Senior Administration

Katherine Brokaw

Katherine Brokaw, JD

Assistant Dean for Academic Engagement and Success

Katherine Brokaw is the assistant dean for Academic Engagement and Success for Emory Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1982, with an AB in classics. She was the principal speechwriter for Governor Thomas Kean of New Jersey before attending Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, and a teaching assistant to Dean Jack Greenberg. Dean Brokaw received her JD from Columbia in 1990 and clerked for United States District Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr. in the Southern District of New York. She practiced at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and King & Spalding in Atlanta for several years, in the field of commercial litigation.

kbrokaw@emory.edu»

404.727.6809

Benjamin Chapman

Benjamin J. Chapman, JD

Assistant Dean for Information Technology

Ben Chapman is the assistant dean for Information Technology. He practiced law in Tulsa, Oklahoma for several years before succumbing permanently to the technology bug and joining the University of Tulsa's College of Law as their inaugural IT director in 1997. He has been at Emory Law School since 2003. He has spoken and presented numerous times on technology within the law school environment and is a co-teacher of the advanced legal writing course “Blogging and Social Media for Lawyers.”

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Susan Clark

Susan A. Clark, MBA

Associate Dean for Marketing and Communications,
Chief Marketing Officer

Susan Clark is the associate dean for Marketing & Communications and chief marketing officer. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, and non-profit management. She came to Emory Law in 2013 after spending more than eight years as the director of marketing and communications at the High Museum of Art. She also has worked in brand management at several corporations, including Eastman Kodak and S.C. Johnson & Son. Clark holds a master of business administration in marketing and management and strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor of arts in public policy and political science from Duke University.

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Jessica Dworkin

Jessica Dworkin, JD, LLM

Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs

Jessica Dworkin provides leadership, strategic planning, enrollment management, and budgetary oversight for the LLM and SJD programs, and manages institutional relationships between Emory Law and universities abroad. She also provides student support and academic advising for LLM students at Emory Law. Dworkin earned her BA from The Ohio State University, and her JD and LLM from Duke University School of Law. Prior to her career in international legal education, Dworkin practiced law. She has presented on topics of LLM administration, internationalizing legal education, and US legal education for organizations including NAFSA, NALP, and EducationUSA. 

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Mark Engsberg

Mark Engsberg, JD, PhD, MA, MSLIS

Director of Library Services and Assistant Professor of Law

Mark Engsberg is the Library Director and Assistant Professor of Law at the MacMillan Law Library. Before coming to Emory Law, Mark Engsberg worked at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School for eight years, where he served as a reference librarian, as the international and foreign Law reference librarian and as head of reference. Engsberg is active in professional legal and law librarianship organizations. Since 2005, he has served as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Legal Information, published by the International Association of Law Libraries. Engsberg received his master of science in library and information science degree, as well as a master's degree and a doctorate in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a JD from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, and a bachelor's degree from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. 

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Katherine Hinson

Katherine Hinson

Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services and Registrar
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James B. Hughes, Jr.

James B. Hughes, Jr., JD

Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Law

James B. Hughes Jr. received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, where he graduated with honors, and earned his law degree from Yale University. Before joining the Emory faculty in 1992, he was a partner in the Atlanta firm of Trotter, Smith & Jacobs, where he practiced in commercial real estate finance and development and related areas of law. At Emory, he teaches Property, Real Estate Sales and Finance, and Professional Responsibility. Hughes has been selected as Most Outstanding Professor by the Emory Student Bar Association (2002) and Professor of the Year by the Black Law Student Association (2005). Hughes has served on the State Bar of Georgia’s Formal Advisory Opinion Board (1999-2014) and serves on the Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (member, 2007-present; chairman of the board, 2011-2014). He earned his JD at Yale University and BS at University of Connecticut.

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Kay L. Levine

Kay L. Levine, JD, PhD, MA

Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law

Kay Levine joined the Emory faculty in 2003. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University and received her JD from the University of California-Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she served as an editor on the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal. She later earned both a master’s degree and a PhD in jurisprudence and social policy from UC Berkeley. Before joining Emory, Levine served as a law clerk for the Honorable David Alan Ezra, US District Court, District of Hawaii; as a deputy district attorney in Riverside County, California; as a criminal defense consultant; and as an adjunct faculty member of Boalt Hall. Since joining Emory, she has earned both the Most Outstanding Professor Award and the Emory Williams Teaching Award.

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Michele Parker-Smith

Michele Parker-Smith

Director of Human Resources

Michele Parker-Smith comes to the law school from Emory Healthcare, where she was responsible for providing direct Human Resources support to 1800+ employees at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. She is experienced in a broad range of human resource areas, including recruitment, employee relations and retention, benefits support, workers compensation, and training and development. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a master of science degree in human resource management from Troy University and a certificate inhuman resources professional development from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ.

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Ethan Rosenzweig

Ethan Rosenzweig 02L, JD

Senior Assistant Dean for Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Life

Ethan Rosenzweig 02L, assistant dean of admission, oversees Emory Law’s Office of Admission and Financial Aid after serving as Emory Law’s director of alumni affairs. Prior to joining Emory, he served as deputy director of
the US Department of Education’s Office of Policy Briefing and Scheduling as a Presidential Management Fellow. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell of the US District Court of Northern Georgia and then practiced law with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Charleston, South Carolina. A Woodruff Fellow, Rosenzweig graduated Order of the Coif and served as the executive notes and comments editor for the Emory Law Journal. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in public policy from American University. 

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 Julie Seaman

Julie Seaman, JD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Julie Seaman teaches courses and seminars in evidence, constitutional law, and freedom of speech. Her research interests include neuroscience and law, scientific evidence, hate speech, and sex discrimination. In particular, she focuses on the implications of findings in cognitive psychology, biology, and neuroscience to various legal theories and doctrines. Professor Seaman received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude) and her JD from Harvard (magna cum laude), where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She currently serves on the board of the Georgia Innocence Project.

jseaman@emory.edu 

Rita Sheffey, JD, PhD

Assistant Dean for Public Service

Rita Sheffey, a veteran litigator with a career-long commitment to public service, serves as Emory Law's assistant dean for public service. Her mission is to help ensure students, graduates, faculty and staff live up to Emory Law's mission to serve the community and advance the rule of law. Sheffey followed an atypical path to law, starting out as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia intent on becoming a physician. Instead of pursuing medical school, she earned her PhD in chemistry at Duke University, and then secured a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She earned her JD at Boston College Law School. In practice, Sheffey has focused on complex, scientific-based litigation in environmental, product liability, trademark and patent infringement, and business torts cases in both federal and state appellate courts. Her experience includes Superfund, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act cases.

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Phoebe H. Stevenson

Phoebe H. Stevenson, EdD, MBA, MA

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration and Chief Business Officer

Phoebe H. Stevenson manages finance and administration, human resources, information technology, institutional research, and operations for the law school. She also oversees admission, financial aid, student life, and graduate programs. Stevenson joins the law school from George Washington University where she served as administrative dean and chief of operations at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development from 2012 to 2015. She previously held CFO and COO roles at the American Educational Research Association and the American Sociological Association and also worked in consulting, with an emphasis on technology and strategic planning. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and anthropology and a bachelor of music degree in organ performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, a master of arts degree in anthropology from Columbia University, a master of business administration degree from the American University, and a doctorate in education degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her volunteer experience is extensive, including a current post as a member of the Wilson College Board of Trustees and a mentor to students and graduates at Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania.  

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Courtney R. Stombock

Courtney R. Stombock

Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations

Courtney Stombock joined Emory Law in March 2017 as associate dean of development and alumni relations. She previously served as senior associate director for major gifts at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. During this time, she also received an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School. 

Stombock spent three years at Cambridge, after the university recruited a worldwide team of six fundraisers to lead its academic units in the silent phase of a 10-year, £2 billion GBP campaign. She led the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences development team, which includes the faculty of law. That team’s efforts resulted in more than £47 million GBP in philanthropic support for academic priorities during Stombock’s tenure. 

Courtney begun her career at her alma mater, Mississippi State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. She later held leadership roles in development at Florida State University College of Education, the Florida State University Foundation, and Southern Scholarship Foundation.  

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Laura Yearout

Laura Yearout, JD

Interim Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy

Laura Yearout manages the administrative staff of the Career Center. She is responsible for Emory Law's recruitment programs and directs the communications for the office. She also advises alumni and visiting students. Before returning to her native Atlanta in 2007, she was a career counselor for Tulane Law School, spearheading Tulane’s Judicial Clerkship Program. She also worked as director of employer relations/externship program supervisor for University of Florida Levin College of Law, Office of Career Services. Laura earned her JD from Tulane Law School and her BA in anthropology from the University of New Orleans.

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