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Library Administration

Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law and Vice Dean, Library And Information Resources, Harvard Law School; Faculty Director, Berkman Klein Center For Internet And Society; Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
Jocelyn Kennedy, Executive Director
Kevin Garewal, Associate Director for Collections and Administration
Russell Coleman, Building Operations Assistant
Geri Fennelly, Financial Assistant
Jennie Rose Halperin, Assistant Director for Outreach and Community Engagement
Gail Fagerstrom Harris, Projects Manager
Theresa Knapp, Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator
Jessica Rios, Service Design and Assessment Librarian

Access Services

Brian Sutton, Access Services Manager
Frank Mullaly, Collection Management Manager
Melanie Evans, Access Services Coordinator
Ella Galinovsky, Collection Management Specialist
Alethea Jones, Access Services Coordinator
Ryan Miniot, Access Services Coordinator
Nilesh Rana, Collection Management Specialist
Jayvanti Rana, Binding, End Processing, And HD Processing Coordinator

Collection Development

Vacant, Collection Development Librarian for Foreign & International Law
Caroline Walters, Collection Development Librarian for U.S. & the Materials Budget
Gayle Fischer, Librarian for Islamic Law
Mariko Honshuku, Librarian for Japanese Law
Eve Lauria, Islamic Law Library Assistant
Lori Schulsinger, Collection Development Coordinator
QingRong Wei, Library Assistant
Nongji Zhang, Bibliographer for East Asian Law

Continuing Resources & Acquisitions

Elke Piontek, Manager, Continuing Resources And Acquisitions
Erin Britt, Library Assistant
Jennifer Burton, Library Assistant
Sean Bustard, Library Assistant
Todd Moody, Library Assistant
Lori Ellen Rocha, Library Assistant
Patty Sutton, Library Assistant
Maria Woods, Library Assistant

Digital Lab

Vacant, Manager, Digital Strategy for Collections
Jessica Chapel, Librarian/Archivist for Digital Projects

Electronic Resources & Serials

John Hostage, Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger
Laura Morrison-Westphal, Electronic Resources Coordinator

Empirical Research Services

Arevik Avedian, Director of Empirical Research Services

Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Services

Vacant, Manager, Faculty Research And Scholarly Support Services
June Casey, Librarian For Open Access Initiatives And Scholarly Communication
Anna Martin, Research Services Assistant
Shahrzad Mirshamsy, Library Assistant
Rachel Parker, FRIDA Assistant
Heather Pierce-Lopez, FRIDA Journal and Research Assistants for Hire Coordinator

Historical & Special Collections

Karen Beck, Manager, Historical & Special Collections & Rare Books Curator
Vacant, Project Archivist
Edwin Moloy, Curator of Modern Manuscripts
Mary Person, Rare Books Cataloger / Reference Librarian
Lesley Schoenfeld, Public Services & Visual Collections Administrator
Sarah Wharton, Access Services Coordinator

Library Innovation Laboratory

Adam Ziegler, Director
Anastasia Aizman, Web Developer
Rebecca Cremona, Web Developer
Jack Cushman, Senior Web Developer
Paul Deschner, Applications Developer
Andrew Silva, Web Developer
Clare Stanton, Communications and Outreach for
Ben Steinberg, DevOps Engineer

Metadata Creation for Professional Schools

Thomas Ma, Cataloging Manager
Dan Belich, Library Assistant
David Cleary, Library Assistant
Noah Cohen, Library Assistant
Olga Strakhov, Library Assistant

Preservation, Conservation, & Digital Imaging

Terri Messina, Library Assistant

Reference & Research Services

Melinda Kent, Manager, Reference & Research Services
Jennifer Allison, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law
Maya Bergamasco, Research Librarian, Harvard Administrative Fellows Scholar & ACRL Diversity Resident 2019-2021
Deanna Barmakian, Research Librarian
Catherine Biondo, Research Librarian
AJ Blechner, Research Librarian & Library Instruction Coordinator
Lisa Lilliott Rydin, Research Librarian
Michelle Pearse, Senior Research & Data Librarian
Stephen Wiles, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law

Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum Solutions

Rachel Gordon, Case Writer & Research Associate

Library Administration

Photo of Jonathan ZittrainJonathan Zittrain

Vice Dean, Library And Information Resources, Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center For Internet And Society, Professor Of Computer Science, SEAS
617-496-2108 (Griswold) 617-496-5243 (Langdell)
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Photo of Jocelyn KennedyJocelyn Kennedy

Executive Director

Jocelyn Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Library, where she oversees the day to day operations and provides strategic leadership for the Library. The HLS Library combines tradition with innovation and is renowned for its unique and exceptional print and electronic collections, its deep historical and archival collections and its expert research and reference staff. In addition, the Library has built programs to assist with curricular support (the Case Studies program), tech development to solve complex information access issues (; H20; Caselaw Access Project), and in-house, large-scale digitization.

Jocelyn is an expert in legal research, management, and working in complex organizations.  She presents on topics related to management, mindfulness, and communication. Jocelyn is a member of the Law Librarians of New England; the American Association of Law Libraries, where she serves as the Chair of the Standing Committee on the Economic Status of Librarians and is a member of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section newsletter committee; and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). Jocelyn is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

Prior to joining the Library in 2016, Jocelyn served in leadership positions at UCONN Law and Michigan Law. She is a former clerk for the New Hampshire Trial Court, and worked for a US Congressman prior to attending law school. Jocelyn holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire-Franklin Pierce Law Center, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington.

Kevin Garewal

Associate Director For Collection Development And Digital Initiatives

Jennie Rose Halperin

Assistant Director for Outreach and Community Engagement

Jennie Rose Halperin is the Assistant Director for Outreach and Community Engagement at the Harvard Law Library, where she oversees engagement, communications, events, and community management for staff, students, and faculty at HLS and beyond. Jennie joins the library from Creative Commons, where she served as the Senior Communications Manager. Previously, she worked in product and user community at Safari Books Online, and as a Community Manager at Mozilla. Jennie received her MLS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College. She also studied at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, where she worked in a museum of animal anatomy and catalogued trees in an Arboretum. She speaks German and some Spanish. In her free time, Jennie likes to grow food, read, write, do theater, ride her bike, and dance. She is enthusiastic about most things, but particularly communal living, community strategy, and cooperative work. She would be happy to discuss urban gardening, food preservation, or group facilitation with anyone who asks.

Russell Coleman

Building Operations Assistant

Geri Fennelly

Financial Assistant

Photo of Gail Fagerstrom HarrisGail Fagerstrom Harris

Projects Manager

Gail Fagerstrom Harris is our Project Manager overseeing a variety of projects including the Library’s Professional Development Program that ensures our staff keep their skills and knowledge current. She also doubles as an event planner, organizing behind the scenes to make our events run smoothly.

Gail found a love of the law while working for a legal services nonprofit in Gainesville, FL. She holds an A.A. in Psychology, and is a Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM). She loves to craft, garden, cook, and sing to her dog, Miles. She and her dog-trainer partner rescue dogs in their spare time.

Theresa Knapp

Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator

Jessica Rios

Service Design & Assessment Librarian

Access Services

Brian Sutton

Access Services Manager

Frank Mullaly

Collection Management Manager

Melanie Evans

Access Services Coordinator

Ella Galinovsky

Collection Management Specialist

Alethea Jones

Access Services Coordinator

Ryan Miniot

Access Services Coordinator

Ryan Miniot, Access Services Coordinator, joined the Library in 2014. Ryan welcomes visiting library researchers who have questions about access and acquiring materials, answers queries about library access, handles Scan & Deliver services at the Library, and trains and oversees our student workers at the circulation desk. Ryan holds a B.A. in History from Trinity University (Texas), an M.A. in History, and an  M.L.S. from Simmons College. Outside of work, Ryan’s passions include basketball (Go Nets!) and punk rock music.

Nilesh Rana

Collection Management Specialist

Jayvanti Rana

Binding, End Processing, And HD Processing Coordinator

Collection Development

Bridget Reischer

Collection Development Librarian For Foreign And International Law

J. Bridget Reischer, Collection Development Librarian for Foreign and International Law, leads the team that selects material for the Law Library’s Foreign and International Law collections.  Prior to joining the HLS Library in 1991, Bridget worked at the Vienna International Centre Library, serving the U.N. organizations headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Previously, she worked for the Executive Office of the President, and the U.S. Internal Revenue Services, as well as two Washington D.C. law firms. Bridget holds a B.A. in History from George Mason University and an M.L.I.S. from the Catholic University of America.  She speaks French and German and reads most Western European languages.

Photo of Caroline WaltersCaroline Walters

Collection Development Librarian For U.S. And The Materials Budget

Caroline joined the HLS Library in 2012 as the Collection Development Librarian for U.S. Law and Materials Budget,  responsible for the selection of U.S. law materials and managing the collections budget. She also leads negotiation for new electronic resources and serves as a coordinator for university-wide negotiations. Caroline is passionate about consumer advocacy for libraries and serves on the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Committee for Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV). She has also served on a variety of other AALL committees including the Vendor Supplied Records Academic Working Group and the Annual Meeting Program Committee. She is an active member of AALL and the Law Librarians of New England.

Prior to joining the HLS Library Caroline was the Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at Suffolk University Law Library for many years. Caroline holds a B.A. in English from Suffolk University and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Caroline publishes articles on her legal publishing advocacy work, urging vendors to partner with librarians to create greater discovery of their materials, to ensure preservation of electronic historical legal research, and to develop better business practices. Caroline’s greatest joy in life is cooking for friends and family. She loves to entertain, travel, read, and explore. She can often be found exploring her favorite place, Walden Pond.

Gayle Fischer

Librarian for Islamic Law

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Mariko Honshuku

Librarian for Japanese Law

Mariko Honshuku, Librarian for Japanese Law is responsible for selecting and managing HLS Library materials for Japanese law and interdisciplinary subject areas in all formats. As a liaison librarian to the East Asian Legal Studies programs at HLS, she provides special research assistance to faculty, students, and visiting scholars including reference, research consultation, bibliographic instruction, and assistance with interlibrary loan. She is also responsible for creating library collection analysis reports using the Harvard Cognos Library Reporting System. Mariko has served on several committees and working groups for the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) and the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL). She holds an M.L.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science and an M.M. in Organ Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music. In her spare time, Mariko enjoys learning new programing languages.

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Eve Lauria

Islamic Law Library Assistant

Eve Lauria is the Islamic Acquisitions Assistant, responsible for ordering, receiving, and cataloging Middle Eastern, North African, and Islamic Law, primarily in Islamic and Persian. Eve studied Psychology, Religion, and Women’s Studies at Oberlin College and holds an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  She is currently serving as a Board member and long-time volunteer at Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, she sings in her church choir, and spends the rest of her free time reading.

Photo of Lori SchulsingerLori Schulsinger

Collection Development Coordinator

Lori joined the HLS Library in 2006 and is our Collection Development Coordinator. In her role, Lori supports two bibliographers, monitors the library materials budget, and co-administers the HLS Library wiki page. Lori holds a B.S. in Marketing from Syracuse University and actively participates in several library teams/committees. In her spare time, Lori volunteers at Food Link, a food rescue organization, and the Road to Recovery-American Cancer Society, where she provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer.

QingRong Wei

Library Assistant

Photo of Nongji ZhangNongji Zhang

Bibliographer For East Asian Law

Nongji Zhang, Ph.D., Bibliographer for East Asian Law, has been with the Library since 1990, first as a library assistant before moving into her current position. Before working for HLS, Nongji was a researcher at the Institute of Science and Technology Policy and Management at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. When in China, she did research on science and technology law and provided legal services to local high tech companies.

As an area studies librarian at HLS, Nongji provides research services to faculty members and research consultations to faculty, students, and other patrons. She selects and manages Chinese and Korean law materials for the Library. A 2004 Douglas W. Bryant Fellowship recipient, Nongji has published works on Chinese law and library collection development including Resources on East Asian Law in the United States (1 J. of East Asian & Int’l L. 311). Her forthcoming book, The Pioneer Legal Schools and Their Scholarship in the People’s Republic of China, will be published by the East Asian Legal Studies Program. Nongji received a Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University, a M.L.S. from Simmons College, and an LL.M. from Peking University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photographing, gardening, and crafting.

Continuing Resources & Acquisitions

Elke Piontek

Manager, Continuing Resources And Acquisitions

Erin Britt

Continuing Resources & Acquisitions Library Assistant

Erin Britt joined the library in 2014. In her role as the Continuing Resources & Acquisitions Library Assistant, she is responsible for the receipt and payment of continuing resources. Prior to joining the HLS Library Erin worked as an Assistant Catalog Librarian at a rare book library and prior to that as a Technical Services Project Coordinator at a software company. Erin holds an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Saint Michael’s College. In her spare time, Erin enjoys teaching and practicing yoga.

Jennifer Burton

Library Assistant

Sean Bustard

Library Assistant

Todd Moody

Library Assistant

Lori Ellen Rocha

Library Assistant

Patty Sutton

Acquisitions Assistant

Patty Sutton, Acquisitions Assistant, secures rush orders for our patrons, orders monograph and monograph series, communicates with vendors, and connects other departments with technical services. She holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Washington, and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. Patty is fluent in French, is familiar with Spanish, and can transliterate Cyrillic alphabets. Prior to her work at Harvard, Patty was a bank teller and taught French to middle school students. Patty grew up in Alaska, enjoys running marathons and rock climbing, and reads math history books in her spare time.

Maria Woods

Library Assistant

Digital Lab

Stephen Chapman

Manager, Digital Strategy For Collections

Jessica Chapel

Librarian/Archivist for Digital Projects

Electronic Resources & Serials

Photo of John HostageJohn Hostage

Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger

John Hostage, Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger, joined the Library in 1982 and is responsible for cataloging serials, loose-leaf publications, various electronic resources, training catalogers in the creation of authority records and reviewing their work, as well as solving cataloging problems.

In addition to his work at the library, John is actively involved with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), is a former chair of AALL Cataloging and Classification Committee, formerly served on the International Federation of Library Archives (IFLA) Cataloging Section, and IFLA Classification and Indexing Section.

John holds a B.A. from Columbia University, and M.A.s in German and Library Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He received the Renee D. Chapman award from AALL in 2014. John speaks German fluently, as well as French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian.

Laura Morrison-Westphal

Electronic Resources Coordinator

Empirical Research Services

Photo of Arevik AvedianArevik Avedian

Director of Empirical Research Services

Arevik Avedian is the Director of Empirical Research Services (ERS). ERS provides empirical research support for the Harvard Law School faculty. Arevik is a Lecturer on Law at HLS, teaching quantitative methods. She holds a Ph.D. in World Politics and Methods, an M.A. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, and a dual B.A/M.A., summa cum laude, in International Relations from David Anhaght University of Armenia. Before joining HLS, she taught courses on statistics and international relations at University of California, Riverside and California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on armed conflict, inequality and corporate governance. Some of her current methodological interests include geographic information systems (GIS), text mining and location analytics.

Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Services

George Taoultsides

Manager, Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Services

George Taoultsides joined the library in 2007 and is the Manager of Faculty Research and Scholarly Support. Prior to joining the HLS Library, George practiced law, worked at Fidelity Investments, and managed a pizza place. George is a member of American Association of Law Libraries and Law Librarians of New England. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College, J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, M.L.I.S. from Simmons College, M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an A.L.M from Harvard Extension School.

June Casey

Librarian For Open Access Initiatives & Scholarly Communication

June Casey first joined the Library in 2006. In her role as the Librarian for Scholarly Communication she offers scholarly publication support for both faculty and students, including providing advice on Harvard’s Open Access Policy and managing the SSRN, Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH), and Scholastica Accounts. She teaches classes on the nuts and bolts of publishing, manages the HLS Faculty Bibliography, coordinates the Library’s Faculty Book Talk Series, and is the author of Scholarship@Law, a quarterly current awareness blog for recent faculty publications. She also provides research support for faculty. June holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and a C.A.S. degree in Digital Stewardship from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, as well as a J.D. and LL.M degree in Intellectual Property Law from Franklin Pierce Law Center, and an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She also studied film and animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2011, June received the Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Excellence. She is also a former Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Anna Martin

Research Services Assistant

Shahrzad Mirshamsy

Library Assistant

Rachel Parker

FRIDA Assistant

Rachel Parker supports the Faculty Research and Information Delivery Assistance (FRIDA) service, providing research support to Faculty and SJD students. She also supports the Faculty Bibliography Project under the direction of June Casey, and helps coordinate Faculty Book Talk events. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons School of Library and Information Science. Prior to her work as FRIDA Assistant Rachel worked at Houghton Library and the Harvard Botany Libraries.

Photo of Heather Pierce-LopezHeather Pierce-Lopez

FRIDA Journal and Research Assistants for Hire Coordinator

Heather Pierce-Lopez works as the RA for Hire Coordinator in the law library’s Faculty Research and Scholarly Services (FRSS) Department, where she provides concierge research support services for HLS faculty members, SJD students, and lecturers. She holds a B.S. in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University and an M.L.I.S. from Drexel University. She is a member the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE).

Despite her claim that she joined the HLS Library “1.5 million years ago,” she actually has been here “only” since 2001: she started as a part-time Inter-Library Loan (ILL) assistant while she was still a student at Somerville High School. Prior to joining the Library, Heather was a Case Worker and a Youth Instructor at the Area IV Youth Center. Heather’s language abilities start local (Bostonian), and span the continent (“a lovely bit of Espanol”), the Atlantic (Queen’s English), and the galaxy (Klingon). Her research interests include random Mt. Everest and high-altitude climbing information, “dead things,” and Papua New Guinea. She has an enduring enthusiasm for science fiction, including Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, and is the Library’s resident expert on Downton Abbey and the development patterns of the relationship between Carson and Hughes. Heather’s super powers? “Honesty, and keepin’ it 100.”

Historical & Special Collections (HSC)

Photo of Karen BeckKaren Beck

Manager, Historical & Special Collections & Rare Books Curator

Karen Beck, Manager, Historical & Special Collections (HSC), joined the HLS Library in 2011. Karen leads a team of six staff in HSC, a “library within a library” dedicated to collecting, protecting, and sharing rare law books, early manuscripts, visual materials, and HLS faculty and institutional materials with researchers around the world. Karen enjoys working with HLS faculty and colleagues to share HSC’s materials with students, and digitizing our collections to make them freely available to everyone.

Karen has broad experience in academic law libraries. She has taught legal research to 1Ls, worked as a reference librarian, and been responsible for developing modern and historical law collections. Karen is a longstanding member of the American Association of Law Libraries. She served as Chair of the Legal History & Rare Books Special Interest Section, and has been an member of many AALL committees. She’s a member of the Law Librarians of New England and the Rare Books and Manuscript section of the American Library Association. Karen earned a B.A. in English from Pomona College, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s in Library Science from U.C.L.A. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and kayaking, but not at the same time. She loves to visit the desert and dabbles in creative writing projects when the mood strikes.

Irene Gates

Project Archivist

Edwin Moloy

Curator Of Modern Manuscripts

Photo of Mary PersonMary Person

Rare Books Cataloger / Reference Librarian

Mary Person, Rare Books Cataloger and Reference Librarian, catalogs rare books and early manuscripts, making them accessible to the world. Mary also provides research support and expertise to researchers in our Historical & Special Collections (HSC). She specializes in early English legal works, execution broadsides, French customary law, and early printing and publishing in general. She is also an expert on HSC’s byzantine system of call numbers and shelving arrangements. Mary was a pastry chef for several years before she joined HLS Library in 1987. She holds a B.A. in History and Anthropology from Marlboro College, an M.L.S. from Simmons, and has also taken a number of courses at Rare Book School at Columbia and University of Virginia. Mary reads French, Spanish, and some Latin. Away from the Library, Mary is a passionate gardener and walker, and loves being outdoors no matter the weather. Her sweet black cat, Amina, is a part-time mouser with aspirations of catching squirrels.

Lesley Schoenfeld

Public Services & Visual Collections Administrator

Sarah Wharton

Access Services Coordinator

Library Innovation Lab

Adam Ziegler


Anastasia Aizman

Web Developer

Rebecca Cremona

Web Developer

Jack Cushman

Senior Web Developer

Paul Deschner

Applications Developer

Kelly Fitzpatrick

Andrew Silva

Web Developer

Clare StantonClare Stanton

Communications and Outreach for

Clare joined the Library Innovation Lab (LIL) in 2018. She leads the way in exploring and expanding the user group of, a service that creates indelible links for web citation. Prior to joining LIL, Clare worked at The Forum for Growth and Innovation, a research community lead by Professor Clay Christensen at Harvard Business School. Clare holds a B.A. in Art History from Wake Forest University and is an M.S. student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science.

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Ben Steinberg

DevOps Engineer

Ben Steinberg, DevOps Engineer, joined our Library Innovation Lab (LIL) in 2016. Ben holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.S. from Simmons College. Prior to HLS, Ben worked at the Brookline Public Library and Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication.

Metadata Creation for Professional Schools

Thomas Ma

Cataloging Manager

Tom Ma, Cataloging Manager, holds an M.A. and an M.L.I.S. Tom first worked for Harvard libraries in 1999.

Dan Belich

Library Assistant

David Cleary

Library Assistant

Noah Cohen

Library Assistant VI

Noah Cohen, Library Assistant VI, is responsible for cataloging and monograph receipts. Noah holds a B.A. in Classical Languages from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Classical Philology from Harvard University, and knows ancient and modern Greek, Latin, and German.

Olga Strakhov

Library Assistant

QingRong Wei

Library Assistant

Preservation, Conservation, & Digital Imaging

Terri Messina

Library Assistant

Reference & Research Services

Photo of Mindy KentMelinda Kent

Manager, Reference & Research Services
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Mindy Kent, Manager, Research Services, manages our team of research librarians and enjoys helping faculty and students with research questions herself. She particularly likes questions about legal history. Mindy holds a B.A. in History from Yale College, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and she is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. She has some reading knowledge of French and has done coursework in Russian, Latin, Attic Greek, and Old English. Mindy is involved with the American Association of Law Libraries and the Law Librarians of New England, of which she is a past president. Prior to joining the HLS Library in 1998, Mindy practiced corporate law in Boston. Her second, concurrent career is Chief of Staff for an extremely busy terrier. Her hobbies include genealogy, hiking, knitting, sewing, and restoring vintage toy sailboats. Mindy’s super power is walking and reading (usually murder mysteries) at the same time.

Photo of Jennifer AllisonJennifer Allison

Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law
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Jennifer Allison has served as a Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law at the Harvard Law Library since 2012. She specializes in German-language jurisdictions, and has responsibilities for both research and collection development. She earned her J.D. from Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California in 2007 and is admitted to the California bar (inactive status). She also holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science (San Jose State University, 2010), and an LL.M. from the University of Würzburg in Germany (2018). The topic of her LL.M. thesis was the protection of fundamental rights in cases of privatization of public functions and services under the German Basic Law. She returns to Würzburg regularly as a visiting lecturer to teach substantive courses in U.S. law, including criminal procedure and administrative law. Her scholarly interests include social justice, correctional law, critical legal studies, the intersection of law and language, and the navigation of the acculturation process by foreign students. In her spare time, she likes to watch and play ice hockey.

Maya Bergamasco

Reference Librarian
Harvard Administrative Fellows Scholar/ACRL Diversity Resident 2019-2021

Photo of Deanna BarmakianDeanna Barmakian

Research Librarian
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Deanna Barmakian, Research Librarian, provides research and reference support to our faculty, students, and staff. Deanna holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, a J.D. from Boston University and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons. Deanna first joined the Library in 1997, left in 2006, and happily returned in 2017. She gets a charge out of helping researchers find sources they might not have found otherwise. She has learned (and mostly forgotten) French, Italian, and Spanish and is currently trying her hand at Korean. She has participated in law librarian professional organizations at the local and national level, chairing and serving on many committees. Outside of work, she’s hanging out with her retired HLS librarian husband and her two over-scheduled sons.

Catherine Biondo

Research Librarian
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Catherine Biondo, Research Librarian, joined the Library in 2018.

Prior to becoming a librarian, Catherine practiced law in New York and was a research law clerk for the Connecticut Superior Court. Catherine holds an A.B. in Government from Cornell University, a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, and an M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College. She is active in the Law Librarians of New England – where she currently serves as President – and the American Association of Law Libraries. She is a member (inactive) of the New York and Connecticut bars.

Photo of AJ BlechnerAJ Blechner

Research Librarian & Library Instruction Coordinator
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AJ Blechner is the Library’s Research Librarian and Library Instruction Coordinator. They coordinate and participate in teaching legal research, lead the design and development of instructional materials and assess our teaching and educational needs and offerings. AJ’s research specialties include Disability Law, Gender and Sexual Minorities Law, Cyberlaw, Intellectual Property, Health Law, Administrative Law, Political Communication, and Instructional Design.

AJ holds a B.A., cum laude, from Emerson College, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and an M.L.I.S. with a Special Certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. They also received a certificate in Learning Design and Technology from the Harvard Extension School. AJ is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, chairing the SR-SIS Standing Committee on Disability Issues and serving on the Government Relations Committee. AJ publishes and presents on library instruction, sexuality and gender, and disability and inclusion. In their spare time, AJ participates in volunteer work and community activism. They hike, ski, and camp in the New England woods, and are an avid board gamer and Marvel movie enthusiast.

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Research Librarian
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Lisa Lilliott Rydin, Research Librarian, provides research support to library patrons, teaches research skills and strategy to students, and serves as Library Liaison to designated faculty members, clinics, and journals. She specializes in business, corporate, and tax-related research.  Lisa holds a B.A. in Economics and Government from Colby College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Lisa joined the Reference & Research Services team full-time after three years serving in a variety of roles at Harvard including Reference, Faculty Services, and Scholarly Communications, while completing her M.L.I.S. Before librarianship, Lisa had a career as an ERISA/Employee Benefits attorney. She began her career at Goodwin & Procter (now Goodwin Procter) and Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale) and then moved in-house, spending the majority of her career in the financial services industry focusing on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. Lisa is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Law Librarians of New England, and the Special Libraries Association. Lisa likes to unwind with a good mystery book and currently recommends Louise Penny and Tana French as her authors of choice.

Michelle Pearse

Senior Research & Data Librarian
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Michelle Pearse, Senior Research and Data Librarian, focuses on research assistance generally and data-related research. She has a wide range of library experience across subject areas and functions (often including emerging areas of library activities), and has growing expertise on finding and working with data.

Throughout her career, Michelle has been active in professional organizations. She is currently co-chair of the Communications and Technology Committee and a member of the Government Relations Committee in Law Librarians of New England. She has chaired American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) committees, including the Indexing and Placements and Grants Committees. She served on the Local Arrangements Committees the last two times that the AALL annual meeting has taken place in Boston. In addition, she co-chaired an AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section task force that write a report on scholarly communication issues in libraries. Michelle is also involved in government relations including advocacy and education around the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA).

In addition, Michelle serves on university committees and task forces, most recently those related to data acquisitions, accessibility of web archives, and e-resources selection. She co-founded the Data Discussion group at Harvard Library.

Michelle has published in the Michigan Law Review and Law Library Journal. In addition to her own presentations on topics related to collection development, open access, and data, she has helped organize programs such as Implementing the Durham Statement: Best Practices for Open Access Law Journals and

Michelle joined the Library in 2003. Her previous positions at HLS include Research Librarian for Open Access & Scholarly Communication, Bibliographer for Anglo-American Law, and a stint in our collection services department in the late 1990s. She has worked for the Boston Public Library, Emmanuel College Library, Northeastern University School of Law Library and the University of Connecticut School of Law Library.

Michelle holds an M.L.S. and J.D., and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. She has a dual B.A. in English and Political Science, and studied abroad at Oxford University during her undergraduate years. She has reading knowledge of French. Follow her on Twitter at @aabibliographer.

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Mary O’Rourke, Teaching and Learning Coordinator in our Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum Solutions group (TLC), manages the Case Studies website and its related academic and social media marketing. She guides and helps professors and case study authors through the publication process, from rough draft to final published case study. She supports our faculty and other members of the HLS community with academic technology, including Canvas and iClickers. Mary holds a B.S.B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Principled Leadership from Simmons College. She’s the Start-up Case Co-Chair for the North American Case Research Association Conference. When she’s not working on case studies, Mary takes to the air, studying Aerial Arts, including Silks, Lyra and Trapeze.