President – Sophie Kim
Sophie is a 3rd year JD/MPP and a 2008 graduate of Rice University. Before law school, she worked for the World Health Organization, researched universal health care in Canada on a Fulbright, and received a master’s in global health at Oxford. During the past two summers, Sophie has worked in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and in the Office of the General Counsel for the Secretary of Defense. At HLS, she is an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, Outreach Director of the Harvard Law Democrats, and Political Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.
Vice President – Rachel Graham Kagan
Rachel is a 2L from New York City. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2009. Before law school, Rachel worked in multiple positions in New York State government, primarily for a State Senator and in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office. Rachel spent her 1L summer at the New York Legal Assistance Group working on impact litigation around public assistance and government benefits. At HLS, Rachel also serves on the board of the Prison Legal Assistance Project, as an editor on the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and as a Section Mentor to the Law and Government Program of Study.
Vice President – Paul Suitter
Paul is a 2L from Oakfield, Maine and a 2009 graduate of Bates College. Before law school, he taught middle school science for three years in the Boston area as part of Teach for America. Paul spent his 1L summer working for the Federal Election Commission in Washington, DC. At HLS Paul is also a Resident Assistant in Ames Hall, and he is an editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, Elections Chair for the Harvard Law School Democrats, a 2L representative on the student government, and a member the Harvard Curling Team.
Treasurer – Erin Bloom
Erin is a 2L from Portland and a graduate from Willamette University in Oregon; she is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a Truman Scholar. She worked for Obama’s 2008 campaign in Oregon, AIPAC, and the US Trade Representative in D.C. Besides ACS, her HLS activities include Harvard Law Democrats, the National Security Journal, and Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice. In her free time you can find her trying new microbrews and cheering on the Oregon Duck football team.
Secretary – Patrick Kibbe
Patrick is a 2nd year JD/MPP and a 2009 graduate from the University of Notre Dame. Before law school, Patrick worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Antitrust and Criminal Divisions, focusing on international antitrust law and anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing. Patrick spent his 1L summer working in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section at the Department of Justice. Besides ACS, Patrick is an editor on the Harvard Law and Policy Review, leader of a multidisciplinary focus group on reducing gun violence, and a fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management.
Programs Chair – Aaron Blacksberg
Aaron is a 2L and a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to HLS, he worked in Washington, D.C., first on the Hill then for Equal Justice Works. Aaron worked for the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during his 1L summer. Outside of ACS, Aaron has been a staff editor on the National Security Journal, worked on the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and has been seen playing accordion and percussion in various locations in the greater Cambridge area.
Programs Chair – Mark Kaltenbach
Mark is a 2L and a 2012 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied psychology. He spent his 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. In addition to being Programs Chair of ACS, Mark is a Senior Policy Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review and the Campus Coordination Director for the HLS Democrats. Among other things, he is a bona fide political junkie, lover of the the city of Philadelphia, and music enthusiast. Mark is very picky about his barbecue, and while he will try your favorite barbecue restaurant, he warns you in advance that it probably isn’t up to snuff.
Publicity Director – Rebecca Lipman
Rebecca is a 2L from Brooklyn, New York. Before law school, Rebecca worked in film and television, working for producers in New York and Los Angeles. Despite her tenure at “What Not to Wear,” you will still see her in class in jeans and a hoodie. Rebecca spent her 1L summer in NYC working for Mayor Bloomberg’s organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Currently, Rebecca is a senior editor with the Harvard Law and Policy Review, a clinical intern in Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, and a legal researcher for Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Membership Director – Parimal Garg
Parimal is a 3L from Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Prior to law school, Parimal graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and Economics. Parimal worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, New Jersey during his 1L summer and spent his 2L summer at the Washington, DC office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Outside of ACS, Parimal does research for Professor Matthew Stephenson, takes intramural sports way too seriously, and avidly follows his New York Knicks.
Membership Director – Jordan Moran
Jordan is a 2L and a graduate of the University of Virginia. Before law school, he served for three years as an Honors Paralegal Specialist with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section. Jordan spent his 1L summer in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, and he will be interning with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston during the fall 2013 semester. Outside of ACS, Jordan is the Leadership Training Director of the HLS Democrats and an Editor on the Harvard Law Review.
Careers and Mentorships Director – Jordan Grossman
Jordan is a 3L and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Before law school, he served as Special Advisor and Deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and worked on the Obama-Biden Transition Team and the 2008 Obama campaign. At HLS, he served as 2012-2013 President of the ACS chapter and Outreach Director of the HLS Democrats, works as a Teaching Fellow, and performs in the Parody. Jordan is an ACS Next Generation Leader.
Mentorships Chair – Lauren Moxley
Lauren is a 2L and 2012 graduate of Duke University. Before law school, Lauren served on the Young Americans team of the 2012 Obama re-election campaign, conducted intelligence analysis for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, and worked for Rock the Vote leading up to the 2010 midterm elections. Lauren worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. during her 1L summer. At HLS, Lauren is also involved with the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and the Women’s Law Association.
Alumni Relations Chair – Tom Ryan
Tom is a 2L from Littleton, Colorado. He graduated from George Washington University in 2011. Before coming to law school, Tom worked as a Federal Analyst for Deloitte Consulting, and interned for Senator Mark Udall and for Ralph Nader. During his 1L summer, Tom worked on tort litigation for DOJ Civil Division. At HLS, Tom is also involved with the Harvard Law and Policy Review. You’ll likely see him out on the volleyball court when the weather cooperates or hear him shouting (hopefully good things) at his Broncos during football season.
Academic Director – Conor Ahern
Conor is a 2L from the Philadelphia area. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008, and worked in management consulting and LGBT and HIV/AIDS non-profit work before coming to HLS. Conor expanded upon his work in LGBT advocacy during his 1L summer, during which he worked at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. At Harvard, Conor has been a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the Journal of Law and Gender, and currently serves as a co-Political Chair of Lambda.
Series and Symposium Chair – Joshua Fogarty
Josh is a 2L and a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he studied political science and English literature. Before law school, he cooked in an open, exhibition-style kitchen in the Twin Cities. Josh spent is 1L summer at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C. At HLS, Josh is an Article and Senior Policy Editor on the Harvard Law and Policy Review and is also working on forming a family band with his partner, Kelsey, and daughter, Addison.
Director of Professor & Practitioner Engagement – Neil Makhija
Neil Makhija is a 2L from Lehighton, PA, and a 2009 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Before law school, he was New York City Regional Assistant for US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. In 2010, he worked for US Senate Candidate Adm. Joe Sestak and the Office of Vice President Joe Biden. Neil spent 1L summer in the Complex Fraud and Public Corruption Units of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. At HLS, Neil has been Senior Policy Editor on the Harvard Law and Policy Review, an organizer for HLS for Elizabeth Warren, and Vice President of the HLS Democrats. He is an avid squash player.
Outreach Director – Scott Hugo
Scott is a 3rd year JD/MPP and 2009 graduate of UCLA. He attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned an MPhil in International Relations. The past two summers he has worked in the Newark NJ Law Department and the Oakland Police Department. Scott is passionate about Jeopardy, rugby, and all things Superman.
Supreme Court Moot Director – Kylie Kim
Kylie is a 3L and a graduate of Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2010, she took time off school to work at the International Legal Affairs division of the Ministry of Justice in Korea. Kylie worked for Kim & Chang during her 1L summer and for the Honorable Susan G. Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims during her 2L summer. At HLS, Kylie is Online Executive Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and Captain of the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team.
Community Service Director – Tara Norris
Tara is a 2L and a graduate of UCLA. Before law school, she was the Assistant Debate Coach for Harvard-Westlake School and worked for the Lanier Law Firm in Los Angeles, CA. She spent her 1L summer at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and was a Summer Theory Institute Fellow. Tara also serves as the Events Director of the HLS Democrats and the Vice Co-Chair of the Mississippi Delta Project.
Community Service Director – Alexa Shasteen
Alexa is a 3L from Lincoln, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009 and worked as a Legislative Aide to Nebraska State Senator Tom White before coming to HLS. She spent her 1L summer at the Environmental Protection Agency in D.C. and split her 2L summer between Earthjustice and Bronx Legal Services in New York. She is Executive Managing Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, former President of the HLS Environmental Law Society, and an ACS Next Generation Leader.
D.C. Trip Director – Cody Gray
Cody is a 2L from San Jose, California. He is a 2007 graduate of U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. Candidate at Princeton University. Prior to law school, he worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee and spent a summer with the Native American Affairs team at the White House Domestic Policy Council. At HLS, he is an editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review and a member of the Board of Student Advisors. Cody spent his 1L summer at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section. He is a huge soccer fan, a proud Golden Bear, and spends his free time following Bay Area sports.
D.C. Trip Director – Jessica Jensen
Jessica is a 2L from Roseville, MN and a 2009 graduate of the University of Southern California. Before law school, she worked in Washington, DC for Congressmembers Judy Chu and Brad Sherman, as well as the field team at the Human Rights Campaign. Jessica spent her 1L summer at Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand in Minneapolis. At HLS, Jessica is also involved with the Harvard Law Review and Women’s Law Association, and in her free time she enjoys playing with her Pekingese puppy Peanut.
Social Events Director – Jess Weiner
Jess is a 3L from Goshen, NY. She graduated from Cornell University in 2009. Jess spent her 1L summer at the Democratic National Committee’s Voter Protection Department and her 2L summer at the private public interest firm Katz, Marshall & Banks in Washington, DC. At HLS, Jess also serves as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender and a board member of the Women’s Law Association.