2020-2021 Executive Board


Sam Cohen (’22)

Sam Cohen is a 2L from Chevy Chase, MD. On campus, Sam is involved with the Harvard National Security Journal, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and the HLS ACLU chapter. Before law school, Sam worked for a global strategic advisory firm and served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard warships in the Asia Pacific region. Sam is interested in the intersection of national security policy–broadly conceived to include areas like public health–and national security law. He is excited to help lead NSLA this year! Sam graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a B.A. in History. He was one of the first two midshipmen to commission from the Yale NROTC unit since the 1970s.

Javid Dharas (’22) 

Javid Dharas is a 2L from Vancouver, British Columbia. On campus, he is active with the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic and the Harvard National Security Journal, and has also worked with the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project. Before coming to law school, Javid served as a special assistant for foreign and trade policy to the Prime Minister of Canada, and as a senior policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Drawing on this experience and time spent working with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Javid’s research interests include the intersection of national security and trade law with emerging technologies. Javid graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2014 with a B.A. in International Development and Globalization Studies.

Executive Vice President

Adira Levine (’22)

Adira Levine is a 2L at Harvard Law School. Previously, she worked with the federal government as a consultant, including significant work in the national security space. She received a Master in Public Policy degree from the University of Cambridge as a Paul Mellon Fellow and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Vice President (Academics)

Annie Kapnick (’21) 

Annie Kapnick is a 3L from Manhattan, NY. On campus, she also serves as the Executive Submissions Editor for the National Security Journal. While at law school she has worked for Electronic Frontier Foundation, Voters Not Politicians, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in EDVA. Annie graduated from Stanford University in 2015, with a B.S. in Management, Science & Engineering and Honors from the Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Ben Salvatore (’22)

Ben Salvatore is a 2L from Connecticut. On campus, Ben is an Editor for the National Security Journal and the Journal on Law and Public Policy. In his 1L summer, Ben interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, E.D.N.Y. in the Organized Crime & Gangs Section. Prior to law school, Ben worked as a Paralegal at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso from 2015-2017. He holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Bard College.

Vice President (Careers)

Matthew Kahn (’22)

Matthew Kahn is a second-year J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. Before law school he was an associate editor of Lawfare for two years and graduated from Georgetown University in 2017.

Vice President (Development)

Kathryn Reed (’22)

Kathryn is a 2L from Western Massachusetts. On campus, she is a Deputy Executive Editor for the National Security Journal. Prior to law school, she worked as a legal analyst for law firms and private defense contractors and researched FARA and election security issues for a current U.S. Attorney. Kathryn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2013 with a concentration in sociology and a secondary in philosophy.

Vice President (Events)

Matt O’Keefe (’22)

Matt is a 2L from Chelmsford, MA. On campus, he is the President of the Harvard Rule of Law Society, has edited for the National Security Journal and International Law Journal, and has worked with HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Prior to law school, Matt worked as a Data Analyst for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and worked on Governor Charlie Baker’s political team. More recently he was a summer legal intern for the Centre for Law and Democracy. Matt graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2018 with a B.B.A. in Marketing.

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