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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 and professor in residence

Dan Linna brings extensive experience in private law practice and experience as an adjunct faculty member teaching a course in Litigation for 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.

Shawn Calabrese Shawn Calabrese, associate director

Shawn Calabrese joined the CSO team in 2013 after practicing in courts throughout Michigan for a Lansing-area law firm. A 2010 graduate of MSU Law, Shawn also earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Ithaca College. Shawn facilitates student participation in a number of practitioner and alumni activities. He coordinates programs like the practitioner-student mentor program, bi-annual swearing in ceremonies, and the MSU Law Alumni Reception at the State Bar of Michigan annual meeting. Shawn actively participates in local, state, and nationwide bar association events and assists students and alumni from the MSU Law Indigenous Law & Policy Center.

Paul Edwards Paul Edwards, associate director

Paul Edwards joined MSU Law in 2003. Previously, he worked as an attorney at the University of Michigan General Counsel’s Office and before that as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County. Paul earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a master’s degree in education from MSU. In addition to student and alumni advising and programming, Paul works closely with students pursuing judicial clerkships, and assists faculty serving as recommends by managing letters of recommendation in the OSCAR system. Paul teaches the research segment of the first-year Research Writing and Analysis course as an adjunct faculty member.

Kristen Hinz Kristen Hintz, associate director

Kristen Hintz joined the CSO team in 2010. Before that, she worked at the MSU Eli Broad College of Business advising MBA students pursuing careers in supply chain management. She participated in employer relation efforts at the business college for more than 10 years. Kristen is a certified resume writer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Hope College and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. Kristen coordinates career related program including the fall and spring mock interview programs, manages the Presidential Management Fellowship process, and assists students interested in intellectual property law.

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.

Naomi Gaynor Neilsen Naomi Gaynor Neilsen, associate director
Naomi Gaynor Neilsen
Naomi Gaynor Neilsen joined the CSO team in 2004. She worked for the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division immediately following law school and then a small firm specializing in municipal law. Before attending law school, Naomi worked in human resources for a Fortune 200 company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social science and political science and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations, both from Michigan State University. Naomi earned her J.D. from MSU Law. In addition to student and alumni counseling and programming, Naomi works closely with students pursuing externships through the Law College’s Externship Program, the Washington DC Spring Semester Program, and the Talsky International Externship Program.

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