Scott Westfahl is the Faculty Director of HLS Executive Education and also teaches courses on problem solving, teams, networks and innovation within the law school’s J.D. curriculum. As the Faculty Director of the Executive Education program, he leads the HLS effort to support and develop lawyers across the arc of their careers, particularly as they advance to new levels of leadership and responsibility. He oversees and teaches in Executive Education’s core, global leadership programs for law firm managing partners, emerging law firm leaders and General Counsel. He also collaborates with HLS colleagues and other Harvard faculty to design and teach custom programs for law firms, law departments and other legal-related organizations. He focuses his Executive Education teaching and writing on leadership, motivation and development of professionals, and organizational alignment from a talent management and diversity and inclusion perspective. To help advance diversity in the legal profession, Professor Westfahl works closely with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity as an advisor and strategic meeting facilitator.
Professor Westfahl joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm’s Director of Professional Development. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the professional development of the firm’s attorneys and staff, focusing on organizational and leadership development, feedback, mentoring, career progression, diversity, professional skills training, attorney and staff integration and transitions and alumni. As a Lecturer on Law from 2010-2013, he teamed with Professor David Wilkins to teach an 80-student section of the law school’s Problem Solving Workshop for first-year students. In 2008, Professor Westfahl was chosen as one of Law Firm, Inc. magazine’s five “Innovators of the Year” for his development of a cutting edge attorney assignment system and database called iStaff, which effectively ties attorney work assignments to their professional development needs. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Chair of the Professional Development Consortium, a 450-member professional association for law firm professional development and training leaders across North America and the U.K. Professor Westfahl frequently lectures and comments upon talent development within professional services firms and is the author of the book You Get What You Measure: Lawyer Development Frameworks and Effective Performance Evaluations (NALP, 2008).
Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. He is also an experienced business and federal regulatory attorney, having practiced law with Foley & Lardner’s Washington, D.C. office from 1988 to 1998. Professor Westfahl earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1985.
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Rebecca Coyne is the Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School, where she works with faculty and an administrative team to develop leadership programs that serve law firm managing partners, emerging law firm leaders, and General Counsel from across the globe.
Originally from upstate New York, Rebecca spent a year after college working and traveling abroad and then moved to Boston where she began a career in executive education. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, she spent 10 years at Harvard Kennedy School, most recently as the Executive Director of Program and Technology for Executive Education. In addition, she has worked at numerous educational institutions including Harvard Business School, The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Suffolk University.
Rebecca graduated from University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH with a dual degree in English and International Affairs. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.
Jim Pautz is the Associate Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education. He oversees the program’s finances, operations, and staff development.
Jim previously led instruction and program delivery as Vice President at Fullbridge, an education technology company with the mission of developing young professionals’ business and career skills. In addition to leading a team of three dozen instructors, Jim managed all of Fullbridge’s programs for lawyers and law students.
Prior to his work at Fullbridge, Jim was Senior Admissions Officer and Assistant Director of International Admissions for Harvard College. He is currently a Resident Tutor at Harvard, where he advises undergraduates on academic issues, career opportunities, and post-graduate fellowships.
He earned his A.B, summa cum laude, Ed.M., and M.B.A. from Harvard.
Femke Vernooij is Senior Program Manager of Custom Programs within Executive Education at Harvard Law School. She joined the program in May 2011 and has since managed custom-designed leadership programs for a variety of clients, including the Milbank Tweed Associates Program (“Milbank@Harvard”).
Femke holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam the Netherlands where she was born and raised. She has since worked as a consultant and program manager focusing on organizational development, change management and cross-cultural challenges. Her career has taken her from the Netherlands to China and eventually to the US. In her spare time, she enjoys going for a bike ride on her traditional Dutch bicycle together with her husband and two children (one sitting in the front seat and the other on the back of the bike).
Market Outreach and Projects Manager
Phoebe Tamminen is the Market Outreach and Projects Manager for Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE). After joining HLSEE in December 2014 as the Team Assistant, and later as a Program Coordinator, Phoebe worked with the Executive Education team to develop and deliver open enrollment and custom programs. She also assisted Faculty Director Professor Westfahl with his Executive Education and J.D. curricula.
Phoebe has worked increasingly with HLSEE’s growing alumni network to provide continuing opportunities for engagement and learning beyond the classroom. In spring of 2018 she became the Market Outreach and Projects manager for HLSEE to continue developing the departments external relationships, communications and marketing.
Phoebe graduated from Bates College, cum laude, in 2014 with a B.A. in Classics and minor in visual art teacher education. She received her Master’s in Education from Lesley University in 2018.
Ian Davis is the Program Technology Specialist at Harvard Law School Executive Education. Ian is responsible for managing over 100 Microsoft devices and integrating the technology into HLSEE’s open enrollment and custom programs. He joined Executive Education in 2013 after spending several years with the New England Board of Higher Education..
Melissa Robinson is the Financial Associate with Harvard Law School Executive Education. Melissa joined Executive Education in October 2010 to support financial management and program preparation and delivery.
Melissa also served as Administrative Coordinator with Harvard Law School’s Clinical Program from 1998-2004. Prior to joining Executive Education, Melissa held positions in the financial services area with M&T Bank, M&T Securities, HSBC Bank, and Fidelity Investments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Niagara University in French Language and Literature, a Master of Arts degree in English from Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education, and completed her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.
Melissa is fluent in French. She is a Shakespeare enthusiast, having lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, England to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Melissa continued her classical acting training with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She loves the performing arts, running, and traveling to warm, sunny destinations.
Jacquelyn Kenahan is a Program Coordinator with Harvard Law School Executive Education.
Jacquelyn is responsible for the preparation and delivery of all open enrollment and custom programs. She comes with a background in architectural engineering, and is now focused on event and program coordination. Jacquelyn joined HLS Executive Education in 2015 after establishing her career in the HLS Office of Event Scheduling and Support.
Esteban M. Guijarro joined Harvard Law School Executive Education as a Harvard University undergraduate student employee in December 2013. At the present time Esteban has decided to postpone his formal education at Harvard, yet has happily retained his commitment to the Executive Education team. In June 2018, Esteban graduated with honors from the Professional Chef’s Program through the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Within the office, he works with other team members on the architecture and execution of our various programs, and continues to juggle various other tasks and responsibilities as needed. More uniquely, Esteban has fomented a fair amount of humor, gregariousness, and amusement in the Executive Education office. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, working out, traveling, and is an avid volunteer for several local and international organizations.
Prior to joining HLS Executive Education in April 2017, Rachel spent over 10 years writing and developing cases and other curricular materials for the Harvard Business School and the Global Health Education Learning Incubator at Harvard.
While at HBS Rachel worked with a variety of professors with a focus on healthcare and entrepreneurship. At GHELI she created classroom materials that explored and highlighted the impact of social determinants on health at both the individual and population levels. Before coming to Harvard, Rachel worked in healthcare organizations that served the local Boston community as well as the international global community. She also spent a happy year at an award winning local cookie company helping companies send happiness through their corporate gifts.
Rachel has a B.A. from Brown University and an MBA from Simmons College School of Business. She shares her life with her husband, three boys, a dog and a cat.