Your 2017-18 APALSA Board
Peter Im is a 3L and one of the co-presidents of APALSA this year. He grew up all over the place, but went to high school in Fairfax, Virginia, which is where he calls home. He went to Cornell, where he majored in Materials Science & Engineering and minored in French Studies. He spent much of his time there in the Clocktower, where he played the bells. Before law school, he taught second grade in Chicago for two years. He lives with his 5-year-old yellow lab Skylar, and he enjoys reading, running, and playing violin. He plans on going into civil rights litigation after law school.
Liz Gyori is a 2L and one of the Co-Presidents of APALSA this year. She graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she designed her own major exploring systemic oppression, social justice and journalism. Before coming to law school, Liz worked at a human rights non-profit in New York. She spent her 1L summer interning at the New York Civil Liberties Union, and is interested in pursuing impact litigation and movement-lawyering on a variety of issues, including racial justice, immigrants rights and free speech. In her spare time, Liz enjoys cooking and eating (mostly traditional Chinese) food, running, playing with kittens, exploring supermarkets and watching the latest cheesy romcom.
Meghan is a 2L and APALSA’s first Community Engagement Chair. The powers that be created her position on the condition that it wouldn’t cost them too much money, so Meghan’s main job involves poaching funding from the other Chairs. She hasn’t figured out yet where she’s from because her family continuously moves around in pursuit of the American Dream. Prior to HLS, Meghan studied Economics and International Relations at Tufts and worked at Sullivan & Cromwell in NYC. She spent her 1L summer #lawyeringpeace with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) in DC. Her interests include public international law, law and development, and feminist legal theory. Meghan is always on the lookout for other beginner rock climbers, board game fanatics, and bubble tea enthusiasts. She occasionally appears online as “Menghan”.
Zach is a 2L and your Political Chair this year! After growing up in Queens, NY, he graduated from Brown in 2013 with a degree in Classics. In his 3 years between college and law school, Zach taught and volunteered in rural China, Seoul, and NYC. He had an awesome summer after 1L working on felony cases with the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle. Post-graduation, Zach hopes to promote racial/economic justice as either a public defender or environmental community organizer (or both!). He loves to travel (always with his Pikachu sidekick), practice Taekwondo, try new foods, and take long, meandering strolls through whatever city he’s in.
Margaret is your Public Interest Chair. She is a 2L at Harvard Law. She graduated from New York University in 2015 having studied Psychology and Philosophy. Her gap year was a hot mess that she will go into only when asked. She spent her 1L summer working at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, in their Trial Division. Her interests outside of law school include playing the ukulele, watching videos on the internet, looking at pictures of dogs and lying on the floor.
Kevin is serving as co-chair for APALSA’s 2018 Conference. He is a second-year student from Bangkok, Thailand. Kevin’s topics of interest include international development, comparative law and politics, and the relationship between liberal values and democracy. Kevin has studied and worked in four capital cities on three continents, but he considers the San Francisco Bay Area to be his spiritual home. He studied international relations and French at UC Berkeley and spent a year at Sciences Po Paris. He then interned at Albright Stonebridge Group, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. During his 1L summer, Kevin was at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, United Kingdom. Kevin is also passionate about art, spaces, and the interaction between art and spaces, ranging from interior design to landscape architecture. He is also known to consistently overuse the word “aesthetics” in daily speech.
Alicia Guo is a Co-Conference Chair for this year’s 2018 APALSA Conference. She is a 2L and a true SoCal woman, having spent her entire life up until law school moving around Los Angeles and Orange County. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014 where she studied International Relations, Communications, and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Prior to law school, she spent two years with Teach for America. She taught Biology to students with special needs grades 9-12 at a large, public high school in South Central Los Angeles. This past summer, Alicia was a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California (San Francisco Office) for the Criminal Division, Misdemeanors Unit. Her main legal interests are litigation and criminal law. Alicia’s favorite thing to do is to sit in bed with a bag of hot cheetos and watch her newest TV show obsession (currently This is Us on Hulu). She also enjoys scenic hikes and quoting her favorite movie of all time – Gattaca.
Michael, one of your Sponsorship Co-Chairs, is a 2L from a small mountain town in Southern California. He graduated from UCLA in 2014 with majors in Psychology and Art History and a minor in cheerleading (not really). His legal interests include litigation, sports, entertainment, and wine law, and he questions why HLS doesn’t have a wine law class when SLS does. For what life there is outside of law school, his interests include food (primarily eating it), travel, dreaming of speaking foreign languages, cars, college football, CrossFit, and slight alliterations.
Jean, your Sponsorship Co-Chair, is a second-year student at Harvard. She graduated with a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Before coming to law school, she worked as the Research and Program Assistant at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, where she provided research and editing support to the institute’s directors for publications relating to U.S.-China relations, public international law, and international development. During 1L summer, she worked as a Summer Associate at Foley Hoag Boston & DC. On campus, she is closely involved with the Korean Association of Harvard Law School (KAHLS) as the Co-President and with the International Law Journal (ILJ) as an Article Editor and Symposium Chair. She is a certified SCUBA diver and loves diving with manta rays and nurse sharks in tropical islands. In her spare time, she likes playing the acoustic guitar, listening to singer-songwriters’ music, and exploring restaurants and bars.
Victor is your Treasurer. He is a 2L and is a proud member of HLS’ Section 6 (*insert clapping Emoji here*). Prior to coming to HLS, he studied Accounting at McGill University and worked as an auditor at KPMG in Vancouver with their Financial Institutions and Real Estate audit group. For his 1L summer, Victor worked at Curtis Mallet in their New York office. He enjoys rock climbing, listening to rap music, and camping out in a booth at Cambridge Common. Apparently, he plays a mean triangle and tambourine as well.
Seowoo is your Academic Support Chair. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and later immigrated to the land of Trudeau and Drake (Toronto, Canada). She studied Chemistry in her undergrad at Western University, where she accumulated a lifetime supply of tape and post-it from interning at 3M. This past summer, she worked in-house at Formlabs, a 3D-printing company. If you ask her what she 3D-printed, she will very excitedly show you videos and pictures of tower of pi. She, like your conference co-chair Alicia, enjoys watching “This is Us” and is very excited to have “This is Us” watch parties at Story Hall – the best place to live contrary to popular belief.
Zach is your Academic Opportunities and Clerkships Chair. He begins his 2L year in 2017, which also marks his first full year in the United States. A graduate of the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law, Zach has interned at Singapore’s Legal Aid Bureau, private law firms, and the NUS’s Migrant Workers’ Clinic. Academically, Zach is interested in constitutional law (the Fourteenth Amendment being his favorite amendment), and intellectual property law. Zach enjoys the outdoors, has recently picked up indoor rock-climbing, and spent two years in the Singapore Army where he earned the rank of lieutenant (despite self-professed terrible hand-eye coordination).
Jenny, taking a selfie with a lemur in the photo above, is a 2L and APALSA’s current professional development chair. She is originally from Seattle but has spent six years living in the Midwest (St. Louis and Minneapolis). She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in the class of 2014 with a double major in Economics & Strategy (basically the business school’s fancy way of saying economics) and Political Economy. After graduation, she worked at General Mills for two years doing things like buying the fruit used in Fruit by the Foot (yes there is real fruit in there). She hopes to go into international law after graduation. Her hobbies include salsa dancing, making pottery, and co-parenting her apartment’s three cats with another member of the APALSA board (you have to guess who it is, hint: they are Asian). She can rarely be found in the library (WCC 5th floor/ed school!) but can be spotted eating amazing ramen at Porter Square, climbing at Brooklyn Boulders, or inviting fellow APALSA members to her apartment to hang out. She is most importantly excited to meet all of you next year!
Sylvia is your Membership and Alumni Relations Chair. She is a 2L at Harvard Law, and graduated in 2015 from Yale College, where she studied Economics and Energy Studies. She spent her year in between college and law school on a research fellowship in Stockholm, Sweden, and has loves spending time in Scandinavia and Europe generally. She is from Palo Alto, California. For her 1L summer, she worked at the Antitrust Division of the California Attorney General’s office in Los Angeles, so now she can finally confirm that Northern California is the superior side of the state. She loves pop punk music, gummy bears, Snapchat, John Steinbeck novels, game theory, Swedish crime shows, playing ultimate Frisbee, and stuffed animals that wear clothes.
Matt Lin is one of your two Social Chairs. He is currently a 2L from Section 4. Prior to coming to law school, he grew up in the San Gabriel Valley of the greater Los Angeles area, home of the greatest Chinese food in America. For undergrad, he went to California State University, Los Angeles, majoring in Economics. After undergrad, he joined the Los Angeles City Controller’s Office working on open data publishing and government financial transparency. In the summer after 1L year, Matt worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California as a Criminal Division Extern, and hopes to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney later in his career. Matt’s favorite classes in 1L were Crim and Torts, but don’t ask him for help in those classes, since he’s probably forgotten all of it by now. He enjoys hiking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cooking, and watching stand-up comedy.
Cathy, one of your social chairs, is a second-year law student at Harvard. She came straight through from Yale University, where she majored in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She grew up in a city called Roanoke in southwest Virginia, and no, it’s not the lost colony. After her 1L year, Cathy spent a fantastic summer in the Consumer Rights Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. Her hobbies include playing a variety of team sports (volleyball, soccer, and basketball), cooking, running, traveling, and trying to not forget how to play piano. She is a foodie, a lover of sunsets, and an aspirational minimalist. Her favorite story to tell people is how, in kindergarten, she tried to name herself after a Power Ranger.
Jason is your 2017-18 Communications Chair. His friends call him “J-Han,” “Jasan,” or more curiously, “Juicy J.” A 2L from Torrance, California, he graduated from UCLA (Go Bruins!) and worked as a mediator in downtown Los Angeles before coming to Harvard. His legal interests include corporate governance, anti-corruption, and finding snarky judicial opinions that reference pop culture. He spent his 1L summer in Boston with GE’s Corporate, Securities & Finance team. Jason is a fan of trail running, dim sum, stand-up, and all things California.