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Over the program’s seven years, Emerging Leaders has worked with many members of the Harvard community, as well as professionals and experts from beyond Cambridge. Using feedback from prior cohorts and input from the current cohort, the Emerging Leaders Advisory Board develops a curriculum that draws on the strengths of the HU staff, faculty and network. Read about our 2019-20 mentors below.

2019-20 Mentors

Roxanne armbruster

Roxanne joined Harvard Law School as our new Assistant Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer in July of 2019. Roxanne is a member of the HLS senior management team and serves as a key advisor to the Dean and the broader school community. She directs our human resources team, oversees all operational aspects of human resources at HLS, and works closely with University-wide human resource leaders, including Harvard Human Resources.

Roxanne has nearly two decades of experience in human resources and business operations across a variety of settings. Most recently she served as the Director of Business Operations at Ropes & Gray LLP after transitioning from the firms’ human resources department. Before her time at Ropes & Gray, Roxanne worked at TJX Companies in Framingham as a Human Resources Business Partner. She began her career in human resources on active duty in the United States Coast Guard, where she served for eight years. Roxanne holds an M.S. in Corporate and Organizational Communication with a concentration in Human Resources, and a B.S. in Leadership, from Northeastern University.
Roxanne lives in Holden with her husband, Joe and her three children, Emma, Noah, and Addison. She enjoys skiing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Christopher Bavitz

Christopher T. Bavitz is Managing Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is also a Clinical Professor of Law at HLS, where he co-teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar and teaches the seminar, Music & Digital Media. Chris concentrates his practice on intellectual property and media law, particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology. He oversees many of the Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, and advising of startups, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab. Prior to joining the Clinic, Chris served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs for EMI Music North America. From 1998-2002, Chris was a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and RubinBaum LLP/Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters. Chris received his B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University in 1995 and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1998.

Sheryl Dickey

Sheryl Dickey is the Attorney Advisor for the LL.M. Pro Bono Program. Sheryl graduated from American University, Washington College of Law where she served as a student clinician with the International Human Rights Law Clinic. In 2002, she joined the international law firm of White & Case LLP as a litigation associate in Manhattan. At White & Case LLP, she represented several pro bono clients on matters related to family law and social security disability benefits and participated in a 4 month firm-sponsored pro bono externship with a non-profit legal services provider. Sheryl can talk with you about your questions concerning law firm pro bono. In 2008, she joined the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) at Vermont Law School as a Fellow. In this position, she supervised law students at the ENRLC while also working towards her LL.M. in Environmental Law. After her fellowship, she continued working with the ENRLC in various roles including Assistant Professor, Acting Director, and Consulting Attorney. Sheryl is happy to talk with you about clinical teaching. Sheryl is also always available to meet with LL.M. students who are interested in pro bono, clinical and/or externship opportunities or to provide J.D. students with general clinic advising.

Matt Gruber

Matt Gruber is the Dean for Administration at Harvard Law School. Matt began his career as a labor and employment lawyer at the Major League Baseball Players Union and the National Treasury Employees Union. He moved into a financial role at the City of Boston in 2006, where he spent 3 years focused on budget and planning, as well as debt strategy, for public infrastructure. Seven years ago Matt joined Harvard University a Financial Analyst in the Office of Financial Strategy and Planning. In that role he spent 3 ½ years supporting decision making for Central Leadership as well as on strategic planning for special projects such as the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Matt then spent 2 years as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at SEAS before joining HLS as CFO. Matt has a BA Degree from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA in Political Science as well as a J.D. with a concentration in labor and employment law from American University – Washington College of Law, Washington, DC. In addition, Matt studied at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.

Sherif Hashem

Sherif Hashem is the Managing Director of Enterprise Infrastructure Group at HLS. Sherif moved to Boston from Egypt to pursue his Masters in Information Systems at Northeastern University then proceeded to work in IT. Passionate about Higher Education, Boston was a natural fit and became his new home. He worked in Network Operations at Northeastern University then joined the team at Harvard Medical School as a Network Engineer responsible for designing high speed networks, internet traffic engineering and complex datacenters. In 2012, he crossed the Charles River to join HLS as the Manager of Network and Linux Systems working with the team behind the new HLS website, Secure File Transfer, Wired and Wireless network connectivity, VPN and Mailing Lists. When he is not at work he can be found at the Dojo practicing Judo or at the Sportsmen Club Clay Target Shooting.

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Elizabeth Papp Kamali is an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she teaches criminal law and English legal history. Professor Kamali’s research focuses on the medieval English common law and the history of criminal law, with a particular interest in the early criminal trial jury. Her current projects include studies of the role of criminal intent in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century English felony cases, medieval understandings of anger’s operation in felony adjudication, conflict between urban customary law and the English common law in the early fourteenth century, and the influence of Roman law on the early development of the common law. She recently published Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England with the Studies in Legal History series at Cambridge University Press.

Professor Kamali completed her PhD in History at the University of Michigan. In 2013, she was awarded the Kathryn T. Preyer Award for best paper by an early career scholar by the American Society for Legal History, as well as the Medieval Academy of America Graduate Student Prize for best graduate student paper. Professor Kamali received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Between college and law school, she worked at Orion Consultants, where she advised Wall Street broker/dealers on their relationships with institutional investors, and volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.

Jocelyn Kennedy

Jocelyn is the Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Library. She has worked in libraries for 16 years; as a student worker at the UNH School of Law Library, a research librarian at the University of Michigan Law School, and most recently as the director of library services at the University of Connecticut Law School. Jocelyn attended the University of New Hampshire (BA & JD) and the University of Washington (MLIS). Prior to law school, Jocelyn was a constituent service representative for Congressman Bass of New Hampshire. Before attending the University of Washington, Jocelyn clerked for two years with the New Hampshire state trial court. Jocelyn is a native of New Hampshire but has also lived in the Pacific Northwest, the mid-west, and Washington D.C. She currently lives in Watertown with her husband.

Tammie Lombardo

Tammie is the Managing Director of IT Operations & Services at HLS. Her functions include IT services to the HLS community, ITS Finance Administration, HR Administration and Staff Development. Tammie has been at Harvard for 15 years and in 4 different roles: HLS Director of IT Services, HBS Associate Director of IT Business Operations, HUIT Manager of Sales and Operations, and HLS Manager of Technical Support Services. Tammie describes her favorite part of her job as staff development and challenging folks to find their strengths and how to utilize them in their jobs and in life.

Keith McCluskey

Keith McCluskey is the Senior Director of Online Strategy for Harvard Law School. Keith is a seasoned online strategist and project manager with more than thirteen years of experience in the education, marketing, technology and consulting sectors. He has worked for MIT, Sapient, and Harvard, and holds a Master of Architecture degree from MIT.

Keith was one of the first Department Liaisons at MIT OpenCourseWare, and later a Publication Manager, overseeing OCW’s work with over one hundred faculty. At Sapient, he helped to build a project management function and organizational model for a growing advertising agency. Most recently, he has taken on a newly created role at Harvard Law School defining an online strategy for HLS: moving the focus to our audiences by discussing governance, staffing, and content organization while also working to improve the tools being used. In 2015, HLS launched their new site,, migrating twenty departments worth of content to a new platform, along with redesigning the front end and building out more than one hundred custom features on the back end.

Throughout his career, Keith has been focused on building great teams, and using analytics and measurement as keys to team growth and organizational improvement. And he’s been extremely lucky to have worked with some incredibly talented colleagues along the way. Keith lives in the Boston area and when not working, he focuses on his interests in personal analytics, music and photography.

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Katie McGrath joined HLS in May 2018 as Associate Dean for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Katie comes to us from Harvard Library and Harvard College Library, where she served as the Director of Administration and Finance beginning in April 2013. Before joining Harvard Library and Harvard College Library, Katie spent two years in the Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) Office of Strategy and Planning as its senior project manager. Katie also brings a wealth of prior experience from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she held numerous roles in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, and the Public Consulting Group (PCG), where she worked as both a consultant and business analyst. Katie holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

Jeff McNaught

Jeff McNaught is the Senior Director of Student Affairs and Administration in the Dean of Students Office. Jeff counsels HLS students on the bar exam process, from general application questions to character and fitness. He oversees a range of activities including student organizations, 1L Sections, law journals, moot court, and residential life. He directs the planning, implementation, and execution of campus-wide events including Orientation and Commencement. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Jeff worked at HLS in operations and events, and practiced law for three years as a civil litigator.

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Adam Sherman joined the Harvard Law School in August 2018 as the Assistant Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Adam previously served as the Assistant Dean for Institutional Studies and Academic Services at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance from 2014 to 2018. Prior to that role, he served as Special Assistant to the Dean of the University of Washington’s Graduate School from 2013 to 2014. Adam earned his B.A. in Business Administration with a focus on International Business from Western Washington University (2004), a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance (2010), and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law (2013). During his time as a graduate student, Adam served first as Vice President and then President of the university’s graduate student body and in those roles was deeply involved in advocating on behalf of graduates students to university administration, the state legislature, and congress. He also has a long history of serving on committees and boards of civic and educational organizations. In addition to his professional and civic engagements, Adam enjoys running, cycling, mountain climbing, and generally being outdoors. Adam is married to his wife, Sarah, and is the proud father of his two daughters, Jane and Mae.

Julie Vakoc

Julie Vakoc is the Director of Online Strategy in the Office of Communication and has been at HLS since 2011. Julie helped develop the project management function in the Communications Office over the last several years. She also worked on the creation and development of several HLS websites, including Harvard Law Today and the Bulletin (, the updated HLS site ( and the HLS20 site ( Most recently Julie has been managing the marketing and supporting the event management efforts for the bicentennial. Prior to joining HLS, Julie worked in marketing for companies such as Apple and Visa and in event management, as the show director for the American Institute of Architects and Build Boston trade shows. Julie is a graduate of the University of Washington.

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Rachel is the Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor Of Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program & Lecturer on Law. Before coming to HNMCP, Rachel Viscomi worked as a Principal in the Corporate Education Practice of Vantage Partners, a Boston-based consulting firm that helps clients achieve business results by transforming the way they negotiate and manage their key relationships. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Columbia College, with departmental honors, in Italian. She studied in Italy at the Università di Bologna and the Università degli studi di Firenze, earning her Master of Arts in Italian from Middlebury College with highest honors, before receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001. At HLS, she teaches Dispute Systems Design, and co-teaches Advanced Negotiation: Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making, and Teams and The Lawyer as Facilitator.

Past Mentors and Speakers

Rebecca Coyne
Executive Director of Executive Education
Coyne works with faculty and an administrative team to develop leadership programs that serve law firm managing partners, emerging law firm leaders, and General Counsel from across the globe. Originally from upstate New York, Rebecca spent a year after college working and traveling abroad and then moved to Boston where she began a career in executive education. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, she spent 10 years at Harvard Kennedy School, most recently as the Executive Director of Program and Technology for Executive Education. In addition, she has worked at numerous educational institutions including Harvard Business School, The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Suffolk University. Rebecca graduated from University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH with a dual degree in English and International Affairs. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.

John Goldberg
Deputy Dean, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence
An expert in tort law, tort theory, and political philosophy, joined the Law School faculty in 2008. From 1995 until then, he was a faculty member of Vanderbilt Law School, where he served as Associate Dean for Research (2006-08). He is co-author of a leading casebook — Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress (4th ed. 2016), as well as The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts (2010). He has also published dozens of articles and essays in scholarly journals. Goldberg has taught a broad array of first-year and upper-level courses, and has received multiple teaching prizes. An Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Fourth Restatement of Property, Goldberg also serves as an advisor to the Third Restatement of Torts. In addition, he is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Tort Law and Legal Theory, and in 2009 was Chair of the Torts and Compensation Systems Section of the Association of American Law Schools. After receiving his J.D. in 1991 from New York University School of Law, Goldberg clerked for Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York and for Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He earned his B.A. with high honors from the College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University. He also holds an M. Phil. in Politics from Oxford University and an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty, he briefly practiced law in Boston.

Jon Hanson
Alfred Smart Professor of Law
Faculty Director of The Systemic Justice Project & Director of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences

Hanson graduated from Yale Law School in 1990, clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes, spent one year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale Law School, and then joined the faculty at Harvard Law School in 1992. His teaching and scholarship melds social psychology, social cognition, economics, history, and law. Hanson has received several teaching awards and is the faculty leader for 1L Section Six. Hanson’s recent scholarship includes the book, Ideology, Psychology, and Law (Oxford University Press). His current projects focus on systemic injustice and the role of implicit motives in shaping policy.

Kimberly Harris
Associate Director of Human Resources
Kim joined Harvard Law School in May 2016 as the Associate Director of Human Resources. Kim previously served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2007 through 2013. She worked at Foley & Lardner LLP, where she was the Human Resources Manager from 2013 until returning to Harvard in 2016. Before embarking on her career at Harvard, Kim held progressive human resources and administrative roles with several law firms, including Burns & Levinson LLP, Fish & Richardson P.C., and Rubin and Rudman LLP. Kim holds an MBA from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University, and she earned her BA in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Kim holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and a SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) certification through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has also earned the Certified Professional Coach credential through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). When she is not in the office, Kim enjoys dining out, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and volunteering at various career day events at her alma maters, Boston Latin School (BLS) and Suffolk University. Kim lives in Dorchester, MA with her husband, and her daughter and son who both attend BLS.

Ken Lafler
Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services, HLS
Ken has worked at Harvard Law School since 1987 as a staff assistant, financial aid counselor, systems coordinator, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, and Director of LIPP and Summer Funding, before becoming Director of Student Financial Services in 2004. He is also an active musician and songwriter, regularly performing in the Boston area and occasionally touring. Besides music, he enjoys playing basketball, hiking and camping, books and movies, and he has served as a mentor for Boston’s Year Up program and the HLS Emerging Leaders program. Ken is a graduate of Williams College.

Kevin Moody

Assistant Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer

Kevin joined HLS in October 2015 as the Assistant Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, he oversees all strategic and operational aspects of the school’s staff human resources function. Kevin works closely with the Dean, Dean for Administration, and senior management team on a wide variety of issues related to employment, compensation, diversity and inclusion, organizational design, change management, employee/labor relations, training and development, talent management and policy development. Prior to joining HLS, Kevin was the Senior Director for Administration at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA. He also held a number of HR management positions during his 14 years at Emory University. Before embarking on his career in human resources and academia, Kevin served in the United States Marine Corps as an air traffic control officer at the rank of Captain.

Nacie Periera
Through her workshops, speeches, consulting, and publications, Nacie helps professionals & organizations craft a way forward with her unique, inside-out approach to growth. Her passion for development is rooted in her life-long interest in the power of transformative and authentic narrative. Trained as a historian, Nacie’s background in research, information synthesis, and the articulation and interpretation of “truth” strongly influences her unique approach to modern development. Her book on adapting to the changing job market, The Finch Effect: The Five Strategies to Adapt and Thrive in Your Working Life (Jossey-Bass 2012), has been a best-seller on Amazon Kindle and was praised by critics and readers alike for its actionable and inspirational message.

Dehlia Umunna
Deputy Director of Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute
Clinical Professor of Law

Ms. Umunna coaches the Harvard Law School (HLS) National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy team and the HLS Black Law Student Association trial teams. She also serves as a faculty member for Gideon’s Promise and is a frequent presenter at Public Defender Training Conferences around the country. She spent seven years at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) as a trial attorney. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Umunna was an adjunct professor of law and Practitioner in Residence at American University, Washington College of law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from California State University, a JD from George Washington University Law School, and a Masters in Public Administration (MC) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is the very proud mother of daughter, Ifeanyi and son, Edozie.