Meet the Career Development Team

Karen KowalskiKaren Kowalski

Assistant Dean Career Development

Assistant Dean Karen Kowalski focuses on developing and implementing strategies to expand career opportunities for students and alumni, including assessing trends and changes in the legal market, strategies to address them, and enhancing relationships with public and private employers in Arizona and nationally. Prior to joining Arizona Law, Karen served as a Managing Director in the Chicago office of the largest and oldest international legal search firm, Major, Lindsey & Africa. She counseled attorneys of all experience levels regarding job opportunities and achievement of career objectives. Her job at Major, Lindsey & Africa required her to stay current with the ever-evolving legal marketplace by monitoring national and global business trends, changes in legal disciplines and organizational cultures, and trends in attorney hiring. Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Karen was a partner at the international law firm, Winston & Strawn LLP, specializing in federal and state tax law. She holds a law degree from DePaul University College of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and article and note editor for the DePaul Law Review. She also received an LL.M. in taxation, with honors, from Georgetown University Law Center. Karen serves as the Law College's liaison to the Board of Directors for the Pima County Bar Association.

Leah WonLeah Won

Assistant Dean for Employer Outreach

Assistant Dean Leah Won counsels Arizona Law students and alumni in career development and partners with employers to develop opportunities for the Arizona Law community.  Based in Phoenix, Leah connects Arizona Law students and alumni to one of the largest legal markets in the west, while supporting Arizona Law graduates in local, regional, and national job searches. Leah is a native Tucsonan and 2005 graduate of Arizona Law. She practiced education law in California, representing public agencies in both private and government practice, including as deputy general counsel for San Francisco Unified School District.  Leah advised clients on the full range of legal issues encountered by public bodies, and specialized in the areas of labor and employment, charter schools, and board governance. Leah received her B.A. from Stanford University and is a former elementary school teacher with Teach For America.

Shannon TrebbeShannon Trebbe

Senior Director

Senior Director Shannon Trebbe advises students seeking post-graduate judicial clerkships as well as Arizona Law's second-year students. Shannon utilizes her experience as a judicial law clerk and as a member of the hiring committee as a large international law firm to assist students in applying for post-graduate judicial clerkships and other legal positions. Prior to joining Arizona Law, Shannon was an appellate attorney with Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and she was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Daniel A. Barker (now retired) of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Shannon graduated summa cum laude from Arizona Law, where she was a member of Order of the Coif, Arizona Law Review, and the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition moot court team. Shannon was also on the founding board of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Arizona Law's environmental-law journal.

Lissette Calderón

Director of International Student Success

Director of International Student Success, Lissette Calderón, advises Arizona Law’s international students. Lissette has been working with the Arizona Law community for more than a decade, and leverages her skills working with students, most recently as Registrar of the College of Law, to best position both international students and other students who are interested in international opportunities for success. Lissette has worked in the legal field for most of her career. Before coming to Arizona Law, Lissette was Judicial Assistant for the late Honorable Alfredo C. Marquez, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. She is also a University of Arizona alum, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Science, in 2011. Lissette is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, and also some Portuguese and French.

Matt Lehrer

Career Counselor

Career Counselor Matt Lehrer advises Arizona Law’s third year students. Matt utilizes his prior career experience to assist JD and LLM students with navigating the job search process. Prior to joining Arizona Law, Matt was a Career Counselor at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Before entering the career counseling field, Matt worked in the Nonprofit Sector, raising over $50,000,000 for nonprofit organizations over the course of his career with community foundations, and as a consultant. He also cultivated relationships with and developed professional education programs for attorneys, CPAs and other financial and business professionals. Matt's legal career culminated in working with the prestigious Tucson firm of Leonard, Felker, Allfeld and Battaile, PC, representing clients in real estate and business transactions, and in the litigation of real estate, insurance and complex commercial matters. He received his JD from the University of San Diego in 1987. Matt graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1984. Matt co-authhored "Legacies for Libraries, a Practical Guide to Planned Giving," published by the American Library Association, in 2000.

Katie BeringsonKatie Beringson

Career Counselor
(520) 621-5060

Career Counselor Katie Beringson primarily advises Arizona Law’s first year students. Katie provides career and professional development programs and tailored career planning advice to a diverse student body with a focus on launching students into their legal career. Katie utilizes her prior legal experience to assist students with executing their job search plans and focusing on their professional development. Katie was an Admissions Counselor at Arizona Law and previously worked at Superior and Juvenile Court as well as the County Attorney’s Office. Katie has her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Arizona State University and currently obtaining her Master’s Degree in Higher Education through Arizona State University.

Shannon WalkerShannon Walker

Administrative Associate

Shannon Walker is the Administrative Associate in the Career Development Office of the James E. Rogers College of Law. She is the "nerve center" of the CDO, supporting the CDO staff as they work to obtain employment opportunities for the College's students. Shannon is a native Tucsonan and University of Arizona graduate, having obtained her dual degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University in 2013. Shannon joins the CDO after spending several years working as a data analyst on behalf of a major technology company.



Career Development Office

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law,
1201 E. Speedway, Tucson, Arizona 85721
(520) 621-7668