About Your Class Marshals

Cynthia Ahmed J.D. ‘21

Cynthia is a Class of 2021 J.D. from South Brunswick, NJ. She studied Business Management, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). During this time, Cynthia also completed a simultaneous Master in International Administration from the E.S.D.E.S. Business School at the Catholic University of Lyon in France. Prior to law school, Cynthia worked as an analyst in the Legal & Internal Audit department of Goldman Sachs in the Capital Planning Group. At HLS, Cynthia is actively involved with South Asian Law Students Association, Muslim Law Students Association, First-Class, Journal on Law and Technology, and Harvard Human Rights Journal. In her free time, she enjoys budget traveling, long walks, and trying new foods.

Ikram Ais L.L.M. ’21

Ikram Ais is the Co-Director of Activism at Harvard Law School Advocates for Human Rights, and the current class Marshal of the LL.M class of 2021. She has previously served as Project Coordinator Assistant of the MENA Region for CRISP e.V in Germany. Before that, Ikram worked as the Regional Human Rights Educator for Amnesty International Algeria. She was a lecturer on law at the faculty of Economics at the University of Oran 2 and a legal advisor for Sub-Saharan and Syrian migrants and refugees in Algeria. In addition, Ikram was elected to serve as the Vice Chair and Spokesperson for Amnesty International Algeria after founding a youth group and expanding the NGO in the western side of the country. Ikram’s strong understanding of the MENA region and its conflicts allowed her to build different initiatives between different NGOs, in order to increase the MENA youth engagement in civil society to promote human rights, and to establish good governance and the rule of law. Ikram is an awardee of the MEPI Student Leaders Program of the U.S State Department and the Cross Culture Program sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office. She is a current LL.M candidate at Harvard Law School, specializing in International Law, Human Rights and Comparative Constitutions. Additionally, she holds a bachelor degree in Public Law from the University of Oran 2: Mohamed Ben Ahmed.

Sidharth Chauhan L.L.M. ’21

Sidharth is a Class of 2021 LL.M. from India. He studied law at Government Law College, Mumbai. Before joining HLS, he worked at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and WilmerHale. At HLS, Sidharth has been involved with the SALSA Engagement Committee, Journal of Law and Technology, and the HLS Antitrust Association. He is the founder of Project Careona, a non-profit aid service focused on bringing awareness to problems facing rural India in response to COVID-19. He is a dog lover and a State level ice skater. In his free time, he enjoys dancing, photography, and traveling. 

Fernanda Gomez Balderas L.L.M. ‘21

Fernanda is a Class of 2021 LL.M. from Mexico City, Mexico, and a Fulbright Scholar. She studied Law at the Center of Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), graduating among the top-three of the 2016 Class. After obtaining her degree, Fernanda worked for the Mexican Government for a year in projects regarding migration, antitrust, and regulatory improvement. Before coming to HLS, she clerked three years at Mexico’s Supreme Court for Chief Justice Arturo Zaldivar. As the Gender Advisor at the Court’s Human Rights Office, she co-authored the new version of the Court’s Protocol for Judicial Decision-Making from a Gender Perspective. At HLS, Fernanda has focused her studies on Law, Science, and Technology. She serves as Co-Chair of the Mexican Law Students Association. She is also involved with the Women’s Law Association, the Journal of Law and Technology, and the Law and Technology Society. She is a feminist and an activist against gender-based violence, focusing mostly on digital violence. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, practicing mixed martial arts, and baking.

Marvellous Iheukwumere J.D. ‘21

Marvellous is a Class of 2021 JD from Aba, Nigeria and Austin, TX. She studied Psychology at Columbia University where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa,  and was also a track & field student athlete. Before law school, she worked for the NBA where she managed international legal and business affairs for all teams and across 11 countries. Marvellous was also a professional track & field athlete representing Team Nigeria and finished her career as a 2016 Olympic Trials Finalist. At HLS, Marvellous has served as the President of the Harvard African Law Association and has been involved with BLSA, WLA, Journal and Committee of Sports & Entertainment Law, Harvard Immigration Project, and 1L Peer Advisors. Marvellous loves sports/music events and activities, traveling, and all things film-related. 

Armani Madison J.D. ‘21

Armani is a Class of 2021 J.D. from Stockbridge, GA. He studied Political Science and Africana History at Brown University. Before law school, Armani worked in Baltimore as a Venture for America Fellow for BridgeEdU, a startup supporting at-promise college students. At HLS, Armani serves as a Student Attorney for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and as Editor-In-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Outside of work and school, Armani is an avid listener of ‘90s-’00s hip-hop, a frequent viewer of Spike Lee films, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Zekariah McNeal  J.D. ‘21

Zekariah is a Class of 2021 J.D. student from Oklahoma City, OK. He studied at Oklahoma Christian University where he obtained degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biblical Studies.  After obtaining an undergraduate education, he worked as an electrical engineer for about two years in Oklahoma City, and a 2018 SEO Law Fellow in New York, NY. At HLS, he is an active member of the Harvard Law Review, Harvard Defenders, and the Black Law Students Association. He loves Saturday afternoon coffee with friends, hiking good trails, and watching movies.

Daniel Oyolu J.D. ’21

Daniel is a Class of 2021 J.D. from Houston, TX. He studied Spanish at Bates College. Before starting law school, he worked as a Program Coordinator at the Berkman Klein Center and Lab Coordinator of the metaLAB at Harvard. Additionally, he served as a Campaign Fellow for Ayanna Pressley’s historic congressional campaign in 2018. While in law school, he has been an active member of the Harvard African Law Association, the Harvard Mediation Program, Texas Club, Black Law Students Association, and a 1L Peer Advisor. He is always ready for spicy and seasoned food, music recommendations, watching sports, learning languages, travel, or planning a fun event.

Sarah Rutherford J.D. ’21

Sarah is a Class of 2021 JD  from Atlanta, GA by way of Miami, FL. She studied Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before law school, she worked in political communication–first in the Obama White House as a press assistant and then in the New York Attorney General’s Office as a deputy press secretary. At HLS, Sarah has been involved with the Board of Student Advisers, Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Student Government, BLSA, and the Tenant Advocacy Project. In her free time, she enjoys taking exercise dance classes, listening to self-help podcasts, and traveling.