Mark Weber, Assistant Dean for Career Services
Kirsten Solberg, Associate Director and Director of Judicial Clerkships
Jason McCann, Associate Director of Career Services
Margie Boone, Assistant Director and Director of Alumni Advising & Professional Development
Yih-hsien Shen, Assistant Director and Director for J.D. Advising
Marjorie Lichtenberger, Assistant Director and Director of International Advising
Sara Dana, Assistant Director and Director of Communications
Helen Long, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising & Strategic Planning
Betsy DiPardo, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Dena Sacco, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Ann Scibelli, Visiting J.D. and Alumni Advisor
Lisa Terrasi, Assistant Director and Director of Recruitment and Operations
Cassandra Filios, Communications and Special Projects Coordinator
Stacey Wilbur, Recruitment & Office Specialist
Paula Garvin, Front Desk and Program Coordinator
Assistant Dean for Career Services
Mark has more than 20 years of experience counseling and advising students and attorneys about their careers. Before becoming the Assistant Dean for Career Services at Harvard Law School in 2000, he held that role at the University of Illinois College of Law, his alma mater. Mark is an active member of NALP, the National Association for Law Placement and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization including serving on the Board of Directors and the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee, and chairing the Nominating Committee. In addition to his experience in higher education, Mark practiced law at a mid-sized firm in Chicago where he focused on tax, corporate and bankruptcy matters and worked in the tax department of a Big Four public accounting firm. Mark is also a CPA and received his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois.
Associate Director of Career Services and Director of Judicial Clerkships
Kirsten focuses on advising students and alumni seeking judicial clerkships. She was the principal architect of two clerkship computer systems created for Harvard and subsequently marketed nationwide by Micron Systems and Symplicity. She also was involved in the development of the national Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”) and previously chaired the Judicial Clerkship Section of NALP, the National Association for Law Placement. Before coming to Harvard, Kirsten taught legal research and writing at another law school, practiced law with a focus on employee benefits and healthcare at a large corporate firm, clerked for a federal district court judge, and interned at a small civil-rights law firm. She has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in economics from Haverford College.
Associate Director of Career Services
Jason advises and creates programs and resources for JD students. He worked for several years in the London and New York offices of Dewey & LeBoeuf as a corporate finance associate with a practice focused on securities regulation, capital markets and insurance regulatory law. Jason left Dewey to work in legal career services. Prior to joining OCS, he was Assistant Director in the Office of Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law. He received a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies from George Washington University and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law- Newark, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Review. Jason also has a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. He commutes to Cambridge by commuter ferry from Hull in the South Shore.
Assistant Director and Director of Alumni Advising & Professional Development
Margie joined OCS in 2000 after working for many years as an employment litigator and counselor in Boston at both large and small law firms and in the General Counsel’s office of a large university. From 2007 – 2010 Margie developed the Career Guidance program at Ropes & Gray in Boston where she helped to grow and manage the firm’s flex time program as well as collaborate with department heads, partners and associates to serve as a career advisor to associates across all offices. Margie also developed her own consulting practice, working with large Boston firms on associate career issues. For several years prior to law school, Margie worked in the Development Office for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She received her B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law where she enjoyed legal internships in the General Counsel’s office at National Public Radio in Washington DC, the Federal Public Defender Office in Boston, and 2 large Boston law firms. She lives in Newton with her family.
Assistant Director and Director for J.D. Advising
Yih-hsien has been an advisor in the Office of Career Services since 2002. She has also served as a reader with the Law School Admissions Office. She received an A.B. in History from Columbia College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1995. While a student at HLS, she served as co-chair of APALSA and an Executive Editor of the Women’s Law Journal (now the Harvard Journal on Law & Gender). After HLS, she practiced for three years in both the corporate and litigation departments at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and then worked as in-house counsel to a life insurance company in Baltimore, where she managed the company’s litigation and advised on employment issues. Yih-hsien also holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College. A resident of Cambridge, Yih-hsien is passionate about her family, the New York Yankees, and good food.
Assistant Director and Director of International Advising
Marjorie joined OCS in July 2014. She advises and directs programs for LL.M. and J.D. students. Previously, she advised students and alumni seeking judicial clerkships. She received her B.A. from Princeton University, and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where she was an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar and a member of the Public Interest Law Journal. For a number of years, Marjorie was engaged in private practice in the Boston office of a national law firm, and she subsequently served as a staff attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She previously taught legal research and writing at Boston University School of Law, where she was also an attorney-advisor providing career advice on a variety of topics. She lives in Somerville with her family and two Labrador Retrievers.
Assistant Director and Director of Communications
Prior to joining OCS, Sara was an Associate Director in the Office of Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law where she headed the private sector section of the office. Sara transitioned to law school career services after practicing for several years as a real estate associate in the Boston office of an international law firm, where she also worked extensively with the Public Finance and Environmental groups. Sara graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, magna cum laude, where she served as the Articles Editor for the Florida Law Review. Prior to law school, Sara received her M.S. in Counseling from Northeastern University and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, watching Florida Gator football, and running marathons and half marathons.
Assistant Director for J.D. Advising & Strategic Planning
Helen is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Pennsylvania law school and started her career practicing as a litigator with large law firms in New York and Boston. Deciding to make the first of several career adjustments, she returned to school to pursue a degree in business and spent several years in higher education teaching organizational behavior and leadership to undergraduates. She subsequently moved into law school career services, first as a career adviser at Harvard Law School and then to Boston University School of Law where she led the career office. Most recently she was director of recruiting for Ropes & Gray from 2009-2016 where she led the firm’s global recruitment efforts, and prior to joining Ropes & Gray she was the Director of Recruiting at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. With her extensive experience at two of the nation’s leading law firms, she is keenly aware of the issues facing law firms and is eager to share her experience and knowledge with students and alumni as they plan and manage their legal careers. She is the mother of three grown Millenials, none of whom, unaccountably, chose to become an attorney. She lives with her husband, an HLS graduate who is now a judge, in Union Square, Somerville (aka the Brooklyn of Boston).
Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Betsy specializes in advising students and alumni interested in judicial clerkships. Before joining OCS, Betsy was the Assistant Director for Judicial Clerkships and the Private Sector at Boston University School of Law. She also clerked for the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and worked as an associate at a large Boston law firm. She earned her B.A. from Boston College and J.D. from Boston College Law School. Additionally, she served as Secretary of the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association for the 2015-2016 season and is serving as President for the 2016-2017 season.
Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Dena Sacco joined OCS in July 2017 and advises JD students. Dena earned her B.A from Yale in 1990, her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1993, and an LL.M. in European Community law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium in 1994. Dena began her legal career as an associate in the employment law department at Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., where she had spent her 2L summer. She then served in the Federal government, at The United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC as a Counsel in the Office of Policy Development and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, where she handled child exploitation cases, gun cases involving domestic violence, and civil asset forfeiture cases. Upon leaving the federal government, Dena returned to HLS, where she has worked across many departments, as a Senior Researcher with the Youth and Media Project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, an Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor in the Cyberlaw Clinic, a Lecturer in the Graduate and First Year Legal Research & Writing Programs, and an attorney advisor in the Office of Public Interest Advising. While a student at HLS, Dena was an editor of the International Law Journal, a member of the Women’s Law Association, and spent her 1L summer working in Paris at Moquet, Borde et Associés.
Visiting J.D. and Alumni Advisor
Ann has had a varied career, working in law firms, government and business as in-house counsel before becoming an advisor at OCS. She received a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. After graduation, Ann joined Chadbourne & Parke in New York City, where she had worked as a summer associate. She was a member of the firm’s employment and litigation departments. Two years later, Ann returned to Boston as an associate, and later, junior partner, at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale). Ann left Hale and Dorr to take a position as Assistant Chief of Staff to Governor William Weld. She also worked in the Paul Cellucci administration for a year before returning to the practice of law at The Timberland Company, where she was Assistant General Counsel for Employment Matters.
Amanda First is a 3L at HLS. She graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a degree in English. Before law school, she worked for three years as a magazine editor at Rodale, Inc. and Condé Nast publications. At HLS, Amanda is a senior editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, a member of the Women’s Law Association, and the Outreach Director of the HLS Democrats. As a 2L, she participated in the HLS Capital Punishment Clinic. She interned for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in the summer of 2016, and worked as a summer associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York in 2017. She likes to run and has a very adorable tabby cat named TJ.
Jin Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, but was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He double majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. Before law school, he worked as a management consultant for 4 years–2 years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and 2 years as an internal strategy consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). In addition to being an OCS Peer Advisor, Jin is on the Board of Student Advisers and a research assistant to Professor Deborah Anker. He split his 2L summer between the DC offices of Paul, Weiss and Hogan Lovells. After law school, Jin will be clerking for Judge Naomi R. Buchwald in the Southern District of New York.
Rachael is a 3L at HLS. She graduated from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 2013. After she graduated from Cornell, Rachael worked for UBS in its Human Resources Graduate Training Program. As part of the program, she rotated to each HR business function including compensation and campus recruiting. Here at HLS, Rachael is an executive content editor for the Journal of Law and Gender and a research assistant for Professors Henry Smith and John Goldberg who are in the process of drafting the Restatement (Fourth) of Property. Rachael interned for the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining after her 1L year and was a summer associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City. Rachael enjoys exercising and staying involved with Cornell alumni programming as the bi-monthly Class Notes columnist for the Cornell Alumni Magazine.
To contact the peer advisors, please obtain their emails using the student directory.
Assistant Director and Director of Recruitment and Operations
Lisa joined OCS in June 2016 with 10 years of experience in Law School Administration. She worked in the Office of Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law as the Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Outcomes and the Recruitment and Operations Manager before that. She served as the Financial Aid Assistant in Student Financial Services at Harvard Law School and prior to that, she was the Program Coordinator in the Student Affairs Office at Boston University School of Law. She received her B.A. in International Relations and her Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from Boston University. She served as the President of the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association (MALRA) for the 2015–2016 season. At OCS, Lisa focuses on managing all recruitment programs, leading the OCS Administrative Team, employment data, and employer relations.
Communications and Special Projects Coordinator
Cassie manages the online communication structure for the office, including the website, blog, and podcasts and webcasts. Cassie also provides support for clerkship applications and special events, such as the Masterclass and Market Mixer programs. Prior to joining OCS, Cassie worked at Simmons College as a project manager for admission publications, and before that she worked at an e-commerce startup and taught English as a second language in Greece. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Rochester. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys dancing lindy hop and balboa, cooking, and traveling.
Recruitment & Office Specialist
Stacey is the OCS primary employer relations contact and provides administrative support for career services interview programs and employer job postings. Stacey joined OCS in June 2016 with an Ed.M in Higher Education Administration from Boston University and a B.A. in Business Management from Emmanuel College. Prior to joining OCS, Stacey worked in Talent Acquisition at Boston University, recruiting and hiring for a variety of staff and administrative positions throughout the University. Stacey enjoys running, baking and traveling to Maine to visit her family.
Front Desk and Program Coordinator
Paula has worked in the Office of Career Services for many years and is an invaluable member of the team. She takes pleasure in assisting students with their questions and in keeping the office running. In 2003, Paula was chosen by students to receive the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Recognition Award. Paula is originally from Trinidad and enjoys visiting there with her family. In her free time, Paula is an active community volunteer, working at the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee Food Bank and has served as a mediator in Cambridge through the Harvard Mediation Program.