Director of Career Development
- J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- M.A., Duke University
- B.A. (with highest distinction), University of Virginia
Counseling Focus: Law Firms (Litigation/Appellate), Judicial Clerkships, Diversity
Drop-In hours: Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Maria joined the CDO in January 2005. She counsels students and alumni on all aspects of job searching and career development. She is especially interested in working with students who plan to work in small and medium sized firms in North Carolina, students considering judicial clerkships, women's career issues, and working with those who are members of groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
Since graduating from Carolina Law in 1982, Maria has served as a staff attorney at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, practiced with small firms in Raleigh and Durham, and worked at Duke Law School in the Office of Career Services and on the faculty as a Legal Writing instructor. She is a past president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, was on the Board of Directors of NC LEAF from 2005-2012, serves on the board of the North Carolina Gay Advocacy Legal Alliance, and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee. In 2008-2009 she co-chaired that committee's Summer Associates Program subcommittee. She is currently serving as President of the Susie Sharp Inn of Court in Raleigh (2011-2013). She and her husband, Durham attorney Dan Read '83, have two children, both of whom graduated from Chapel Hill.