Academic Advisors

Sarah J. Loope Hulsey

Assistant Dean, Office of Academic Affairs
B.A., Michigan State University; J.D., University of Michigan

Dean Hulsey supervises the adjunct faculty program, which includes curriculum planning and course scheduling for the J.D. adjunct faculty. She runs orientation and teaching seminars and produces a handbook and monthly newsletter for adjunct faculty. Dean Hulsey also coordinates Georgetown Law’s summer program, provides academic counseling to students, and oversees the publication of handbooks for upperclass and part-time students. Dean Hulsey joined Georgetown Law in 2008 as the Director of J.D. Academic Services. She previously worked as an associate in the litigation departments at McDermott, Will & Emery; Chadbourne & Parke, LLP; and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

Sally McCarthy

Assistant Dean for Curriculum Design
B.A., Bowdoin College; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

Dean McCarthy is responsible for planning and implementing the largest curriculum of any law school in the United States. She works closely with the Law Center’s full-time and visiting J.D. faculty on course planning and curriculum development and assists with the oversight of the school’s large J.D. adjunct faculty. Her office is the primary provider of academic counseling for J.D. students and also collaborates with the faculty in drafting and implementing all academic policies affecting J.D. students. In 2012, she was nominated by her colleagues and students to receive the Law Center’s David J. McCarthy, Jr. Award for excellence in administration and service.

Dean McCarthy joined the Law Center in 2001 as the Director, J.D. Academic Services. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a lawyer at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in Washington, DC. At NLCHP, she ran the Homeless Children’s Advocacy Project, which focused on ensuring access for homeless children to their school of origin. In particular, she researched and traveled throughout the U.S. to investigate the use of “shelter schools” to educate homeless children who had been denied access to their local public schools because of their lack of permanent housing. She was the author of a report, “Separate and Unequal,” which received national attention and led to better enforcement of homeless children’s rights under federal law to access their local public schools.

Prior to her work in Washington, Dean McCarthy was a staff attorney with MFY Legal Services in Manhattan where she worked to ensure housing stability and access to health care for mentally ill adults in all five boroughs of New York City. Her first job out of law school was as an attorney at the Legal Action Center in New York City, where she worked on the settlement of a successful employment discrimination suit against the New York City Transit Authority.

Dean McCarthy received her B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Dionne L. Hayes

Executive Director, Adjunct Services
B.A., University of Manitoba; J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law; M.F.A. Bennington College

Dionne Hayes provides oversight and management of the Law Center’s over 700 J.D. and LL.M. adjunct faculty members, including faculty appointments, curriculum planning, and course scheduling. Prior to joining Georgetown, Dionne served as General Counsel to the D.C. Office of Unified Communications, General Counsel to the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and Assistant General Counsel in the D.C. Office of the Attorney General. Prior to that, she was with Blackwell Burke P.A. for eight years, in Minneapolis, MN. Her practice areas included commercial litigation, products liability defense, and intellectual property/entertainment law, and she represented Fortune 500 companies in state and federal court around the country. Dionne received her B.A. in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Manitoba and her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline University School of Law. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing with a concentration in fiction from Bennington College and is a published writer.

Emily Wack

Executive Director, J.D. Programs
B.A., Arizona State University; J.D., Harvard

Emily Wack is a Director in the Office of Academic Affairs. In addition to providing academic advice to students, Emily is responsible for main campus course requests, overseeing the joint and concurrent degree programs, and assisting transfer and visiting students. Emily received her B.A. in English and political science from Arizona State University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Board of Student Advisers and an articles editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. After law school, Emily clerked for Judge James G. Carr of the Northern District of Ohio before joining the D.C. office of Gibson Dunn as a litigation associate. Her practice included white collar defense and intellectual property as well as general corporate litigation.

Reena Glazer

Director, Office of Academic Affairs
B.A., Barnard College; B.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary; J.D., Duke University School of Law

Reena Glazer is a Director in the Office of Academic Affairs and an adjunct professor of law. In addition to providing academic advice to students, she assists joint degree students. Reena is a graduate of Barnard College; The Jewish Theological Seminary; and Duke University School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board. After law school, Reena clerked for Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Reena came to Georgetown from the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), where she served as the Assistant Director/Director of its Law Firm Pro Bono Project, providing technical assistance, research, inspiration, and training to law firm pro bono programs and public interest organizations. Prior to joining PBI, she was a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Goodwin Procter LLP and Shea & Gardner, prior to its merger with Goodwin in 2004.

Ian Wilhite

Director, Office of Academic Affairs
B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Boston College Law School

Ian Wilhite is a Director in the Office of Academic Affairs. In addition to providing academic advice to students, Ian is responsible for assisting transfer students and providing guidance to students interested in pursuing political careers on Capitol Hill. Ian is a Michigan native who earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was a member of  Frederick Douglass National Moot Court Team and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). During law school, Ian also interned for Judge Denise Casper and was a legal fellow for the Human Rights Campaign.

Ian began his career on Capitol Hill as a congressional aide to both Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Most recently, Ian served as the Deputy National Press Secretary and Director of African American Messaging for Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential campaign. Immediately prior to joining the campaign, Ian served as the Press Secretary and spokesperson for Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ legal organization.

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Dominique Brown

Associate Director, Office of Academic Affairs
B.A., University of Dayton

Dominique Brown Parker is the Associate Director in the Office of Academic Affairs where she works with Assistant Dean Sally McCarthy on building the first year and upperclass curriculum taught by Full Time and Visiting Faculty. Dominique joined Georgetown Law in 1997 in the Office of the Registrar as the Computer Services Coordinator. In 2001, she joined the Office of J.D. Programs as the Database Manager. Dominique received her B.A. from the University of Dayton where she studied Psychology.

Kara Kinikin

Assistant Director, Office of Academic Affairs
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., George Washington University

Kara Kinikin is an Assistant Director in the Office of Academic Affairs, where she works with Assistant Dean Sarah Hulsey on curriculum planning and course scheduling for the J.D. Adjunct Faculty. Kara received her B.A. in Linguistics from Swarthmore College and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the George Washington University. She has previously worked in the Office of Graduate Admissions at the Catholic University of America, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Office of the Registrar at the George Washington University.

Renate Seiwert

Assistant Director, Graduate Academic Services
B.A., Miami University

Renate L. Seiwert is an Assistant Director in the Office of Academic Affairs where she works on curriculum planning and course scheduling for the LL.M. Adjunct Faculty. Renate received her B.A. in Anthropology from Miami University of Ohio, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies. Renate previously worked in the Department of Academic Conferences and Continuing Legal Education where she handled CLE accreditation and program development. Prior to joining the Georgetown Law Community, Renate spent several years teaching English and facilitating curriculum development in Northern India.

Nathaly Rugel

Assistant Director, Graduate Academic Services