• Marcia Lynn Sells, Esq., Dean of Students
• Jeffrey C. McNaught, Esq., Director of Student Affairs
• Lakshmi Clark-McClendon, Assistant Director of Student Services
• Louis Arcudi, Accessibility Services Assistant
• Chloe Bush, Sections and Events Coordinator
• Tracey-Ann Daley, Student Activities Coordinator
• Edgar Filho, Staff Assistant
• Louise O’Connell, Finance and Office Manager
• Mel Pelletier, Student Housing Coordinator
• Sheena Prosper, Student Journals Coordinator
• Stephanie Russo, Accessibility Services Associate
• Yvonne Smith, Administrative Coordinator, Board of Student Advisers
• Lizz Riggs, Online Coordinator
Marcia Sells is the Dean of Students. Sells received her J.D. from Columbia, and her BA from Barnard. Prior to returning to Columbia in 2002, she held a variety of high-level positions in academia, the private sector and public service, including: Vice President for Employee and Organizational Development at Reuters America; Vice President for Organizational Development & Human Resources and Vice President for Player Education and Development at the National Basketball Association; and Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
Jeff McNaught is the Director of Student Affairs. He oversees a range of activities from student organizations and journals, to moot court competitions, and housing/residential life. Jeff is responsible for the planning, implementation, and execution of campus-wide activities including Orientation, Commencement, conferences, and other events. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Jeff worked for Harvard University as a Facilities & Operations Manager, stationed at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, Jeff worked at Harvard Law School in the Office of Event Scheduling and Support; and practiced law at a local law firm in Melrose, MA. Jeff is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar. He received his law degree from New England Law | Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Lakshmi Clark-McClendon is the Assistant Director of Student Services. She is responsible for managing the facilitation of law student access to academic, co-curricular, and social activities at the University. Lakshmi oversees the coordination of disability-related accommodations for the Harvard Law School community, oversees wellness programming, coordinates diversity and inclusion programming in the Dean of Students Office, and is the primary contact for law student emergency or illness. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, she worked at New York University’s Moses Center for Students with Disabilities. She has a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University.
As the Accessibility Services Assistant, Louis Arcudi provides services and support to ensure that all students are able to access and participate in the opportunities at Harvard Law School. Louis specializes in adaptive technology, specifically providing electronic versions of course materials, access to course content, and emerging technologies in the disability field. In addition to providing disability services, Louis coordinates HLS Wellness, an initiative that promotes academic, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social wellbeing through comprehensive programming. Louis received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
As Sections and Events Coordinator, Chloe oversees the 1L Program, coordinating all activities and events with Faculty Section leaders and Section Social Committees. In addition, she manages all graphic design for the Dean of Students Office, Student Organizations, and Student Journals. Chloe is also the primary contact for DOS event support. Originally from the Chicago area, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University. Outside of HLS, Chloe enjoys exploring new cities, new hot spots and planning for retirement.
Tracey is a familiar face in the Dean of Students Office. Although she is now the Student Activities Coordinator mainly advising and supporting our student leaders in their co-curricular and extracurricular activities, she is always there with a ready smile and available to help. Tracey earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston and working in the Athletics Department at MIT. She is no stranger to the Boston area so you can pick her brain on interesting places to go in the city. Feel free to test her on any sports, movie or music trivia.
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Edgar works at the front desk of the Dean of Students Office and is the liaison for all DOS emails, phone calls and in-person requests. He also assists with various DOS events and activities. Working at Harvard University since 2003, he recently joined DOS after 2 years in Landscape Services and 8 years in HLS Facilities Management. Edgar has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is certified as a Medical Interpreter. He is originally from Guaira-PR, Brazil and enjoys movies, bicycling and exploring the United States.
Louise O’Connell is the Finance and Office Manager for the Dean of Students. She is responsible for monitoring all DOS financial transactions and managing all DOS budgets. She forecasts expenditures for departments, organizations, journals, the First Year Program and the Board of Student Advisers. Other responsibilities include cash, checks, credit card sales, reimbursements and invoices. Louise has worked at Harvard University for 25 years and has a great deal of knowledge of financial applications and policies. She has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Louise enjoys the outdoors.
Mel Pelletier is the Student Housing Coordinator in the HLS Dean of Students Office. She oversees all aspects of housing on campus including the lottery, move in and move out logistics, and billing. She also works with her amazing team of resident advisors to make sure that each dorm is a pleasant and respectful place to be on a daily basis. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Mel traveled the Northeast working in college housing at institutions such as Iona College, Boston University, and the New England Institute of Art. She has a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Literature from Clark University. While Mel is always reachable to manage housing, she is also an avid Red Sox fan and an artist.
As the Student Journals Coordinator, Sheena oversees the journals operation and the publications cycle for 17 Law Journals. In addition, Sheena manages the journals finances and helps coordinate journals symposia and events. She is known to create a fun and friendly environment where the Student Journals staff can feel free to inquire about any journals related issues. In 2003 Sheena joined the University by working in Financial Administration and began her HLS career in the Financial Office before moving to the Dean of Students Office in 2008. Sheena has an A.S. in Human Resources Management, a B.S. in Political Science and a certificate in Business Administration
Click here to visit the HLS Student Journals page.
Stephanie Russo is the Accessibility Services Associate in the Dean of Students Office. She works with the Assistant Director of Student Services to provide disability and housing accommodations. Additionally, she helps to provide support to HLS students during mental, physical, and emotional emergencies. Stephanie is dedicated to creating a welcoming and supportive environment and believes that no question is too small. She earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs at Salem State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and English at Stonehill College.
Yvonne Smith manages the Board of Student Advisers (BSA). The BSA is a student organization charged with providing several essential services to the Harvard Law School community. The members of the BSA serve as teaching assistants in the First Year Legal Research and Writing Program, and as academic and pastoral advisers to members of the first-year class. Yvonne oversees and monitors and manages the committees that perform the functions of the BSA, including Upper Round Ames, Orientation, First Year Ames, Williston and Course Evaluations. Yvonne has worked at Harvard Law School since 1987.
Lizz is the Online Coordinator in the Dean of Students Office. She trains and supports students in maintaining and editing the student journal and student organization websites, and assists in any marketing efforts of the groups. In addition, she maintains the student services portion of the HLS website and acts as the online liaison to many other departments on campus. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Lizz has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Appalachian State University.