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
Gail Fagerstrom Harris, Projects Manager
Caitlin Laughlin, Staff Assistant
Jessica Rios, Emerging Technologies and Assessment Librarian
Brian Sutton, Access Services Manager
Frank Mullaly, Collection Management Manager
Mark Berg, Collection Management Specialist
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
Anne-Marie Taylor, Access Services Resource Sharing Coordinator
Bridget Reischer, 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
Nongji Zhang, Bibliographer for East Asian Law
Elke Piontek, Manager, Continuing Resources And Acquisitions
Erin Britt, Library Assistant
Jennifer Burton, Library Assistant
Michael Curry, Library Assistant
Todd Moody, Library Assistant
Lori Ellen Rocha, Library Assistant
Patty Sutton, Library Assistant
Sarah Wharton, Library Assistant
Maria Woods, Library Assistant
George Taoultsides, 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
Ashley Pierce, Document Delivery And Faculty Reserves Assistant
Heather Pierce-Lopez, FRIDA Journal and Research Assistants for Hire Coordinator
Karen Beck, Manager, Historical & Special Collections & Rare Books Curator
Jane Kelly, Historical & Special Collections Assistant
Edwin Moloy, Curator of Modern Manuscripts
Jessica Farrell, Curator of Digital Collections
Mary Person, Rare Books Cataloger / Reference Librarian
Lesley Schoenfeld, Public Services & Visual Collections Administrator
Adam Ziegler, Director
Anastasia Aizman, Web Developer
Rebecca Cremona, Web Developer
Jack Cushman, Senior Web Developer
Paul Deschner, Applications Developer
Casey Gruppioni, Web Developer
Brett Johnson, Outreach and Support Lead
Andrew Silva, Web Developer
Clare Stanton, Communications and Outreach for Perma.cc
Ben Steinberg, DevOps Engineer
Terri Messina, Library Assistant
Melinda Kent, Manager, Reference & Research Services
Jennifer Allison, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law
Deanna Barmakian, Research Librarian
AJ Blechner, Research Librarian & Library Instruction Coordinator
Meg Kribble, Research Librarian & Outreach Coordinator
Lisa Lilliott, Research Librarian
Michelle Pearse, Senior Research Librarian
Stephen Wiles, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law
Vice Dean, Library And Information Resources, Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center For Internet And Society, Professor Of Computer Science, SEAS
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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 (Perma.cc; 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.
Associate Director For Collection Development And Digital Initiatives
Building Operations Assistant
Gail Fagerstrom Harris is our Projects 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.
Caitlin Laughlin, Administrative and IMLS Web Archiving Assistant, wears many hats: she manages the Executive Director’s calendar, collaborates with staff on events planning, and also works on the Perma.cc web archiving project in the Library Innovation Lab. Caitlin holds a B.A. in History from Wellesley College. She joined the Library in 2017.
Emerging Technologies & Assessment Librarian
Access Services Manager
Collection Management Manager
Collection Management Specialist
Mark Berg is a Library Assistant who works on shelving, pulling periodicals for binding, labeling materials–particularly rush cataloged items–and preparing books to be sent to the Harvard Depository as part of the Lewis project. Mark holds a B.A. in Russian language and literature. He recently translated The Armenian Testament, a novel about the Armenian Genocide, by Gonzalo Hernandez Guarch from Spanish to English. Mark joined the Library in 1979.
Access Services Coordinator
Collection Management Specialist
Access Services Coordinator
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.
Collection Management Specialist
Binding, End Processing, And HD Processing Coordinator
Access Services Resource Sharing Coordinator
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.
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.
Librarian for Islamic Law
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manager, Continuing Resources And Acquisitions
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.
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.
Manager, Digital Strategy For Collections
Digital Projects Archivist
Kerri Fleming joined the Library in 2014. As our Digital Projects Archivist, she selects items for digitization, prepares materials for their digitization workflows and tracks the analog and digital items through the process. Kerri holds a B.A. in History from Saint Anselm College, an M.A. in History from Simmons College and an M.S.L.I.S. from Simmons College. Kerri is a member of the Society of American Archivists and of New England Archivists.
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.
Electronic Resources Coordinator
Statistician, Manager of the Empirical Research Services
Arevik Avedian is a Statistician and Manager of the Empirical Research Services, providing empirical research support for the Harvard Law School faculty. She also is a Lecturer on Law at HLS, teaching quantitative methods. Arevik 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, big data and location analytics.
Applied Research Statistician
Jonathan Hack, Applied Research Statistician, joined the Library in 2018. He provides empirical research support for the HLS faculty.
Jonathan’s own area of specialization is American politics, focusing on judicial decision-making and political institutions. Jonathan’s research explores the historical development of institutions and the role institutional design plays in structuring how judges render decisions. His methodological interests include text mining, natural language processing, network analysis, and survey analytics.
Jonathan holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Quantitive Methodology from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Prior to joining HLS, Jonathan taught courses on American government and judicial decision-making at the George Washington University.
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.
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.
Research Services Assistant
Document Delivery And Faculty Reserves Assistant
Ashley Pierce, Document Delivery and Faculty Reserve Assistant, oversees library reserves and liaises with faculty, faculty assistants, students, and staff on behalf of the Faculty Research and Scholarly Services Department. Ashley joined the Library in 2004. She holds a Masters Certificate in Music Business from Berklee College of Music. Ashley enjoys attending comic conventions and has two cats, Frankie and Peggy.
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.”
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.
Curator of Digital Collections
Jessica Farrell, Curator of Digital Collections, manages Historical & Special Collections digitization projects, curates and manages historic born-digital collections, and manages the Red Set collection of faculty publications and select Harvard Law School history. Her many specialties include developing archival collections; stabilizing and providing access to obsolete media; curating and preserving audiovisual collections; archiving websites, including social media; and managing projects that result in digital delivery of archival material.
Jess is serving a term as vice chair/chair/immediate past chair of the Society of American Archivists Electronic Records Section (2017-2020) and co-leads the Digital Library Federation’s Born-Digital Access Group. She’s also active in New England Archivists, participating in their Digital Archives Roundtable and she leads two library discussion groups at Harvard. Jess is also active in presenting and publishing on the topics of dismantling imperialist archival practices and providing access to born digital material.
Prior to joining the HLS Library in 2016, Jess was Assistant Archivist for McDonald’s Corporation. She began her career at the College of Charleston’s Special Collections and its Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, where she held a variety of archives and digitization-focused positions. Jess holds a B.A. in French with a minor in African Studies from the College of Charleston, an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina, and is a Certified Archivist (C.A.) Outside the Library, she enjoys hiking and birding throughout beautiful New England and beyond, playing video and tabletop games, and cooking big southern meals. When she’s not cuddling with her cat Gris Gris or taking in a show with her husband Joel, you can find her organizing for political and social change in her neighborhood.
Historical & Special Collections Assistant
Jane Kelly, Historical & Special Collections (HSC) Assistant, joined the HLS Library in November 2012. Jane manages the HSC reading room, the Root Room, and the print material in the Red Set, HSC’s collection of material related to the history of HLS. She works closely with student organizations to collect their original records, contributes to HSC’s web archiving and manuscript processing, reshelves HSC items in the secure, climate-controlled stacks, and works behind the scenes on much more to keep the department running smoothly. She also takes a leading role in managing the HLS Library Instagram account.
Jane is interested in the ways that technology can change special collections and archival work, both for staff and researchers, as well as finding new ways to get people interested and invested in special collections and archives. In addition to Jane’s work at the Library, she is actively involved with the Society of American Archivists and New England Archives.
Prior to joining the HLS Library, Jane worked at the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Museum of Science, in Boston. Jane holds a B.A. in English and History from Skidmore College, and will complete her M.S.L.I.S. from the iSchool of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2018. Jane’s super power is finding items in the HSC stacks that no one else can find!
Curator Of Modern Manuscripts
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. Mary reads French, Spanish, and some Latin. Away from the Library, Mary is an obsessive gardener and walker, and loves being outdoors no matter the weather. She has a sweet black cat who occasionally brings her a mouse.
Public Services & Visual Collections Administrator
Senior Web Developer
Casey Gruppioni, is our Lead Developer on the H2O project in the Library Innovation Lab. She is actively involved in Women Who Code and has given several talks on women in tech issues and salary negotiation. Casey earned a B.S. from Bentley University. Prior to joining the Library in 2017, Casey worked at a tech start-up.
Outreach and Support Lead
Brett Johnson serves as the Outreach and Support Lead in the Library Innovation Lab (LIL) and joined the Library in 2014. Brett supports all users on the free casebook platform H2O at Harvard and beyond, leads support and coordination of outreach for the link-rot fighting Perma.cc, and speaks at events and conferences on LIL projects.
Brett is also a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer who specializes in outstanding customer support and spontaneity. Prior to joining the HLS Library, Brett was the Academic Technology Administrator at Monserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.
Brett holds a B.S. in Political Studies and Theater from Gordon College and is an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (OSX 10.6) along with multiple other Apple certifications.
Communications and Outreach for Perma.cc
Clare joined the Library Innovation Lab (LIL) in 2018. She leads the way in exploring and expanding the user group of Perma.cc, 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.
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.
Tom Ma, Cataloging Manager, holds an M.A. and an M.L.I.S. Tom first worked for Harvard libraries in 1999.
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.
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.
Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law
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Jennifer Allison, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law, specializes in German-language jurisductions. A California native, she’s also the Library’s expert on law of the Golden State. She earned a B.A. in English and German from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.L.I.S from San Jose State University, a J.D. from Pepperdine Law School, and an LL.M. in German Law from the Juristische Fakultät, Universität Würzburg. Her LL.M. thesis topic was the protection of fundamental rights in cases of privatization of public functions and services under the German Basic Law (Germany’s version of the state action doctrine), focusing on Germany’s private security industry. While earning her LL.M, Jennifer was also a lecturer at the University of Würzburg and taught Legal English, Introduction to U.S. Law, U.S. Criminal Law and Procedure, and U.S. Administrative Law.
Jennifer has a wide range of intellectual interests, including the history of libraries and librarians, pedagogical methodology for teaching non-native speakers, German history and politics, sports law, and correctional/prison law.
A resident of Boston, Jennifer has been married since 2003 to her husband Ali, an accountant. They have a cat, Ziggy. Jennifer and Ali met while playing against each other in an ice hockey game in Los Angeles. They both grew up in southern California, so moving to Massachusetts for Jennifer’s job at HLS was quite an adjustment!
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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.
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.
Meg Kribble, Research Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, joined the HLS Library in 2008. Meg loves helping students, faculty, clinic, and journals navigate our collections. She also teaches research in the LRW program, and coordinates the Library’s outreach, social media, and library events for the HLS community. Her favorite thing at the moment is giving tours introducing our community to our beautiful Library spaces and all the things we can do for them.
In addition to her work at the Library, Meg is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), currently serving a 3-year term on the Executive Board (2016-2019). She previously served as Chair of the AALL Copyright Committee and Computing Services Special Interest Section (CS-SIS). She has also served on the Appointments Committee, Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee, and National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials Special Committee. In 2015, she received the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award from the AALL CS-SIS. She won the AALL Excellence in Marketing Award for best newsletter for the HLSL Bathroom Reader in 2012, and was an AALL Leadership Academy Fellow in 2009. She presents on libraries and technology, library outreach, and professional development.
Prior to becoming a librarian, Meg was a bookstore manager and executive assistant at an auction house. Meg holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from the College of DuPage, a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.A. in Library & Information Science from the University of South Florida. Meg speaks French and a bit of Irish. She lives up to the librarian stereotype with two cats and a love of genealogy and knitting. She’s also been known to brew beer, practice yoga, cook, and travel.
Lisa Lilliott, 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.
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 Law.gov.
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.
Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law
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Daniel Breidenbach, a Learning Technologist with the Library’s Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum Solutions group (TLC), supports Canvas, the Wiki, Qualtrics and other education tools at the Law School. Dan holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Northeastern University and expects his A.L.M. in Software Engineering from the Harvard Extensions School in 2019. In his spare time, Dan enjoys running, cooking and actually sitting down to read a book once in a while.
Case Writing Fellow
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Brittany L. Deitch is a J.D. Case Writing Fellow who writes case studies for the J.D. Curriculum. Her research interests include criminal procedure, criminal law, theories and practice of punishment, constitutional law, and theories of the role of government.
Brittany holds a B.A. in English and Politics (double major) from Ursinus College, and a J.D. with highest honors from University of Tulsa College of Law. During law school, she earned seven CALI awards for achieving the highest scores in her classes in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Theory & Practice of Punishment, Non-Profit Law, and Law & Literature. She also published in a peer-reviewed journal, participated in the National Health Law Moot Court competition, served on the Student Bar Association, was treasurer of the OutLaws and PawLaw student organizations, served as a research assistant for a criminal procedure professor, and served as the teaching assistant for two constitutional law sections. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Brittany frequently publishes on criminal law and procedure and is working on an article about theories of taxation and representation. She is the author of “Retributivism’s Conjoined Twins Problem” in the Criminal Law Bulletin (2017), “The Unconstitutionality of Criminal Jury Selection” in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2018), and “Retributivist Theories’ Conjoined Twin Problems , forthcoming the University of Cincinnati Law Review. She posts her work on her SSRN page.
Brittany enjoys traveling and exploring new environments. Her beloved cats, Chip and Desmond, have probably visited more states than the average American. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, solving cryptograms, sudokus and other logic puzzles, driving to new places for day trips, and thinking about modifications of the Trolley Problem.
Case Writer And Research Associate
Teaching and Learning Coordinator
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.