Eric Bono is the Assistant Dean for Career Opportunities at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and has significant experience advising on a variety of careers including those in law firms, in-house legal departments, government agencies, and corporations. He has a number of professional contacts across all of these sectors. Dean Bono has also advised hundreds of students on state and federal judicial clerkships and has a large network of judges and judicial clerks.
Dean Bono has a diverse background practicing law and working in higher education. Dean Bono worked at the University of Colorado Law School from 2006 – 2011 where he served as the Director for the Private Sector and Judicial Clerkships in Colorado Law’s Office of Career Development. Before that, he practiced general litigation and employment law in Denver at the law firms of Holme Roberts & Owen and Baird & Kiovsky. Prior to law school, Dean Bono was an Admissions Counselor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and an Assistant Director of Admissions at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. In his spare time, Dean Bono enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and spending time with his family.
J.D. Ohio State University 2001
B.A. Denison University 1995 summa cum laude
Gayle Keahey rejoined the CDO in September 2017, bringing 13 years of private sector law practice with two large firms and 10 years of law and MBA career services experience working with thousands of students, alumni and employers across multiple employment sectors in both private and public sector. As Assistant Director for Private Sector Opportunities, Gayle focuses on connecting students to opportunities and careers with law firms, corporations, consulting and accounting firms, financial services companies, start-ups, and other private sector legal and business entities. Gayle will lead our On-Campus Interview Programs and develop strategic initiatives for expanding opportunities and employer relationships primarily in private sector.
During law school, Gayle was a Legal Research & Writing Instructor for 1L students, competed nationally as a member of the National Trial Advocacy Team, and was selected to the Order of Barristers. Gayle practiced civil litigation in Texas for 13 years, as an Associate and Participating Associate with Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in Houston and as an Associate and then Partner at Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox in Dallas. Before joining the CDO initially in 2007, Gayle also served as Director of Programs and Children’s & Family Ministries for a large church in Texas where she spearheaded numerous events, programs, teams, and volunteers.
From 2007-2014, Gayle served as Associate Director and Career Consultant at the Sturm College of Law’s Office of Career Development & Opportunities, where she advised students and alumni on a variety of career paths; managed the On-Campus Interview process and programs; served on our Judicial Clerkship Team; organized hundreds of career panels, programs and events; initiated a new student development program; and developed ongoing relationships with many legal and business employers to connect them with our students.
Prior to rejoining the CDO in September 2017, Gayle served for three years as Career & Talent Development Consultant and Lecturer for the McCombs School of Business MBA Career Management Team at the University of Texas at Austin. At UT she advised and coached full-time MBA students, with emphasis in the areas of Finance (Investment Banking, Investment Management, Corporate Finance), Healthcare, Real Estate, Energy, Private Equity, and Venture Capital; taught a strategic career planning course for first-year MBAs; conducted employer outreach and led student treks; and managed a large peer advisor program.
J.D. University of Oklahoma College of Law 1984, with honors
B.A. University of Denver 1981, Phi Beta Kappa
Elise Logemann is the Assistant Director for Public Service Career Opportunities. She has experience advising on a variety of public interest careers including those in government agencies, non-profits, and public interest firms. Having worked as a public defender, civil rights lawyer, and juvenile attorney in government, private, and non-profit settings, Elise has significant professional contacts in these areas in Colorado and nationally.
Elise began her career as a public defender with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where she represented juveniles and adults charged with felonies. She then joined the New York City law firm Beldock, Levine, and Hoffman, where she represented plaintiffs in civil rights lawsuits against the police department and the city. Elise then returned to Colorado, her home state, where she was a trial attorney in the Colorado Springs Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, before becoming the Executive Director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy and justice for all children in Colorado. Prior to joining the Office of Career Development & Opportunities, Elise went into private practice, representing juveniles charged with crimes in adult and juvenile court as Alternate Defense Counsel. Elise is the Chair of the Juvenile Section of the Colorado Bar Association and previously taught a Holistic Juvenile Defense Seminar for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
J.D. Harvard Law School, cum laude, 2008
B.A Northwestern University, summa cum laude, 2004
Colin’s role in the Career Development Office draws upon his expertise in the Symplicity job database as well as other technical areas, including database management, project management and system implementation. Though he initially started as the Systems Specialist for the CDO, his role has now expanded to serve all departments within the law school as the Business Intelligence Officer.
After completing college, Colin stayed at American University to start his career as a Web Developer for the International Students Office and eventually becoming the Manager of Information Technology for the AU Career Center. During his eight years in that position, Colin helped to launch the Symplicity system in the office and became the administrator. Colin was then hired to be a Systems Developer/Project Manager for American University’s I.T. department. His time there was short lived, however, as he decided to move out west to Denver in 2011 to work at the CDO. Outside of work, Colin is an avid soccer and football fan and enjoys going home to his homeland, Trinidad and Tobago.
B.A., Computer Information Systems, American University 2002
Kristi Lush has over ten years of private sector law practice experience coupled with two judicial clerkships on both the federal and state levels. At the CDO, Kristi strategizes with students and alumni on private sector career paths including those in law firms and corporations, judicial clerkships, networking, resume and cover letter drafting, interview skills, and more.
Kristi received her Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2006, where she was an editor and published author for the Washington University Law Review and was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team, winner of the International Hardy C. Dillard Competition for Best Brief on the national and international levels. After graduation, Kristi spent two years as a judicial law clerk—one year for the Honorable Whitney Rimel of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California and the second year for the Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. of the Missouri Supreme Court. Prior to joining the CDO, Kristi was an equity partner and chair of the marketing committee for a civil defense firm in Denver, was named a Colorado Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2014-2018, and has argued before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court resulting in published opinions. Kristi has held leadership positions with several bar associations, moderated and presented on a variety of panels, and authored a number of scholarly, legal articles.
In her free time, Kristi is an avid world traveler—having spent two years in Nagano City, Japan teaching English in a prestigious high school, and having studied Japanese language and culture since the age of eight. Kristi also enjoys trail running, wakeboarding, playing soccer, chasing her three children, photographing the beautiful outdoors of Colorado, and watching sappy Hallmark movies.
J.D., Washington University, Order of the Barristers, 2006
B.A. Washington University, 2001
Andrea Montague is a Career Consultant with a focus on public sector careers and judicial clerkships. Andrea has significant experience advising on careers in public defender offices, district attorney offices, government agencies, and non-profit organizations and she has also advised many students on state and federal judicial clerkships.
Originally from New York City, Andrea has a diverse background practicing law. Following law school graduation, she clerked for Judge Margaret Cammer of Brooklyn Civil Court where she worked on both criminal and civil cases, and then spent a year in New Zealand working for a barrister litigating product liability claims. Upon returning to the United States, Andrea worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and was a founding member of a state-wide educational lobbying organization. Prior to joining the Office of Career Development & Opportunities, Andrea worked for a small Denver law firm in the area of intergovernmental affairs and family law.
While in law school, Andrea was a recipient of the Edward A. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship, and interned at the National Organization for Women Legal Defense Fund. Andrea also interned at the Second Judicial Department, Appellate Term of the New York State Supreme Court, and the Sex Crimes Unit of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Andrea successfully competed in the Moot Court Honor Society’s Wagner Labor Law Competition and was also awarded the Carole Mehlman Gould Prize for her work as a law student in the area of women’s rights.
J.D. Brooklyn Law School 1989
B.A. George Washington University 1984
Expertise: Samantha is a career consultant with a focus on private sector employment opportunities. She has experience advising on a variety of private sector careers, and has contacts in both large and small firms in Denver.
Background: Prior to joining the CDO, Samantha practiced family law at several small firms in Denver. Originally from Ohio, Samantha made her way to Colorado for a summer externship with the Denver City Attorney’s Office, Prosecution & Code Enforcement Section. Following graduation, Samantha performed legal research and docketing at Holland & Hart, LLP before practicing family law. While in law school, Samantha served as an assistant editor on the Law Review, and her note, U.S. v. Mobley: Another Failure in Crime of Violence Analysis, was published in the Akron Law Review. Samantha was also a member of the Moot Court Family Law Competition Team, and was awarded the Ernest Karam Award for Academic Excellence. Samantha currently serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for the Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee (MDIC), and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.
J.D. University of Akron School of Law, magna cum laude
B.A. The Ohio State University, magna cum laude
Judy Stein, a 3rd generation Denver native, is a Career Consultant with the Office of Career Development & Opportunities at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and has significant experience advising on a variety of careers including those in government agencies and non-profits such as Offices of the Public Defender and District Attorney, City Attorney and County Attorney, Legal Services and Legal Aid Societies and other advocacy groups. She has significant professional contacts across all of these sectors. Judy has advised students on state and federal judicial clerkships and has a large network of judges and judicial clerks.
While in law school, Judy was a law clerk for the Appellate Division of the Colorado State Public Defender Office. After law school, Judy clerked for the Honorable Roxanne Bailin of the Twentieth Judicial District of Colorado in Boulder where she worked on civil and criminal cases. She then went to work as a Staff Attorney in the Family and Children’s Unit for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver, now known as Colorado Legal Services. Judy has also served on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations and worked as a pro bono attorney for The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. She joined the Office of Career Development & Opportunities at Denver Law in 2013.
J.D. University of Colorado School of Law, 1988
B.A with Honors, Northwestern University, 1984
Christine’s passion for higher education began as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego where she served as a student peer advisor, resident advisor, and student orientation coordinator earning her the Dean’s Service Award. After graduation, Christine began her professional career at UCSD in Dean’s office serving as a Program Manager. But her passion for social justice was not to be eclipsed and Christine left to pursue graduate work. During graduate school at New York University, Christine spent time working with some of the city’s most at risk populations as a foster care case manager as well as a pediatric social worker. Upon graduation, Christine returned to the west coast to serve as the marketing manager for a nonprofit clinic consortium. Feeling called back to higher education, Christine then went on to serve on faculty for a health science graduate programs and also served as the Manager of Academic Advising. Upon moving to Denver, her professional career took a turn and Christine served as the Director of Marketing for one of Denver’s top real estate teams for 15 years. The pull to higher education never left and most recently, Christine served as a sociology adjunct faculty member at another major Denver university. A life-long learner, Christine also pursued advanced life coach training with CoachU. Christine is passionate about equality of opportunity, Downton Abbey, and laughter.
Master of Social Work, New York University
Master of Science, Management, New York University
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of California, San Diego