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Margo A. Bagley

Associate Dean for Research and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Margo A. Bagley is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. She rejoined the Emory faculty in 2016 after a decade at the University of Virginia, School of Law, where she was most recently the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law. In fall 2022, she is the Hieken Visiting Professor in Patent Law at Harvard Law School. Bagley is a well-known and widely cited scholar on a variety of international intellectual property topics and is one of the foremost experts on international patent law issues.  At Emory, her courses include Domestic and International Patent Law, Trademark Law, and International Intellectual Property. She also co-developed the award-winning TI:GER® program (Technological Innovation Generating Economic Results), an innovative educational venture which brings together graduate students in law, business, science, and engineering to work on start-up projects and learn the process of transforming promising research into economically viable projects. »

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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 the Health 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 health law 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 Graduate Programs and Assessment, 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. »

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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. »

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A. Kenyatta Greer, MA

Senior Director of Communication

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A. Kenyatta Greer is senior director of communication for the school of law. She is an honors graduate of Gonzaga University, where she earned a master's degree in communication and organizational leadership, and Georgia State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in print journalism. Over more than 25 years, she has developed her skills through careers in newspaper, magazine, public relations, and advertising environments, in addition to higher education. »


Erin Herting, MBA

Chief Business Officer

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Erin Herting is the chief business officer for Emory University School of Law. She has over 25 years of experience in financial and operational management. During this time, she has led organizational change, mentored staff, and leveraged technology to streamline business processes. Prior to joining Emory Law, Herting was the assistant dean for Administration and Finance for the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University and held positions in financial and business administration at the University of Iowa. Herting's educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa. »


James Hughes, Jr., JD

Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Students

At Emory, he teaches courses in property, real estate sales and finance, and professional responsibility. Hughes served a two-year term as interim dean from September 2017 through July 2019. He has been selected as the Most Outstanding Professor by the Emory Student Bar Association (2002) and as Professor of the Year by the Black Law Student Association (2005). In addition to serving as associate dean for academic affairs at the school (2002-2006 and 2014-2017), Hughes served as vice dean of Emory Law from 2006 through 2011. His extensive service to the Emory community includes serving in the University Senate, University Faculty Council, and numerous law school and university committees. He served on the State Bar of Georgia’s Formal Advisory Opinion Board (1999-2014) and served on the Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (member, 2007-2017; chairman of the board, 2011-2014). »

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Natasha Patel, JD, MA

Assistant Dean for Career Development

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

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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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Dexter A. Smith, JD

Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

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Dexter A. Smith is responsible for overseeing recruitment and admission; formulating admission standards and enrollment targets; ensuring compliance with the American Bar Association, university, federal and state policies and regulations; and leading and inspiring as a member of the administrative team. He has an extensive history of service to the profession, including current memberships in the Coalition of Virginia Law Schools and the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors; and he presents widely on various admission-related topics, including first-generation law students, diversity in law schools, admissions essentials; and navigating the law school admissions process starting in high school. He holds a juris doctor, a master’s degree, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. »

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

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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.