2021-2022 Executive Board
Harsha Sridhar ’23 — Co-President
Mudit Buch ’23 — Co-President
Mudit Buch is a 2L, who proudly hails from Long Beach Memorial Hospital. After dazzling the 9th largest city in California (Bakersfield) with his public speaking skills, Big City Buch became the zottiest #zot at UC Irvine. After bouncing around jobs and realizing he doesn’t have a Doctor’s touch, he decided to #GoCrimson. At HLS, he is also your West Coast Club Fun Captain and a PLAP-er. You will never catch Mudit without Flamin’ Hot Cheetohs (or Funyuns) and a Peppermint Frap.
Shao-Jia Change ’23 — External Vice President
Shao is a 2L from the greatest state of California. After growing up amongst cattle and a few other fellow humans, she studied Legal Studies and Psychology at UC Berkeley (#gobearsforever). She served for 3 years as a congressional aide to Congressman Mike Thompson both in D.C. and California, specifically as the go-to lunch order person. Having never mocked before, Shao joined HLS Mock Trial Association because the people are awesome. Now, she can confidently P when she takes Trial Advocacy Workshop. Shao is obsessed with her dog, French fries, Blue Bottle, yoga, composting, and all things organic.
Gabrielle (Gabe) Crofford ’23 — Internal Vice President
Gabe is a 2L from the Washington, DC area. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014 and finished her Master’s in International Relations at American University in 2018. She’s also an AmeriCorps alum who lived in Helena, Montana for three years working at their Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection. An aspiring future litigator, she spent her first summer at Restoring Justice, a nonprofit in Texas that provides holistic criminal defense to indigent members of the Houston community. Mock trial was a great way for her to feel like a “real lawyer” during 1L, and she is thrilled to serve the team this year as IVP! At HLS, she also serves on boards for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Lambda, and Student Government, and is active in the Women’s Law Association and Justice Initiative. Her main concern this year is finding more friends who will let her play with their dogs!
Nick Fallah ’23 — Finance Vice President
Nick is a 2L and Swiftie from Long Island, New York, best known as home of the great Billy Joel. He graduated from Tufts University in 2018. Formally, he majored in History and Political Science. Informally, he majored in Mock Trial, playing a Long Island witness who complained constantly about his mother-in-law. After college, he worked for two years as a paralegal in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. Despite the best efforts of several attorneys to convince him to do literally anything other than be a lawyer, Nick came to HLS in 2020. Missing the competition and comradery (and petty drama) of his undergrad team, he joined HLSMTA. In addition to Mock Trial, Nick works on the Harvard Journal on Legislation and writes for the Harvard Law School Parody. He loves Star Wars, historical biographies, and baking cookies (unfailingly making a disaster of his kitchen in the process).
Coming soon! Stay tuned for the audition schedule for the 2021-22 team, which will be posted soon.
Laura Bach ’22
Laura is an aspiring real lawyer and current fake lawyer on Harvard Law School’s mock trial team. In addition to being a part of HLS’s mock trial team, she is also a member of the Texas Club, Women’s Law Association, and Journal of Law and Gender. Before coming to law school, she served in the Peace Corps in Uganda for 27 months where she taught literacy skills to elementary-age students. Laura graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and a minor in Business. While at Cornell, she was president of the Cornell University Mock Trial Association, where she won numerous individual awards, including two All-American awards in her sophomore year. When she’s not law-ing, Laura enjoys practicing Bikram yoga, playing piano, and complaining about the ending to Game of Thrones.
Josie Contreras ’22
Josie is a 2L from Los Angeles, California. Before law school, he majored in Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona where he was part of the mock trial team. After graduating he went on to coach their team leading to win awards nationally. At HLS, Josie is part of La Alianza and First Class. During his 1L summer, he worked at the Federal Defenders Office for the Central District of California. In his free time, Josie enjoys being a gym bro, playing board games, and eating cereal for dinner.
Jonathan Kuang ’22
Jonathan is a 2L from San Diego, California. He really enjoys mock trial. Legend has it that his first words were “The bar for relevance is low, Your Honor.” He graduated from UCLA in 2018 and spent his 1L summer as a summer associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Robert Santamarina ’22
Robert is a 2L from Overland Park, Kansas. Before coming to HLS, he majored in Political Science at the University of Kansas, where he competed for four years on the mock trial team. During his 1L summer, he worked as an intern for Judge Robert E. Bacharach on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He loves all things related to litigation, but when he’s not reading opinions, you can find him playing soccer or (if he’s lucky) relaxing on a beach somewhere.