Dean for Career DevelopmentDean 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.
Aaron M. Graham, JDAssociate Director of Career CounselingAaron 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, JDDirector, Judicial ClerkshipsJennifer 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, JDManaging Director, Public Service Programs & OutreachM. 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 BlakeSenior Data and Resources SpecialistLaShea 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.