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Advisers

Catherine Pattanayak ’04, Assistant Dean for Public Service
Judy Murciano, Associate Director and Director of Fellowships
Jillian Tuck, Assistant Director for J.D. and LL.M. Advising
Elizabeth Shirey, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Joan Ruttenberg ’82, Assistant Director for Government Advising and Director, Heyman Fellowship Program
Rachel Pemstein, Assistant Director for Alumni Advising
Tina Fitanides, Seasonal Attorney Adviser
Virginia (Ginny) Greiman, Seasonal Attorney Adviser

Administration

Linda Braden, Assistant Director, Communications and Systems Management
Micah Nemiroff, Assistant Director for Programs and Recruitment
Eden Miller, Fellowships Coordinator/Staff Assistant


""Catherine Pattanayak ’04, Esq.
Assistant Dean for Public Service
617-496-6106
cpattanayak@law.harvard.edu
Catherine’s Zoom meeting room

Catherine Pattanayak (she/her) joined OPIA in 2009 after a career in health law. She has prior legal experience in the private sector and in government, having served as an attorney with the National Institutes of Health Branch of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the General Counsel. Before law school, she worked on bioterrorism policy with a small think tank in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the BSA. She cares deeply about listening to students and supporting them in their individual career journeys and is a recipient of the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Recognition Award from the Class of 2015 and the 2018 Student Government Teaching & Advising Award.

Ask me about: general career planning, imposter syndrome, following your own path at HLS, civil rights work, public defense, prosecution, carceral system reform, environmental law, government at all levels, health law, career transitions, and dual planning (between the public and private sectors).

In my free time, I enjoy: spending time with my 10-year-old, jigsaw puzzles, visiting old school amusement parks (and in particular, Claw machines), watching Survivor and a healthy amount of HGTV, live comedy shows, and listening to music (let me know what’s on your playlist!).

Types of Advising 

  • J.D. General Advising – Domestic
  • Post-Clerkship

""Judith Murciano
Associate Director and Director of Fellowships
617-496-8375
jmurcian@law.harvard.edu
Judy’s Zoom meeting room

Judy (she/her) holds a faculty position, advises on fellowships, and has served as a resident dean, supporting students’ diverse academic and career trajectories. Prior to joining OPIA as one of its original team members, Judy worked as Legislative and Acting Exec. Dir. of ACLU-NJ, chaired the Bar’s Juvenile Justice Comm., supervised the Farmworkers’ Rights Project, clerked in the Bronx criminal courts, and led the National Comm. on Capital Punishment. Always encouraging creative contributions to the public interest, Judy wrote for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and Radio Free Europe, while working for Amnesty International in Paris, and helping to free political prisoners in Africa, Russia, and Asia. She taught at Harvard and Princeton, and researched her Ph.D. dissertation on censorship supported by fellowships at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the Conway Prize, and Faculty Innovation grants. Judy also received the Dean’s Award for Excellence and the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Recognition Award at HLS, and is a certified grant-writer, negotiator, and mediator.

Ask me about: general career planning, fellowships/scholarships, non-profits, entrepreneurship, civil rights/civil liberties work, academia, international clerkships, human rights work, medical/legal partnerships, dual tracks (clerkship/fellowships), cyberlaw, immigrant, racial justice work and thinking-outside-the box.

In my free time I enjoy: time with my son and daughter, connecting with friends (near and far), playing the piano, reading foreign-language newspapers, tennis, and ghostwriting books and scripts for famous people.

Types of Advising:

  • Fellowships
  • Post-Clerkship

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Jillian Tuck, Esq.
Assistant Director for J.D. and LL.M. Advising
617-384-5232
jtuck@law.harvard.edu
Jillian’s Zoom meeting room

Jillian Tuck (she/her) joined OPIA in 2019 after a career in international human rights where she held both legal and non-legal roles. She has lived and worked in Guatemala, Southeast Asia, and the U.S., engaging in a diverse range of social change strategies, from grantmaking to policy advocacy to grassroots organizing. Insatiably curious and eager to engage in challenging conversations, Jillian is also a certified leadership coach and facilitator. She has a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law (where she has taught immigration and refugee law), a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Executive Coaching Certificate from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Ask me about: general career planning, movement lawyering, domestic and international nonprofits, doing public interest work as an international student, getting in right relationship with impacted communities, burnout, how to make law school feel relevant to your vision of a more just world.

In my free time, I enjoy: walks in the woods, reading fiction, dance parties, fighting the patriarchy.

Types of Advising:

  • J.D. General Advising – Domestic
  • J.D. General Advising – International
  • LL.M./International J.D. General Advising

""Elizabeth Shirey, Esq.
Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
617-496-6103
eshirey@law.harvard.edu
Elizabeth’s Zoom meeting room

Elizabeth Shirey (she/her/hers) joined OPIA in 2020 after serving on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in central Virginia. She has prior legal practice experience in university in-house counsel and direct legal services settings in Los Angeles, and pre-law-school policy advocacy experience around the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth spent much of her time in law school dedicated to expanding clinical opportunities for law students to serve homeless veterans, and spent both summers in federal government. She holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science and French from Wellesley College.

Ask me about: general career planning, working in government, military service, student loan considerations, and going against the tide to stay true to your own goals.

In my free time, I enjoy: running, watching Turner Classic Movies, and taking my lovable Labrador on outings.

Types of Advising

  • J.D. General Advising – Domestic

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Joan Ruttenberg ’82, Esq.
Assistant Director for Government Advising and Director of the Heyman Fellowship
617-496-7304
jruttenberg@law.harvard.edu
Joan’s Zoom meeting room

Joan Ruttenberg (she/her) has been with OPIA since 2004. Prior to that, she was a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General, taught health law, health care economics and legal studies, and completed a clerkship on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and a teaching fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, where she was active in women’s health care and rape crisis organizations, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1982. Having experienced an HLS with virtually no support for public interest-minded students, Joan is passionate about offering information, guidance, and full-throated encouragement for all HLS students now.

Ask me about: general career planning, government work of all kinds, the U.S. Department of Justice, careers in health law, federal background checks and security clearances, how to combine public and private sector work, and the importance of life outside the law.

In my free time, I enjoy: taking modern dance classes, watching dance of every sort, looking at birds through binoculars, hanging out in the Berkshires, and spending time with my three grown kids (none of whom is a lawyer.)

Types of Advising

  • J.D. General Advising – Domestic
  • Government
  • Post-Clerkship

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Rachel Pemstein, Esq.
Assistant Director for Alumni Advising
617-495-5354
rpemstein@law.harvard.edu
Rachel’s Zoom meeting room

Rachel Pemstein (she/her/hers) joined OPIA in 2018 after having roles in a variety of practice settings including BigLaw (where she focused on healthcare work), a nonprofit, civil legal services and HLS’ own Office of Career Services. She graduated University of Chicago Law School, where she devoted much of her time to the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic and the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women, and received her B.A. in economics from Barnard College.

Ask me about: post-graduate career planning, transitioning from private sector to public interest work or across issue areas, incorporating pro bono work into your practice or volunteer efforts, holistic work environments, working a part-time schedule and general career advice.

In my free time, I enjoy: taking long walks, volunteering with my synagogue and community groups, gardening, any kind of beach time, Law & Order (sorry, not sorry), New England day trips, spending time with my husband and two grown sons, and traveling anywhere!

Types of Advising

  • Alumni
  • Post-Clerkship

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Tina Fitanides, Esq.
Seasonal Attorney Adviser
tfitanides@law.harvard.edu
Tina’s Zoom meeting room

Tina Fitanides (she/her) has been a Seasonal Attorney Advisor with OPIA since 2018, advising students on a part time basis while also working as a Special Education Attorney/Advocate with a focus on helping low and moderate-income parents navigate the special education system. She worked in legal services for more than 15 years on special education, domestic violence, child protection and family/elder law issues. She has extensive experience in both direct client services and systemic advocacy work with her professional passion being policy advocacy. Tina held several policy related positions while in law school at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and prior to law school served as a Legislative Assistant for the Massachusetts State Senate.

Ask me about: general career planning, education issues (special education, school discipline, equity in education), children’s issues, legal services, policy formulation and advocacy, systemic advocacy, non-profits, state and local government, work life integration.

In my free time, I enjoy: relaxing with my family and friends, playing games and watching movies with my tween and teenage sons (when they indulge me), hikes near the ocean or in the woods, watching cheesy reality TV, listening to audiobooks, and traveling (on hold for the time being).

Types of Advising

  • J.D. General Advising – Domestic

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Virginia (Ginny) Greiman, Esq.
Seasonal Attorney Adviser
ggreiman@law.harvard.edu
Ginny’s Zoom meeting room

Ginny Greiman (she/her) has held several positions with the federal government including international legal counsel to the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank in Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, and Asia, leading programs on privatization, infrastructure development, and legal reform. She served as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Boston’s $14.7 billion-dollar Central Artery Tunnel Project, and as an Advisor to London’s Crossrail Project, India’s Smart Cities Projects and China’s One Belt One Road Projects. She also served as a teaching assistant to the Trial Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School and as an Associate Faculty to the Kennedy School of Government, Carr Center on Human Trafficking and is a member of the faculty at Boston University School of Law.

Ask me about: international law and development, government service including federal, state, and international opportunities, intergovernmental organizations, and conservative and libertarian public interest advising.

In my free time, I enjoy: international travel, research projects, and community service.

Types of Advising

  • J.D. General Advising – International
  • LL.M./International J.D. General Advising
  • Conservative/Libertarian
  • Government

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Linda Braden
Assistant Director, Communications and Systems Management
617-496-4664
lbraden@law.harvard.edu

Linda Braden (she/her) joined OPIA in 2014 as Program Coordinator and was promoted to her current role directing all communications and data management advancements for the office. She also serves as a Digital Accessibility Liaison for HLS and is serving a second stint as a member of the HLS Emerging Leaders Advisory Board. She also serves as a Commissioner on the City of Medford’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Prior to working at OPIA, she worked at the University of Montana’s Office of International Programs as Media Information Specialist and, before that, Study Abroad Coordinator at that same office. Linda graduated cum laude from Xavier University with a B.A. in International Affairs and graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University with an M.A. in International Studies and Latin American Studies.

Ask me about: anything web related, new communications developments you’d like to see, digital accessibility, student Weekly Bulletins, Alumni Digests, and the public service org search and summer job site evaluations in Helios.

In my free time, I enjoy: practicing yoga, meditating, doing Peloton workouts, gardening, traveling, cooking, biking, hiking, kayaking, reading, climbing, and being outdoors.


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Micah Nemiroff
Assistant Director for Programs and Recruitment
617-496-8235
mnemiroff@law.harvard.edu

Micah Nemiroff (he/him) joined OPIA from Harvard Medical School where he worked in a curriculum support office. Prior to Harvard Medical School, Micah worked on campaigns in Southeastern Pennsylvania and as a government relations intern with the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. He received his B.A. in history and political science from Syracuse University in Upstate New York. Micah is an avid hiker who enjoys getting out to the White Mountains at every opportunity. He also enjoys music, and has played drums for over 20 years. Micah was also a 2014 recipient of the Harvard Heroes award.

Ask me about: Collaborating, planning, communicating about events in and around HLS; assisting with any public interest recruiting activities you might want to hold on campus!

In my free time, I enjoy: seeing the world through the lens of my five-year-old daughter, exploring Mass Audubon and Trustees of the Reservation properties around Massachusetts, and all things related to music, including amateurish drumming.


Eden Miller
Fellowships Coordinator/Staff Assistant
617-384-0322
edmiller@law.harvard.edu

Eden Miller (she/her) coordinates the administration of OPIA’s fellowships and manages OPIA’s office operations. Prior to joining the OPIA team, Eden attended Tufts University where she graduated magna cum laude with B.A.s in Philosophy and Film and Media Studies. While at Tufts, Eden was an actor, writer, and eventually the executive producer for The Institute Sketch Comedy. She worked as a tour guide and intern for Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions and served as a mobilization intern on a U.S. Senatorial campaign.  

Ask me about: OPIA’s fellowship process from general questions on timelines and dates, to specific inquiries on submitting applications; whether you should get bangs (I promise I’ll be honest).

In my free time, I enjoy: running, jogging, walking, strolling, ambling, meandering, and making lists.