During this period of remote learning and working, the Office of Career Services will be open to you as a resource for information and advising. We’ll be available via email at email@example.com or our main phone line at (617) 495-3119.
Student and alumni appointments will be conducted via Zoom videoconference; and more information can be found on OCS and OPIA Remote Operations and Advising.
Mark Weber, Assistant Dean for Career Services
Kirsten Solberg, Director of Judicial Clerkships
Margie Boone, Associate Director and Director of Alumni Advising and Professional Development
Yih-hsien Shen, Associate Director and Director for J.D. Advising
Marjorie Lichtenberger, Associate Director and Director of International Advising
Sara Dana, Senior Associate Director and Director of Communications
Betsy DiPardo, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Dena Sacco, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Elizabeth Blume, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Alexandra McKinney, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Jesse Ohrenberger, Director of Recruitment and Operations
Cassandra Filios, Communications and Projects Administrator
Stacey Wilbur, Recruitment and Office Specialist
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 becoming the Assistant Dean for Career Services at Harvard Law School in 2000, he held that role at the University of Illinois College of Law, his alma mater. Mark is an active member of NALP, the National Association for Law Placement and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization including serving on the Board of Directors and the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee, and chairing the Nominating Committee. In addition to his experience in higher education, Mark practiced law at a mid-sized firm in Chicago where he focused on tax, corporate and bankruptcy matters and worked in the tax department of a Big Four public accounting firm. Mark is also a CPA and received his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois.
Director of Judicial Clerkships
Kirsten focuses on advising students and alumni seeking judicial clerkships. She 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 National Association for Law Placement. Before coming to Harvard, Kirsten taught legal research and writing at another law school, practiced law with a focus on employee benefits and healthcare at a large corporate firm, clerked for a federal district court judge, and interned at a small civil-rights law firm. She has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in economics from Haverford College.
Associate Director and Director of Alumni Advising and 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.
Associate 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.
Associate Director and Director of International Advising
Marjorie primarily focuses on advising LL.M. students about private sector career paths. Prior to joining OCS, Marjorie taught legal research and writing at Boston University School of Law, where she was also an attorney-advisor providing career advice on a wide variety of topics. Earlier in her career, Marjorie was a litigator in the Boston office of a national law firm, and a staff attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 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. She lives in Somerville with her family and two Labrador Retrievers.
Senior Associate Director and Director of Communications
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.
Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Betsy advises J.D. students interested in private sector careers. She previously advised students and alumni interested in judicial clerkships and worked in the Office of Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law. Before transitioning to career services, she clerked for the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and worked as an associate at a large Boston law firm. She earned her B.A. from Boston College and J.D. from Boston College Law School. Additionally, she served as Secretary of the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association (MALRA) for the 2015-2016 season and President for the 2016-2017 season, and currently serves as a Regional Representative for the National Association of Law Placement (NALP).
Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Dena Sacco joined OCS in July 2017 and advises JD students. Dena earned her B.A from Yale in 1990, her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1993, and an LL.M. in European Community law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium in 1994. Dena began her legal career as an associate in the employment law department at Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., where she had spent her 2L summer. She then served in the Federal government, at The United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC as a Counsel in the Office of Policy Development and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, where she handled child exploitation cases, gun cases involving domestic violence, and civil asset forfeiture cases. Upon leaving the federal government, Dena returned to HLS, where she has worked across many departments, as a Senior Researcher with the Youth and Media Project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, an Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor in the Cyberlaw Clinic, a Lecturer in the Graduate and First Year Legal Research & Writing Programs, and an attorney advisor in the Office of Public Interest Advising. While a student at HLS, Dena was an editor of the International Law Journal, a member of the Women’s Law Association, and spent her 1L summer working in Paris at Moquet, Borde et Associés.
Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Liz advises students and alumni seeking judicial clerkships. She joined OCS in January 2015 as a Clerkship Specialist and spent several years tracking hiring practices among judicial chambers. Liz obtained her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Thomas and Karole Green Scholar in Law and a Bioethics Research Assistant. She has experience as a law clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court, as well as with a hospital, a consulting firm, and a small law practice. Prior to law school, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a Congressional staffer and for the government relations practice of a large law firm. Liz lives in Dedham with her family and plays for a tennis team.
Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Alexandra McKinney advises students and alumni seeking judicial clerkship opportunities. Alexandra joins Harvard Law School from a position as Assistant General Counsel at Southern New Hampshire University, where she handled compliance, employment, and international matters. After graduating from law school, Alexandra clerked for Chief Justice Craig Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court. In addition to her work in these positions, Alexandra has interned at large and mid-sized law firms, served as an adjunct instructor in the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s externship program, and designed and taught graduate and undergraduate business law courses at Southern New Hampshire University. She has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in public policy analysis from Stanford University.
Visiting J.D. Advisor
Helen is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Pennsylvania law school and started her career practicing as a litigator with large law firms in New York and Boston. Deciding to make the first of several career adjustments, she returned to school to pursue a degree in business and spent several years in higher education teaching organizational behavior and leadership to undergraduates. She subsequently moved into law school career services, first as a career adviser at Harvard Law School and then to Boston University School of Law where she led the career office. Most recently she was director of recruiting for Ropes & Gray from 2009-2017 where she led the firm’s global recruitment efforts, and prior to joining Ropes & Gray she was the Director of Recruiting at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. With her extensive experience at two of the nation’s leading law firms, she is keenly aware of the issues facing law firms and is eager to share her experience and knowledge with students and alumni as they plan and manage their legal careers. She is the mother of three grown Millenials, none of whom, unaccountably, chose to become an attorney. She lives with her husband, an HLS graduate who is a judge, in Union Square, Somerville (aka the Brooklyn of Boston).
Visiting J.D. Advisor
Jason is an independent legal career advisor and the sole owner and principal of Gridline Search + Consulting. Prior to founding Gridline, he was a full time advisor here in OCS acting as the Associate Director for Career Services. He also 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. 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 lives in Hull, MA with his husband where he is very active in local politics and community activities.
3L Peer Advisor
Shuhao, a 3L originally from Shanghai, is excited to join OCS as a peer advisor. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2016, double majoring in Philosophy Politics and Economics as well as French Studies. Before coming to HLS, he worked as an analyst at Kobre & Kim’s Hong Kong office. He spent his 1L summer at Selendy & Gay, a litigation boutique in New York, and his 2L (virtual) summer at Cleary Gottlieb where he will return after graduation. On campus, he is a member of Board of Student Advisers and VP of Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association. He also participated in the WTO Moot Court, which took him to Geneva for a week during the 1L summer. In his free time, he enjoys watching TV series and is constantly looking for good coffee shops.
3L Peer Advisor
Gigi is a peer advisor and a 3L international student from Cape Town, South Africa. She studied visual art at Harvard for undergrad and graduated in 2017. Before HLS, she worked for a branding agency as a project director right in Harvard Square. At HLS, Gigi has most enjoyed being involved in producing Parody since her 1L year as well as being a mentor in Lambda’s Big/Little program this year. For her 1L summer, Gigi worked as a legal intern with the Boston Globe General Counsel. She spent her 2L summer as a summer associate in Sidley Austin’s LA office, where she will return after graduation. Gigi enjoys spending her free time making art in a variety of mediums, including digital art and photography.
A 3L hailing from Boca Raton, Florida, Aaron is excited to be serving the Office of Career Services as a peer advisor. Aaron graduated from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. At the University of Oxford, Aaron earned a portion of his bachelor’s degree as a Visiting Student. Upon graduation, Aaron worked as a legal recruiter and headhunter for Pittleman & Associates in Manhattan, focusing on litigation placements. In his role as a headhunter, Aaron gained unique insight into top law firm, corporate in-house counsel and non-profit recruiting processes. He worked closely with numerous attorneys and carefully studied interview skills, resume critiques and other crucial aspects of recruitment. Aaron has been a member of Harvard Defenders since his first semester at HLS. During his 1L summer, Aaron was a summer associate at Ropes & Gray in their New York office. This past summer, he split his time between a high-stakes divorce boutique in West Palm Beach, Florida and Skadden’s New York office, where he will be starting his legal career. August 2022-2024, Aaron will be clerking for the Honorable Paul G. Byron in the Middle District of Florida, the Orlando division. Outside the law, Aaron enjoys eating sushi, watching movies and spending time with his friends.
Director of Recruitment and Operations
Prior to joining OCS in 2019, Jesse was Associate Director of Career Education at Boston University’s Center for Career Development. She has also worked in career services at MIT and at a local nonprofit. She is actively involved with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) within the city of Boston as a workshop facilitator, and is on the national AAUW Inclusion and Equity Committee. Jesse graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Psychology and Communication and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration.
Communications and Projects Administrator
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.
Recruitment and Office Specialist
Stacey is the OCS primary employer relations contact and provides administrative support for career services interview programs and employer job postings. Stacey joined OCS in June 2016 with an Ed.M in Higher Education Administration from Boston University and a B.A. in Business Management from Emmanuel College. Prior to joining OCS, Stacey worked in Talent Acquisition at Boston University, recruiting and hiring for a variety of staff and administrative positions throughout the University. Stacey enjoys running, baking and traveling to Maine to visit her family.
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.