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William P. Alford

William P. Alford is the Co-Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, the Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law, Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program, and Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability.

Gabriella Blum

Gabriella Blum is the Co-Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies and the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Jeanne Tai

is the Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies. Jeanne previously served as the Graduate Program’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. A native of Hong Kong, Jeanne holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese History from Barnard College in New York City and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. Under the auspices of the U.S. Committee for Legal Education Exchange with China (CLEEC), she spent 18 months in China during 1985-86 as an Exchange Scholar, conducting research into Chinese industrial relations and labor law while also lecturing on U.S. administrative law and labor law at various universities, including Beijing University, Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Southwest University of Politics and Law in Chongqing. Jeanne’s other professional experiences include practicing law for four years in the New York and London offices of Sullivan & Cromwell; pro bono and consulting work for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now known as Human Rights First); and teaching modern Chinese literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Jeanne has published two anthologies of translations of contemporary Chinese fiction, and has contributed essays and translations of modern Chinese poetry and fiction to several other anthologies. She maintains an active interest in literary, cultural, and legal developments in East Asia.


As the Graduate Program’s senior administrator, Jeanne has overall responsibility for academic programs, admissions, financial aid, and policy matters. She also is a resource for students with questions about scholarly work, courses, student life and careers in the law.

Nancy Pinn

is the Director of Administration and Student Affairs and joined the Graduate Program in August of 2001. Originally from New Jersey, Nancy earned both a J.D. and an A.M. in East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. She also earned a B.A., in English, from Tufts University. A member of the New York Bar, Nancy previously worked as a lawyer in several corporate roles, including nearly three years in-house at the headquarters of a Japanese multinational. She has also worked as Coordinator for International Relations for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and as an English teacher at a Tokyo high school.  Nancy enjoys reading, cooking, finding humor in unexpected areas, and exploring New England’s many outdoor and cultural offerings.  She welcomes the chance to practice her foreign language skills (particularly Japanese, French, and some Spanish) and to learn new things about new places.


Nancy is responsible for administrative matters and for the academic affairs (course requirements, registration, writing requirements), overall coordination, and general student life issues for the Graduate Program population.

Catherine Peshkin

is the Graduate Program’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. She received her B.A., J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Duke University and is a member of the New York Bar. Prior to joining the Graduate Program, Catherine was an associate and then partner in the corporate restructuring group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, having started her legal career as an associate in the business finance and restructuring group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Before attending law school, Catherine was the Assistant Director of J.D. Admissions at Duke University School of Law. Between practicing law and returning to academic administration, Catherine spent 18 months trekking and traveling in Nepal, India, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, and the U.K.


Catherine’s responsibilities include directing the admissions and financial aid processes and overseeing visa documentation and student billing matters. She is also a resource for students with general questions about student life and careers in law.

Jane Fair Bestor

is the Special Assistant to the Graduate Program. She earned her first two degrees (a B.A. and an M.A. in anthropology) at McGill University before taking her Ph.D. (in anthropology) at the University of Chicago. For her M.A. thesis she carried out fieldwork in Iranian Baluchistan on the incorporation of a regional system of peasants and nomads into the Iranian state. Her Ph.D. research was an archival study of dynasty and state formation in Italy between 1250 and 1500, with a focus on the House of Este. As a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School from 1993-1994, she studied the anthropology of law and the history of the formation of the ius commune from civil, canon, and feudal law. The results of this research have appeared in articles on succession and marital transactions in Past & Present, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Rivista internazionale di diritto commune and elsewhere. Jane has recently completed a book manuscript on succession and state formation in Italy.


Jane runs the LL.M. Writing Workshop, advises LL.M. students on admission to the S.J.D. program, and advises S.J.D. students on their study plans, dissertations, and other writing projects. She is available to help all students in the Graduate Program with general issues of research and writing and on getting by as a graduate student in general.

Amy Sacheck

is the Graduate Program’s Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.  She received her B.A. in Government from Cornell University.  Prior to joining the Graduate Program, Amy worked in the Office of Technology Development at Harvard University.  Amy began her career in the financial services industry where she worked at Fidelity Investments for over fourteen years in compliance.  Amy enjoys running, ballet, and hiking, as well as gardening, studying psychology, and learning about different cultures.


Amy can answer questions about financial aid and visas for LL.M. and S.J.D. students, as well as about the LL.M. admissions process.

Callie Cunningham

is the Student Affairs Administrator and S.J.D. Program Coordinator for the Graduate Program. She grew up in the Boston area and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a B.A. in International Education and a B.A. in English and French. Callie enjoys practicing French and learning languages, so please stop by to say «bonjour» or teach her something new!


Callie can answer questions about the S.J.D. degree program, S.J.D. student life and academics, event planning, and Graduate Program website-related questions.

Caitie Parmelee

is the Administrative Coordinator and LL.M. Program Assistant for the Graduate Program. She moved to Boston after earning a B.A. in Journalism at the University of Connecticut. She enjoys yoga, bad jokes, and reading about English history.


Caitie can answer questions about the LL.M. degree program, LL.M. student life and academics, mechanics of course registration, and event planning.

Kyle O’Hara

is the Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator for the Graduate Program. Kyle grew up in Ohio and moved to Boston to earn her B.A. in History and Literature at Harvard College. She enjoys watching reality TV and going on walks around Cambridge with her dog.


Kyle can answer questions about admissions and financial aid for the LL.M. and S.J.D. degree programs.