Stephanie Charles, Co-President

Stephanie is a 3L at HarvStephanieard Law School interested in the intersection of international law and development, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and graduated from Harvard College with a joint degree in History and Science, and Government. Before starting law school, Stephanie worked for a year in São Paulo in the Brazil Office of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. The summer of her 1L year, she worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. Here at HLS, Stephanie is a student-attorney in the family law practice of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she also serves as Alumni Director. She is a Submissions Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal, a Harvard College resident tutor, and an excited member of the RJI founding team.

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Tyra Walker, Co-President

A graduate of Columbia UTyraniversity with a B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights, Tyra is currently a 3L at Harvard Law School. Tyra is a co-founder of the HLS Reparatory Justice Initiative (RJI), a writer for the school newspaper, The Record, and an elected official in Student Government. This summer Tyra worked in Washington D.C. as a legal intern in USAID’s Office of the General Counsel. Prior to law school, Tyra worked in an administrative role at The Dalton School in NYC.  She has worked with governmental and non-profit organizations including the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Operations at City Hall under Mayor Bloomberg, The Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, and Class Size Matters. Other previous roles include working as a Litigation Paralegal at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton and serving on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Conscious Global Change.

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Marissa Brodney, Outreach and Partnerships Officer

MarissaMarissa is pursuing a joint degree in Law and Public Affairs at Harvard Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before beginning graduate school, Marissa served as a senior program associate on the research and investigations team at Physicians for Human Rights. Marissa has worked in various capacities for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, UN Women, and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice. Marissa is a proud co-founder of the Reparatory Justice Initiative (RJI) and is also actively involved with HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Human Rights Journal, and Harvard Women’s Law Association. Marissa graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English Literature and Anthropology.

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Jessica Blanton, Communications Officer

 Jessica is currently a 3L at Harvard Law School. She is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics. Prior to law school, she worked as a financial analyst at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in Washington, DC. During her 1L summer, she interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. She also serves on the board of the Women’s Law Association and Harvard Law Documentary Studio.

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Tara Boghosian, Secretary

Tara is a 1L at HLS. Prior to law school, she worked for a public health program, and as a notetaker for disabled students, in her hometown of Toronto, Canada. While at McGill University, she worked in the advocacy branch of the on-campus sexual assault centre. At HLS, Tara has become involved in the Prison Legal Assistance Project, Harvard Mediation Program, and Journal of Law and Gender. Tara hopes to work toward fully integrating reparatory and restorative justice into North American legal systems. Tara likes board games, baked goods, and pop culture.

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Sarah Dorman, 3L Representative

Sarah Dorman is a member of the J.D. class of 2018 at Harvard Law School with a professional background in development and human rights. Sarah began her career working with community development organizations in Guerrero and Morelos, Mexico. She then moved to the Middle East to study as a Fulbright scholar. Following the 2011 Arab uprisings, Sarah joined a regional human rights organization based in Cairo, where her work centered around monitoring political and human rights developments, supporting transitional justice reforms where possible, and partnering with civil society actors from across the region to carry out advocacy initiatives at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, and other forums. She has also worked extensively as an Arabic translator. During her first summer in law school, she returned to Latin America to work with a think tank in Bogota, where she conducted comparative research to inform the structure of the Special Peace Tribunal of the Colombian Peace Accord. She spent her second summer as a Legislative Fellow on Capitol Hill, where she focused on foreign affairs and financial issues.

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Shayyan Qaiser, LLM Representative

Shayyan is an LLM candidate at Harvard Law School. She did her LLB (Hons) from the University of London and her Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills from City University, London after which she was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London. Shayyan worked as an Associate at Khan & Muezzin, a law firm based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She was also a visiting lecturer on Company Law at The Institute of Legal Studies, Islamabad. Subsequently, Shayyan served at the Supreme Court of Pakistan as the Law Clerk to Honourable Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Apart from being an LLM Representative at the Reparatory Justice Initiative, Shayyan is also an intern for the Partition Project at the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.

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Alison Whittaker, LLM Representative

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi (Australian Aboriginal) LLM candidate and Fulbright scholar at HLS. Before moving to Cambridge, she worked towards reparatory and reconciliatory justice across public interest organizations in Australia, including at the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Gendered Violence Research Network, and the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges. Alison was most recently a Research Associate at the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Law. Her second book, blakwork, fictionalizing Indigenous Australian forms of labor, is slated for release in mid-2018 with Magabala Press.

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Lucie White, Faculty Advisor

Lucie White is the Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Executive Committee member of the Harvard Center for African Studies. In Fall 2016, Professor White led a 1L reading group entitled “Reparations for the Enslavement of African Americans.” Her full bio can be found here.