07.21.14 —  Two seasoned law school administrators, Maura Kelly '87 and Michelle Harper, have joined the Northeastern law school community.

Kelly came on board July 1 as assistant dean for the Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement. She was previously employed by Boston University School of Law, where she served as assistant dean in the Office of Career Development and Public Service and then as assistant dean for Public Interest Initiatives. She also served as assistant director for career advising in the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School.

Kelly's career includes considerable law practice in a wide variety of settings. She clerked for two years in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, the second as deputy chief law clerk, where she co-managed a staff of 40 employees. She was a staff attorney with South Middlesex Legal Services from 1990 until 1992. She served as general counsel to Lesley University from 1995 through 2000. From there, she moved on to the law firm Holland & Knight, where she was senior counsel, and then to the law firm Kotin, Crabtree & Strong where she was of counsel. Kelly also served twice as a staff attorney at the Center for Law Education, and has taught legal writing and English in various higher education settings. Kelly has a noteworthy record of participating in local community building efforts, including volunteering at the Roxbury Prep's Lucy Stone Campus, founding the BU School of Law Pro Bono Program and helping plan a 2013 program for the group Stand Up Against Racism.

In addition to holding a Northeastern law degree, Kelly is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  

Michelle Harper is now the assistant dean for Academic and Student Affairs. She comes to Northeastern from Suffolk University Law School, where she had served since 2009 in the Office of Student Affairs, first as assistant dean and later associate dean of students. Prior to this, she served as director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs within Suffolk University Law School's Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. Harper also practiced law, first as an associate at Ropes & Gray and then as a staff attorney and pro bono coordinator at the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston. Prior to law school, Harper worked one year as a shelter advocate at Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies in Juneau, Alaska, and a year and a half as a crisis intervention specialist at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Harper is a summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, where she majored in psychology and a summa cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School.  She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  

"We are delighted to welcome both Dean Kelly and Dean Harper to our community," said Dean Jeremy Paul. "They bring a wealth of experience and an infectious enthusiasm to Northeastern. We are thrilled to have them here."