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Gabriella Blum

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

William P. Alford

Senior Advisor to the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies
Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law
Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program
Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability.

Catherine Peshkin

Assistant Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies

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 oversees the administration of the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies.  She is also a resource for students with general questions about student life and careers in law.

Sarah Trautz

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for the Graduate Program

She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from the University of Virginia. During her legal career, Sarah worked as a health care regulatory attorney at several law firms and served as in-house counsel for a hospital and a software company.  She also spent four years as a high school math teacher and holds a degree in Math for Teaching from the Harvard Extension School. Sarah grew up in Massachusetts and enjoys travel and many outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, and running.


Sarah oversees admissions, financial aid, visa matters, and student billing for the Graduate Program and is happy to answer questions on these topics.

Nancy Pinn

Director of Administration and Student Affairs

Nancy 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.

Jane Fair Bestor

Graduate Writing and Academic Preceptor

Jane is the Graduate Program’s Graduate Writing and Academic Preceptor. 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

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.

Audrey Kunycky

Communications Manager

She received a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. Before coming to work at Harvard Law School, Audrey worked extensively with law, accounting, and consulting firms on communications and marketing strategy, and with McKinsey and Company offices in the U.S. and internationally on branding and messaging for recruiting attorneys and other lateral hires to work as consultants.

Audrey writes about the Graduate Program and its students for Harvard Law Today and the Harvard Law Bulletin, produces the Graduate Program Handbook and Face Book, helps manage the Graduate Program’s web pages, and coordinates publicity for special events.

Caitie Parmelee

Student Affairs Administrator and LL.M. Program Coordinator

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.

Rebecca Russell

Student Affairs Administrator and S.J.D. Program Coordinator for the Graduate Program

She received a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in National Development from National Taiwan University, and an M.A. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. Rebecca previously worked in student services and international education roles at the George Washington University and the University of Michigan. She also taught for several years at international schools in Taiwan and South Korea, and at US public schools. Rebecca is fluent in Chinese. Her hobbies include pottery and freshwater fishkeeping.


Rebecca 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.