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 of J.D. Advising
Marjorie Lichtenberger, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Sara Dana, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
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Mark Kleinschnittger, Assistant Director and Director of Recruitment and Operations
Steven Donovan, Recruitment and Office Manager
Cassandra Filios, Communications and Special Projects Coordinator
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 joining Harvard Law School in 2000, he was the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the University of Illinois College of Law for six years. Prior to that, he practiced law for six years at a mid-sized firm in Chicago focusing on tax, corporate and bankruptcy matters. He is also a CPA and worked in the tax department of a Big Four public accounting firm in Chicago for two years. Mark is an active member of NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization including serving on the Board of Directors, the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee, and Chairing the Nominating Committee. Mark received his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Associate Director of Career Services and Director of Judicial Clerkships
Kirsten joined the Office of Career Services in 2000 and advises students and alumni seeking judicial clerkships. She has a B.A. in economics from Haverford College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. As a law student, she served on the articles committee of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and as a student attorney in the Women & the Law Clinic. She spent her summers at both a large corporate firm and a small civil-rights firm. After law school, she clerked for a federal district court judge. She then rejoined the large corporate firm, where her practice focused on employee benefits and healthcare. Before coming to Harvard, she taught legal writing at another law school. Kirsten 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 Association for Legal Career Professionals.
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.
Sara Dana 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.
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
Visiting J.D. Advisor
Elaine Ventola is a Visiting J.D. Advisor and former Assistant Director for J.D. Advising in the HLS Office of Career Services from 20081-2013. Prior to joining the Office of Career Services in 2008, Elaine worked as a Labor and Employment lawyer at Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale) and then at Goodwin Procter. If you would like to email questions or documents to Elaine in advance of an appointment, please send them to email@example.com.
Assistant Director and Director of Recruitment and Operations
Mark is the office’s head of administration, statistician and Excel ace. He also organizes OCS’s recruiting programs. Prior to joining the office, the New York City native and SUNY graduate worked at Pace Law School, traveling to universities across the country to interview and recruit students. And before that, he worked at Suffolk Law School as an admissions coordinator, answering questions and processing applications. Mark likes to play recreational basketball, watch hockey, research real estate and explore New England with his new wife.
Recruitment and Office Manager
Before joining OCS, Steve Donovan was working as a faculty assistant to several professors at Harvard Business School, managing the day-to-day administration needed to make a class happen. As for his own education, Steve graduated from UMass Amherst, where he was a Hospitality major with a minor in Middle Eastern studies, played rugby and was a member of the marching band. He went on to work as a manager with Omni Hotels & Resorts in San Francisco and Boston for several years before coming to Harvard. After work, Steve practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, takes graduate courses in management at Harvard Extension School and spends time with his wife.
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.
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.