Contact CDO

Career Development Office

2nd floor – 200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-565-4619
Office Hours: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Drop-In Counseling Hours:

8:30-10:30 a.m.10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
3:00-5:00 p.m.3:00-5:00 p.m.3:00-5:00 p.m.3:00-5:00 p.m.

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Our Staff

Fairuz Abdullah
Director of Employer Relations
(415) 581-8867; 
e-mail Fairuz

Fairuz is a certified Co-Active coach, a Myers Briggs Training Instructor (MBTI), and a certified Federal Government Advisor. She brings career development expertise, emotional intelligence and diverse professional experiences to her work. She has spent her legal career helping the underserved and her professional development career guiding students and alumni to achieve their career and life goals. As an attorney, Fairuz advocated for indigent and low income clients as a Family Law and Juvenile Dependency Law attorney. Prior to becoming a member of the bar in 2006, she worked at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good where she studied the public policy impact of arbitration clauses and alternative dispute resolution processes on consumers in California. In her current role, she designs professional development workshops, seminars and trainings with a focus on public service and social justice careers, solo practice, judicial clerkships, post-graduate fellowships and career transitions. She has been invited to speak at conferences on a number of career advancement topics, including microaggressions, bias and bad behavior and advising public service grads. Fairuz is committed to diversity issues in the legal field and has served on the boards of minority bar associations and nonprofits. She received her B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Santa Cruz and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Darell Alforte
Senior Recruiting and Communications Coordinator
(415) 703-8261; 
e-mail Darell

Darell acts as the bridge between employers and students/alums; please feel free to contact him for information about posting a position, the Early Interview Program, and other recruiting opportunities. Darell holds a B.S. from San Francisco State University. During his time at San Francisco State, he worked for the Student Outreach Services office as a campus tour guide and has then explored his affinity for student outreach and advising. Shortly after, he worked for a local nonprofit that provides college access services to high school students from low-income communities. Now at UC Hastings, Darell is excited to be involved in helping UC Hastings students/alums be key players in the law profession.

Gabriel Bellman
Director of Graduate Advising
(415) 565-4714; e-mail Gabriel

Gabriel primarily focuses on supporting each year’s graduating class. Before becoming an attorney and mediator, Gabriel helped start several award-winning television series for MTV and directed feature films and music videos. He brings extensive litigation experience settling cases as an attorney representing both defendants and plaintiffs and as a panel mediator for the Bar Association of San Francisco. He started his legal career at York, Hanawalt, and Brock before starting his own firm. He mediates cases for the SF Department of Police Accountability, resolving disputes between citizens and police officers, and he serves as a volunteer arbitrator for SF Human Services homeless shelters. While at UC Hastings, Gabriel completed the Group Justice Clinic, working with female prisoners. He also worked for the SF Public Defender’s Office, the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of Legal Affairs, and he has been a volunteer attorney for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel for over 13 years. Gabriel received his B.A. from the USC Film School, his M.A. in Social Thought from NYU, and his JD from UC Hastings. He studied Irish Film at Trinity College in Dublin, and painting in Madrid’s Prado Museum.

Koreen Kelleher
Director of the Alumni Mentor Program
(415) 565-4826; e-mail Koreen

Koreen Kelleher is a UC Hastings alumna (’85) who has worked in both legal and JD-related positions during her career in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She also worked with the CDO at mid-career, assisting 3Ls and recent graduates and promoting UC Hastings to employers. She is delighted to be back on campus as the new Director of the Alumni Mentor Program. Koreen most recently served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the UC Office of the President, where she analyzed and recommended UC policy engagement on relevant California legislation. She formerly served as Assistant General Counsel for the League of California Cities, where she helped advise the lobbying team and staffed the League’s legal advocacy program. She worked in that capacity with outside pro bono counsel on League amicus briefs filed in the California Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. Koreen was also an Associate with a healthcare law firm immediately following UC Hastings graduation, and then worked for the Palo Alto City Attorney’s Office as an Assistant/Senior Assistant City Attorney. She later served as General Counsel for Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada.

Amy Kimmel
Assistant Dean for the Career Development Office
(415) 565-4837; e-mail Amy

Amy cultivates and strengthens relationships with employers on behalf of UC Hastings’ students and alumni through large scale programs and individual engagement. She also advises LLM students on professional development, the US legal market and bar admissions requirements. After her graduation from UC Hastings in 2001, Amy was a partner in a small firm in Oakland with a diverse civil litigation practice. While at UC Hastings, Amy was a Senior Symposium Editor and note contributor for the Hastings Law Journal as well as a board member of Clara Foltz Feminist Association; she also participated in many other scholarly and fun activities on campus. She received her B.A. in Journalism from University of Oregon.

Alfred Si
Senior Administrative Assistant
(415) 565-4619; email Alfred

Alfred supports the day-to-day operations of the Career Development Office, and provides administrative and technical support to students and alumni for their career and professional development. He also serves as the primary logistical support for events and activities throughout the year. Raised in San Francisco, Alfred received his B.S. in Biology from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining UC Hastings, he was involved in research projects at UCSF and also worked at USF as a lab manager. His experience as a director at Sylvan Learning, where he managed multiple academic programs and taught all subjects to students spanning from pre-kindergarten to disadvantaged young adults, has directed him to a career in higher education administration. Alfred’s goal at UC Hastings is to help students and alumni establish successful careers in the legal profession so that they can maximize their impact on the world.