2021–2022 Board


Zarinah Mustafa | Email: zmustafa@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Zarinah Mustafa is a 3L from Portland, Oregon, and a graduate of Spelman College. Between college and law school, Zarinah worked in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Aide and Special Assistant for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). She spent her 1L summer back in D.C. at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and her 2L summer with law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. At HLS, Zarinah stays active beyond the classroom. Prior to her current role, Zarinah served as ACS Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, in leadership with the Harvard Black Law Students Association, and is serving as a student attorney in the HLS Criminal Justice Institute doing public defense work. Zarinah enjoys writing, playing cards, traveling, and curating fun spaces outdoors.


Oliver Ma |  Email: oma@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Oliver is a rising 2L and proud member of section 3. He is irrationally attached to UC Berkeley, where he went to college, and enjoys writing, water polo, watching soccer, and rooting for progressive governments worldwide in his spare time. This past summer he worked on Education Equity at the ACLU SoCal and on Worker’s Rights at the CA Department of Justice. At HLS, he is a member of HLAB and APALSA.

Alex Tobin  |  Email: atobin@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Tobin is a 3L from Maryland. While pursuing his B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government and Politics, Tobin fell in love with constitutional law. In addition to his role as (Co) Vice-President, Tobin is the (Co) Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Law and Policy Review. Outside of law school, Tobin enjoys sports, working out, and traveling. He will be joining Hogan Lovells (D.C. Office) after graduation.


Aris Hadjipanteli | Email: ahadjipanteli@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Aris is a 2L hailing from Annapolis, MD. He graduated from Yale College in 2017 with a degree in Economics and History of Art. Before entering law school, Aris joined Teach For America and taught high school mathematics in Baltimore, MD for three years. He spent his 1L summer yet again in Baltimore, working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Maryland. Outside of ACS, Aris enjoys editing for the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, watching not enough movies, and managing too many Spotify playlists.


Joaquin Diaz | Email: jdiaz@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Joaquin Diaz is a 3L from Houston, Texas. He was born in Havana, Cuba, and graduated from Northeastern University. Before coming to Harvard Law, Joaquin worked as a paralegal with the San Francisco Public Defenders Office in San Francisco, California, and as a swim coach in a private club in Houston, Texas. He spent his 1L summer back in Houston working for the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas. He spent his 2L summer working for a financial services firm in New York City and doing pro bono work at an immigration firm in Houston. He is part of the Harvard Latinx Law Review executive board and is a member of La Alianza and Lambda. Joaquin enjoys working out, watching movies, and singing in the shower.


Mattie Haag | Email: mhaag@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Mattie is a 2L from Mentor, Ohio. Prior to law school, she worked for two years as a Project Analyst at Mintz Levin, a Boston-based law firm, where she ran the firm’s Domestic Violence Project and Massachusetts’ only civil appellate clinic for indigent litigants. Mattie graduated from Georgetown University in 2018, where she was the President of the Georgetown University College Democrats and officer of the Philodemic debate society. While at HLS, Mattie has interned for the Federal Defender’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and worked for Professor Molly Brady as a Research Assistant. In her free time, Mattie enjoys running, seeing live music, and reading American gothic fiction novels.

David Scharf | Email: dscharf@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

David is a 2L from Westchester, NY. He graduated from Cornell University in 2019 with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations. Before starting law school, he spent a year working on the presidential campaigns of Cory Booker and Mike Bloomberg. David spent his 1L summer working for the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. At HLS, David is also a staff editor on the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Outside of law school, David loves to cook, cycle, watch the Yankees and Marvel movies.


Rachel Casper | Email: rcasper@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Rachel is a 3L from Potomac, Maryland. Before law school, she attended the University of Rochester and then worked for a criminal justice non-profit. She spent her 1L summer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and her 2L summer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In addition to ACS, Rachel is involved with the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and Lambda. Outside of school, she likes to hike, play Scrabble, and play with her dog, Scrabble.


Amy Hayes | Email: ahayes@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Amy is a 3L from Buffalo, New York. Before starting law school, Amy worked in children’s media as associate Director of Content at PBS Education, and an editor at Cavendish Square Publishing. She has always been passionate about progressive ideals and looks forward to connecting students to the amazing HLS ACS alumni community. In her spare time, she enjoys record store diving, the occasional Netflix binge, exploring all that Boston has to offer, and hanging out with her cat, Niles.


Amika Singh | Email: asingh@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Amika Singh is a 2L from Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from Northeastern University, she taught English as a Second Language and later worked on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. Amika spent her 1L summer working at the ACLU of Georgia. At HLS, she is part of the Mississippi Delta Project and is a Lead Article Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Maham Kirmani | Email: mkirmani@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Maham Kirmani Shahzad is a 3L and a brand new mom. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and is most recently from Austin, Texas. Maham also has a degree in Social Work from Boston College. She spent her 2L year interning at Massachusetts’ Office of Attorney General. Over the summer, Maham worked at Vinson & Elkins in Austin and will be returning there after graduation. In her (very limited) spare time, she can usually be found reading murder mysteries on her phone’s library app.


Patrick O’Connor | Email: poconnor@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Patrick is a 2L from Leominster, MA. Before law school, he worked for four years as a high school math teacher and football coach in Lawrence, MA. At HLS, Patrick is involved in the Tenant Advocacy Project, Advocates for Education, and the Equal Democracy Project. He spent his 1L summer at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Patrick enjoys running, hiking, and learning more about art and architecture.

Marlon Becerra | Email: mbecerra@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

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Marlon Becerra is a 2L from Queens, New York. Marlon is also a graduate of Hampshire College. Last year, while on leave, Marlon Becerra worked as the Director of Civic Engagement for Legal Outreach, Inc. During the past summer, Marlon was an Equal Access Fellow for Validity Finance and spent part of the summer working for the Innocence Project. At HLS, Marlon also serves as the Activist Chair for La Alianza and as a student attorney with Harvard Defenders. During his free time, Marlon enjoys playing chess, watching Marvel movies, and sightseeing.


Christina Coleburn | Email: ccoleburn@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Christina is a 2L from New Jersey. After graduating from NYU, she spent nearly two years in New York City as a paralegal. Outside of ACS, Christina serves as the Community Director and a Staff Editor for the National Security Journal, Online Content Editor for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Content Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and Communications Director for the Equal Democracy Project. She also is in the Election Law Clinic and a research assistant for an HLS professor. Christina spent her 1L summer at the U.S. Department of Justice as a legal intern for the Criminal Division Appellate Section. She loves writing, jogging, and playing with her beloved cairn terrier, Zoe Elizabeth.


Liz Walsh | Email: bbeaton@jd21.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Liz is a 2L originally from Long Island, New York. Liz graduated from St. John’s University in New York and is an alumna of Teach for America and Fulbright. She also spent three years working in education policy at the New Jersey Department of Education. At Harvard Law, Liz is involved with the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Harvard Law and Policy Review, First Class, and is a Research Assistant for Professor Henry E. Smith. Liz spent her 1L summer with the House Oversight and Reform Committee and will spend her 2L summer with the Government Accountability Office.

Marc Heinrich | Email: mheinrich@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Marc is a 2L from New York. Before law school, he worked in consulting and on presidential campaigns. He spent this past summer at the Department of Justice. In his free time, he loves running, playing chess, and brunch. He is looking forward to working on progressive policy with others and can’t wait to meet people on campus this year!


Jake Gordon | Email: jagordon@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Jake, a 2L from Pennsylvania, is the Co-Director of the Progressive Constitutionalism Project (PCP). Before law school, Jake studied philosophy at Northwestern, self-published a book of short essays, and worked at the Chicago Tribune. In addition to reading for class (who doesn’t love that!), Jake loves watching and playing sports, talking about philosophy, and watching TV. On-campus, Jake is also an editor on the Harvard Law Review. If you have any questions about PCP’s latest project (compiling a progressive supplement to the 1L Con-Law course), or if you just want to chat, reach out to Jake.

John Barna | Email: jbarna@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

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John Barna is a 2L from Albany, New York. He graduated from NYU with a B.A. in history and politics. During college, John interned for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and a progressive think tank in Washington, DC. Outside of ACS, John is a Harvard Law Review editor, Lambda member, and PLAP student attorney. He spent his 1L summer interning at the New York Solicitor General’s office.


Natalie Tsang | Email: ntsang@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Natalie Tsang is a 2L who spent most of her life abroad, including a two-year stint in rural Wales. She studied Comparative Literature in college and was living the good life in Paris and Hong Kong before coming to HLS. She watches sitcoms to de-stress, loves going to Sox games (despite not knowing any of the rules), and has an inexplicable but unrelenting love for Boston.


Harley Moyer | Email: hmoyer@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Harley is a 2L from Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 2019 with a degree in History. While in undergrad, he was a member of the track and cross country teams, and continues to run competitively. Before law school, he worked at a winery and bartended at a local Akron brewery. Harley spent his 1L summer and 2L fall working in the consumer financial protection unit of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. He stays busy by exploring Cambridge, rooting for Cleveland sports, and watching movies.


Maggie Hagen | Email: mhagen@jd22.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: She/Her

Maggie is a 3L from Portland, OR. She graduated from Luther College in Iowa with degrees in Political Science and Religion. After graduating, she worked at a refugee resettlement nonprofit in Baltimore, MD., and later moved to Washington, D.C. to work at Pew Research Center and the National Women’s Law Center. Maggie spent her 2L summer at Kirkland & Ellis in D.C. In addition to ACS, Maggie is on the board of the Harvard Women’s Law Association, and an enthusiastic member of In Vino Veritas.


Eric Xu | Email: exu@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Eric is a 2L from Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a B.A. from the Honors Politics program. Before law school, he worked at a private equity firm in Atlanta. Eric split his 1L summer between Munger, Tolles & Olson, and the Asian Law Caucus, both in San Francisco. In addition to ACS, Eric is involved in the BSA, APALSA, and is a research assistant for several professors. Outside of law school, Eric enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams, going for long walks in Cambridge, and visiting art museums.

Kevin Bendesky | Email: kbendesky@jd23.law.harvard.edu, Pronouns: He/Him

Kevin Bendesky is a 2L from the Philadelphia area, on whose sports teams far too much of his happiness remains contingent. He has two older sisters (and now two brothers-in-law). He studied history and political theory in college and graduate school and has worked at the special litigation or appeals divisions of a few public defender offices since then. He believes that the Godfather II is better than Godfather I; that the Blueprint is superior to the Black Album; and that, while the comma is overrated, the semi-colon is criminally underrated.