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Contact the Office of Student Affairs & Career Strategies

The Office of Student Affairs & Career Strategies is open Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Heather Harrigan

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Career Strategies

Heather Harrigan
Room 2502B
(505) 277-1001

Heather Harrigan, Esq.

JD University of Virginia, 2004
MEd University of Virginia, 2001

Heather Harrigan, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and has a Master’s degree in education. After graduation from law school, she practiced in the Washington D.C. area as an associate in the Private Wealth Services group of McGuireWoo ds LLP. She then served as a recruiting coordinator for the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins LLP followed by a position at the University of San Diego School of Law’s Office of Career Services. Ms. Harrigan is now the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she is responsible for student and alumni advising and programming, employer outreach and recruitment initiatives, and the collection and reporting of employment statistics.

Ms. Harrigan’s experiences as a practicing attorney, legal recruiter, and career services professional allow her to offer meaningful and insightful guidance regarding the legal industry to students and alumni.

Beth Kaimowitz

Director of Academic Success

Beth Kaimowitz
Office: 2502C
Phone: (505) 277-0886

Beth Kaimowitz, JD

JD University of New Mexico, 1987
BA University of New Mexico, 1984

Beth Kaimowitz is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. In law school, she worked as a legal analysis tutor, a law clerk for a civil litigation firm, and a research assistant for the Institute of Public Law. After law school, she worked for the United States Department of Labor in Los Angeles, CA, the New Mexico Human Services Department in Santa Fe, NM, and for the Albuquerque Branch Library of the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has over fifteen years of experience working at the University of New Mexico in academic support, health sciences, and library research and instruction. Ms. Kaimowitz worked for five years at the University of New Mexico Center for Academic Program Support, where her research interests focused on critical thinking, educational diversity, and collaborative learning.

As Director of Academic Success at the University of New Mexico School of Law, Ms. Kaimowitz is responsible for academic success programs aimed to improve students’ academic performance and success on the bar examination, in preparation for the practice of law. Ms. Kaimowitz’s experience with law practice, legal analysis, and academic support allow her to provide a range of academic success services tailored to diverse students’ needs.

James Simermeyer

Associate Director of Diversity and Public Interest

James Simermeyer
Room 2524
(505) 277-0620

James M. Simermeyer

JD University of New Mexico, 2014
BA Dartmouth College, 2001

James Simermeyer, a member of the Coharie Tribe, was raised in Baltimore, MD. Growing up James spent summers and holiday breaks traveling with his parents, two brothers and sister to spend time with extended family in Eastern North Carolina, New York and Northern New Mexico. Those connections to family and community were some of the most important influences on James’ upbringing.

James is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. He brings a diverse range of experiences working with community, youth and the justice system. Prior to law school James served the historic neighborhoods of downtown Albuquerque as a program coordinator for United South Broadway Corporation. James then developed community based athletics and extracurricular activities at the Native American Community Academy working through the UNM Community Engagement Center. After law school James worked in the Office of the Public Defender for the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona, as a juvenile public defender, representing youth in Tribal Juvenile Court. In that position James co-facilitated a multidisciplinary committee to explore and develop juvenile diversion practices and programs.

James is excited to return to University of New Mexico School of Law as Assistant Director of Diversity and Public Interest. His diverse background and work in community development are an asset to help the UNM School of Law’s commitment to increase diversity in the legal profession. James is determined to meet the goals of UNM’s diversity initiatives through strengthening the recruitment pipelines to law school and expanding the network of diversity in employment opportunities throughout New Mexico’s legal community.

James has had a lacrosse stick in his hands since the age of four and never plans to put it down. James is also an avid comic book reader and co-founder of the Native Comic Book Society.

Program Coordinator of Student Affairs & Career Strategies

Desirae Ramirez
Room 2502
(505) 277-7093


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