Meet the Student Affairs Team

student affairs team group shot

Janet Stearns
Dean of Students and Lecturer in Law
Location: A212

Janet Stearns, Dean of Students and Lecturer in Law, started at the University of Miami Law School in October, 1999, and become our second dean of students in 2007. She is passionate about ensuring that all of our students have a positive experience at Miami Law personally, academically and professionally. She advises the Student Bar Association, LAFAC and coordinates closely with the Honor Council and Law Review. Dean Stearns advocates nationally on mental health and wellness issues for law students, and she also regularly teaches Professional Responsibility.

Amy perezAmy Perez
Assistant Dean of Students
Location: A211a

Amy Perez, Assistant Dean of Students, provides individualized support to students on a wide range of matters related to their life and learning at Miami Law, including the bar admission process. In addition, Dean Perez works closely with student organizations and oversees JD Orientation. Dean Perez joined Miami Law in 2010 and has experience in both career development and student affairs.

Jessie HowellJessie Howell
Director, Accessibility Services
Location: A211

Jessie Howell, Director of Accessibility Services, joined Miami Law in 2012. In her role she oversees ADA accommodations, and support for veterans and first-generation students. Prior to this role, she worked in the Career Development Office.

Farah BarqueroFarah Barquero
Director of Programs
Location: B349

Farah Barquero, Director of Programs, joined Miami Law in 2005. She oversees our five law reviews, the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board and the International Moot Court Board. She works closely with all of the student leaders to ensure exceptional and seamless support. Farah is a triple Cane, graduating from the university with a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees.

Odetta ClarkeOdetta Clarke
Assistant Director of Student Life
Location: F309b

Odetta Clarke joined Miami Law in Summer 2021 as an Assistant Director of Student Life. In her role she advises and supports two 1L sections, student organizations, and works closely with financial literacy and diversity & inclusion initiatives. Odetta is a graduate of Miami Law and returned to work at the University of Miami several years ago in numerous roles.

Jack TownsendJack Townsend
Assistant Director of Student Life
Location: F209b

Jack Townsend joined Miami Law in Summer 2021 as an Assistant Director of Student Life. In his role he advises and supports two 1L sections, student organizations, and works closely with wellness initiatives, and transfer students. Jack completed his undergraduate career at University of Miami in 2011 and also graduated from Miami Law in 2014. Before returning to Miami Law, Jack practiced as a litigation attorney in the Miami area.

Merissa williamsMerissa Williams
Senior Program Coordinator, Student Organizations
Location: D334

Merissa Williams joined Miami Law in Fall 2021. In her role as Senior Coordinator of Student Organizations, she is dedicated to working with our student leaders to ensure seamless support of all activities and events, and efficiently managing the finances of SBA, LAFAC, and the Student Affairs team. Merissa received her master’s degree from the University of Miami and is currently working on a post-master’s certificate in Higher Education Administration.