Robert Ahdieh, JD
Vice Dean, K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law
Robert B. Ahdieh served as law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before his selection for the Honor’s Program in the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice. While still in law school, Ahdieh published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia: “Russia’s Constitutional Revolution—Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy.” Ahdieh’s work has also appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the Emory Law Journal, among other journals. During the 2007–2008 academic year, Ahdieh was a visiting professor and the Microsoft/LAPA Fellow at Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs. In Spring 2014, he served as Douglas McK. Brown Visiting Chair in Law, University of British Columbia. He earned his JD at Yale University and AB at Princeton University.
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.
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.”
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. She volunteers with the marketing committee for the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta. 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.
Jessica Dworkin, JD, LLM
Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
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.
Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services and Registrar
James B. Hughes, Jr., JD
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs 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.
Polly Price, JD, BS
Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law
Polly J. Price joined the Emory Law faculty in 1995. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Bobby Jones Scholar as an undergraduate at Emory University, Price clerked for Judge Richard S. Arnold of the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Following her clerkship she practiced law for several years at King & Spalding in Atlanta and Washington, DC. Price was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for work in public health law in 2013. In the same year, she received the Ben F. Johnson Faculty Excellence Award, a triennial recognition awarded by Emory Law. At Emory, Price teaches citizenship and immigration law, torts, legislation and regulation, American legal history, global public health law, and Latin American legal systems.
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.
Lydia Russo, JD
Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy
Lydia Russo brings a decade of legal education experience to the Career Center. After an accomplished tenure as a commercial real estate lawyer at Rogers Towers, PA in Jacksonville, Florida, Lydia found her passion bridging students’ law school experiences with their professional aspirations. Following her passion, Lydia went on to serve as the associate director for Career Services at both Roger Williams University School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law before joining Emory. She received her JD with honors from the University of Florida College of Law where she served as an executive editor on the Florida Law Review, and her BA magna cum laude in psychology from Bates College.
Robert A. Schapiro, JD, MA
Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law
A graduate of Yale University, Robert A. Schapiro served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. He served as a clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the US Supreme Court. He worked with the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Washington, DC, where he practiced general and appellate litigation. Prior to joining Emory Law, Schapiro taught for two years at Duke Law School. He was appointed dean in May 2012, after serving as interim dean for the previous academic year. Schapiro teaches courses in constitutional law, federal courts, civil procedure, and legislation and regulation. He earned his BA at Yale and his MA at Stanford University.
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.
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.
Director of Human Resources
Michele Washington 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.