Mark Weber, Assistant Dean for Career Services
Kirsten Solberg, Associate Director and Director of Judicial Clerkships
Jason McCann, Associate Director of Career Services
Orietta Barletta, Assistant Director and Director of Alumni Advising
Margie Boone, Assistant Director and Director of Professional Development
Marni Goldstein Caputo, Assistant Director and Director of International Advising
Ann Scibelli, Assistant Director and Director of Communications
Yih-hsien Shen, Assistant Director and Director for J.D. Advising
Marjorie Lichtenberger, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Sara Dana, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Helen Long, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising & Strategic Planning
Betsy DiPardo, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Betsy Munnell, Visiting J.D. 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
Orietta received her A.B. in Sociology from Harvard College, her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Immediately following law school, Orietta worked as a litigation associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York City. She then moved to San Francisco and joined the Office of Career Services at Stanford Law School, serving as Director of Judicial Clerkships and Advanced Degree Programs. At Stanford, Orietta advised all law students on job search strategies and career-related issues. Orietta then returned to the east coast, joining Dewey Ballantine in New York City as the Senior Coordinator of Legal Training. While at Dewey, she developed firm-wide training programs for associates and summer associates. Orietta has also taught Legal Research & Writing to law students.
Assistant Director and Director of 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.
Marni Goldstein Caputo
Assistant Director and Director of International Advising
Marni advises and directs programs for LL.M. and J.D. students. She received her B.A. in history and English from Tufts University in 1997 and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2001. While at Emory, Marni served as a Notes and Comments Editor on the Emory Law Journal and as a student intern for the Southern Center for Human Rights. After graduating from law school, Marni clerked for Federal District Court Judge Willis B. Hunt, Jr. in Atlanta and then returned to Boston to practice as a litigation associate, first at Hill & Barlow, a large firm, and then at Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye, a mid-sized firm. Marni also worked as a Staff Attorney in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Since 2005, she has taught legal research and writing to students at Harvard Law School and Boston University School of Law. Marni most enjoys playing with her three young children, walking her dog around Newton and cooking for family and friends.
Assistant Director and Director of Communications
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.
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 of Judicial Clerkships
Marjorie joined OCS in July 2014 and focuses on advising 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. Since 2011, she has taught legal research and writing to students at Boston University School of Law. Most recently, Marjorie enjoyed working with J.D. students at Boston University School of Law, where she provided career advice on a variety of topics.
Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
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.
Visiting J.D. Advisor
Betsy received her B.A from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. A noted deal lawyer, she was a partner for 25 years at Edwards Wildman Palmer. In 2009, Betsy opened her business development consulting practice, EHMunnell, to provide career counseling to lawyers and law students. A vocal presence online (including her blog, The Uncommon Sensei), Betsy is a frequent contributor to the ongoing debate on the future of legal education and practice. She favors broadening law school core requirements and associate training programs to include intensive instruction in finance, business strategies and other critical practical skills. At HLS, Betsy advises students who have elected large firm practice, with the goal of maximizing their success in their summer jobs and in the first, crucial months of practice.
David Acquay is a third-year law student originally from Fairfax, Virginia. He graduated magna cum laude with distinction from Cornell University with a double major in Applied Economics & Management and Information Science. Prior to law school, David worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington as a Program Manager for one of Microsoft’s enterprise software products. During his 1L summer, he worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and returned to the firm for his 2L summer. In his spare time, David enjoys weight-training and watching or participating in athletic activities.
Amanda Bakowski is a third-year law student originally from Stamford, CT. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Psychology, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of the Varsity Cheerleading Team. During her 1L summer, Amanda was a summer associate at DLA Piper in New York City and a law clerk at Robinson & Cole in Hartford, CT. This past summer, Amanda worked as a summer associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. At Harvard, Amanda is the Director of Community Development for the Women’s Law Association, a member of the Journal of Law & Technology, and a Teaching Fellow for the Problem Solving Workshop. She has also been involved in the Health Law and Policy Clinic and the Mississippi Delta Project. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys running, baking, and exploring her neighborhood in Boston’s Seaport district.
Pia Bhathal is a third-year law student who grew up in southern California. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a major in International Relations and a minor in Middle East Studies. Prior to law school, Pia worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland and at California Senator Barbara Boxer’s office in Los Angeles, California. During her 1L summer, Pia worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office with the Economic Crimes Unit in Boston, Massachusetts. This past summer, she worked as a summer associate at Cooley LLP’s Boston office in the Corporate group. This year at Harvard, Pia will be involved in the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project and the Journal of Law and Technology. She has also been involved in the Women’s Law Association and has acted as Managing Editor and Article Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review. In her spare time, Pia enjoys playing soccer, skiing, hiking, and cooking.
Anthony Lombardi is a third-year law student from North Attleboro, Massachusetts. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Tufts University with a double major in Classical Studies and Political Science. Anthony worked for the Legal Departments at Converse and Nike during his 1L summer, splitting his time between Boston and Beaverton, Oregon. This past summer, Anthony was a summer associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston. Where there, he worked with the Private Equity, Private Investment Funds, and IP Transactions practice groups. At HLS, he is a Congress Editor and Substantive Editor for the Journal on Legislation, a Resident Assistant for the Gropius dorms, and a member of Lambda. He has also worked with the Food Law and Policy Clinic and sung with the law school’s a cappella group, Scales of Justice. Anthony’s legal interests include local government law, food law and policy, and professional development. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys painting and discovering new documentaries, as well as urban exploration and dystopian literature.
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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.