MSU College of Law

Meet the Team

In today’s competitive job market, law students must be superbly prepared, focused, and proactive in their efforts to secure their first professional positions. Michigan State Law’s Career Services Office (CSO) team works hard to equip you with the tools, resources, and connections needed for success.

Your CSO team is an active partner in your career search. It provides individual guidance and customized services to satisfy your unique personal interests and professional goals.

Dan Linna Daniel W. Linna Jr., Assistant Dean, Director of LegalRnD – Center for Legal Services Innovation, & Professor in Residence

Dan Linna brings extensive experience in private law practice to MSU Law. He joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in 2005, after clerking for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James L. Ryan, Sixth Circuit. Linna was a partner in Honigman’s Litigation Department. He has significant experience litigating and resolving complex commercial, contract, and bankruptcy disputes and has tried several cases before judges and arbitrators. Dan also was a member of Honigman's Automotive and Manufacturing, e-Discovery and Information Management, Commercial Transactions, and Social, Mobile, and Emerging Media groups. He has presented on a numerous subjects, including supply-contracting best practices, the common-interest privilege and joint-defense agreements, information privacy issues and best practices, and has experience negotiating and drafting supply agreements. Linna was also a member of Honigman’s Committee on Minority Attorney Initiatives and led its recruiting subcommittee. Linna graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. He also earned a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Michigan State University, a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University.

Beth WickwireBeth Wickwire, Associate Director

Beth Wickwire brings extensive experience with judicial clerkships and private law practice to the CSO team. She previously worked at the University of Michigan Law School Office of Career Planning as its judicial clerkship adviser, where she drew on her experiences as a judicial clerk and in the private sector. Beth subsequently worked as a judicial law clerk in Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court and as a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Beth has earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and psychology from the University of Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. Immediately after law school, she worked as a judicial law clerk in Michigan’s 26th Circuit Court. She was also an associate attorney with the litigation and appellate practice groups of a Detroit-based law firm. Beth has co-authored articles on litigation strategy and judicial clerkships and presented on clerkship issues at the National Association for Law Placement’s annual education conference.

Jill Roberts Jill Roberts, Assistant Director for Career Development

Jill Roberts joined the CSO team after practicing in Chicago for over six years. Most recently, Jill practiced family, housing, and criminal records law at Cabrini Green Legal Aid. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago representing clients living in poverty in multiple areas of law as part of the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children. Before that, Jill completed a judicial clerkship with at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Detroit Immigration Court through the United States Department of Justice Honors Program. Jill earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana in 2005. She then graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2008 with a certificate in public interest law and is licensed in both Illinois and Michigan. In addition to providing general advising for students and alumni, Jill specializes in public service advising for students interested in careers in legal aid, government, non-profit, or any public interest position.

Maria Jandernoa Maria Jandernoa, Office Coordinator for Career Development

Before she joined the CSO team, Maria Jandernoa taught science and English at Waldron Elementary and Middle School in Fowler, Michigan. Maria has significant experience implementing technology in educational environments, including as a “technology trainer” at Waldron. Maria earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education, with certifications in integrated science and English, from Central Michigan University. As the Office Coordinator for Career Development, Maria helps direct students along the CSO career-development roadmap, coordinates programming and events, helps manage employer relations and recruiting on campus, helps manage the CSO’s social media, and helps implement systems, processes, and technology to improve the CSO team’s delivery of services and capture and utilize data.