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.
Beth Wickwire, Interim Assistant Dean for Career Development
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.
Deborah Almasy, Manager of Office Administration and Technology
Deborah Almasy came to the CSO after working in education as an English and Journalism teacher in Lakewood, Michigan, and in leadership and administration at a large Lansing church. Deborah's Bachelor and Master degrees were both earned at Michigan State University. As the Manager of Office Administration and Technology, Deborah is responsible for overseeing the support structure for the office including the budget, job bank, and database management, technology coordination and implementation, professional development planning, and continuous improvement of office processes and procedures.
Mary Bowen, Assistant Director for Career Development
Mary Bowen joins the CSO team after seven years of private practice experience. Mary practiced criminal law and civil litigation as a sole practitioner. Prior to relaunching her solo practice, Mary worked as an Associate Attorney for a general practice firm in Lansing, Michigan. Mary received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2004, with minors in Technical Writing and Women and Gender Studies, from the University of Michigan-Flint. Mary graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2008 with a health law concentration. Mary is licensed to practice law in Michigan and is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association. Mary serves as the liaison between the Alumni Association and CSO. Mary advises students interested in careers in private practice and Indian law.
Maria Jandernoa, Manager of Professional Development & Programming
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.
Julie Klomp, Administrative Assistant
Julie Klomp joins the CSO team following a career in education. She has experience teaching at the high school and community college levels and most recently served as a high school principal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with certifications in English and History from Michigan State University. In 2006, she earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary School Administration from Central Michigan University. Julie has a passion for assisting students as they strive to reach their educational and career goals. Her role as an Administrative Assistant with CSO will allow her to continue this work.
Amy Krieg, Assistant Director for Career Development
Amy Krieg concentrated her work in civil litigation prior to joining the CSO team. Most recently, she worked at Burchfield, Park & Pollesch, P.C., a small firm in mid-Michigan where she worked in a wide variety of practice areas including real estate, family law, business, probate and estate planning. She received her B.A. from Albion College in Anthropology and Sociology and her J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego. After graduating she practiced insurance defense in Las Vegas for approximately one year. She is licensed to practice in Nevada and Michigan. She is excited to assist students and alumni in their search for a career which matches their passions and skills.
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.