Career Development Office
The Career Development Office offers career-related skills training and education to students and alumni of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Our mission is to assist our students in identifying and achieving their unique career goals. The Career Development Office provides students and alumni one-on-one counseling for resume and cover letter review and job search strategies in addition to mock interviews, classroom presentations, career fairs and many other events. Students and employers are connected through job postings and on-campus recruiting in the fall and spring. Our growing alumni and mentor networks serve as resources for students seeking employment in particular practice areas, organizations or regions.
The Career Development Office is located on the third floor of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, on the southwestern corner of the University of Utah campus. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. We can be reached at 801-581-7767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Team
Arturo A. Thompson, Assistant Dean of Career Development
Arturo Thompson joined the S.J. Quinney College of Law as the Assistant Dean of the Career Development Office in October of 2019. He has a B.A. from Dominican University in River Forrest, Illinois, and J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kansas. In law school he served on the Law Review, was editor of the Journal of Roman Law, and received awards for service and leadership. Arturo practiced in Phoenix, Arizona, focusing on commercial reorganization with the firms of Shugart Thomson & Kilroy, and Quarrels & Brady. He returned to KU Law as its Assistant Dean of Career Services in October of 2011, where he served in the role for eight years. He was the founding president of the president of the Federal Bar Association Chapter for the Districts of Kansas and Western Missouri, and is a member of numerous other bar and professional associations. He also serves on the ABA/NALP Employment Reporting Protocols Advisory Group, and various committees within the college of law.
James (Jim) Holbrook, Director of Special Projects
James Holbrook became the Interim Director of the Office in 2019. Professor Holbrook received a B.A. in 1966 from Grinnell College where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Honorary Fellowship. In 1968 he received an M.A. from Indiana University, which he attended as a National Science Foundation Fellow. He fought in combat in Vietnam in 1969, for which service he was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for Valor. In 1974 he received a J.D. from the University of Utah where he was an articles editor of the Journal of Contemporary Law. After law school, he clerked for the chief judge of the federal district court for Utah and later served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City.
Jaclyn Howell-Powers, Associate Director
Jaclyn Howell-Powers is the Associate Director for the Career Development Office. She joined the CDO in 2008. Prior to joining the college of law, she worked as a writer for the Deseret News and as a Deputy Clerk for the Second District Court of Utah. Jaclyn serves on several committees, both internal and external, and most recently the Committee on Resources for Self-Represented Parties with Utah State Courts. In 2018, she received the SJQ Barbara McFarlane Service Award. In 2019, Jaclyn completed the Masters of Legal Studies program at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and was named the MLS Outstanding Student-of-the-Year. Additionally, Jaclyn holds a Master’s in European History.
Heidi Smith, Career Counselor
Heidi Smith graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2019 and is currently working towards a Master’s in Accounting. As a student, Heidi worked for the Office of Chief Counsel for the IRS and Plant Christensen & Kanell. During school, she was the Student Bar Association 1L representative, the Career Development Office student Fellow, and was voted Ms. SJQ by her peers. She also participated in the Lassonde New Ventures clinic, the Low-Income Tax Clinic, and the school’s Pro Bono Initiative. Prior to law school, Heidi received her bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in Sign Language Interpreting.