2015-2016 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.


Josh Esses – President


Josh is a 3L from Stamford, Connecticut.  Prior to becoming President, he served as the VP for Speakers.  He graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Finance.  Before law school, Josh worked as a Messenger for the Connecticut House Republicans in Hartford during the 2013 state legislative session.  Josh spent his 1L summer with GFG Alternative Investments in Greenwich Connecticut, and his 2L summer at Proskauer Rose in New York, and in the legal department of Frontier Communications in Norwalk, Connecticut.


Lindsay Church– Executive Vice President


Lindsay is a 3L from Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. Before coming to Harvard, Lindsay worked in Governor Nikki Haley’s press office, private communications firms, and conducted media research for political advertising. At HLS, she serves as a Managing Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Law Record. Lindsay was also visiting student at Oxford, conducting research with the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy. After her 1L year, Lindsay received a human rights fellowship to work at the Media Legal Defence Initiative in London; following 2L, she was a summer associate at Alston & Bird in Atlanta.


Alex Bauer – Vice President of Membership

bauer Alex Bauer is a 2L from Effingham, IL. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate. Alex as an editor for the Harvard Business Law Review. He spent his 1L summer as a summer associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York.


Blake Lanning – Vice President of Communications


Blake is a 2L from Oldenburg, Indiana. He graduated with highest distinction from Indiana University with a B.A.J. in Journalism and Political Science.  At Harvard, he serves as the Communications Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy  and as a line editor for the Journal on Legislation. Blake spent his 1L summer as a law clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Trenton Van Oss – Vice President of Speakers

vanossTrenton Van Oss is a 2L from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Wheaton College. Prior to law school, Trenton worked as an economic policy analyst for the Investment Promotion Agency of Kosovo and spent time at a civil rights law firm near Chicago. During his 1L year, Trenton served as an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard National Security Journal, and the Harvard Business Law Review. He spent his 1L summer at Bancroft PLLC in Washington, D.C.


Makala Kaupalolo – Vice President of Social Activities

kaupaloloMakala is a 2L from Maui, Hawaii. She attended Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. Prior to law school, Makala worked as a legal assistant at Google in the Competition/Antitrust group. During her 1L summer, Makala worked as a summer associate at Skadden in New York City.


Jason Schaffer – Development Chair

schafferJason Shaffer is a 2L from Columbus, Ohio. He received his B.B.A. in Accountancy and Finance from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Before coming to Harvard, Jason obtained his C.P.A. license and then worked for Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Columbus, Ohio. During his 1L summer, Jason clerked in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia.


Kayla Ferguson – Legal Practice Chair

fergussonKayla is a 2L from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2014 with a B.A. in Government, summa cum laude. Kayla serves as an Editor on the Harvard Law Review and as a Research Assistant for Professor Stephen Sachs. Following 1L year, Kayla worked at Bancroft PLLC in DC.


Rebecca Jeffries – Academic Chair

jeffriesRebecca Jeffries is a 3L from Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her A.B. in History summa cum laude from Duke University in 2013, where she was a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar. While at Harvard, she serves as a Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and as Co-President of the Abigail Adams Society. After her 1L year, Rebecca worked in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina. Following her 2L year, she worked as a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. After graduation, Rebecca will clerk for Judge Dennis Shedd of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Columbia, South Carolina.


Caleb Wolanek – Debate Chair


Caleb Wolanek is a 2L from Auburn, Alabama. He graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science. He has worked for United States Senator Jeff Sessions and Representative Mike Rogers. He is also involved in the Journal of Law and Public Policy and Christian Union. Caleb was a Blackstone Fellow at the Alabama Solicitor General’s Office during his 1L summer.


Paul Vanderslice – Treasurer 

Paul Vanderslice

Paul Vanderslice is a 2L from Wilton, Connecticut. He graduated from Duke University in 2013 with a B.S. in Economics and European History. Prior to law school Paul spent a year working in politics in Washington, D.C. In addition to FedSoc, Paul also serves as a Deputy Managing Editor on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He interned with U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington D.C. during his 1L summer.



2014-2015 Chapter Deputies

Membership DeputyCody Rutowski

Membership DeputyGabe Krimm

Deputy VP of SpeakersAndrew Ferguson

Moot Court DirectorSara Nommensen

Deputy for Course-Related ResourcesErin Cady

Deputy for Course-Related ResourcesGregory Escobar

Deputy for Clerkship Resources:  Chris Goodnow

Events DeputyWill Bergstrom

Community Service DeputyAndrew Ellis

External Communications DeputyKirk Jing

EIP Book CoordinatorJonathan Klein

Debate Chair DeputyJosiah Kollmeyer

DC Alumni CoordinatorChris Danello

NYC Alumni CoordinatorCorey Jones

Texas Alumni CoordinatorAustin Kreitz

Deputy for Alumni ResourcesJon Gartner