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 theColumbia 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
Susan A. Clark, MBA
Associate Dean for Marketing and Communications,
Chief Marketing Officer
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. Professor 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
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations
As Emory Law's chief development officer, Joella Hricik directs its fundraising and alumni engagement efforts. Hricik has more than 20 years experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, with over 14 years spent in educational advancement. Her particular expertise lies in the areas of individual giving, campaign management, and board and volunteer engagement. Prior to her tenure at Emory, she served as development director at the Paideia School in Atlanta. She also worked at the Westminster School as director of annual giving, and was a campaign unit director at the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Hricik has volunteered for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) since 2003, serving as a board member for CASE District III and co-chairing the 2010 district conference. She also serves as a faculty member for the CASE Summer Institute in Alumni Relations. Hricik received her bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and pursued an MPA at Georgia State University.
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 courses in Property, Real Estate Sales and Finance, and Professional Responsibility. Professor Hughes has been selected as the Most Outstanding Professor by the Emory Student Bar Association (2002) and Professor of the Year by the Black Law Student Association (2005). Professor 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.
Kevin B. Moody, SPHR
Senior Director of Administration
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, Professor 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. Professor Price was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for work in public health law in 2013. In the same year, Price received the Ben F. Johnson Faculty Excellence Award, a triennial recognition awarded by Emory Law School. 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 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, Dean 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. Dean 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.