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Stephen L. Ball

Assistant Dean and Dean of Students | 617-495-1880

Stephen L. Ball is the head of the Dean of Students Office. He is responsible for promoting the well-being of students and works collaboratively to build and implement a strategic vision for how the office can most effectively support students.  This involves, among other responsibilities, creating enriching student programming, helping prepare students for the Bar application process, connecting students to resources across the school and university, mentoring individual students, and overseeing major campus events ranging from orientation to commencement. A licensed attorney, Stephen began his career as a commercial litigator in Baker & Hostetler LLP’s New York office before moving to senior roles at CSAA Insurance Group, Airbnb, and Wells Fargo.  Proudly born and raised in Metro Detroit, he holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School.



Lakshmi 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 referrals and resources for academic support, is the primary contact for law student emergencies, manages the medical leave of absence process for HLS students, 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

Student Administration, Technology and Student Life Systems 

Mel Saunders is the director of  technology and student life systems. She oversees all aspects of student life technology projects.  She works with student leaders who need assistance in technology integration, constructing election/surveys, and major data management. In addition, she oversees the DOS website and the Student Life Portal. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Mel traveled the Northeast working in technology, major projects, and residential life at institutions such as Iona College, Boston University, and the New England Institute of Art. She has a Master of Education in Policy, Planning and Leadership in Higher Education from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Literature from Clark University. Mel is a proud mother of two, an avid Red Sox fan and a visual/performing artist.

Kristina Barrett

Associate Director for Student Administration

Kristina Barrett is one of the Associate Directors for Student Administration in the HLS Dean of Students Office. She oversees HLS’ COVID response process and, more broadly, key procedural operations and business functions, working across the student services team to identify opportunities for cross-office service improvements. Additionally, she contributes to the planning and implementation of DOS events and programs such as Commencement and Orientation. Kristina comes to DOS from the HLS Registrar’s Office and holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Boston University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Lauren Mulcahy

Associate Director for Student Administration
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Lauren Mulcahy (LM) is an Associate Director for Student Administration.  She is responsible for advising students on the bar exam application process, including general questions and character and fitness advising, and is the Secretary to the Administrative Board. Lauren also serves as a resident First-Year Proctor for the Dean of Students Office at Harvard College. Prior to joining the HLS Dean of Students Office, Lauren worked for 15 in several administrative and student services roles at the College.  Lauren earned a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Education from Mount Holyoke College.  She is a member of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire bars.

Tara (Bartley) Townsend

Assistant Director of Student Life

Tara Townsend is the Assistant Director of Student Life. Tara is a resource for student questions related to academic support, personal and medical emergencies, international student support, and leaves of absence. Additionally, she collaborates on DOS programs, including well-being and academic success programs, and works closely with the Resident Assistants (RAs) in the HLS residence halls. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Tara worked for The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Student Affairs and Harvard University Housing with the Graduate Commons Program. She has a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the Lynch School of Education, Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Merrimack College. She enjoys life in Somerville with her partner, two-year-old daughter and exceptionally energetic goldendoodle.

Yvonne Smith

Administrative Coordinator, Board of Student Advisers 

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 also serves as the administrative coordinator for the 1L Section Social Committees. She assists with planning section events, section memorabilia, and section budgets. Yvonne is also involved with planning Orientation and Commencement. Yvonne was a 2016 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence. She has worked at Harvard Law School since 1987.

Angelica Kumar

Program Administrator for Student Life 

Angelica Kumar is the Program Administrator for Student Life. She contributes to the planning and implementing Dean of Students Office events and programs, including Commencement, Orientation, and The Well. Angelica has been at Harvard University for just under five years. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Angelica worked for Harvard Kennedy School for the Office of Student Services and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She enjoys reading fantasy novels and tending to her houseplant obsession in her spare time.



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