Joanne Harvest Koren, B.A., J.D.
Lecturer in Law and Director of the Academic Achievement Program
Telephone: 305-284-2281 | Office: F201
Joanne Harvest Koren, director of the Academic Achievement Program, earned a B.A. in Education with high honors from the University of Florida in 1977 and a J.D. in 1984 from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the University of Miami Law Review.
She taught in the Miami-Dade County public schools before she earned her law degree. After graduating from the Law School, she practiced law in Miami and worked as a pro bono attorney for the Miami-Dade County Guardian Ad Litem Program.
She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the Dade County Bar. She taught as a Legal Research and Writing instructor at the Law School from 1984-1988, and then again from 1990-1994.
She also taught Legal Analysis and Legal Writing at the Law School's James Weldon Johnson /Robert H. Waters Summer Institute from 1991-2006. In the summer of 1994, she created the Academic Achievement Program and was named its director.
Under her direction, the program has gained national attention and grown into a multi-faceted program, with more than 350 law students regularly participating every semester.
In the fall of 1996, she was named the director the Law School's Writing Center. Additionally, Koren is a member of the AALS Section on Academic Support and the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education. She is a past presenter at The Legal Writing Institute and is a frequent panelist and presenter at the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) annual Academic Assistance Training Workshops.
She served two terms as a member of the Florida Bar's Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar (2006-2008). She is also active in Miami -Dade County community affairs, serving as chair of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board from 2005-2007, and remaining a member of the CRB Executive Committee.
She is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Human Services Coalition's Imagine Miami Initiative and is a member of the advisory board of Suited for Success. In addition, she served as a member of the 2008 Florida Democratic Lawyers' Council-Obama for America.