2020-2021 Board of Student Advisers
Rehab Abdelwahab (Section 6)
Rehab is a 3L who was born in Egypt but spent most of her life in Doha, Qatar. Rehab graduated from Yale University with a BA in Global Affairs. At HLS, Rehab serves on the board of the WLA and the Muslim Law Students Association where she loves to create spaces for students to collaborate and discuss issues that center around diversity. She spent her 1L summer at Dechert in New York as summer associate, and her 2L summer at Kirkland & Ellis in Houston, TX. In her free time Rehab loves trying new coffee shops around Cambridge and all things food in the city. Ever since we switched to online classes, she loves to try out new recipes every week and spends most of her time with her family.
Alexis Alvarez is a 2L from Upper Marlboro, MD. She graduated from the University of Virginia (go hoos!) with a degree in Global Development and taught middle school math in Baltimore, MD before coming to HLS. At HLS, Alexis is involved in BLSA and Parody. She spent her 1L summer working at Skadden in D.C. In her free time, Alexis enjoys going to brunch, watching Criminal Minds, and crafting.
John August, a 3L, is from Berkeley, CA – and it shows. He graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Anthropology and History in 2015 and worked as a paralegal for civil litigator’s solo practice for 3 years before heading to Cambridge. At HLS, John is the VP of Ames Competitions and a Supervising Editor for the Journal on Legislation. John spent his 1L summer clerking on the House Judiciary Committee and his 2L summer at Covington & Burling in NYC. John enjoys road trips, bird watching, podcasts, and hanging out with his cats.
Brian is a 3L from the Boston area. He studied political science and Latin American studies at the College of the Holy Cross. Before coming to law school, Brian spent two years living in D.C. while working at the Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division. At HLS, Brian is involved with the Harvard Law and Policy Review and the American Constitution Society. He also researches for several professors. His 1L summer, Brian interned at the United States Attorney’s Office in Baltimore, Maryland. He spent his past summer at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C.
In addition to pretending to be a lawyer, Brian is working on developing an indoor voice, the lack of which is especially an issue when his beloved (and frequently complained about) Red Sox are on or when he spots a good dog.
Holly is a 3L, born and raised in Canada. She earned her BAH in political science from Queen’s University, and her doctorate in political science from Georgetown University. She then moved west to teach – you guessed it! – political science at Colorado State University. At HLS, Holly has been involved with the Journal of Law & Gender and the Women’s Law Association. She spent her 1L summer in the Trial Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and she split her 2L summer between Arnold & Porter’s Denver office and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (both remotely, of course). In the fall Holly plays fantasy football, in the winter she skis, and year-round she tries to spend as much time as possible with her grumpy English bulldog, Rory.
Parker is in her fourth year of the JD/MBA program at HLS and HBS and is very excited to meet and work with all of you this year! She is originally from Nashville, TN, but has lived in Cambridge or New York for the past several years, as she studied Government and Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard College and then worked at The Blackstone Group before returning to Harvard for graduate school. In her free time, she loves group fitness classes, skiing, traveling and listening to live music.
Shuhao, currently a 3L, was born and raised in Shanghai. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in Philosophy Politics and Economics as well as French Studies. Before coming to HLS, he worked as an analyst at Kobre & Kim’s Hong Kong office for two years. He spent his 1L summer at Selendy & Gay and his 2L summer at Cleary (or, more accurately, next to his bed). On campus, he is on the HIALSA board and participates in APALSA, CLA, and Lambda. He was also a member of WTO Moot Court, which took him to Geneva for a week during the 1L summer. In his free time, he enjoys watching TV series and is constantly looking for good coffee shops.
Mia is a 3L from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida, where she studied philosophy. During law school, Mia has served as Campus Advocacy co-chair of Lambda, worked for the Project on Predatory Student Lending, and interned at Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston. She spent her 1L summer working on plaintiff-side employment litigation at Mehri & Skalet in Washington, D.C., and her 2L summer working on a variety of plaintiff- and defense-side litigation at Selendy & Gay in Manhattan. Mia loves playing guitar, going for runs, and curating Spotify playlists. Her passions also include supporting 1L students, advocating for a more welcoming and inclusive law school atmosphere, and getting to know her classmates—so feel free to reach out!
Phebe is a 3L from the vineyards of Northern California. She graduated with a degree in Stem Cell Biology from Harvard College and spent two years working in healthcare consulting advising pharma and biotech companies. She is the co-president of APALSA and involved in JOLT and Health Law Society. She spent both summers at Latham & Watkins working in IP litigation. She is a Zumba instructor, hiking lover, and boba consumer.
Massiel Leiva is a 3L from Miami. She was born in Cuba and immigrated while in elementary school. She graduated from the University of Miami and worked at a nonprofit that provided wraparound social services before coming to HLS. At HLS, Massiel is involved in La Alianza, the Access to Justice Lab, the Latinx Law Review, the Tenant Advocacy Project, and Parody. She spent her 1L summer working at Legal Services of Greater Miami. In her free time, Massiel is usually going on walks, working on a puzzle, or watching a mind-numbing reality show.
Tiffany is a 3L born in Akron, Ohio (like LeBron James and Steph Curry) and raised in Cleveland, Ohio! When a career in the NBA didn’t pan out, she majored in Accounting and Finance at Georgetown University and worked at McKinsey as a management consultant in Cleveland for two years before coming to law school. At HLS, she has served as Co-President of the Mock Trial Association and is involved with APALSA. Tiffany spent her 1L summer in Atlanta as a legal associate at the American Cancer Society and her 2L summer “at” Skadden’s New York office (but actually worked remotely from Cleveland). In her free time, she enjoys musicals, comedies with a “gentle Mike Schur sensibility” such as Parks and Rec and The Good Place, and hanging out with her parents’ adorable puppy, Archie (no relation to the royal baby).
Laura is a 3L born in Bogotá, and raised in Bogotá and Denver. She majored in Political Science at Yale, and spent the year before law school teaching English and working in Paris. At HLS, Laura is a member of Defenders and La Alianza, and she is a regular at Berryline! Laura spent her 1L summer working at Lawyers for Children (NY) and her 2L summer working at the Federal Defenders of New York. She loves cooking, running, drawing, and biking around Boston and Cambridge!
Julia is a 3L from Connecticut. She graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a degree in History. Before coming to law school, Julia spent three years at a management consulting firm focused on the technology and telecom sectors (where she sort of figured out what the Cloud is). She then spent three years in Nairobi, Kenya working for a non-profit that serves smallholder farmers. At HLS, Julia is involved in PLAP, Harvard Defenders, WLA, CR-CL, and Upper-Level Ames. She spent her 1L summer in the criminal defense practice at The Legal Aid Society in New York and her 2L summer in the criminal defense practice at Brooklyn Defender Services. In her free time, Julia enjoys running along the Charles, seeing live music, reading fiction, cooking dinner with friends, and stopping to pet every dog she sees.
Kathryn is a 3L from Sudbury, Massachusetts. She graduated from Tufts University in 2016 with a degree in Political Science. After graduation, she spent a year working at a political consulting start-up and a year as a paralegal in the Appeals Division of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Fully embracing her love of podcasts and Tiny Desk Concerts, Kathryn spent the summer after her 1L year as a legal intern at NPR in Washington, DC. She spent her 2L summer at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. On campus, Kathryn is on the board of the Women’s Law Association and works as a research assistant for Professor I. Glenn Cohen. In her free time, she follows Boston sports and finds new dog accounts to follow on Instagram.
Colleen O’Gorman (Section )
Colleen O’Gorman is a 3L and self-proclaimed “child of America”: she grew up between Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, and San Antonio, TX. She graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in Politics and minors in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Values & Public Life. Before law school, Colleen worked at a non-profit that trains voting-age women to fully engage in civic and political life. At HLS, she is involved with the Women’s Law Association, Journal on Law and Gender, and Upper Level Ames Moot Court Competition. Colleen spent her 1L summer in the litigation unit of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in New York, NY and her 2L summer at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. Colleen’s favorite things include running, eating cookie butter ice cream from Trader Joe’s, and applying gender theory to overanalyze reality TV shows.
Chinelo is a 3L from Marietta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Virginia (WahooWa!) as an Echols Scholar and with an Economics degree. She spent two years before law school working as a Project Controller as part of Deloitte’s consulting practice. At HLS, Chinelo is President of the Black Law Students Association, and involved with the Journal of Sports and Entertainment. During her 1L summer, she worked as a summer associate at Paul Weiss. She spent her 2L as summer associate at Davis Polk. She enjoys everything Beyonce related, spin classes, and the Atlanta Falcons.
Born in Jeju Island, South Korea, Linda spent half of her childhood in Beijing and the rest in Seoul. She then moved to Houston to attend Rice University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. Realizing that was not enough moving around for her, she went back to Beijing to receive a Master of Public Policy at Peking University. While at HLS, Linda has been involved with various clinics, the Journal of Law and Gender, and the Korean Association of HLS. She spent her 1L summer pursuing justice and jazz in New Orleans while working at the Orleans Public Defenders. She spent her 2L summer working remotely for Public Counsel, a civil rights organization in Los Angeles. Before the pandemic, Linda used to enjoy weightlifting, running along the Charles River, and rewatching Wong Kar-wai movies. Post-pandemic, Linda likes to read the New Yorker, go on long walks, and daydream of winning the Voice.
Sarah Rutherford (Section )
Sarah is a 3L from Atlanta, GA by way of Miami, FL. She studied Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before law school, she worked in political communication–first in the Obama White House as a press assistant and then in the New York Attorney General’s Office as a deputy press secretary. At HLS, Sarah is involved with the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Student Government, BLSA and the Tenant Advocacy Project. She split her 1L summer between Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and NBC Universal and spent her 2L summer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. In her free time, she enjoys taking exercise dance classes, listening to self-help podcasts, and traveling.
Jasmine is from Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Qingdao, China.
She graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in English Literature and Political Science. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a human rights researcher for the Permanent Mission for the Republic of Korea to the UN in New York, spending most of her time in UN meetings pretending to be a diplomat. At HLS, she is the Vice President of HLS Advocates for Human Rights. During her 1L summer, she worked at EarthRights International in Yangon, and after her 2L year, she split her summer between Reprieve UK and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, designing cake toppers, and taking long walks with her hyper pomeranian, Peanut.
Tyler is a 3L from Waco, Texas. He harbored dreams of being a math professor for much of his youth, studying math in undergrad at Baylor University and next enrolling in UC Santa Barbara’s math PhD program. After two years of surfing and no progress on his dissertation, Tyler left the program to teach high school math in Dallas for a year before starting law school. At HLS, he is co-president of the Texas Club, president of the Golf Association, and has been involved with HBLR. Tyler spent his 1L and 2L summers at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas. In his free time, Tyler enjoys doing Kevin Durant impressions on the Hemenway basketball court.
Jack (aka Jaehyuk) is a 3L originally from Seoul, Korea. He has spent exactly half his life there, and the other half, here in the Greater Boston Area. He graduated from Harvard College as a Social Studies major. He then joined the Korean Air Force to serve as a foreign affairs officer to gain some experience in military diplomacy. Currently, he is the Vice President for 1L Legal Research & Writing, and he is also the Managing Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. In his 1L summer, he interned at the Investor Protection Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. And in his 2L (pandemic) summer, he split his time between the Harvard Immigration Clinic and WilmerHale’s Washington DC Office. He enjoys exploring modern Asian food, wine, and coffee; re-watching Marvel and Pixar movies; and listening to classical music and K-pop!
Samuel Yang (Section )
Samuel is a 2L from Florida. After moving to Alabama as a teenager, he stuck around for college and graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Environmental Science.
He then lived in St. Louis, MO for three years and picked up a Master of Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis. Samuel is involved with the Tenant Advocacy Project, Journal on Legislation, and HLS Urbanists. This summer, he worked at the US Attorney’s Office and Daniel & Beshara, a public interest firm focused on fair housing access and desegregation. As a 1L, Samuel spent almost every weekend studying at a different coffeeshop in the Boston area. He was looking forward to telling new students about those spots in the fall and remains excited about doing that in the future.
Stacy Livingston (Section )
Stacy is a 2L from Maine. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 with degrees in English and psychology, somehow leveraging this into a copywriting job where she mostly wrote tweets about burritos and answered “yes” every time someone asked if it was like Mad Men. At HLS, Stacy is involved with the Access to Justice Lab, JOLT, WLA, Law and Behavioral Science, and In Vino Veritas. She split her 1L summer between the Legal Aid Society and the NYLAG Pro Se Clinic in NYC, and loves crosswords, playing squash, crab rangoons, and standup comedy.
Tala Doumani is a 2L from Berkeley, California. She attended Brown University where she studied Statistics and International Relations and worked in management consulting in New York City before coming to Cambridge. At HLS, Tala is an Admissions Fellow, a TA for Property & Contracts, and a member of the Human Rights Advocates Program. Tala spent her 1L summer as a legal intern at the ACLU. In her free time, Tala enjoys cooking, doing NYT crosswords, and planning social events!
Shailin Thomas (Section )
Shailin Thomas is a 3L born and raised just outside Boston. After studying cognitive neuroscience at Yale University, Shailin spent two years as a cyberlaw research fellow with Professor Jonathan Zittrain at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He is completing a joint MD/JD program between Harvard Law School and the NYU School of Medicine, where he spent the last three years working on his medical degree. In addition to serving as a BSA, Shailin has been an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center, a research assistant for Professor Glenn Cohen, an Outreach Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and a Student Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. Shailin spent his 1L summer with the Health Care Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and his 2L summer at the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom. Shailin enjoys running, sleeping, and reliving his childhood through 90s music.
Serena Wong (Section )
Serena is a 2L from sunny Laguna Niguel, California. She graduated from Stanford with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Philosophy, before spending a year working as a product manager in Microsoft Advertising. At HLS, Serena is the Operations Editor of the Journal of Law and Technology and the Communications Chair for the West Coast Club. She spent her (remote) 1L summer at the Electronic Privacy Information Center based in D.C. Serena is a big fan of podcasts, cooking, and rewatching Netflix’s “Cheer.”
Kimberly Guo (Section 6)
Kimberly is a 2L who was born and raised in Nanjing, China. She graduated from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with dual degrees in accounting and English rhetoric. She also studied abroad in Czech Republic during college. At HLS, she is on the board of JOLT, HALB, and CLA. Kimberly spent her 1L summer working remotely with the Minnesota AG’s Office and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. She was also volunteering with the UNODC on case research related to cybercrime. Since the quarantine started, she’s been binge-watching reality tv, doing way too much online shopping, and over-planning her first post-pandemic trip.
Peter Merritt (Section )
Peter is a 2L from Bermuda. After attending high school in Baltimore, MD, he studied economics and politics at Yale, worked as a paralegal in New York, then went back across the Atlantic to study more politics at Oxford. He hopes to finally stop moving and stay in the Boston area. While at HLS, Peter has been involved with HLPR and ACS, and he spent his 1L summer working remotely (sadly) for the Yosemite National Park Attorney’s Office. In his free time, you can find him exploring the city, running, biking, learning how to cook, and watching his beloved Baltimore Ravens.
Nathan Truong (Section )
Nathan Truong is a 2L proudly born and raised in Houston, TX. He graduated from Rice University in 2014 with a degree in Biochemistry. He stayed in Houston to teach high school physics for two years. He left the city for the first time to conduct science education research in Taipei, Taiwan and returned to Houston as a college guidance counselor. At HLS, Nathan is co-president of APALSA and is involved in the Harvard Mediation Project. He spent his 1L summer interning virtually at the national office of the Advancement Project based in Washington, DC. In his free time, find him listening to Dave Chang’s podcast, trying new restaurants, and intermittently staying in shape.
Michelle Bao (Section )
Michelle is a 2L, born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 with a degree in journalism and integrated marketing communications. At HLS, Michelle serves on the board of Advocates for Human Rights and has been involved in PLAP, the Harvard Human Rights Journal and WLA. She spent her 1L summer in the Consumer Protection Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In her free time, Michelle enjoys petting dogs, watching cheesy rom-coms and baking (she’s slowly saving up enough Lexis Points for a KitchenAid stand mixer).
Mike Atalla (Section )
Mike Atalla is a 2L from Staten Island, New York. He graduated from the University of Virginia (GO HOOS!) where he majored in Politics with a concentration in American Government. Mike went straight through to law school but spent his summers in undergrad working for the New York City Council. At HLS, Mike is an events coordinator for HL Central, on the MELSA board, a member of Lambda, a line editor for the Journal on Legislation, and a student attorney for the Prison Legal Assistance Project. This past summer Mike was a summer associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC and a legal intern for the Biden campaign. In his free time Mike loves watching college basketball (did he say GO HOOS?), talking about UVA (once more, GO HOOS), watching VEEP, and hanging out with friends.
Matthew Goldkind (Section )
Matt is a 2L originally from Potomac, Maryland. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with majors in International Studies and Business Economics & Strategy, he worked for a growth strategy consulting firm in Chicago. At HLS, Matt has been involved with PLAP and the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He also spent his 1L summer at International IDEA, working with their conflict resolution and constitution-building team. Matt’s interests include singing, boxing, practicing guitar and piano, listening to Taylor Swift (both new and old), and general merriment.
Lauren Deutsch (Section )
Lauren is a 2L from Pittsburgh, PA. She received an MS and BS from The University of Alabama (roll tide!), where she studied Operations Management and French and watched a lot of college football wins. Before law school, she taught primary school English in southern France for a year. At HLS, Lauren is involved with the Harvard Human Rights and Business Students Association, the Harvard Business Law Review, and Lambda. She spent her 1L summer working remotely for the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa. In her free time, Lauren does CrossFit, runs, and spoils her Chihuahua, Geno.
Kareem Carryl (Section )
Kareem is a 2L from Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a degree in economics. Before law school, he worked in the Asset and Wealth Management division at J.P. Morgan. At HLS, Kareem is involved in the Black Law Students Association, Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Harvard Business Law Review. He spent his 1L summer working as a Law Clerk in the Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal in Washington, D.C. In his free time, you will likely catch him reading a Politico article, watching an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, or FaceTiming with his niece and nephew.
Julia Keller (Section )
Julia Keller is a 2L from McLean, VA. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she studied History and Writing. Before law school, she worked in Capital One’s Human Resources Rotational Program. At HLS, Julia is an Admissions Fellow, a research assistant, and on the board of the Harvard Business Law Review and the Texas Club (despite not being from Texas). She spent her 1L summer working in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In her free time, Julia enjoys running, cooking dinner with friends, and eating Cambridge Common grain bowls.
JV Langkilde (Section )
JV is a 2L from American Samoa. Before coming to law school, JV graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in finance and spent his summers coaching little league in American Samoa. At HLS, JV is on the board for HLEP and HALB. He split his 1L summer interning for Bay Area Legal Aid and the High Court of American Samoa. In his free time, JV loves learning TikTok dances and spends an extremely unnecessary amount of time thinking about ways to improve his basketball skills for pick up games in Hemenway.
James Payne (Section )
James Payne is a 2L from Beaumont, TX. He graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Economics. At HLS James serves on the board of BLSA and is involved with the HLS Street Justice Coalition. He spent his 1L summer at Vinson & Elkins in Houston as a summer associate. In his free time, James enjoys discussing sports, shredding the pow, and utilizing the Oxford comma.
Grant Fergusson (Section )
Grant is a 2L from Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science, then promptly abandoned all things scientific. Instead, Grant worked as a paralegal in New York, jumped across the pond to pursue an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, and spent a year touring with a professional a cappella group. He’s now settled here at HLS, where he serves on the Submissions Committee for the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and on the boards of HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Equal Democracy Project. During his 1L summer, he worked at the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, and in his free time, you can find him hiking around the Northeast, frequenting Cambridge’s many coffee shops, and desperately trying to make bandanas cool again.
Drake Lee Reed (Section )
Drake is a 2L from Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University in 2014, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he lived and worked in study abroad administration for two years. After returning to the United States, he joined Teach for America. As a corps member, he lived and taught at Little Wound High School, a tribal grant school in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. During his 1L summer, he worked for the California Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section. After graduation, he is interested in working at the intersection of indigenous sovereignty, community development, educational opportunity, and juvenile criminal justice reform. Outside of class, he enjoys baking pastries, running along the Charles, and reading dystopian novels.
Mayze Teitler (Section )
Mayze is a 2L from Connecticut, and is thrilled to be back in New England for the apple cider donuts alone. She graduated from Georgetown University with a double-major in Justice & Peace Studies and Classical Languages in 2018. While living in DC, she interned and worked in the House of Representatives, first developing her interest in law. She then completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford. At HLS, Mayze has been involved with the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, HLS Lambda, and the Tenant Advocacy Project. She spent her 1L Summer (remotely) at the ACLU-DC. In her free time, you can find her taking long hikes, reading science fiction novels, cheering for the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale, and drinking way too much coffee.
Amber Aspinall (Section 3)
Amber Aspinall is a 2L from Pomona, NY. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and worked in the food and beverage industry before coming to law school. At HLS, Amber is involved in Harvard Defenders, PLAP, the Caribbean Law Students Association, CR-CL and Beeritas. She spent her 1L summer in Boston at a private-public interest firm, Anderson & Kreiger. In free time, you can catch Amber brewing beer, throwing dinner parties, and watching NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.
Alexis Picard (Section )
Alexis was born and raised in Santa Monica, California and attended the University of California, Berkeley as an English major and Asian American Studies minor (Go Bears!). At HLS, Alexis is the Social Committee Co-Chair for the Women’s Law Association, a Prison Legal Assistance Project student attorney, an Executive Technical Editor for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and a member of the First Class Law Students Association. She spent her 1L summer working in civil rights litigation at the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center. In her free time, Alexis enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, binging Netflix shows, and eating her favorite BLT sandwich from CamCom.
We thank Vanessa Lauber and Maylynn Chen for the photographs.