2019-2020 Board of Student Advisers
Rehab Abdelwahab (Section 5)
Rehab is a 2L 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, MELSA and MLSA where she loves to create spaces for students to collaborate and discuss issues that matter to them. She spent her 1L summer at Dechert in New York as summer associate. In her free time Rehab loves trying new coffee shops around Cambridge and all things food in the city.
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 2L, is from Berkeley, CA – and it shows. He graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Anthropology 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 Community Service Chair for Lambda, a Technical Editor for the Journal on Legislation, the Treasurer for the National Lawyers Guild, and a member of the Harvard Immigration Project. John spent his 1L summer at the House Judiciary Committee doing fascinating government oversight projects and writing questions for witnesses at hearings. John enjoys road trips, bird watching, podcasts, and hanging out with his cats.
Brian is a 2L 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. and working at the Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division. At HLS, Brian is involved with the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the HLS Immigration Project, the HLS Antitrust Association, and the American Constitution Society. This past summer, he interned at the United States Attorney’s Office in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to pretending to be a lawyer over the next two years, 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 2L, born and raised in Canada. She graduated from Queen’s University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She then graduated from Georgetown University with a doctorate in political science. Then, as a teacher at Colorado State University, she helped other people earn their degrees in (you guessed it!) political science. While at HLS, Holly has been involved with the Journal of Law & Gender and the Women’s Law Association, and she spent her 1L summer in Boston in the Trial Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. 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 third 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 eight 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. At HLS, Parker is involved in HALB, HBLR, Mock Trial, HLEP and WLA. After her 1L year, Parker was a Summer Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell and after her RC year, she was a Summer Associate in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. She is very interested in health policy, skiing, traveling, listening to live music and browsing Netflix, so please let her know if you ever want to chat about your last trip or the show you’re currently watching!
Shuhao, a current 2L, was born and raised in Shanghai. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2016, double majoring in Philosophy Politics and Economics as well as French Studies. Before coming to HLS, he spent two years working as an analyst at Kobre & Kim’s Hong Kong office. During his 1L summer, he worked at Selendy & Gay, a litigation spinoff in New York. On campus, he is involved with HIALSA and participates in APALSA, CLA, and Lambda. He is also a member of WTO Moot Court, which took him to Geneva for a week during summer. In his free time, he enjoys watching TV series and is constantly looking for good coffee shops.
Mia is a 2L from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida. In law school, Mia serves as the Campus Advocacy co-chair of Lambda, worked for the Project on Predatory Student Lending, and spent her 1L summer working for Mehri & Skalet in Washington, D.C. In her free time, Mia loves playing guitar, completing crossword puzzles, listening to podcasts, and curating extremely long Spotify playlists. Let her know your song recommendations or your favorite coffee spots!
Sophi Guzzo is a 2L from Miami, Florida. She attended Vanderbilt University where she studied Latino Studies and Political Science. Throughout college, Sophi taught English to immigrants and translated at Vanderbilt’s Immigration Clinic. At HLS, Sophi is the Social Chair of La Alianza. She spent her 1L summer at a Bilzin Sumberg in Miami, where she will return her 2L summer. Sophi is an avid runner and enjoys reading and cooking in her free time.
Phebe is a 2L 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 Health Law Society and a board member of APALSA. She split her 1L summer between Latham & Watkins and a biotech, working in IP litigation. She is a Zumba instructor, hiking lover, and boba consumer.
Massiel is a 2L from Miami, FL and was born in Havana, Cuba. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2017 with a BA in Human and Social Development. At HLS you can find her in the Tenant Advocacy Project’s office, working behind the bar at the Pub, pretending she can act in Parody, and dancing with La Alianza members. Massiel spent her 1L summer interning with Legal Services of Greater Miami in the Homeownership and Consumer Protection Unit (mostly trying to figure out bankruptcy law via osmosis by banging her head against practice guides). In her free time, she enjoys dancing, putting too much sriracha on things, and watching suspenseful dramas.
Tiffany is a 2L born in Akron, Ohio (like LeBron James and Steph Curry) and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, aka The Land! 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 is Co-President of the Mock Trial Association and involved in APALSA and the WLA. Tiffany spent her 1L summer in Atlanta as a legal associate at the American Cancer Society. 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 new puppy, Archie (no relation to the royal baby).
Andrea Loera (Section 1)
Andrea is a 2L at Harvard Law School. She is interested in employment and labor rights, and immigration rights. She was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico and raised in Austin, Texas. She graduated from UT Austin in 2016 with a B.A. in Latin American History and International Relations. Before law school, she worked as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm and as an international student adviser at a UT Austin. At HLS, she is a board member of La Alianza and an editor of the Latinx Law Review. Andrea really loves napping on patches of grass, exploring new bars and cafes, and her two cats.
Laura is a 2L 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 in New York. She loves cooking, running, drawing, and biking around Boston/Cambridge!
Julia is a 2L 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 (and 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, and WLA. She spent her 1L summer in the criminal defense practice at The Legal Aid Society in New York. 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 2L 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. 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 obsessively follows Boston sports and finds new dog accounts to follow on Instagram.
Colleen O’Gorman (Section 7)
Colleen O’Gorman is a 2L 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’s involved in the WLA and JLG. Colleen spent her 1L summer in the litigation unit of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in New York. Colleen loves group fitness classes, breakfast for dinner, and overanalyzing reality TV shows.
Chinelo is a 2L from Marietta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with an Economics degree. She spent the two years before law school working as a Project Controller in Deloitte’s consulting arm. At HLS, Chinelo is Internal Vice 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 enjoys: everything Beyonce related, spin, and the Atlanta Falcons.
Born in Jeju Island, South Korea, Linda spent half of her childhood in Beijing, China and the rest in Seoul, South Korea. She then moved to Houston, Texas to attend Rice University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. Realizing that was not enough moving around for her, she then went back to Beijing to receive a Master of Public Policy at Peking University. While at HLS, Linda has been involved with the Prison Legal Assistance Project, the Journal of Law and Gender, and the Korean Association of HLS. She spent her 1L summer pursuing justice and jazz in New Orleans, Louisiana while working at the Orleans Public Defenders. Linda enjoys weightlifting, running along the Charles River and rewatching Wong Kar-wai movies.
Sarah is a 2L 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 Student Government, BLSA and the Tenant Advocacy Project. She spent the summer before law school working at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and she split her 1L summer between Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and NBC Universal. 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. After 13 years in Qingdao, she moved to Nashville, TN to attend Vanderbilt University, where she struggled to understand the southern accent for a good six months. She graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in English Literature and Political Science. While thrilled to get accepted to HLS in her senior year, she found that law school could wait while she pursued her dream job. For the next two years, 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 a project leader for HLS Advocates for Human Rights and an Article Editor for the International Law Journal. During her 1L summer, she worked at EarthRights International in Yangon, focusing on corporate accountability for human rights violations. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, designing cake toppers, and (unsuccessfully) trying to learn French.
Kyle Skinner (Section 2)
Kyle is a first-generation college student from Georgia who graduated from Yale with both a B.A. and Ph.D. in Italian Literature. He is a lead outside article editor for the Harvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review, a student attorney with the Prison Legal Assistance Program (PLAP), and a policy editor of the Harvard Law & Policy Review. Kyle is also a mediocre cellist, has an unhealthy obsession with iced coffee, and has a collection of banned children’s books.
Tyler is a 2L 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 a co-vice president of the Texas Club and has been involved with HBLR. Tyler split his 1L summer with Vinson & Elkins in Dallas, TX and Scott Douglass & McConnico in Austin, TX. When not flying home to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines’s empire, Tyler can be found doing Kevin Durant impressions on the Hemenway basketball court.
Jack (aka Jaehyuk) is a 2L, 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 studying international politics and philosophy. He then joined the Korean Air Force to serve as a foreign affairs officer to get some experience in military diplomacy. At HLS, he is an active member of Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Business Law Review, APALSA, KAHLS, AFA, and In Vino Veritas. For his 1L summer, he interned at the Investor Protection Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and he hopes to become a lawyer specializing in global antitrust, securities, and international trade. He enjoys exploring modern/fusion Asian cuisine, re-watching Marvel and Pixar movies, and playing the clarinet!
Elizabeth, a 3L, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She studied English and economics at Brown but spent most of her time working for the Brown Daily Herald. Elizabeth worked for Goldman Sachs in asset management in New York for three years before law school. At HLS, Elizabeth has been involved with the Tenant Advocacy Project, the Mississippi Delta Project, and the Environmental Law Review. She spent her 1L summer in the Criminal Fraud Section at the Department of Justice and her 2L summer at Paul, Weiss in Washington, DC. In her free time, Elizabeth loves rock climbing, doing yoga, playing with her dog, reading (non-law-related) books, and cooking.
Kevin is a 3L from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in environmental studies, he worked as a paralegal at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York for two years prior to law school. At HLS, he has been involved with the Environmental Law Society, Environmental Law Review, APALSA, and Upper-Level Ames. Kevin spent his 1L summer as a legal intern at Conservation Law Foundation, a Boston-based environmental advocacy organization, and his 2L summer as a summer associate at Foley Hoag in Boston. He enjoys playing viola and guitar, exploring cities on foot, and eating burritos.
Maylynn is a 3L from Vancouver and Shanghai. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 2016 with a degree in Economics and worked in management consulting in New York before coming to law school. At HLS, she is also the Co-President of APALSA and involved in Parody and the WLA. Maylynn spent her 1L summer at the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis and her 2L summer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She enjoys spin classes, iced lattes, cheesy rom-coms, and all things basic.
Warren is a 3L from San Luis Obispo, California. He graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a degree in Near Eastern Studies and then worked for two years as a Project Analyst in Mintz Levin’s Boston office prior to law school. At HLS, Warren is involved with the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Prison Legal Assistance Project. He spent his 1L summer enjoying the sun in San Diego while working at the SDCA U.S. Attorney’s Office. He then spent 2L summer working at the firm Boies Schiller Flexner in the Bay Area. In his free time, he enjoys pickup basketball, board game nights, playing FIFA with friends, and watching his beloved, chronically uncompetitive (but improving!) San Diego Padres.
Becca is a 3L from Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating from Yale in 2015 with a BA in Political Science, she worked on the 2016 US Senate race in Pennsylvania. Becca spent her 1L summer at the Washington State Solicitor General’s Office in Olympia and her 2L summer in the other Washington (D.C.), splitting her summer between Hogan Lovells and the Environment and Public Works Committee in the Senate. At HLS, she has been involved in the Law and Policy Review and various policy and political projects. In her free time, Becca enjoys running, ice cream, coffee shops, Duke basketball, reading the think pieces about The Bachelorette, and (searching for) sunshine.
Mikaela is a 3L from Los Angeles, CA, who is still getting the hang of writing about herself in the third person. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in philosophy. At HLS, Mikaela spends an inordinate amount of time with her Ames team. She is also involved with organizations that work with real people instead of pretend ones, like PLAP and HLPR. She spent her 1L summer working in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, and her 2L summer at Latham & Watkins. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, improv comedy, and true crime podcasts.
Omid, a 3L, was born in Iran. When he was 7, unbeknownst to him, his parents decided to move the family to LA, which was, by all accounts, a great decision. Omid then decided to go to the other great city in the United States, New York (sorry SF fans), for college. After graduating NYU with a degree in Politics (whatever that means), Omid spent two years as a paralegal at Sullivan & Cromwell before coming to HLS. Here at HLS, he is the Chair of the Mental Health Committee of First Gen Students and on the board for the Accessibility Committee. He also plays for the Section 5 intramural basketball and football teams. Omid spent his 1L summer at the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and his 2L summer at Debevoise & Plimpton. In his free time, Omid likes binge watching TV shows and trying to find somewhere good to eat in Boston. (So far, not much luck. Omid really misses New York.)
Jennifer Kim is a 3L from Orange County, CA. She graduated from Harvard College in 2012, concentrating in Sociology and with a citation in French. She then moved to New York to do Teach for America, teaching elementary school in East Harlem for five years. At HLS, Jennifer is the former co-President and current Alumni Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, co-President of the West Coast Club, and your friendly neighborhood Gropius RA. She has also been a part of the Harvard Immigration Project and the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She spent her 1L summer interning at The Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Program and her 2L summer at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Jennifer will always be ready to binge watch reality tv with you, go dancing together, and talk all things Lakers!
Vanessa is a 3L originally from Rome, NY and Greenville, SC. She graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 2009 with a degree in English and History. After working odd jobs for a year in Minneapolis, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from which she received a Masters in English literary studies. She is wrapping up a PhD dissertation on queer first-person narrative in contemporary American literature. At HLS, Vanessa is the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Gender and is involved in Lambda. Vanessa spent her 1L summer at the New York Civil Liberties Union and her 2L summer at Covington & Burling in DC. In her free time you can find her reading (hopefully something non-law school related) or concocting elaborate cooking projects.
Hillary is a 3L from Elk Grove, CA. After studying history at Dartmouth, she was a special education teacher in San Francisco and later worked on anti-corruption and anti-human trafficking initiatives at Google. In law school, Hillary has been involved with the West Coast Club, WLA, and PLAP. She spent her 1L summer externing for Justice Liu at the California Supreme Court and spent her 2L summer at Farella, Braun + Martel. Hillary loves dancing, banana brownies, and flip phones.
Ben is a 2L from St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2014, where he studied Government and East Asian Studies. Before law school, he taught English in Japan for a year before moving to Boston to work on organizing legal conferences in Europe and the US. Ben spent his 1L summer working for the Criminal Appellate section of the Department of Justice in DC and his 2L summer at Davis Polk and Wardwell’s New York and Tokyo offices. In his free time, he likes both playing hockey and also tearing up watching St. Louis Blues 2019 playoff highlights, trying new restaurants, and reading.
Maddy is a 3L originally from Connecticut. She graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with a BA in history and government. After graduation, she worked for a management consulting firm in both Boston and New York City. She spent her 1L summer at the US Attorney’s Office in Boston and her 2L summer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. At HLS, Maddy is involved in WLA, PLAP, ACS, and Parody. In her free time, Maddy enjoys live music, exploring breweries, watching baseball, and seeing movies in theaters.
Daniel is a 3L from Miami, Florida. After graduating from the University of Miami (Go Canes!) in 2016, he moved to New York and worked at J.P. Morgan as an investment banker, and spent a summer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as part of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Law Fellowship program. He spent his 1L summer at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and his 2L summer at Davis Polk & Wardell in New York City. At HLS, Daniel is involved in MELSA, La Alianza, and the Harvard Business Law Review. Find Daniel around campus coming up with catchy slogans to boost morale before finals or getting in another episode of The Good Wife. He is a fan of exploring cultures through food with his fiancée, spinning class, all things keto and traveling the world.
Louis is a 2L who was born in Newport News, Virginia but spent much of his childhood in various parts of Tennessee. He graduated from Carson-Newman University in 2017 with a Biology degree and then came straight through to law school. Louis is Editor-in-Chief for the Harvard Journal on Legislation and Vice President of Communications for Harvard Students for Rule of Law. Louis spent his 1L summer reenacting The Untouchables by working at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives in Washington, D.C. Louis’ 2L summer was more similar to Suits in that he worked for a large law firm in New York City. Louis’ interests include basketball, stand-up comedy, and free food.
Jared is a 3L from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a degree in history and political science. Before law school, he worked as a senior legislative aide in the New York State Senate focused on labor and LGBTQ policy and as a union organizer. He spent his 1L summer at the National Employment Law Project and his 2L summer at the workers’ rights law firm Outten & Golden. At Harvard, Jared is involved in the Labor and Employment Action Project (LEAP) and Lambda. He also writes for the OnLabor blog.
Monica grew up in Washington D.C. and Singapore. She moved back to the U.S. to attend Cornell University. After graduating from Cornell with a degree in Economics, Monica worked as a paralegal in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for two years. At HLS, she is a member of the Women’s Law Association and the Journal of Law and Gender. Monica spent her 1L summer in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and her 2L summer at Cleary Gottlieb in New York. In her free time, she enjoys binging true crime documentaries and endlessly snacking.
Nate Sobel is a 3L from New York City. At HLS, he’s involved with Lawfare and the National Security Journal. Nate spent his 2L summer at the MacArthur Justice Center’s office in Washington, DC. During his 1L summer, he interned on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Before law school, he worked on election law and foreign policy issues. He graduated from Yale in 2012 as an American Studies and International Studies double major. In Cambridge, he enjoys running and swimming and strongly recommends the sandwiches at Montrose.
Kyle Tramonte is a 3L born and raised in Galveston, Texas. After graduating from Yale University with Bachelor’s in Economics in 2015, he worked for two years in the Rackets Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Kyle spent the summer after his 2L year splitting time between the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block and the Houston, Texas office of Vinson & Elkins. On campus, you’ll most likely spot him hanging around the volleyball court trying to absorb the inferior sun rays of Cambridge’s latitudinal positioning, spilling tea with Lamba, or, lounging somewhere in Wasserstein. His interests include dancing, good books, and good conversation.
We thank Vanessa Lauber and Maylynn Chen for the photographs.