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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 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. »


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. »

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. »

Katherine Hinson

Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services and Registrar »

Derrick Howard

Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Students and Chief Diversity Officer

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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Jonathan Nash

Associate Dean for Research, Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law

Jonathan Nash is associate dean for research at Emory University School of Law, Robert Howell Hall Professor and co-director of Emory Law’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. Nash specializes in federal courts and jurisdiction, the study of courts and judges, and environmental law (both domestic and international). »

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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. »

Rebecca Purdom 

Executive Director for Graduate and Online Programs and Professor of Practice »

Ethan Rosenzweig 02L, JD

Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Services

Ethan Rosenzweig 02L, associate dean for enrollment management and student services, oversees Emory Law’s admission, financial aid, and career services. He previously served as Emory Law’s director of alumni affairs and assistant dean over the Office of Admission. 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. »

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

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, 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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Phoebe H. Stevenson, EdD, MBA, MA

Senior Associate Dean for Finance, Administration, and International Strategies

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. »

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. 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 campaign. 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.

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. »