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Lakshmi ClarkLakshmi Clark

Senior Director of Student Affairs | 617-496-2437 |
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Lakshmi Clark is the Senior Director of Student Affairs. 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 Live Well @HLS, referrals and resources for academic support, and is the primary contact for law student emergencies. She manages the medical leave of absence process for HLS students, works with the Dean of Students on Title IX matters, and coordinates support for international J.D. students. Additionally, she contributes to the planning and implementation of Dean of Students Office events and programs including Commencement, Orientation, and student leadership development programs. She has a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University, a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University, and is receiving her Doctor of Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Mel Saunders

Director of Residential Operations and Student Life Systems | 617-496-6054

Mel Saunders is the Director of Residential Operations and Student Life Systems in the HLS Dean of Students Office. She oversees all aspects of on-campus housing as well as all student life technology projects. She 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. She also works with several student leaders who need assistance in building custom surveys or election systems. 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. Mel is a proud mother to her newborn son, an avid Red Sox fan and an artist.

Edgar Filho

Program Administrator for Student Affairs | 617-495-1880

Edgar is the Program Administrator for Student Affairs in the Dean of Students Office.  He provides extensive support with a multitude of DOS events and activities such as commencement, orientation and student organizations.  Edgar also provides assistance to the Student Support Services team.  His knowledge base of DOS operations and good nature are good reasons to stop by and ask questions you may have.Edgar has been at DOS since 2014 but with Harvard University since 2003 working in Landscape Service and HLS Facilities Management.  Edgar is the recipient of the 2005 Harvard Hero Award, the 2013 HLS Dean’s Award for Excellence and the 2018 HLS Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award.  Originally from Guaira-PR, Brazil and fluent in Portuguese, Edgar enjoys movies, bicycling, hiking, travelling and exploring the United States.  He is certified as a medical interpreter and is also a notary public.  Edgar has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Carolyn Hubbard

Carolyn Hubbard

Assistant Director, Student Support Services | 617-495-8773

Carolyn Hubbard is the Assistant Director of Student Support Services in the Dean of Students Office. She works closely with the Senior Director of Student Affairs to manage accommodations for students and guests at HLS. Before joining Student Support Services at HLS, Carolyn worked in a special education program in Providence, RI where she conducted assessments, developed curriculum, and determined reasonable accommodations for students requiring specialized support. In addition to her role with Student Support Services, Carolyn assists with HLS Wellness programming, which promotes students’ overall well-being. Carolyn has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University.

Sarah KinkadeSarah Kinkade

Staff Assistant | 617-496-2411

Sarah 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. She also assists with various DOS events and activities. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and World History from Lesley University.

Laurie Lower

Accessibility Services Coordinator | 617-384-7215

Laurie Lower is the Accessibility Services Coordinator in the Dean of Students Office. She provides students with alternate format materials, manages assistive technology programs and devices, and coordinates captioning and CART service for students who receive accommodations. In addition to her work in Student Support Services, Laurie assists with HLS Wellness programming as well as other Dean of Students Office events.  Laurie was a Dean’s Award for Excellence recipient in 2019. As a Library of Congress certified Literary Braille Transcriber, Laurie worked at National Braille Press before joining Student Support Services at HLS. Laurie received her BA in German and English from Luther College.

Yvonne Smith

Administrative Coordinator, Board of Student Advisers | 617-495-4535

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, and First Year Ames. Yvonne was a 2016 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence. She has worked at Harvard Law School since 1987.

Marla Allisan

Marla Allisan

Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Clinical Social Worker

Marla Allisan JD, LICSW is a clinical social worker with HUHS dedicated to Harvard Law School. Based in CAMHS/Pound Hall, Marla helps law students with skill-building in relationships, coping with personal and family issues, integrating personal and professional identities and finding resolutions to impediments to achieving goals. Marla is also an actively licensed attorney and senior advisor to an adoption agency. She received her BA in psychology and women’s studies from Mount Holyoke College, her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and her masters of social work degree from Smith College School for Social Work. In her spare time, Marla enjoys playing piano duets, making art and thinking about how interdisciplinary thinking in the mediation/negotiation field can contribute to peace. Appointments with Marla can be made through HUHS Counseling and Mental Health Services, 617-495-2042.

Elizabeth Shirey

Bar Programs & Advising | 617-496-6103

Elizabeth is available to counsel HLS students on the bar exam process, from general application questions to character and fitness advising.  Also serving as Assistant Director for J.D. Advising in the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, she approaches student advising with individualized care and discretion.  Elizabeth is a graduate of Wellesley College and UCLA School of Law.  She is an active member of the California Bar.