Biographies

Jessica Dworkin, JD, LLM

Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Emory University School of Law

Jessica Dworkin, is Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. She provides leadership, strategic planning, enrollment management, student support services and budgetary oversight for LLM, MCL and SJD and other international programs. Dean Dworkin also manages institutional relationships between Emory Law and universities abroad.

She has presented on topics of LL.M. Administration, Internationalizing Legal Education, and U.S. Legal Education for organizations including NAFSA, NALP, and EducationUSA. Prior to her career in international legal education, Jessica practiced law for several years. Jessica earned her BA from The Ohio State University, and her J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Duke University School of Law.

Katrin Hussmann Schroll

Assistant Dean for Admissions, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

As Assistant Dean for Admissions at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Katrin Hussmann Schroll oversees the entire range of activities of the Office of Admissions, from recruitment of prospective applicants, through supervision of the J.D., LL.M. and M.S.L. application processes, to counseling admitted candidates. In this role, Mrs. Schroll works closely with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Faculty Admissions Committee.

Mrs. Schroll was recently selected as a UMB Champion of Excellence – a honor recognizing individuals and teams at the University of Maryland, Baltimore who exemplify extraordinary accomplishments and represent excellence at the University. Mrs. Schroll is actively involved with the Law School Admission Council, currently serving in the Subcommittee on Misconduct and Irregularities, and previously served as an advisor on its Audit Committee. She has served since 2010 in the planning committee for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals. She has also served as an evaluator of scholarship applicants for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation. At Maryland Carey Law, in addition to her responsibilities as Assistant Dean, she works with students and clients in the Immigration Law Clinic. In the past, she has taught legal writing and constitutional law at Goucher College, in Towson, Maryland.

Mrs. Schroll is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association. She earned her JD from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she was a Leadership Scholar and received awards for her advocacy on behalf of clients in the Immigration Law Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Mrs. Schroll graduated summa cum laude from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where she earned a BA in Economics. Mrs. Schroll spent her early years in Venezuela but relocated to Miami, Florida while a sophomore in high school.

Hilary T. Lappin

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, American University Washington College of Law

Hilary Lappin is the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at American University Washington College of Law where she manages admissions for the 5 LLM Programs and the SJD Program. Hilary joined American University in 2002 and has worked in a variety of offices focusing on international programs and visitors, graduate admissions, and student services. Previously, she worked for the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement, served as the Academic Advisor for American University’s Washington Semester and the Washington Internships for Native Students Programs, and was the International Exchange and J-1 Visa Coordinator for the Washington College of Law. Most recently she was the Assistant Director of Admissions for the Program on Law & Government at the Law School. She completed her BA in International Politics from the Catholic University of America. She studied at the University of Leuven in Belgium while working in the European Parliament and through Leeds University while working in the British Parliament. She has her MA in International Politics from American University’s School of International Service and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from American University’s School of Public Affairs.

Polly Lawson

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Virginia School of Law

Polly Lawson is the assistant dean for graduate studies. She administers all aspects of the LL.M., S.J.D., and Visiting Scholar programs at the Law School, including recruiting, admissions, orientation, academic advising, and alumni relations for graduate students and alumni.

She previously served as assistant dean for career services, where she advised students and alumni on all aspects of the private-sector job search process and career-planning matters, and developed and implemented career services programs and initiatives. She served as the primary liaison to private-sector legal employers and represented the Law School in the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). She served as an appointed member on the NALP Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession and was also elected to the NALP Nominating Committee. She hosts webinars for EducationUSA advisers all over the world, and has spoken at EducationUSA Forums, NALP Annual Education Conferences, Law School Admission Council (LSAC) conferences, and other professional programs.

Lawson received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Before law school, she worked as a paralegal for a regional law firm in Charleston, W.Va., and then for Cox Communications and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. She practiced in the Washington, D.C., office of Alston & Bird before returning to work at the Law School. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and District of Columbia Bar.

Sidney Matthews

Graduate Studies Officer, UCLA School of Law

Sidney started working at UCLA Law in 2014 after earning her B.A. from Occidental College in 2012. She joined the Graduate Studies staff in 2016 to provide support for incoming and current LL.M., S.J.D., and exchange students.

Tiffany Parnell

Manager of International Programs, UCLA School of Law

As Manager of International Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, Tiffany Parnell’s responsibilities include LL.M., S.J.D, and exchange student advising, recruitment, alumni relations, marketing and advertising, admissions support, exchange program administration, and event coordination. She regularly represents UCLA Law abroad at law schools, law firms, and international education fairs. Prior to joining the School of Law she earned a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in Marketing and Global Analysis, and an M.S. in Education with a focus on Higher Education Management, both from the University of Pennsylvania (at Wharton and the Graduate School of Education, respectively). While at Penn, Tiffany also studied abroad at ICADE in Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, and established a background in graduate and professional student affairs in her role as Outreach Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Student Center. She is a Southern California native and enjoys photography, exploring Los Angeles, trying different cuisines across the city, and traveling throughout California and abroad.

John Riccardi

Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs, Boston University School of Law

John N. Riccardi is BU Law’s assistant dean for Graduate and International Programs and director of the Office of Graduate and International Programs. He received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. magna cum laude from BU Law in 1991, where he was an editor of The Boston University Law Review, a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and a recipient of an American Jurisprudence Prize for his academic achievements.

For several years, he was an associate at Ropes & Gray, one of Boston’s largest law firms, where he specialized in health care law, intellectual property and public financing. Before returning to BU Law in 1997, he was a principal in the Cambridge, MA, consulting firm of Vogt Associates, where he advised lawyers, law firms, in-house legal departments and law schools on professional development, marketing and strategic planning issues.

His responsibilities at BU Law include directing the School’s LL.M. in American Law, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, Summer Legal Institute in London and study abroad programs, and overseeing the School’s graduate programs, international initiatives and marketing and communications. He has taught the survey course in American law for LL.M. students.

Steven C. Richman

Senior Director of Global Initiatives, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

Steven C. Richman is currently the Senior Director for Global Initiatives at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he is responsible for all aspects of international affairs. His role includes management of school-wide strategic planning, oversight of LL.M and graduate legal studies, international faculty/student exchange, numerous study abroad programs; as well as several other global outreach initiatives.

Before joining Hofstra Law, he served as an associate at a New York law firm, where he focused in international business and real estate transactions for internal and external clients. Steve has also served as an adjunct professor of business law and alternative dispute resolution, where he taught in-house for Wells Fargo, NY Municipal Credit Union and Federal Express.

Steve received his B.A. from Hofstra University, J.D. from Hofstra Law School, and his M.A. from Columbia University. As a member of the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations, he is licensed to practice law in both jurisdictions.

June Sakamoto

Senior Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management, University of California Hastings College of the Law

June Sakamoto is the Senior Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco) where she oversees admissions and financial aid for the Juris Doctor, LL.M. in US Legal Studies, and the Master of Studies in Law programs. June is a California licensed attorney and practiced corporate and finance law in the Los Angeles and Tokyo offices of the New York-based law firm, Milbank. June earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her BA from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a native of San Francisco and enjoys traveling, dining with friends, and spending time in beautiful San Francisco with her family.