2020–2021 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.


Chance Fletcher – President

Chance Fletcher (’21) is from Oologah, Oklahoma. He graduated from Princeton University in 2018 with a degree in history. While at Princeton, Chance was a member of the Honor Committee and served as Class President his sophomore year. At HLS, he is a supervising editor for the Harvard Law Review and served as the co-president of the Native American Law Students Association. He spent his 1L summer with Cooper & Kirk in D.C. and his 2L summer in D.C. with Quinn Emanuel and Consovoy McCarthy. After graduating, Chance will be clerking for the Hon. William H. Pryor Jr. on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Chance is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Talk to Chance about any and all things FedSoc!


Jay Schaefer – Executive Vice President

Jay Schaefer (’21) grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. He graduated from Emory University in 2018 magna cum laude with a BA in history. While an undergraduate, Jay interned at the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel in Atlanta and was a summer fellow at the Tikvah Fund in New York City. On campus, Jay is a member of the Alliance for Israel and the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Public Policy. Jay spent his 1L summer at the New Civil Liberties Alliance in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2020, he was a summer associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. Following graduation, Jay will serve as a law clerk to Judge Eric Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then to Judge Martha Pacold of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Talk to Jay about our trips to the National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C. and the Student Symposium at Arizona State University!


Jacob Richards – Vice President of Speakers

Jacob Richards (’22) is from Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona Christian University in 2017 with a degree in Political Science. Prior to law school, he worked in the Appeals and Constitutional Litigation Division at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. On campus, Jacob is an editor for the Journal of Law & Public Policy. He will spend his 1L summer at Consovoy McCarthy in Arlington, Virginia.

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



Madg Lhroob – Vice President of Membership

Madg Lhroob (’22) is originally from Texas, but was raised in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. She is a graduate of Yale University in Philosophy and Ethics, Politics, & Economics. Prior to law school, she worked as a strategy consultant in Phnom Penh and as a specialist at Facebook in Dublin, while remotely directing an educational non-profit in Amman. On campus, Madg is a deputy managing editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, on the advisory board of Open Inquiry, and a member of the HLS Golf Club. She spent her 1L summer at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas.

Talk to Madg about our 1L, transfer, and LL.M. mentoring programs and why you should join FedSoc!


Andrew Smith – Vice President of Academic Affairs

Andrew Smith (’21) graduated from Furman University in 2015 and is originally from Nashville, TN. Prior to law school, he worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Enterprise Institute. On campus, Andrew serves as a Notes Editor for the Harvard Law Review. During his 1L summer, he interned for Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. His 2L summer will be spent at Jones Day in Washington, D.C.

Talk to Andrew about preparing for exams, the Fed Soc outline bank, clerkships, and writing-on to HLR!


Mark Gillespie – Vice President of Professional Development

Mark Gillespie (’21) is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated in 2017 from Brigham Young University magna cum laude double majoring in Neuroscience and Japanese. Prior to law school, he worked as a volunteer missionary in Japan for two years and as a paralegal at a small firm for one year. On campus, Mark serves as an Articles Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He spent his 1L summer at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., and will split his 2L summer between Gibson Dunn (in D.C.) and Susman Godfrey (in Seattle). After graduation, he will clerk for the Honorable Britt C. Grant on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Talk to Mark about EIP, pro bono opportunities, faculty lunches, and all things career related!


Maura Cremin – Vice President of Education and Outreach

Maura Cremin (’21) is from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 with a degree in International Security Studies. She is also a PhD candidate in Political Science, concurrently enrolled at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the development of legal institutions to prosecute organized crime, with a focus on Italy and the United States. On campus, she serves as a submissions editor for the International Law Journal. She spent her 1L summer as a legal researcher at the Siracusa International Institute in Siracusa, Sicily. She spent her 2L summer at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, IL.

Talk to Maura about upcoming debates and group discussions!


Ashley Vaughan – Vice President of Social Activities

Ashley Vaughan (’22) is a 2018 graduate of the University of Texas where she earned her degree in Government with a minor in Religious Studies. A graduate of both the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program and the First Liberty Fellowship, she is currently a 1L at Harvard Law School. As an undergraduate, she authored an honors thesis entitled “The Declining Abortion Rate: How Pregnancy Resource Centers Changed the Landscape.” Ashley is involved with the Conservative Movement as the Junior Vice Chairman of Young Conservatives of Texas.

Talk to Ashley about co-sponsoring and ideas for social activities and community service events!


Catherine Cole – Vice President of External Relations

Catherine Cole (’22) is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in 2017. Prior to law school, she worked at the White House for two years. At Harvard Law School, she is active in the Catholic Law Students Association, the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Journal on Legislation. Catherine will spend her 1L summer at Cooper & Kirk in Washington, D.C.

Talk to Catherine about our annual banquet, alumni mentoring program, alumni newsletter, and fundraising!



Jon DeWitt – Vice President of Communications   


Jon DeWitt (’22) is from Mendham, New Jersey. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a B.S. in Political Science in 2009 and commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, completing an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University later that year. Jon spent the next ten years in the Marine Corps, deploying overseas three times as an MV-22B Osprey pilot. At HLS, Jon is the Deputy Submissions Editor of the Harvard National Security Journal and is an Articles Editor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is an active member of the Harvard Christian Union and the Harvard Law School Christian Fellowship. Jon is currently working as a legal intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, VA.

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


Nika Shahery – Abigail Adams Chair

Nika Shahery (’21) is from Los Angeles, California. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in International Relations and a B.S. in Planning, Policy and Development. Prior to law school, she interned at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. Nika spent her 1L summer clerking for the Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Talk to Nika about the annual Abigail Adams Luncheon in Washington, D.C., as well as other Abigail Adams initiatives!



John Ketcham – Treasurer

John Ketcham (’21) is from Astoria, New York. He graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.S. in Management Information Systems. At HLS, John is a managing editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and a member of the Catholic Law Students Association. John spent his 1L summer at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and his 2L summer at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, where he is currently a Collegiate Fellow. His writing has been featured in City Journal, Economics21, and City & State NY.



Max Bloom – Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy Volume 44

Max Bloom (’21) is from New Haven, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018 with degrees in Mathematics (with honors) and English Literature. As an undergraduate, he interned at National Review and at The Weekly Standard. He spent his 1L Summer at the Appellate Staff of the DOJ’s Civil Division and will spend his 2L summer at Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office. After graduation, he will clerk for the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.