Michael Keller, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development
Emily D. Kite, Esq., Associate Director
Megan E. Heneke, Esq., Associate Director
Melissa Burkland, Esq., Associate Director
Ryan Mason, Program Manager
Phone: (608) 890-4651
Michael Keller joined Dean Margaret Raymond’s leadership
team at the University of Wisconsin Law School as assistant dean of career and professional development in April 2013.
Keller comes to UW Law from Indiana’s Maurer School of Law, where he
directed their Office of Career and Professional Development for nearly a
decade. He managed staff, developed employer relations, directed a
judicial clerkship program, presented workshops, and counseled students.
Prior to that, he spent over six years in career services at the
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
At UW Law, he aims to create the kind of programming and professional
interactions necessary for students to succeed, emphasizing a strong
start for first-year law students. Keller and his staff are developing a
professionalism contract and self-assessment tools to set expectations
and lay groundwork from the beginning. Accordingly, the Law School has
changed the name of the office from “Career Services” to “Career and
Professional Development,” reflecting this more holistic approach.
“I’m excited to join UW Law School at this critical time in legal
education,” Keller says. “There’s a solid foundation to build on with
excellent students, shaped by one of the best experiential learning
programs in the country, a large and active alumni network, experienced
staff in my office, and a dean whose leadership inspires confidence and
Keller graduated summa cum laude from University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point and received his MPA with highest honors from Indiana University.
“With Michael leading the Office of Career and Professional Development, we’re exploring ways to help our students bring new value to employers and position themselves to be successful in the current challenging employment market,” said Dean Margaret Raymond. “We’re thrilled to have one of the best at the helm.”
Emily D. Kite, Esq.
Phone: (608) 262-8554
Emily joined the Office of Career and Professional Development Office in December 2013 and serves as the primary contact for Public Interest and Government employment. Prior to joining OCPD, Emily spent five and a half years as a litigation associate in Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s New York and London, UK offices. At Willkie, Emily worked on matters involving issues of copyright, antitrust, accounting regulation, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Emily also advocated pro bono in domestic violence and criminal appeals cases, and she participated in Willkie’s recruiting program as an interviewer. In 2012, Emily worked as a field organizer in Western Pennsylvania as part of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign.
Emily graduated in 2006 from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Emily was a Managing Editor for the Columbia Journal of European Law, a board member of Columbia’s Domestic Violence Project, a student advocate in the Prisoners & Families Clinic, and a Student Editor for Columbia’s First Year Moot Court Program. Emily also interned at Legal Momentum (The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund), as a Public Service Fellow, and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Emily attended Wake Forest University, where she graduated, cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science. She minored in Journalism and German, and studied for a semester in Vienna, Austria. Emily will happily talk to you for hours about travel or cheese.
Megan E. Heneke, Esq.
Phone: (608) 265-6684
Megan joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in July 2014. Prior to joining OCPD, Megan completed a two-year judicial clerkship in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. After her clerkship, Megan served as an Assistant State Public Defender in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for three years. She managed a large caseload consisting of a variety of criminal cases from misdemeanor drug possession to first-degree murder.
Megan graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law,
with distinction, in 2009. While at Iowa Law, she was an Associate Note
Editor for Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. She was
also involved in the Equal Justice Foundation and served as a mentor to
first-year law students. Megan received her undergraduate degree in
political science from the University of Iowa, where she served in leadership
roles in the University of Iowa Student Government and studied abroad in South
Africa. Megan also worked on several political campaigns including the
2004 presidential campaign from the caucus to the general
election. In her spare time, you will find her playing Scrabble,
trying a new restaurant, or reading travel magazines.
Melissa Burkland, Esq.
Phone: (608) 262-6444
Melissa joined the Office of Career and Professional Development in August 2014. Prior to joining OCPD, Melissa spent six years as a litigation associate in Michael Best & Friedrich LLP's Milwaukee and Madison offices. At Michael Best, Melissa worked on a wide variety of complex commercial litigation cases, including business and financial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and labor and employment matters. Prior to joining Michael Best, Melissa served as a law clerk to the Honorable J.P. Stadtmueller in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Melissa graduated in 2005 from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she received the North Dakota Bar Association Scholarship and Burtness Scholarship Award. Melissa served as the Outside Articles Editor for the North Dakota Law Review. Prior to law school, Melissa attended the University of Nebraska where she graduated with a B.A. in English and spent time studying at the University of Tubingen in Tubingen, Germany and Mansfield College at Oxford University. In Melissa's spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, traveling, and trying new restaurants in Madison.
Phone: (608) 890-3427
Ryan Mason joined the Office of Career and Professional Development team in March of 2014. As the Program Manager for the Office, Ryan brings an expertise in compliance and business to business relations. Ryan has worked in higher education since his days at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, serving as a Resident Assistant and Program Manager for the Women's Resource Center. Ryan has continued his service to students working in several different areas including Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Career Development as an Associate Director at Herzing University. Due to his involvement with the business community, Ryan was named a Board Member for the Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
At the University of Wisconsin, Ryan focuses on maintaining compliance numbers for statistics utilized by the University, various accrediting bodies, and students. Ryan will also be a part of programming initiatives created by the Office of Career and Professional Development. In his free time Ryan enjoys following all Wisconsin sports teams, especially his beloved Milwaukee Bucks, as well as collecting vinyl records.