2021-2022 Board of Student Advisers
Kareem is a 3L 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. He spent is 2L summer working as a Summer Associate at Covington & Burling. 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.
Stacy Livingston is a 3L 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 the BSA’s Vice President for the Ames Moot Court competition, serves as a teaching assistant for First Amendment and Civil Procedure, and is also involved with the Access to Justice Lab, CR-CL, WLA, and In Vino Veritas (which just may have been the thing she missed most during remote-school 2L). Over 1L summer, Stacy split her time between the Legal Aid Society and the NYLAG Pro Se Clinic in NYC, and during her 2L summer, she worked on appellate-level impact litigation cases at Public Citizen in Washington, DC. Stacy loves crosswords, playing squash, crab rangoons, and standup comedy.
Mike Atalla is a 3L from Staten Island, New York. He graduated from the University of Virginia (GO HOOS!) where he majored in Politics. Mike went straight through to law school but spent his summers in undergrad working for the New York City Council. At HLS, Mike is the President of HL Central, a member of Lambda, and a line editor for the Journal on Legislation. This past summer Mike was a summer associate at Hogan Lovells and Morrison and Foerster in Washington, DC. His 1L Summer, he was a legal intern for the Biden campaign. In his free time Mike loves watching college basketball (did he say GO HOOS?), CrossFit, watching tv, frequenting Cambridge coffee shops, and hanging out with friends.
Amber Aspinall is a 3L 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, the Caribbean Law Students Association, and Beeritas. She spent her 1L summer in Boston at a private-public interest firm and her 2L summer in Houston at a BigLaw firm. In her free time, you can catch Amber brewing beer, throwing dinner parties, and watching NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.
Michelle is a 3L, 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 has been involved in PLAP, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Advocates for Human Rights, and WLA and has been a TA for 1L Civil Procedure. She spent her 1L summer in the Consumer Protection Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and her 2L summer at Debevoise & Plimpton. 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 – hopefully this year’s the year!!).
James Payne is a 3L from Beaumont, TX. He graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Economics. At HLS, James has served 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. He returned to the firm’s Houston and London offices for his 2L summer. In his free time, James enjoys discussing sports, shredding the pow, and playing Jeopardy with friends.
Drake is a 3L from Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University in 2014, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he lived and worked 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. Last summer he worked for Selendy & Gay PLLC in New York City. His lifelong dream is to open his own bakery/cafe. Outside of class, he enjoys baking pastries, running along the Charles, and reading dystopian novels.
Mayze is a 3L from Connecticut, and is thrilled to be back in New England for the apple cider donuts alone. They graduated from Georgetown University with a double-major in Justice & Peace Studies and Classical Languages in 2018. While living in DC, they interned and worked in the House of Representatives, first developing their interest in law. They 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 HLS Cyberlaw Clinic, where they developed a passion for public interest digital technology work. They spent their 1L summer (remotely) at the ACLU-DC, and their 2L summer at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. In their free time, you can find them taking long hikes, reading science fiction novels, cheering for the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale, and baking increasingly-complicated pastries.
Maisha is a 2L from Staten Island. She graduated from Macaulay Honors College in 2019 with a BBA concentrating in Economics and a minor in English. Before law school, she worked at Everytown for Gun Safety as a research fellow, where she was able to support legislative campaigns and contribute to extensive policy research on gun violence. At Harvard, Maisha is involved with organizations such as the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, student government, and the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA). She is passionate about criminal justice reform and spent her 1L summer at the MacArthur Justice Center as a litigation intern. Outside of law school, Maisha is obsessed with historical dramas, creative writing, modern art, eating french fries, refining her Italian language skills, and Greek mythology. She is also Pita Cambridge’s #1 fan — just check out their Grubhub reviews.
Caroline Hansen is a 2L from Washington, D.C. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2017 with a major in History modified with Geography. Before coming to HLS, she worked at two different startups (one in cybersecurity and another in legal tech) in New York City. At HLS, Caroline is involved with the Equal Democracy Project and the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and she also does research for Professor Molly Brady. Caroline spent her 1L summer working in the chambers of Judge Ronnie Abrams in the Southern District of New York. In her spare time, you can find Caroline eating, watching TikTok, looking at maps, and window shopping (likely all at the same time).
Eric is a 2L and was raised in Suzhou, Montreal, Cleveland, and Charlottesville. He graduated from the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) with a degree in Government and Foreign Affairs. Prior to law school, he worked in Atlanta for Roark Capital Group, a private equity firm. At HLS, Eric is involved with APALSA, ACS, JOLT, HIP, and researches for several professors. He spent his 1L summer working at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, dogspotting, and taking long, meandering walks around Cambridge.
Matt is a 3L 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 the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, Harvard Mediation Program, and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He spent his 2L summer working with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and his 1L summer working with International IDEA’s conflict resolution and constitution-building team. Matt’s interests include singing, boxing, songwriting, traveling, and general merriment.
Julia Keller is a 3L from McLean, VA. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she studied History and Writing. Before law school, Julia worked in Capital One’s Human Resources Rotational Program. At HLS, Julia is editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Law Review, on the board of the Texas Club (despite not being from Texas), and an admissions fellow. Her 1L summer, Julia worked in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She split her 2L summer between Covington and Burling in Washington DC and Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower representation group. Julia spends her free time running, watching the Voice, and consuming baked goods.
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 also on the board for HALB. He split his 1L summer interning for Bay Area Legal Aid and the High Court of American Samoa. During his 2L summer, JV worked for Latham & Watkins office in San Francisco. In his free time, JV spends too many hours binge watching shows on Netflix and scrolling on TikTok.
Ronan Clague is a 2L from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated from DePaul University with a double major in philosophy and psychology before coming to HLS. At HLS, Ronan is the President of the Student Mental Health Association and a member of the West Coast Club board. Ronan is also involved in PLAP, the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and the American Constitution Society. Ronan spent his 1L summer as a summer associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Chicago, and he enjoys reading, cooking, and watching sports.
Ryan Sim is a 2L from the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated with a degree in Government and minor in Psychology from Harvard College. After graduating, he split his time between the City of Berkeley on cybersecurity policy and the City of Oakland on campaign finance policy. At HLS, he is involved with the West Coast Club and the Journal of Law and Technology. He spent his 1L summer at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe with the Technology Companies Group in the Bay Area. In his free time, he enjoys rooting for the Golden State Warriors and going for runs along the Charles.
Aleena is a 3L from Falls Church, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in economics and public policy along with a minor in biology. Between college and law school, she served as a high school science educator with Teach for America and as a staffer for her home state senator on Capitol Hill. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and is a student attorney with Harvard Defenders and an editor with the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review at HLS. When she’s not going down rabbit holes in her case books, she hops around aesthetic coffee shops in Cambridge, binge watches reality TV, and blogs.
Alexis is a 3L who grew up in Santa Monica, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) with a degree in English. At HLS, Alexis has been involved with the Women’s Law Association, the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, PLAP, and the Upper-Level Ames Moot Court Competition. She worked in civil rights litigation during her 1L and 2L summers at the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center and Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, respectively. Alexis spends her free time with her dog Luna, listening to podcasts, binge-watching Netflix shows, and eating her favorite BLT sandwich from CamCom.
Peter is a 3L from Bermuda. After attending high school in Baltimore, MD, he studied economics and politics at Yale, worked as a paralegal in New York, then moved again to study more politics at Oxford. He hopes to finally stay put in Boston long-term. While at HLS, Peter has been involved primarily with ACS and the Harvard Law & Policy Review. He spent his 1L summer working remotely (sadly) for the Yosemite National Park Attorney’s Office, and his 2L summer at WilmerHale in Boston. In his free time, you can find him exploring the city, running, biking, learning how to cook, and watching his beloved Baltimore Ravens.
Bella Berkley is a 2L who was born in San Jose, CA, but has spent much of her life in MA. Bella graduated from Amherst College with a double major in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, and Black Studies. After Amherst, she went on to work at Facebook as a Child Safety Investigator where she helped investigate and prevent abuse of minors on Facebook’s platforms. She spent her 1L as an Assembly Fellow in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and went on to Cooley LLP during her 1L summer. She is involved with the Harvard Black Law Student Association and is a co-president of the Tenant Advocacy Project. Bella loves running, hiking, and talking all things technology. She also loves baking and has been known to bake delicious treats for her friends.
Cathy is a 2L from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Health & Societies and Sociology. Prior to law school, she spent a year doing health policy research at Penn’s Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department. At HLS, Cathy serves on the boards of QTPOC, Lambda, and Harvard Health Law Society and is involved in APALSA. She spent her 1L summer at Planned Parenthood. In her free time, she volunteers with Nashville CARES and stalks the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary Facebook page.
Samuel is a 3L 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. This summer, he has been working “at” the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Atlanta office (while kicking it in Boston). As a 1L, Samuel spent almost every weekend studying at a different coffeeshop in the Boston area, and he plans to start doing that again as soon as possible.
Babs is a 2L from San Jose, CA and College Station, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences as an Honors Fellow. Prior to law school, she was a proud public high school science teacher in New Mexico and Texas for two years. At HLS, she is the Social Co-Chair of APALSA and a Teaching Fellow for Leadership Fundamentals with Professor Scott Westfahl. Babs spent her 1L summer at Vinson & Elkins in Houston. In her free time, Babs loves binge-listening to podcasts, bullet journaling, and adoring her son (a five-year-old pug), Kobu.
Grant is a 3L 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 as Vice-President of Management for the BSA and Director of Policy for the Equal Democracy Project. During his time at HLS, Grant has also been involved with HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Journal of Law & Technology, and Lambda. And over his summers, Grant has worked at the Federal Trade Commission and in Senator Markey’s Office. 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.
Sofia is a 2L from Missoula, Montana. She graduated from Brown University in 2020 where she studied Public Health. At HLS, Sofia is the Co-President of NALSA and the Co-President of HLS Talks. She is also involved with the Harvard Mediation Program. She spent her 1L summer as a Summer Associate with O’Melveny & Myers in their Los Angeles office. In her free time, Sofia enjoys hiking, cooking, trying new local restaurants, and spending time with her friends, family, and her four dogs!
Nicole Khamis (She/Her) – Section 1
Nicole Khamis is a 2L from Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017, and spent her first year after undergrad doing a Fulbright with the United Nations in Amman, Jordan. At HLS, Nicole is involved with the Middle Eastern Law Students Association and serves as the Student Affairs Co-Chair for the HLS Student Government. After her 1L year, Nicole interned at the Legal Aid Society NYC where she worked with incredible lawyers helping to get clients out of ICE detention. In her free time, Nicole loves to read, watch Youtube videos of Gordon Ramsay, and advocate for a better student experience for all at HLS. She is so excited to get to know you and help you succeed on your law school journey, so please reach out!
Asiya Jaffer is a 2L from New York City. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University where she studied History and Economics before coming straight through to law school. At HLS, Asiya is a board member of the Women’s Law Association, the Vice President of Networking, Alumni, and Social Events for the Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law, the Submissions Manager of the Journal of Law & Gender, and a TA for Civil Procedure. Asiya spent her 1L summer as a legal intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In her free time, Asiya enjoys looking up new restaurants, watching reality TV shows, and online shopping!
Cristina is a 2L who was born in Romania but grew up in Rhode Island. She graduated from Cornell University with a double major in American Studies and Economics. Before law school, Cristina tutored eighth-graders in math as an AmeriCorps member, and served as an NYC Urban Fellow. At HLS, Cristina has been involved with the Capital Punishment Clinic, the Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP), and the Harvard Environmental Law Review (HELR). She spent her 1L summer at Mobilization for Justice, returning to NYC to focus on foreclosure prevention legal assistance. In her free time, Cristina enjoys reading fiction (and is always looking for recommendations!), running (slowly!), and spending time with her friends in Cambridge’s many lovely parks.
Serena is a 3L 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 a Co-President of the West Coast Club and has been the Operations Editor of the Journal of Law and Technology. She spent her (remote) 1L summer at the Electronic Privacy Information Center based in D.C. and her 2L summer at O’Melveny LA. Serena is a big fan of podcasts, cooking, and power naps.
Nathan Truong is a 3L proudly born and raised in Houston, TX. He graduated from Rice University in 2014 with a degree in Biochemistry. Afterwards, 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 has been on the board of APALSA and is involved in the Harvard Mediation Project. He remotely spent his 1L summer at the national office of the Advancement Project and his 2L summer at Hogan Lovells, both based in Washington, DC. In his free time, find him listening to interview podcasts, trying new restaurants, and intermittently staying in shape.
Juan is a 2L, born in Bogotá and raised in Bogotá and Miami. He graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with a degree in Government. Before law school, Juan spent three years working in the Legal Division of Goldman Sachs. At HLS, he is a research assistant for Professor Anker and a teaching fellow for Contracts, and is involved with La Alianza, First Class, the Latinx Law Review, the Business Law Review, and the Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law. Juan spent his 1L summer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, watching films, cooking, and hanging out with friends.
Zach is a 2L born and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) in 2018 with majors in Biology and Art History. He worked for two years for the federal government in Washington D.C. before making the jump to law school. At HLS, Zach has been involved with the National Security Journal, Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Lambda, and RAP. During his 1L summer, he worked in the Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks. In his free time, Zach enjoys spending way too much time scrolling on TikTok, catching up on The Good Fight, and is always scouting for cool new artists to add to his future collection.
Kimberly is a 3L 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 the co-president of CLA and involved in HALB and JOLT. Kimberly spent her 1L summer working remotely with the Minnesota AG’s Office and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She split her 2L summer between Sullivan & Cromwell’s New York and London offices. In her free time, she loves traveling, video chatting with her cat back home, and exploring new restaurant/boba/coffee shops.
Azucena is a 2L born in the northwest Chicago suburbs and raised in Mexico, the Bay Area, and Chicago. After earning her B.A. in History from Stanford University, she worked as an economic litigation consultant at Cornerstone Research, where she had the opportunity to work on complex litigation matters. At HLS, Azucena is the co-president of La Alianza and is on the executive board of the International Law Journal (ILJ). She is also involved with First Class and the Women’s Law Association. She spent her 1L summer working at Cooley in New York. In her free time, she enjoys running, finding cute coffee shops, going on long walks, and watching romcoms
Tyler Price is a 2L who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a BS in Accounting in 2019, where he played varsity baseball. At HLS, Tyler is the Academic Affairs Chair on the board of both the organizations First Class and the Black Law Student Association. He spent his 1L summer as a Diversity Fellow at Cooley in Boston. Outside of law school, Tyler loves to exercise, attempt to cook, and watch the scariest horror movies he can find.
Sophi is a 3L from Miami, Florida. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 2018, where she studied Political Science and Latino Studies. During my time there, she spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, and translated at the school’s immigration clinic. She started at HLS the following year. As a law student, she is particularly interested in local government. In her free time, she loves to read fiction, to run and train for races, and to cook and bake. When she graduates from HLS, she’s moving back to Miami where she’ll work for the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office.
Sudheer Poluru is a 2L from Chicago, IL. He studied Economics and Psychology at Harvard College. He is a concurrent degree student getting his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth. Prior to grad school, he worked as a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant at Jones Diversity and on economic development projects in Brazil and Colombia. At HLS, he has participated in affinity groups (APALSA and SALSA), journals (JoL and JOLT), and student practice organizations (RAP and PLAP). In his free time, Sudheer loves to play pickup basketball, watch Bollywood movies, eat good food, and hang out with his effervescent partner, Bridgette!
Abby is a 2L from Newton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a Psychology major, French minor, and a focus in Art History. She spent three years in New York City working as a brand strategy consultant before starting at HLS. At HLS, Abby is a TA for Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law and a Senior Editor for the Harvard Business Law Review. She also is involved with the Recording Artists Project, the Women’s Law Association, and the Journal for Sports and Entertainment Law. She spent her 1L summer working (remotely!) at Schulte Roth & Zabel and Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks. When there’s not a global health crisis, Abby loves to try new restaurants, see as much art as possible, and go to concerts.
Sammy Camy is a 2L born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Northern Maine. She graduated from Cornell University in 2018 with a degree in Labor and Industrial Relations. After graduation, Sammy worked for two years as a Legal and Compliance Analyst at an investment firm in NYC and then an SEO Law Fellow before starting law school. At HLS, she is the Treasurer of Harvard’s Black Law Students Association, a 2L representative on the Dean of Students’ Well-Being Working Group, and involved in WLA, CRCL, and PLAP. Last summer, Sammy interned with the NY Attorney General’s Bureau of Internet and Technology. When she’s not in class, you can find Sammy eating ice cream at the Tipping Cow in Somerville (it’s Black owned!!), trying out a new fitness studio, or brunching with friends.
Lauren is a 3L 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 2L summer working for Kirkland & Ellis in Houston, TX. In her free time, Lauren does CrossFit, watches gymnastics, and spoils her Chihuahua, Geno.
Tala Doumani is a 3L from Berkeley, California. She attended Brown University where she studied Statistics and International Relations and worked in consulting in New York, NY before coming to Cambridge. At HLS, Tala is a teaching fellow for several 1L classes and a proud Section 5 alum. Tala spent her 1L summer as a legal intern in the Human Rights Program at the ACLU and continued her work at the ACLU as an extern to the National Legal Team during Spring 2021. Tala spent her 2L at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and after graduating will be clerking at SDNY. In her free time, Tala enjoys cooking, doing NYT crosswords, and playing tennis!
Rosie is a 2L from Cypress, California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration. Before law school, I worked at a private equity consulting firm as an environment and social governance consultant, and spent two subsequent years at an education non-profit. In law school, I am serving as the upcoming Co-President of SALSA and involved in Harvard Defenders, and am excited to continue making HLS an inclusive environment for all communities. I enjoy some good Netflix binging and spoken word poetry in my free time.