Monique Atkinson is an Admissions Officer. She earned her Ed.M. in Educational Leadership and B.S. in Journalism at Boston University. At HLS, Monique participates in recruitment travel, reviews applications, and plans events for admitted students. She also serves on the Junior Deferral Program committee. Off campus, you can find her reading by the Charles River, trying a new coffee shop, or perfecting her cookie recipe.
Patricia Griffith is an Admissions Assistant at Harvard Law School. Patty holds a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations. Prior to joining HLS, she worked at a private school for students with complex learning profiles. Patty’s primary role at HLS consists of processing applications and completing related tasks during the admissions cycle, along with scheduling university visits. Her favorite activities outside of work include spending time with family and friends, attending Broadway musicals, and reading, especially on the beach!
Assistant Director of Admissions
Lucas Harty is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in economics before earning his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. At HLS, Lucas participates in recruitment travel, reviews applications, interviews candidates, sits on the admissions committee, and oversees the marketing efforts of the J.D. Admissions Office. Outside of work, Lucas volunteers as a College Guidance Manager with Minds Matter Boston and enjoys hiking in New Hampshire, playing tennis, and reading nonfiction and novels.
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Kristi Jobson ’12 is the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Chief Admissions Officer. Kristi graduated from Harvard College and taught in New York City as a Teach For America corps member. As a student at HLS, Kristi participated in the Board of Student Advisers and the Women’s Law Association, served as a research assistant to faculty, and led the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender as co-Editor-in-Chief. Following graduation, she clerked for judges sitting on state and federal courts in Boston. Prior to joining the J.D. Admissions Office, Kristi was an associate at Ropes & Gray, litigating shareholder actions and complex commercial disputes. She also maintained an active pro bono practice, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Kristi enjoys podcasts, Spotify playlists, long-form journalism, and group texts with her law school friends.
Alessandra Luedeking is an Admissions Officer at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Boston College in 2017 with a degree in English and international studies. Upon graduating, Alessandra served the remainder of the year as a sixth-grade social studies teacher in the Bronx, NY. She is currently the point-contact for newly admitted students, responding to emails and phone calls, the coordinator for interview scheduling, and the facilitator for post-admissions processes. Alessandra enjoys listening to film scores, watching movies based on true events, traveling, and exploring different types of cuisine.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Courtney McMann is an Assistant Director of Admission at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the J.D. Admissions team in 2015, she earned her degree in psychology from Boston College. Over the years she has been involved in many aspects of the admissions process and its operations. In her current role, Courtney helps to oversee the selection process in addition to reviewing applications, interviewing, and sitting on the admissions committee. She also serves on the Board of First Year Advisers at Harvard College. When she’s not working, Courtney enjoys spending any time she can exploring coastal New England with her very cute dog, Bailey.
Associate Director of Admissions
Nefyn Meissner is an Associate Director of Admissions. He earned his Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his B.A. at the University of Virginia. At HLS, Nefyn reviews applications, interviews applicants, and sits on the admissions committee. He also serves as a Proctor for the Dean of Students Office at Harvard College, where he has held additional roles as a Race Relations Proctor, BGLTQ+ Specialty Proctor, and Teaching Fellow. Outside of the University, Nefyn volunteers as a Commissioner on the City of Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission. Most of all, he enjoys sharing Southern food with his New England neighbors and figuring out new ways to enjoy the winters in Cambridge.
Cindy Pariseau is the Senior Staff Assistant. She has been a member of the J.D. Admissions Office for 35 years. In her senior role, Cindy processes thousands of applications received each cycle. In total, she has processed over 87,000 applications during her tenure at HLS. Cindy additionally handles accounts payable and the financial operations of the admissions office. In her previous years at HLS, she assisted the Program of Instruction for Lawyers (currently known as the Harvard Negotiation Institute). During her spare time, Cindy enjoys interior design, hosting family reunions, wearing colorful clothing, and achieving the perfect tan.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Sam Parker is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and geography before earning her master’s degree in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At HLS, Sam participates in recruitment travel, reviews applications, interviews candidates, sits on the admissions committee, and oversees the Junior Deferral Program for the J.D. Admissions Office. In her free time, Sam enjoys auditing classes at the different Harvard graduate schools, hiking, camping, and skiing in Vermont and New Hampshire, and traveling the world (when it is safe to do so!).
Ralph Vieux is an Office Assistant who is full of energy and positivity. He studied Seventh Day Adventist Theology and Religion at Atlantic Union College and Washington Adventist University. Ralph works at the front desk of the J.D. Admissions Office and is the point-person for all prospective applicant emails, phone calls, and walk-in visitors. He also assists with various admissions events and activities. Ralph enjoys sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, spending time with family and friends, photography, sports, and volunteering.
Thank you to Ralph Vieux and Vieux’s Views Photography for the wonderful photos.