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The Office of Academic Engagement connects students to academic resources and support at Emory Law as well as the larger Emory University campus.  

Please call our office or visit the Current Student Guide Page for additional information.


Katherine Brokaw, Assistant Dean

Katherine Brokaw
Katherine Brokaw is the Assistant Dean for Academic Engagement & Student Success for Emory Law. She graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Classics, then worked as the 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 and research assistant to Dean Jack Greenberg, former general counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, in his course on Civil Rights and Social Change. 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.

Dean Brokaw has also served in many capacities on various boards and State Bar of Georgia committees, including the Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession, and the Committee on Attorney Wellness. She has a lifelong interest in civil rights and civic engagement. Among other things, she helped Emory Law’s Moot Court Society launch its annual Civil Rights and Liberties moot court competition, the first of its kind, and she was the founding chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, making Atlanta one of the first regions to offer this award to high school students. Dean Brokaw is an active volunteer with Election Protection and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She also spent five years as an Attorney Assistant to Georgia’s Board of Bar Examiners before coming to Emory Law.

Email: kbrokaw@emory.edu

Phone: 404.727.6809

To make an appointment with Dean Brokaw, please email Carma Adams, at carma.adams@emory.edu


Rhani Lott Choi 10L, Director of Academic Advising and Bar Success

Rhani Lott
Rhani Lott Choi serves as the Director of Academic Advising and Bar Success. She oversees Emory Law’s peer-to-peer academic coaching program and designs and implements academic success and bar preparation programs. Prior to this role, Rhani served as Assistant Director of Student Engagement in the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success.

Rhani also teaches Cross-examination Techniques and Georgia Practice and Procedure, and she serves as the advisor for the Emory Law Mock Trial Society. Outside of the law school, Rhani volunteers with the Department of Title IX and serves as an instructor for Emory Edge (Emory’s mandatory first-year pre-advising course).

Rhani is active in the National Association for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and serves as co-director of the NITA Atlanta Deposition Program and team leader for the NITA Nashville Deposition Program. Prior to her work at Emory Law, Rhani practiced in the areas of securities litigation and family law. Rhani is a 2010 honors graduate of Emory Law, where she was the director-in-chief of the Emory Law Mock Trial Society.

Email: rhani.m.lott@emory.edu

Phone: 404.727.6829

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Gillian Harris, Senior Academic Advisor

Gillian Harris
Gillian Harris is a Senior Academic Advisor at Emory Law. Since joining Emory in 2018, she has served as Academic Advisor, Admission Advisor, and Assistant Director of Admission. A native New Yorker, Gillian holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. After law school, she clerked in the Florida State Appellate Court, then transitioned into private practice where she practiced in the areas of personal injury and foreclosure defense.

Email: gillian.harris@emory.edu

Phone: 404.712.4854


Demi Ongolo, Senior Academic Advisor

Demi Ongolo
Senior Academic Advisor Demi Ongolo earned her BA from Duke University and her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She was on the international law journal, mock trial, and served in the immigration law clinic. Demi also served as defense counsel for graduate students in honor code violation proceedings each year of law school. Her post-graduate experiences include working in private wealth management for a large bank and practicing immigration law. She enjoys hiking and discovering new restaurants with her husband. Demi enjoys her work with students because she would not have been able to make some of her own academic and personal decisions without the help of academic advisors in both college and law school. She hopes to provide a place of comfort and strategy for those who need it.

Email: dongolo@emory.edu

Phone: 404.712.4854


Kirsten Schaetzel, English Language Specialist

Kirsten Schaetzel is the English Language Specialist at the law school. She does workshops and has individual student appointments on aspects of English language and American culture. After receiving her doctorate from Boston University, she worked for ten years in Asia. After returning to the US, she began working with international law students at Georgetown Law and has continued to enjoy working with law students after moving to Atlanta two years ago. Dr. Schaetzel works with international Emory Law students across all degree programs.

Email: kirsten.schaetzel@emory.edu

Phone: 404.727.7096


Cody Teague, Assistant Director for Student Support

Cody Teague
Cody Teague serves as the Assistant Director for Student Support and supervises the Emory Law Houses program. Cody previously worked as the Director of Residence Life at Oglethorpe University where he worked in areas of campus life, student conduct, student interventions, wellness programming, graduate student life, and related event management. Cody received his BA from the University of South Carolina, magna cum laude and has a Master's degree in Education from the University of Georgia with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration.

Email: cody.teague@emory.edu

Phone: 404.727.5704

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