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 and his 2L summer working in the Washington, DC office of Allen & Overy, LLP. At HLS Paul is also a Resident Assistant in Story Hall, and he is a Senior Policy Editor and Senior Article Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, Outreach Chair for the Harvard Law School Democrats, and a 3L representative on the student government.
Vice President – Patrick Kibbe
Patrick is a 3rd 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 last two summers working in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section at the Department of Justice and in the Office of the White House Counsel. Besides ACS, Patrick has been 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.
Vice President – Ally Coll Steele
Ally is a 2L from Bethesda Maryland, and a graduate of Tulane University. Before law school, she worked on political campaigns, including President Obama’s 2008 primary campaign, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Senators Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and Tim Kaine. Most recently, she served as the Press Secretary on the Senate Budget Committee, and she spent her 1L summer in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. At HLS she also serves as the Solicitations Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the Alumnae Committee Chair for the Women’s Law Association, a Board Member for the HLS Democrats and as a Student Attorney with the Prison Legal Assistance Project.
Treasurer – Ana Choi
Ana is a 2L from Mission, Texas and a 2013 graduate of Harvard College. She spent her 1L summer as an intern in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. In addition to being Treasurer of ACS, she is the Deputy Executive Online Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review and the Social Chair for the Korean Association at HLS.
Secretary – Sara Murphy
Sara is a 2L and a 2011 graduate of the University of Colorado. Before coming to law school, Sara interned for Senator Mark Udall and worked as a paralegal at a family law firm. Sara worked on tort litigation at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence during her 1L summer, and she is interning at the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s Office in the fall. In addition to being Secretary of ACS, Sara is the President of HLS Rootstrikers and an Article Editor on the Harvard Law and Policy Review.
Programs Chair – Zach D’Amico
Zach is a 2L from Boston and a 2013 graduate of Villanova University. He spent his 1L summer at the Constitutional Accountability Center, working at the exciting intersection of law and policy. Zach is also an editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Vice President of HLS Rootstrikers, and a self-proclaimed star of any intramural sport they offer at the law school. You can count on a great conversation with him about sports or politics—unless you’re a yankees fan.
Chris is a 2L from Oklahoma and is a 2011 graduate of the University of Arkansas. Chris spent two years before law school working various jobs in Democratic politics including stints at The White House, The Democratic National Convention Committee, The Presidential Inaugural Committee, and the Elizabeth Warren Senate campaign. At HLS Chris is an editor for the Harvard National Security Journal, and is the Co-President of the Harvard Law Golf Club.
Publicity Director – AJ Clayborne
AJ is a 2L from Damascus, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in English and Classics in May 2013. During his time at UMD, AJ worked for a small media company producing training videos for various Federal agencies including the FAA, FEMA, and CPB. He spent his 1L summer in Baltimore working for the ACLU of Maryland on civil rights issues. AJ’s hobbies include sports, video games, and Jow Ga kung fu.
Membership Director – Rachel Graham Kagan
Rachel is a 3L from New York City. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2009. Before law school, Rachel worked in New York State government, primarily for the State Senate and in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office. Rachel spent her 1L summer doing impact litigation at the New York Legal Assistance Group and her 2L summer doing civil rights work at the private public interest firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady. At HLS, Rachel is also a senior editor on the Harvard Law and Policy Review and a student attorney at the Criminal Justice Institute, and served as the 2013-2014 Vice President of the ACS chapter and a board member of the Prison Legal Assistance Project.
Membership Director – Jeff Huberman
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.
Tom is a 2L and a 2013 graduate of the University of Maryland. Before law school, Tom spent summers working for Summit Consulting LLC and Maryland State Delegate Craig Zucker. During his 1L summer, Tom worked for the Division of Trading and Markets of the Securities and Exchange Commission. At HLS, Tom is also involved in the the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, and in his free time enjoys following and playing both basketball and football.
Mentorships Chair – Noah Marks
Noah is a 2L from North Carolina. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2011. Before HLS, Noah got a masters degree in Biblical Interpretation in New York. Over his 1L summer, Noah worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy. Next summer, he is splitting between Jenner and Block and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. At HLS, Noah is a Senior Article Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review and is involved in Law and Social Change.
Academics Director – John Connolly
John is a 2L from Arlington, Virginia. He attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in Government and History. After college, John spent two years teaching middle school Spanish and Health in the D.C. area as a Teach For America corps member. At HLS, John serves on the Board of Student Advisers and is involved with the Harvard Law and Policy Review and Tenant Advocacy Project. He is also a tour guide, resident assistant, and research assistant for Professor Susan Crawford. During his 1L summer, John worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia. In his free time, John loves singing along to ’80s one-hit-wonders (especially at karaoke).
Fundraising Director – Dan Pyon
Dan is a 2L from Los Angeles, California. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2012. Before law school, Dan worked for President Obama’s 2012 campaign as part of the data team in Chicago, and he also spent some time working with local campaigns and advocacy groups in Los Angeles. He spent his 1L summer in-house at Prudential Financial in Newark, NJ. Dan is also involved with the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the Harvard Law Democrats, and the Harvard Law School Real Estate Association.
Director of Professor & Practitioner Engagement – Amal El Bakhar
Amal is a 2L and a 2011 graduate of the Macaulay Honors College program at Hunter College in New York, where she studied Biochemistry and Women Studies. She spent her 1L summer at Sanford Heisler, LLP in Washington, D.C. In addition to being Professor & Practitioner Chair of ACS, Amal is the Co-President of Harvard Negotiators, Senior Policy Editor on Harvard Law and Policy Review, and is involved in HLS Democrats and HLS Reproductive Justice. Among other things, Amal is a very proud New Yorker and a yoga lover.
Outreach Director – Scott Hugo
Scott is a fourth year JD/MPP student with the Kennedy School of Government and a 2009 graduate of UCLA. He attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned an MPhil in International Relations. He has worked for the Newark (NJ) Law Department, the Oakland Police Department, and the Neighborhood Law Corps Unit of the Oakland City Attorney’s office. Scott is passionate about Jeopardy and all things Superman.
Outreach Director – Thea Sebastian
Thea Sebastian is a 2L and attended Harvard College for undergrad, receiving her A.B. in 2008. After college, she completed an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University, writing a thesis on social mobility, and she spent two years teaching special education through Teach for America. Thea is Co-President of the Social Enterprise Law Association (SELA). She believes passionately in developing a new economy that applies business principles to social issues, combining mission and market to create widespread impact. Along with SELA, Thea is involved with the Harvard Law School Democrats.
Supreme Court Moot Director – Aaron Blacksberg
Aaron is a 3L 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 and the law firm of Phillips & Cohen during his 2L summer. Outside of ACS, Aaron is Managing Editor of the Harvard National Security Journal and has been seen playing accordion and percussion in various locations in the greater Cambridge area.
Megan is a 2L from Delaware, Ohio and a 2013 graduate from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied constitutional studies and political science. Megan spent her 1L summer at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. Outside of ACS, she is an article selection editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, a line editor of the Journal on Legislation, and serves on the boards of the Women’s Law Association and the Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Megan is infatuated with Sweden, loves the arts, and drinks too much Diet Coke.
Education Opportunity Director – Dan McGrath
Dan is a 2L from Union, NJ and a 2009 graduate of Georgetown University. Prior to law school Dan worked as a high school social studies teacher on Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and on the 2012 Obama Campaign in Pennsylvania. Dan spent his 1L summer at the New Jersey US Attorney’s Office. At HLS, Dan is on the board of Advocates 4 Education as co-chair of the Practice Committee.
Education Opportunity Director – Lake Coreth
Lake is a 2L from Mount Kisco, NY During her first year at HLS she helped ACS to launch the HLS chapter of “Constitution in the Classroom,” a national ACS program dedicated to instilling constitutional values in high school classrooms, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. As a 1L, she also formed a partnership between HLS students and the Greater Boston Legal Services to advance the rights of temporary workers living and working in Chelsea. Before law school, Lake was the Program Coordinator at Latino U College Access, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping first-generation Latino students navigate the admissions and financial aid process. After receiving her B.A. from Boston College in History and Hispanic Studies, Lake taught at the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto in Argentina on a U.S. Fulbright Grant.
Trips Director – Sarah Gitlin
Sarah is a 2L from New York and a graduate of Columbia University. She has worked on half a dozen Democratic Congressional Campaigns in positions ranging from press secretary to fundraiser to field organizer. She is passionate about women’s rights. She spent her 1L summer as a legal fellow in Senator Gillibrand’s office. At Law School, she is the co-president of the HLS Dems, think tank co-director for Students for Reproductive Justice, and Article Editor for the Journal of Law and Gender.
Trips Director – Amish Shah
Amish is a 3L from Okemos, Michigan, and is a 2012 graduate of the George Washington University. This past summer, Amish worked as a summer associate in the healthcare group of Ropes and Gray LLP. Amish has also interned for the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Michigan, the Department of Education, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Amish currently serves as a Legal Fellow at the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard, where he works primarily on three focus areas at the center: Data and Safety Monitoring, Return of Clinical Trial Results To Subjects, and Global Clinical Trial Regulatory Policy. He has also served as a Policy and Article Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review and has worked for the Tenant Advocacy Program.
Social Director – Sophie Kim
Sophie is a 4th year JD/MPP and a 2008 graduate of Rice University. Before HLS, she worked for the World Health Organization, worked on access to education and health care issues in Lesotho and Canada on a Fulbright, and received a master’s in global health at Oxford. At HLS, Sophie has worked in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, the General Counsel’s office of the Secretary of Defense, the California Attorney General, McDermott Will & Emery, and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. She serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society and was previously the HLS Chapter President. She is Campaigns Director for the HLS Democrats and a Co-Chair for the HKS Democrats. She has also been an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review and Political Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.
Policy Director – Shammas Malik
Shammas is a 2nd year JD and a 2013 graduate of the Ohio State University. Last summer, he worked in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense. Shammas has also worked for the Center for American Progress and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, as well as United States Senator Sherrod Brown. At HLS, he an Events Director of Harvard Law Democrats and a Junior Article Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review.
Nathan is a 2L from Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a degree in public policy. After college, he moved to Washington where he worked as a legislative assistant in Congress for four years, first to Congressman Joe Sestak, and then to Senator Dick Durbin. Nathan spent his 1L summer at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, working in the criminal appeals unit. At HLS, he is a member of the Board of Student Advisors, and a Senior Article Editor and Senior Policy Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review.