We’ve just welcomed a new batch of Admissions Fellows to the cohort of students who volunteer their time and energy to reach prospective and admitted applicants to Harvard Law School. They help the J.D. Admissions Office with a number of outreach efforts, including campus tours, Admitted Students Weekends, and recruitment events in Boston. You may encounter them at some point before or after applying to HLS. So, without further ado, please meet the 2019–2020 Admissions Fellows below!
Genevieve Antono ’21
2L from Singapore and Indonesia. Gennie graduated from Columbia University and The University of Hong Kong. Prior to law school, she worked as a Legal and Compliance Analyst at The Blackstone Group and interned at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz through the SEO Program. She spent her 1L summer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in both their New York and Hong Kong offices. At HLS, she is a board member of the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) and is involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). Gennie is interested in working on corporate matters after graduation and is committed to supporting women and minorities in the legal profession. She definitely spends too much time watching cat videos on Instagram.
Abraham Barkhordar ’22
1L from Los Angeles, California. He studied History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Santa Monica Community College. Before graduating in 2019, he worked as a lifeguard and volunteered with JusticeCorps to help pro se litigants in Los Angeles. At HLS, he is an active member of the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) and the West Coast Law Students Association, and is the founder and co-president of the Harvard Plaintiffs’ Law Association. He is interested in plaintiffs’ side and class action litigation. After graduating, he hopes to one day open his own legal practice. In his spare time, he enjoys tropical fish keeping, surfing, and watching NBA basketball (despite Lakers games starting around midnight Eastern time).
Chase Browndorf ’20
3L originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017, where he majored in government and interned in several state and federal government offices. At HLS, he is involved in Student Government, Texas Club, Prison Legal Assistance Program (PLAP), Harvard Business Law Review, and the Federalist Society (FedSoc). He split his 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, AZ and at the Texas Solicitor General’s Office in Austin. For his 2L summer, he was at a firm in Houston. Chase is always available to talk Philadelphia Eagles or Longhorns Football.
Shub Chandrasekaran ’22
1L from Austin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 where he majored in petroleum engineering. Prior to law school, he worked as a reservoir engineer at Occidental Petroleum in Houston, Texas. At HLS, he is involved in the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), and Texas Club. He loves watching sports, playing fantasy football, and trying new restaurants.
Sheridan Cunningham ’21
2L from Toronto, Canada. Sheridan is passionate about the criminal legal system, and they spent their 1L summer working for a criminal defense attorney in Toronto. Before attending HLS, they completed their undergraduate degree in philosophy and the University of Toronto and worked as a campaign staffer for a provincial NDP election campaign. Sheridan is the Policy Director for the Prison Legal Assistance Project, where they are also a student attorney, and the Events Director for the Canadian Law Students Association. Sheridan is also involved with the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the Journal of Law and Gender, and Lambda. When they have time outside of class, Sheridan enjoys cycling and Twitter.
Tala Doumani ’22
1L from Berkeley, California. Before attending HLS, she completed her undergraduate degrees in statistical analysis & research and international relations at Brown University and worked in strategy and economic consulting in New York City. Additionally, Tala has done field research in the areas of human rights, immigration, and refugee rights and has participated in fact-finding missions to Syria, Jordan, and Palestine. At HLS, Tala is the Social Committee Chair for her section, a member of Human Rights Advocates Program, and a junior editor for International Law Journal and the Harvard Business Law Review. When she’s not studying, Tala enjoys NYT Crosswords, tennis, and watching the West Wing.
Sydney Hood ’21
2L from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She graduated from Duke University in 2016, where she majored in public policy studies. Prior to law school, she worked for the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) in Austin, Texas, where she performed investment research for hedge funds. At HLS, she served as the 1L Student Council Representative for Section 5. She is also part of the Recording Artists Project (RAP), Harvard International Law Journal, Women’s Law Association (Partnership Committee), and Texas Club. In her free time, she particularly enjoys trying out new restaurants, seeing/watching movies, making Academy Awards predictions, and riding her bike around Cambridge.
Aseem Jha ’20
3L from Lisle, IL. Before law school, he worked for a summer at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis as an IP Technical Analyst but otherwise went straight through from undergrad. He studied electrical engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and is particularly interested in intellectual property law. He has also been involved in local government, so public service and policy is another area of interest. At HLS, he is involved with the HLS Tax Help Program, the Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT), the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), the HLS Mediation Program, and the HLS Parody Show. For his 1L summer, he worked at Jones Day’s Chicago office. For his 2L summer, he worked at Kirkland & Ellis’s Chicago office in both the IP litigation and tech & IP transactions groups. Other interests include studying languages, listening to Indian classical music, running, and following the news.
Julia Keller ’22
1L from McLean, VA. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017, where she majored in history and minored in writing and children’s studies. Prior to law school, she worked at Capital One in Washington D.C. in their human resources rotational program. At HLS, she is the Section 1 representative for the Journal on Legislation and is a subciter for the Harvard Business Law Review. She is on the 1L committee for the Women’s Law Association and is a member of the Texas Club. In her free time, she loves trying new restaurants, going on runs, and watching The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Andrea Loera ’21
2L born in Aguascalientes, Mexico and raised in Austin, Texas. She graduated from UT Austin in 2016. This past summer, she worked at Centro de los Derechos in Mexico City. Prior to law school, she worked as an immigration student adviser at UT Austin. Before that, she worked as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm in Austin. At HLS, she is a member of the Board of Student Advisers, a board member in La Alianza, and an editor of the Harvard Latinx Law Review. Andrea is passionate about immigration and employment rights. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new coffee shops and bars, dancing (poorly), and cuddling with her two cats.
Kelley McGill ’20
3L from Kirby, Vermont. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Before HLS, she worked for an environmental consulting firm in Cambridge for several years. At HLS, she is a mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program, co-president of the HLS Animal Law Society and HLS Food Law Society, and president of HLS Effective Altruism. In past years at HLS, she was a research assistant, a member of the Harvard University Council for Student Sustainability Leaders, a technical editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and a policy editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review. During her 1L summer, she worked as a litigation clerk for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. During her 2L summer, she interned for a judge and worked as a legal fellow with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. She enjoys scuba diving, working on her car, and trying to keep her houseplants alive.
Marcus Mitchell ’22
1L from Hammonton, NJ, the blueberry capital of the world. Marcus graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Economics in 2019. He is an editor for the Environmental Law Review and is active in the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. When he is not failing to complete crossword puzzles, he is helping coach his high school’s mock trial team and unsuccessfully challenging his brother to tennis matches.
Joey Montgomery ’20
3L from Washington, Indiana. He spent his 2L summer at Sidley Austin in their Washington, DC, and Houston, TX, offices doing both corporate and litigation. He spent his 1L summer at Sidley’s Houston office doing corporate work. He attended Indiana University and transferred to Harvard Law School from Northwestern last year. Before law school, he worked as a police officer back in Indiana and ran a district office for his home Member of Congress. In law school, he is the treasurer of the Harvard Law Student Government, the Alumni Symposium Chair for the Federalist Society (FedSoc), and he is on the Journal of Law and Public Policy. In his spare time, Joey enjoys distance running, reading, staying up-to-date on politics, and getting up way too early on weekend mornings to watch European soccer.
ChiChi Okoye ’22
1L from London, Canada. Prior to law school, ChiChi completed her degree in Sociology at the University of Toronto in 2018 and worked as a credit specialist at TD Canada Trust. At HLS, ChiChi is the 1L representative for the Harvard African Law Association, a member of the Black Law Students Association (Social Committee), and the Women’s Law Association (Outreach Committee). ChiChi is also a member of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project as well as a subciter for the Harvard Business Law Review. She is interested in Entertainment Law, particularly in the realm of music. During her free time, ChiChi enjoys binge watching Netflix, reading classical sociology texts and watching basketball.
Derrick Parker ’21
2L from Kansas City, Missouri. Derrick graduated as valedictorian from Morehouse in May 2018. Before coming to law school, he worked as an SEO Law Fellow at Jones Day in Atlanta, Georgia. At HLS, Derrick is a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB), Harvard Defenders Program, Harvard Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Barbri Representative, and was a member of his 1L Section Planning Committee. Derrick was also selected as a recipient of NAACP Legal Defense Fund Scholarship. He spent his 1L summer at Cleary Gottlieb in New York. Derrick will spend is 2L summer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. In his spare time, Derrick likes to watch movies, try new restaurants, and connect with new faces.
Ken Pearson ’21
2L from Ketchikan, Alaska. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a degree in electrical engineering and sociology before becoming a combat engineer officer in the Marine Corps. He spent his 1L summer doing energy and environmental work at the Portland, Oregon office of Stoel Rives. At HLS, he is a peer advisor, executive editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, treasurer of the Environmental Law Club, and cabin liason for the Harvard Mountaineering Club. Ken enjoys sharing his passion for all things alpine, especially climbing, backpacking, and skiing.
Heather Pickerell ’20
3L from Hong Kong. She graduated from Harvard College in 2015. Prior to law school, she was based out of D.C. and worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she served on a contract for the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. At HLS, she previously served as the co-president of Lambda; she currently serves as the Executive Editor for Article Selection of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and a student attorney with Harvard Defenders. She will pursue a career in public interest after graduation, having spent her 1L summer at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and her 2L summer at the Legal Aid Society Bronx Criminal Practice Division. She is a huge film buff, loves books, and is always looking for the next good hike.
Drake Reed ’22
1L from Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University in 2014, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he lived and worked in study abroad administration for two years. After returning to the United States, he joined Teach for America. As a corps member, Drake lived and taught at Little Wound High School, a tribal grant school in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. After graduation, he is interested in working on indigenous sovereignty and community development, educational opportunity, and juvenile criminal justice reform. Outside of class, he enjoys baking pastries, running along the Charles, and reading dystopian literature.
Sarah Sadlier ’22
1L from Tacoma, Washington. She quadruple majored in American Studies (with honors), History (with honors), Iberian and Latin American cultures, and political science at Stanford University, where she also earned her master’s degree in modern thought and literature. Prior to law school, she received her second master’s degree from Harvard and completed the first two years of her PhD in history, specializing in Native American history. At HLS, she is a Lambda board member, HLS Public Service Leader, West Coast Club representative, and editor/subciter on five journals. She serves on the Academic Affairs Committees of Student Government and the Women’s Law Association, and she is a member of the Disability Law Students Association (DLSA), and the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). In her spare time, Sarah enjoys adventuring at Northeastern forests and beaches, chilling with friends, and nerding out about The Mandalorian.
Mitchell Santos Toledo ’20
3L from Toluca, Mexico, raised in South Los Angeles, CA. Graduate of UC Berkeley and Santa Monica College. Prior to law school, he worked at an entertainment law firm in LA and as a Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Law Fellow at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley. He spent his 1L summer at MALDEF and his 2L summer at the Century City and LA offices of Sidley. He plans to work on intellectual property matters at Sidley post-graduation. At HLS, he is involved with La Alianza, the West Coast Law Students Association, and the Harvard Latinx Law Review. He is a passionate sports fan and immigrant rights advocate. In his spare time, he enjoys procrastinating with reruns of The Office and looking at pictures of dogs to get once he graduates
N. Nima Shamtoub ’21
2L from Los Angeles, California. He studied biomedical engineering at Washington U in St. Louis and graduated in 2018. During his time as an undergraduate, he started a biotech company in which he developed two surgical tools. At HLS, he is the 1L representative for the Technology Committee, a published Journal of Law and Technology contributor, and an active member of several student organizations including the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, the Jewish Law Students Association, and the West Coast Law Students Association. He is interested in intellectual property and corporate law. He plans to continue developing his projects in engineering and biotech during his time as a student. He enjoys swimming, snowboarding, meditating, and chess.
Sabri Siraj ’21
2L from Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University. Prior to law school, Sabri spent time volunteering as a peer mentor for The Obama Foundation, in addition to working as a SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) Law Fellow at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco. Additionally, he spent some time interning in Congress. He spent his 1L summer working as a summer associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. At HLS, Sabri is involved with the Crimmigration Clinic, Harvard Defenders, and is a member of the Black Law Students Association. In his spare time, Sabri enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and hanging out with family and friends.
Kyle Skinner ’21
2L from Jonesboro, GA. Kyle is a first-generation student from Georgia who graduated from Yale with both his B.A. and Ph.D. in Italian literature. Kyle is a member of the Board of Student Advisers, lead outside article editor for the Harvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review, a student attorney with the Prison Legal Assistance Program, and a policy editor on the Harvard Law & Policy Review. He is a mediocre cellist, has an unhealthy obsession with iced coffee, and has a collection of banned children’s books.
Riley Vann ’22
1L from Oswego, Illinois. She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2016, where she ran track and majored in English. Before law school, she worked as an Air Force officer and nuclear missile operator in Minot, North Dakota. At HLS, she is part of the Armed Forces Association, the Black Family Graduate Fellowship, and Women in Law Mentor Program. In her (rare) free time, Riley loves to explore Boston, listen to true crime podcasts, and sweat it out at hot yoga.