2021–2022 Chapter Officers
Charles Fried – Faculty Sponsor
Educated 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.
Jacob Richards – President
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, Jacob worked in the Appeals and Constitutional Litigation Division at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. He also serves as a senior editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Jacob spent his 1L summer at Consovoy McCarthy in Arlington, Virginia.
Talk to Jacob about any and all things FedSoc!
Eli Nachmany (’22) is from Closter, New Jersey. He graduated with a B.S., summa cum laude, in sports management from New York University in 2017, where he played club rugby. Prior to law school, he worked as the speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and was a domestic policy aide in the White House Office of American Innovation. At Harvard, he is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. Eli spent his 1L summer as a Summer Law Clerk with the University of Arkansas Athletics Department and his 2L summer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City. He is a Certified Barbeque Judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society.
Talk to Eli about joining the Journal of Law & Public Policy, as well as about our trips to the National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C. and the Student Symposium!
Owen Smitherman – Vice President of Speakers
Owen Smitherman (’23) is from Austin, TX. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in politics. Prior to law school, he worked in college ministry and as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. At HLS, he is an Senior Articles Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is also a member of the Texas Club and Students for Life. He spent his 1L summer at Cooper & Kirk in Washington, D.C.
Talk to Owen about ideas for speakers, co-sponsoring lunch talks, and attending small group meals with speakers!
Ethan Harper – Vice President of Membership
Ethan Harper (’23) is from Fayette, MO. He graduated from New York University in 2019 with a degree in political science. Prior to law school, he worked in the Professional Development department at Proskauer Rose LLP. On campus, Ethan is the President of the Midwest Club and an editor for the Harvard journal of Law & Public Policy, the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, and the Harvard Business Law Review. He is also involved in the Catholic Law Students Association. He will spend his 1L summer at Cooper & Kirk PLLC in Washington, D.C.
Talk to Ethan about our mentorship program and joining the Harvard Federalist Society!
Anastasia Pyrinis – Vice President of Communications
Anastasia Pyrinis (’23) is from Thousand Oaks, California. She graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 with degrees in political science, economics, and media studies. Prior to law school, Anastasia worked as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. At HLS, she is a Senior Editor for the Harvard journal of Law & Public Policy and Digest Executive Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. Anastasia spent her 1L summer as a Law Clerk with the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Hawaii in Honolulu.
Talk to Anastasia about getting connected with the Harvard Federalist Society through email or social media!
Dana Schneider – Vice President of Professional Development
Dana Schneider (’22) is from Harmony, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in political science and the New England Conservatory with a M.M. in harp performance. Prior to law school, she was a paralegal at Davis Polk and a Banking Fellow in Senator Toomey’s Office. On campus, Dana is a Senior Articles Editor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and is Co-President of the Catholic Law Students’ Association. She spent her 1L summer at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Talk to Dana about 1L summer internships, EIP, pro bono opportunities, and all things career related!
Jake Kramer – Vice President of Academic Affairs
Jake Kramer (’22) is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated magna cum laude in 2017 from Princeton University with a degree in economics. Prior to law school, he worked as an international trade and investment paralegal at Hogan Lovells (DC), where he returned for his 1L summer. On campus, Jake serves as a Notes Editor for the Harvard Law Review.
Talk to Jake about preparing for exams, the Fed Soc outline bank, clerkships, and writing-on to HLR!
Tyler Dobbs – Vice President of Education and Outreach
Tyler Dobbs (’22) is from Wichita, Kansas. He is a 2016 graduate of Harvard College, and received a master’s degree in Greek and Latin literature from the University of Oxford. He serves as a Supervising Editor on the Harvard Law Review and as an Articles Advisor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is also Director of Activism and Outreach for Harvard Law Students for Life. He spent his 1L summer working at Cooper & Kirk, PLLC, a DC-based boutique litigation firm.
Talk to Tyler about student note ideas and trending debates in law and politics!
Jack Kieffaber – Vice President of External Relations
Jack Kieffaber (’23) is from Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Notre Dame in 2020 summa cum laude with a BA in political science. At Harvard Law School, he is active in Christian Union, the Catholic Law Students Association, and the Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Talk to Jack about our annual banquet, alumni mentoring program, alumni newsletter, and fundraising!
Ari Spitzer – Vice President of Social Affairs
Ari Spitzer (’23) grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. He graduated summa cum laude from NYU Stern in 2019 with a BS in business and concentrations in finance and statistics. Before beginning law school, he spent a year as a private equity analyst in New York, where he played key roles in acquisitions, restructuring portfolio companies, and investor relations. At HLS, Ari is an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Talk to Ari about co-sponsoring and ideas for social activities and community service events!
Kat Barragan – Abigail Adams Chair
Kat Barragan (’22) is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2017 with degrees in history and dance performance. Before law school, she danced in New York and taught English at a primary school in Madrid, Spain. At HLS, she serves as a managing editor for the Journal of Law & Public Policy. She spent her 1L summer as a law clerk for U.S. Senator Ben Sasse’s Senate Judiciary Committee Office.
Talk to Kat about Abigail Adams events and mentorships with women!
Ross Hildabrand – Treasurer
Ross Hildabrand (’22) is from Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a B.B.A. in Finance with an International Business minor and a B.S. in Economics and Accounting. At HLS, Ross is the CFO of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and a member of the Christian Fellowship. Ross spent his 2L summer at Waller’s Nashville office working with their healthcare group and his 1L summer at Walmart Inc. as part of their global public policy and government affairs team. Prior to law school, he worked at Stephens Inc. as an investment banking analyst and interned at Ernst & Young.