We are pleased to welcome our new LaBS leadership:

Co-Presidents: Monica Jung Hyun Lee & Cody Watson

Monica Jung Hyun Lee is a 3L from Seoul, Korea.  Drawn to learning about the interactions between people on a local and global scale, she graduated from Northwestern University with a double-major in psychology and international studies.  At Northwestern, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Social Self Lab and the Social Cognition Lab and wrote about the psychology behind discrimination.  At HLS, Monica hopes to raise awareness of the ways in which psychological insights can inform the law and the legal profession.

Cody Watson is a 2L from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He studied Philosophy at the University of Tulsa, with a certificate in International Studies, and minors in Economics, Spanish, and Political Science. While a student at Tulsa, Cody interned at the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, played the drums for the Grady West Band, and was a salesman for Best Buy up until starting law school. At HLS, he is an editor for both the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, a member of First Class, a 1L rep for the Harvard Plaintiffs’ Law Association, and Co-President of the Law and Behavioral Science Student Organization. He is most interested in the cross-sections of neuroscience and law, policy, and politics, with special emphasis on crafting systems for “irrational” actors (as opposed to the classical, rational actor models). Cody’s personal interests include the OU Sooners and the Miami Dolphins (despite never having been to Miami), many podcasts, and cooking (badly, but ever-improving).

LaBS Blog Leadership: Nidhi Suresh

Nidhi Suresh is a 2L originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Nidhi has degrees in psychology and criminology from the University of Florida and has an interest in the intersections between behavioral science and legal practice. At UF she worked as a research assistant for Professor Susan Bluck and studied the impact of cultural values on self reflection. At HLS, she hopes to learn more about the intersections between social science and different areas of the law.

Board Members: 

Mazelle Etessami is a rising 3L from Los Angeles, California.  At HLS, she conducts research for PILAC, was a Teaching Fellow for Ambassador Samantha Power and Professor Cass Sunstein at the College, and is on the boards of Disability Law Students Association and Harvard Association of Law and Business.  Prior to law school, Mazelle co-founded Fenix Humanitarian Legal Aid, an NGO that provides legal aid and protection services to asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesvos and managed the Human Rights Investigations Clinic at the University of Hong Kong, in conjunction with Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps.  Mazelle has a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, and studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Mansfield College, Oxford.

Laura Karas is a rising 3L originally from New York.  A physician by background, Laura first developed an interest in behavioral science after reading the insightful and much-celebrated book Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein.  She is interested in how we can design more effective policies that are responsive to the biases of human cognition, the limitations of human decision-making, and the realities of human behavior.  In addition to serving as President of LaBS during the 2020-21 academic year, Laura was the Harvard Law School representative to the Behavioral Insights Group of Harvard Kennedy School.  Laura holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and a Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Nidhi Suresh is a rising 2L originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Nidhi has degrees in psychology and criminology from the University of Florida and has an interest in the intersections between behavioral science and legal practice. At UF she worked as a research assistant for Professor Susan Bluck and studied the impact of cultural values on self reflection. At HLS, she hopes to learn more about the intersections between social science and different areas of the law.

Board, 2020-21

President: Laura Karas

Laura Karas is a 2L originally from New York.  A physician by background, Laura first developed an interest in behavioral science after reading the insightful and much-celebrated book Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein.  She is interested in how we can design more effective policies that are responsive to the biases of human cognition, the limitations of human decision-making, and the realities of human behavior.  In addition to serving as President of LaBS during the 2020-21 academic year, Laura was the Harvard Law School representative to the Behavioral Insights Group of Harvard Kennedy School.

Vice President: Jung Hyun (Monica) Lee

Jung Hyun (Monica) Lee is a 2L from Seoul, Korea.  Drawn to learning about the interactions between people on a local and global scale, she graduated from Northwestern University with a double-major in psychology and international studies.  At Northwestern, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Social Self Lab and the Social Cognition Lab and wrote about the psychology behind discrimination.  At HLS, Monica hopes to raise awareness of the ways in which psychological insights can inform the law and the legal profession.

Treasurer: Ethan Lowens 

Ethan is a rising 3L from New York. His interest in behavioral science grew out of his work as a research assistant to University of Pennsylvania Psychology Professor Angela Duckworth. At HLS, he’s studied and written about ideas at the intersection of behavioral science and public policy. He is particularly interested in the ways behavioral insights can contribute to criminal justice reform.

Board Members: Taylor Hodhod & Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is a rising 3L from Los Angeles, California. Prior to law school, he worked for several years in the entertainment industry. He has long been interested in the ways in which narrative storytelling and emotion affect social meaning and individual decision-making. Adam graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013 with degrees in cinematic arts and business administration. At HLS, he is also heavily involved in the Journal of Law and Technology and the Film, Literature, & Media (FiLM) Society. Ask him if you ever need a film or TV recommendation.

Taylor Hodhod is a rising 3L from Montreal, Quebec. She graduated from Tufts University in 2017 with a major in Cognitive Brain Science. Taylor joined the Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab as a Tufts upperclassman, where she was able to combine her interest in the law and the human mind through her research in eyewitness testimony. At HLS, Taylor is interested in making the law school community aware of the important implications psychology and neuroscience can have within our criminal justice system.