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Margo Bagley, JD

Associate Dean for Research and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Margo Bagley received her JD in 1996 from Emory, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow, an editor of the Emory Law Journal, and elected to Order of the Coif. She is a member of the Georgia bar and is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Her scholarship focuses on comparative issues relating to patents and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and access to medicines, technology transfer, and IP and social justice. »

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Mary Anne Bobinski, JD, LLM

Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Mary Anne Bobinski is dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. Before joining Emory Law, Bobinski was a professor at the University of British Columbia Allard School of Law, where she served as dean from 2003 to 2015. Previously, she was the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Law and director of theHealth Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. Bobinski's research and teaching interests include torts, health law, healthcare finance, bioethics, legal aspects of HIV infection, and reproductive healthlaw issues. She is co-author of a two-volume book series on medical ethics. Bobinski has also published a number of law review articles and book chapters on health law topics. Bobinski earned her LLM from Harvard Law School, her JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo 1987 and did her PhD coursework in Policy Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her bachelor of arts degree is from the State University of New York at Buffalo. »

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Katherine Brokaw, JD

Assistant Dean for Academic Engagement and Success

Katherine Brokaw is Assistant Dean for Academic Engagement & Student Success. After graduating from Princeton University, she was principal speechwriter for the governor 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 in his course “Civil Rights and Social Change.” Dean Brokaw graduated from Columbia Law in 1990 and clerked for federal Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr. in the Southern District of New York. She practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and King & Spalding in Atlanta and has served on several State Bar of Georgia committees as well as other community boards. »


Lesley Carroll, JD

Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Students, Professor of Practice

Lesley Carroll is a Professor of Practice. She teaches the year-long legal writing course, Introduction to Legal Analysis, Research, and Communication and Introduction to Legal Advocacy, and Evidence. Carroll graduated magna cum laude in from Hamilton College with a degree in English literature and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law. After law school, Carroll practiced for more than eight years at Troutman Sanders LLP (now Troutman Pepper) in Atlanta. Her practice focused on intellectual property and general commercial litigation. »


Mark Engsberg, JD, PhD, MA, MSLIS

Director of Library Services and Professor of Practice

Mark Engsberg is the Library Director and Professor of Practice 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. »

Derrick Howard, JD

Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Externships, and Professor of Practice

Derrick Howard
Derrick Howard received his BA from the University of Pittsburgh and his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After graduating from law school, Howard practiced law for eighteen years, primarily litigating matters that ranged in complexity from multijurisdictional, commercial disputes to civil rights claims. During the last seven years of his active practice, Howard taught as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Philadelphia in its Paralegals Studies Program. As a full-time faculty member at the Appalachian School of Law (ASL) from 2008 to 2015, Howard taught several courses, including Property I & II, Evidence (online), Introduction to Natural Resources, Mineral Title Examinations, a Natural Resources Seminar, Law Office Management, and Real Estate Transactions. In 2010, Howard was promoted to serve as the director of externship programs. In 2015, Howard joined the Valparaiso University Law School (VULS) as tenured faculty and director of externships program. During the 2019-2020 academic year, Howard joined the faculty at Emory Law. He is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Students and the inagural Chief Diversity Officer for Emory Law. »

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Kristin Johnson, JD

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research

Professor Kristin Johnson's scholarship and teaching explore regulation and private ordering of capital and credit markets. She is an internationally recognized expert on financial markets regulation and corporate governance, compliance, and risk management. Her recent work examines the implications of emerging innovative technologies including distributed digital ledger technologies that enable the creation of digital assets and intermediaries and artificial intelligence technologies that target commercial and consumer financial transactions, transfers, and assessments.

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Natasha Patel, JD, MA

Senior Director, Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy

Natasha Patel has more than 13 years of experience advising professionals and students.  She formerly served as the interim dean and director of the Office of Career Services and Professional Development at Columbia Law School before returning to her native Atlanta. She formerly worked at Morrison & Forester in Palo Alto, California and Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.  She holds a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, an MA in psychology from Columbia University, and BA from the University of Georgia.

Marshall Sampson, JD

Division Director of Human Resources

Marshall Sampson is the division director of human resources.  He has two decades of experience in human resources and non-profit management. Marshall began his career in Silicon Valley working in recruiting and employee relations for web hosting companies before transitioning to higher education. Prior to joining Emory Law in 2019, Sampson worked for a community college in Washington State where he was the vice president of human resources and legal affairs. He has a juris doctor from University of Miami School of Law and earned his bachelor of science in human resource management from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. »

Rita Sheffey, JD, PhD, MRPL

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. »

Joanna Shepherd, PhD

Vice Dean and Thomas Simmons Professor of Law

Joanna Shepherd
Joanna Shepherd teaches Analytical Methods for Lawyers, Law and Economics, torts, judicial behavior, and legal and economic issues in health policy. Before joining Emory, Shepherd was an assistant professor of Economics at Clemson University and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to her position at the law school, she currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Emory Department of Economics. Much of Shepherd's research focuses on topics in law and economics, especially on empirical analyses of legal changes and legal institutions. Her recent research has empirically examined issues related to the healthcare industry, tort reform, employment law, litigation practice, and judicial behavior. She has published broadly in law reviews, legal journals, and economics journals.

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Anthony Spatola

Director of Admission

Anthony Spatola serves as Director of Admission for Emory University School of Law. He currently oversees recruitment, admission, and scholarship to all programs at the law school including JD, LLM, JM, and SJD. Anthony has 12 years of experience in admission working previously for The George Washington University and Drew University. He received his bachelor of arts in History from Rowan University with minors in Political Science and Anthropology and his Master of Arts in History & Culture from Drew University. »

Phoebe H. Stevenson, EdD, MBA, MA

Senior Associate Dean 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 serves as co-chair of the Emory Finance Network. Stevenson joins the law school from the 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 recent post as a member of the Wilson College Board of Trustees and a mentor to students and graduates at the University of Pennsylvania. »

Courtney R. Stombock, MBA

Associate Dean of Advancement and Alumni Engagement

Courtney Stombock serves as associate dean of advancement and alumni engagement at Emory University School of Law. Courtney and her team are responsible for facilitating meaningful connections with Emory Law alumni and securing philanthropic gifts to support scholarships, faculty and many of our clinics and programs.

She previously served as senior associate director for major gifts at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. In this role, she led the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences development team whose efforts resulted in more than £47 million in philanthropic support during her tenure. She also received an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School.

Stombock 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 advancement at Florida State University College of Education, the Florida State University Foundation, and Southern Scholarship Foundation. »

Chaun Stores, PhD

Senior Director for Decision Support and Data Management

Chaun Stores
Chaun Stores serves as the senior director for Decision Support and Data Management at Emory University School of Law, where he is responsible for assessing business intelligence needs, translating those needs into deliverables, and conducting cross-functional analytical research and modeling to support the school’s goals and objectives. Before joining Emory, he served as the Assistant Vice President for Decision Support & Analysis at West Virginia University and before returning to his alma mater, he served as the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania.  As a Presidential Management Fellow, W.E.B. Dubious Fellow, and an SREB Fellow, he earned his Ph.D. in political science from West Virginia University. Currently, he serves on the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Accreditation Board as a community representative, responsible for implementing the standards for the accreditation of education programs in behavior analysis.  As a social scientist by training, Stores is passionate about exploring opportunities where the combination of different data types can help inform evidence-based decision-making.