About us

About Us

Jess Hofberger, Director
Jess Hofberger became Director of the Office in December, 2012. Jess received his J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2004. Following graduation he worked in Boise for Meuleman & Mollerup practicing in construction-related litigation, served as an Army Reservist in Operation Enduring Freedom, clerked for Justice Ronald Nehring of the Utah Supreme Court, practiced commercial litigation for Anderson Karrenberg, PC, in Salt Lake City, and served as Labor Counsel for the U.S. Army in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He received an undergraduate degree in insurance and risk management from the University of Wisconsin as the distinguished military graduate of 1996.

Jaclyn Powers, Career Counselor
Jaclyn Howell-Powers is a Career Counselor and joined the Professional Development Office in 2008. Prior to joining the college of law, she worked as a writer for the NIE section of the Deseret News and holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in European History. Her favorite part of career counseling is getting to know the students and watching them succeed professionally. Her guilty pleasures include browsing bookstores, watching horror flicks, and spending time with her two unruly dachshunds.

Megan Green, Career Counselor
Megan has been a career counselor since May 2012. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. Following law school, Megan clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Monti Belot in Wichita, Kansas, and then for Judge Mary Briscoe of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Following her clerkships, Megan practiced employment litigation with a Kansas City law firm. Prior to joining the Professional Development Office, Megan worked for several years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in its Capital Habeas Unit, first in Phoenix and then here in Salt Lake City.

Heidi Smith, Professional Development Fellow
Heidi is in her second year of law school and is also working towards a Master’s in Accounting. She was the SBA 1L representative last year and is a great point of contact if you need help planning an event or getting to know people. Prior to law school, Heidi received her bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in Sign Language Interpreting. She previously worked as a financial planner and a Veteran Affairs Certifying Official. Her one piece of advice to the 1Ls is to keep up an exercise routine or you might end up having to buy bigger pants halfway through the year (not that she’s speaking from experience…).