Mark Weber, Assistant Dean for Career Services
Kirsten Solberg, Director of Judicial Clerkships
Margie Boone, Associate Director and Director of Alumni Advising
Yih-hsien Shen, Associate Director and Director for J.D. Advising
Marjorie Lichtenberger, Associate Director and Director of International Advising
Sara Dana, Senior Associate Director and Director of Communications
Betsy DiPardo, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Dena Sacco, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Elizabeth Blume, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Alexandra McKinney, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Jesse Ohrenberger, Director of Recruitment and Operations
Cassandra Filios, Communications and Projects Manager
Stacey Funk, Recruitment and Office Specialist
Keiseena Evans, Front Desk and Program Coordinator
Assistant Dean for Career Services
Mark has more than 25 years of experience counseling and advising students and attorneys about their careers. Before becoming the Assistant Dean for Career Services at Harvard Law School in 2000, he held that role at the University of Illinois College of Law, his alma mater. Mark is an active member of NALP, the National Association for Law Placement and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization including serving on the Board of Directors and the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee, and chairing the Nominating Committee. In addition to his experience in higher education, Mark practiced law at a mid-sized firm in Chicago where he focused on tax, corporate and bankruptcy matters and worked in the tax department of a Big Four public accounting firm. Mark is also a CPA and received his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois.
Director of Judicial Clerkships
Kirsten focuses on advising students and alumni seeking judicial clerkships. She was the principal architect of two clerkship computer systems created for Harvard and subsequently marketed nationwide by Micron Systems and Symplicity. She also was involved in the development of the national Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”) and previously chaired the Judicial Clerkship Section of NALP, the National Association for Law Placement. Before coming to Harvard, Kirsten taught legal research and writing at another law school, practiced law with a focus on employee benefits and healthcare at a large corporate firm, clerked for a federal district court judge, and interned at a small civil-rights law firm. She has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in economics from Haverford College
Associate Director and Director of Alumni Advising
Margie joined OCS after working as an employment litigator in Boston where she was a law firm associate and also worked in the general counsel’s office at a large university. Margie developed the first Career Guidance program at Ropes & Gray and also had her own consulting practice, working with large Boston firms on career development issues. For several years prior to law school, Margie worked in the Development Office for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She received her B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law where she enjoyed legal internships in the General Counsel’s office at National Public Radio in Washington DC, the Federal Public Defender Office in Boston, and 2 large Boston law firms.
Associate Director and Director for J.D. Advising
Yih-hsien has been an adviser in the Office of Career Services since 2002. She has also served as a reader with the Law School Admissions Office. She received an A.B. in History from Columbia College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1995. While a student at HLS, she served as co-chair of APALSA and an Executive Editor of the Women’s Law Journal (now the Harvard Journal on Law & Gender). After HLS, she practiced for three years in both the corporate and litigation departments at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and then worked as in-house counsel to a life insurance company in Baltimore, where she managed the company’s litigation and advised on employment issues. Yih-hsien also holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College. A resident of Cambridge, Yih-hsien is passionate about her family, the New York Yankees, and good food
Associate Director and Director of International Advising
Marjorie primarily focuses on advising LL.M. students about private sector career paths. Prior to joining OCS, Marjorie taught legal research and writing at Boston University School of Law, where she was also an attorney-adviser providing career advice on a wide variety of topics. Earlier in her career, Marjorie was a litigator in the Boston office of a national law firm, and a staff attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Princeton University, and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where she was an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar and a member of the Public Interest Law Journal. She lives in Somerville with her family and two Labrador Retrievers.
Senior Associate Director and Director of Communications
Prior to joining OCS, Sara was an Associate Director in the Office of Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law where she headed the private sector section of the office. Sara transitioned to law school career services after practicing for several years as a real estate associate in the Boston office of an international law firm, where she also worked extensively with the Public Finance and Environmental groups. Sara graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, magna cum laude, where she served as the Articles Editor for the Florida Law Review. Prior to law school, Sara received her M.S. in Counseling from Northeastern University and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, watching Florida Gator football, and running marathons and half marathons.
Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Betsy advises J.D. students interested in private sector careers. She previously advised students and alumni interested in judicial clerkships and worked in the Office of Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law. Before transitioning to career services, she clerked for the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and worked as an associate at a large Boston law firm. She earned her B.A. from Boston College and J.D. from Boston College Law School. Additionally, she served as Secretary of the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association (MALRA) for the 2015-2016 season and President for the 2016-2017 season, as well as a Regional Representative for the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) from 2018-2020.
Assistant Director for J.D. Advising
Dena Sacco joined OCS in July 2017 and advises JD students. Dena earned her B.A from Yale in 1990, her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1993, and an LL.M. in European Community law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium in 1994. Dena began her legal career as an associate in the employment law department at Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., where she had spent her 2L summer. She then served in the Federal government, at The United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC as a Counsel in the Office of Policy Development and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, where she handled child exploitation cases, gun cases involving domestic violence, and civil asset forfeiture cases. Upon leaving the federal government, Dena returned to HLS, where she has worked across many departments, as a Senior Researcher with the Youth and Media Project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, an Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor in the Cyberlaw Clinic, a Lecturer in the Graduate and First Year Legal Research & Writing Programs, and an attorney adviser in the Office of Public Interest Advising. While a student at HLS, Dena was an editor of the International Law Journal, a member of the Women’s Law Association, and spent her 1L summer working in Paris at Moquet, Borde et Associés.
Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Liz advises students and alumni seeking judicial clerkships. She joined OCS in January 2015 as a Clerkship Specialist and spent several years tracking hiring practices among judicial chambers. Liz obtained her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Thomas and Karole Green Scholar in Law and a Bioethics Research Assistant. She has experience as a law clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court, as well as with a hospital, a consulting firm, and a small law practice. Prior to law school, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a Congressional staffer and for the government relations practice of a large law firm. Liz lives in Dedham with her family.
Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships
Alexandra McKinney advises students and alumni seeking judicial clerkship opportunities. Alexandra joins Harvard Law School from a position as Assistant General Counsel at Southern New Hampshire University, where she handled compliance, employment, and international matters. After graduating from law school, Alexandra clerked for Chief Justice Craig Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court. In addition to her work in these positions, Alexandra has interned at large and mid-sized law firms, served as an adjunct instructor in the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s externship program, and designed and taught graduate and undergraduate business law courses at Southern New Hampshire University. She has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in public policy analysis from Stanford University.
Visiting J.D. Adviser
Jason is an independent legal career adviser and the sole owner and principal of Gridline Search + Consulting. Prior to founding Gridline, he was a full time adviser here in OCS acting as the Associate Director for Career Services. He also worked for several years in the London and New York offices of Dewey & LeBoeuf as a corporate finance associate with a practice focused on securities regulation, capital markets and insurance regulatory law. Jason left Dewey to work in legal career services. He received a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies from George Washington University and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law- Newark, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Review. Jason also has a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. He lives in Hull, MA with his husband where he is very active in local politics and community activities.
Visiting J.D. Adviser
Abbie is an independent legal consultant who works with law schools and law firms across the U.S. For 16 years, she was Associate Dean for Career Services and Policy Initiatives for the University of Chicago Law School, a law school for which she also served as interim Dean of Students. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was employed by Georgetown University Law Center, the American Bar Foundation, and a large Washington, D.C. law firm. Throughout her law school professional experience, she has worked on employment outcomes, multiple institutional long-range plans, and on committees ranging from senior administrative search to Diversity and Inclusion. Her publications include coauthoring handbooks on associate evaluation, strategies for associate retention, and market assessments for law students translating their skills to a changing profession. She holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois.
3L Peer Adviser
Jack is a peer adviser and a rising 3L. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2020 with a degree in finance and management. At HLS, he is on the board of the Harvard Business Law Review and a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. He spent his 1L summer as a legal fellow at New Markets Lab in Washington, DC, an international trade law and policy research institute, and his 2L summer at the New York office of Cravath, Swaine and Moore in the corporate department. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jack enjoys cross country and alpine skiing, travelling, and photography.
3L Peer Adviser
Freddie is a peer advisor and a rising 3L. She graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with a degree in psychology and sociology. At HLS, Freddie is involved in Harvard Defenders and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She spent her 1L summer as a 1L Diversity Fellow at Morgan Lewis in the Boston office and her 2L summer as a 2L Diversity Fellow at Kirkland & Ellis in the New York office and will be doing a touchback at Morgan Lewis later in the summer. In her free time, Freddie enjoys watching true-crime documentaries, yoga, and bullet-journaling.
3L Peer Adviser
Kaleb is a peer adviser and rising 3L. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Utah and a master’s in international security from the University of Denver. Prior to law school, he served as an infantry officer in the United States Army and an intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. At HLS, Kaleb is involved with the Armed Forces Association. He spent his 1L summer as a judicial intern for Chief Judge Robert J. Shelby of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah and his 2L summer as a summer associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Paul, Weiss. In his spare time, Kaleb enjoys reading and cycling.
3L Peer Adviser
Annie is a peer adviser and a rising 3L. She graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a degree in English Literature. Between college and law school, she worked in digital advertising strategy at Google in New York. At HLS, Annie is involved with APALSA and the Journal of Law & Technology (JOLT). She spent her 1L summer as a legal intern for the Digital Freedom Fund’s Berlin office and her 2L summer as a summer associate in Morrison Foerster’s San Francisco office. In her spare time, Annie enjoys baking, board games, and reality television.
Director of Recruitment and Operations
Prior to joining OCS in 2019, Jesse was Associate Director of Career Education at Boston University’s Center for Career Development. She has also worked in career services at MIT and at a local nonprofit. She is actively involved with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) within the city of Boston as a workshop facilitator, and is on the national AAUW Inclusion and Equity Committee. Jesse graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Psychology and Communication and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration.
Communications and Projects Manager
Cassie manages the online communication structure for the office, including the website, blog, podcasts, and recorded programs. Cassie also provides support for special networking events and recruiting programs. Prior to joining OCS, Cassie worked at Simmons College as a project manager for admission publications, and before that she worked at an e-commerce startup and taught English as a second language in Greece. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Rochester. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys dancing lindy hop and balboa, cooking, and traveling.
Recruitment and Office Specialist
Stacey is the OCS primary employer relations contact and provides administrative support for career services interview programs and employer job postings. Stacey joined OCS in June 2016 with an Ed.M in Higher Education Administration from Boston University and a B.A. in Business Management from Emmanuel College. Prior to joining OCS, Stacey worked in Talent Acquisition at Boston University, recruiting and hiring for a variety of staff and administrative positions throughout the University. Stacey enjoys running, baking and traveling to Maine to visit her family.
Front Desk and Program Coordinator
Keiseena has had many years of administrative and operations experience prior to joining OCS. Before her start with the office, Keiseena served in different administrative roles for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and Boston College. She also brings a varied background in food service and custom art framing. In her spare time, Keiseena works on her own creative writing projects and participates in numerous community engagements.