2022–2023 Chapter Officers

Charles Fried – Faculty Sponsor

image.jpgEducated at Princeton, Oxford and Columbia Law School, Charles Fried, the Beneficial Professor of Law, has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1961. He was Solicitor General of the United States, 1985–89, and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1995–99. His scholarly and teaching interests have been moved by the connection between normative theory and the concrete institutions of public and private law. During his career at Harvard, he has taught Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Roman Law, Torts, Contracts, Labor Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Courts, Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy. The author of many books and articles, his Anatomy of Values (1970), Right and Wrong (1978), and Modern Liberty (2006) develop themes in moral and political philosophy with applications to law. Contract as Promise (1980), Making Tort Law (2003, with David Rosenberg) and Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court (2004) are fundamental inquiries into broad legal institutions. Order & Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution (1991) discusses major themes developed in Fried’s time as Solicitor General. In recent years, Fried has taught Constitutional Law and Contracts. During his time as a teacher he has also argued a number of major cases in state and federal courts, most notably Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, in which the Supreme Court established the standards for the use of expert and scientific evidence in federal courts. Click here to view more.

2022-2023 Student Executive Board

Ben Pontz – President

Benjamin Pontz (’24) is from Strasburg, PA. He graduated summa cum laude and class salutatorian from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a double major in political science and public policy and a minor in music, and he completed a master’s degree in governance and public policy on a Fulbright Scholarship from the University of Manchester in 2021, where he studied institutional legitimacy in the context of regional devolution and earned the highest grade point average in his degree program. Prior to law school, he worked in public media, covering state and local government for WITF, the Harrisburg, PA affiliate of NPR. At Harvard, he participates in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public PolicyJournal on Legislation, and National Security Journal. He spent his 1L summer in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and spent his 2L summer at Dechert in Philadelphia.

Talk to Ben about any and all things FedSoc!


Juliette Turner-Jones – Executive Vice President

Juliette Turner-Jones (’24) is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated cum laude from Rice University in 2020 with a degree in English and a dual-minor in Business and Politics, Law, and Social Thought. Prior to law school, Juliette worked with Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago) as a junior litigation paralegal. Juliette currently serves as a staff editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Juliette spent her 1L summer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Civil Division for the Southern District of New York. She also worked as an extern with Judge Lee Rudofsky of the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Talk to Juliette about our trips to the National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C. and the Student Symposium!


Brecken Denler – Vice President of Speakers

Brecken Denler (’25) is from Mesa, Arizona. Before law school, he worked in Washington, D.C. for Senator Mike Lee of Utah as a legislative staffer, special assistant, speechwriter, and press secretary. Brecken has a political science degree from Brigham Young University, and he took a two-year break from his undergraduate studies to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lima, Peru, where he became fluent in Spanish. At Harvard, Brecken participates in the Harvard Law Latter-day Saints, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Harvard Law Students for Life.

Talk to Brecken about ideas for speakers, co-sponsoring lunch talks, and attending small group meals with speakers.


Emily Malpass – Vice President of Membership


Emily Malpass (’25) is from New York City. She graduated from Harvard College in 2021 with a degree in Social Studies with a focus field in international political economy and a minor in Economics. Prior to law school, she completed an MPhil in Economic History from the University of Cambridge as a Paul Williams Scholar, where she studied the historical development of British patents. On campus, she serves as an Editor on the Harvard Law Review, an Articles Advisor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a research assistant. Emily spent her 1L summer at Cooper & Kirk, PLLC in Washington, DC.

Talk to Emily about joining the Federalist Society, engagement at our events, and mentorship opportunities at Harvard!

Ben Sonnenberg – Vice President of Communications 

Ben Sonnenberg (’24) is from Annapolis, Maryland.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland in 2018 with a degree in History.  Before law school, he worked on homeland security and emergency management projects for a government contractor in Northern Virginia. On campus, Ben serves as a Deputy Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.  He spent his 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, and spent his 2L summer at Cravath, Swaine, and Moore.

Talk to Ben about getting connected with the Federalist Society through email or social media!


Richard Dunn – Vice President of Academic Affairs

Richard Dunn (’24) is from Orange, California.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2019 with a degree in Classics.  On campus, Richard serves as Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review and an Articles Advisor on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.  He is also a member of the Catholic Law Students Association.  He spent his 1L summer at Cooper & Kirk, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., and spent his 2L summer at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C.

Talk to Richard about preparing for exams, the Fed Soc outline bank, and clerkships!


Arianne Minks – Vice President of Professional Development

Arianne Minks (’24) is from Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a degree in Business Honors and certificate in International Business. Prior to law school, she worked on Capitol Hill for a Texas Congressman, at the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the Secretary and the General Counsel, and for Patomak Global Partners, a boutique financial services consulting firm. At HLS, Arianne serves as the Notes Chair on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and has worked as a Student Attorney in the Cyberlaw Clinic, an extern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and is an active member of Christian Fellowship. For her 1L summer, Arianne interned with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, and spent her 2L summer with Cooley in Washington, DC.

Talk to Arianne about job opportunities, potential post law school endeavors, and other professional development topics!


 Trevor Jones – Vice President of Education and Outreach

Trevor Jones (’24) is from Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to starting law school, he lived in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar studying Taiwanese industrial policy, and he worked as a research assistant at a Washington think tank focused on strategic trade controls where he investigated companies involved in the Chinese defense industry.

Talk to Trevor about discussion topics and trending debates in law and politics!


Matias Mayesh – Vice President of External Affairs

Matias Mayesh (’25) is from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2021 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. At WashU, Matias led the College Republicans and co-founded The Danforth Dispatch – an Intercollegiate Studies Institute journal. Prior to law school, he worked at Amwins Insurance Brokerage. At HLS, he serves as an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Harvard Latin American Law Review and is a deputy board member of First Class. Matias spent his 1L summer at Consovoy McCarthy PLLC.

Talk to Matias about the alumni mentorship program and the end-of-year banquet!


Marisa Sylvester – Abigail Adams Chair

Marisa Sylvester (’24) is from Burlington, Vermont. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2020 with a degree in American Studies and Political Science with departmental honors. She also studied Italian art, language, and history. On campus, Marisa serves as a Senior Articles Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, co-Executive Vice President of Students for Life, and Vice President of Social Media for the Catholic Law Students Association. She spent her 1L summer at Kirkland & Ellis (DC) and spent her 2L summer at the same.

Talk to Marisa about the Abigail Adams program and women’s community in FedSoc!


Sam Delmer – Vice President of Social Activities

Sam Delmer (’25) is from San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2022 with a degree in philosophy and honors economics. At Harvard, he is active in the Catholic Law Students Association and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He spent his 1L summer at Clement & Murphy in Washington, DC.

Talk to Sam about any ideas you have to build community both in Fed Soc and the larger HLS environment!


Nate Bartholomew – Treasurer

Nate Bartholomew (’24) is from Orem, UT. He graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2019 with a Joint bachelor’s and master’s degree in accountancy and Tax. Before law school, Nate licensed as a CPA and worked for Big 4 accounting firm PwC. In law school, Nate has served with the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Religious Freedom Clinic, HLS TaxHelp, and the Harvard Law Latter-day Saints. When he’s not busy with school, he is probably chasing his two little kids around. His 1L summer, Nate interned with the Joint Committee on Taxation. He  spent his 2L summer in Washington, DC at Covington & Burling.


Joseph Kline– Historian

Joseph Kline (’25) is from Arlington, Texas. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cusco, Peru, and he later graduated from Brigham Young University with a double major in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Before law school, Joseph served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army and the Army National Guard, leading teams on various continents and being awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious service. In law school, Joseph has served as the President of the Harvard Law Republicans, as a Senior Editor on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and he has been an active member of the Armed Forces Association, the Harvard Law Students for Life, and the Harvard Law Latter-day Saints. Joseph spent his 1L summer at King and Spalding’s Houston office.

Talk to Joseph about ways to document and celebrate our chapter and its distinguished guests!