If you have joined us on campus for an information session and tour, you may have had the pleasure of meeting one of our Admissions Fellows. Admissions Fellows are current HLS students who work with our office on campus tours, recruitment events in Boston/Cambridge, Admitted Student Weekends, and other projects throughout the year. If admitted to HLS, you might hear from one of these great students or even meet with them in person at an ASW event! They represent a wonderful group within our community, and we wanted to share their information with you today. If you have any questions for them, you can always shoot us an email and we can reach out. 

Kelly Ganon: 3L originally from New Jersey, but has called Massachusetts “home” since starting college at Northeastern University. Prior to law school, she spent two years getting trial experience as a paralegal in the Economic Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office here in Boston. She spent her 1L summer in the Trial Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and her 2L summer in the Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. At HLS, she is a board member of the Women’s Law Association and an Executive Editor for the Harvard Law & Policy Review. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys distance running (slowly), travel, and attempting to get her Black Lab, Luna, to stop chewing her textbooks.

Zach Gray: 3L from Torrance, CA (Los Angeles County). Prior to HLS, he graduated from Duke (2014), worked as an administrator at a law firm, a LSAT tutor on the side, and traveled through Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. He spent his 1L summer in the anti-money laundering division of the Central Bank of the Philippines and his 2L summer at Latham & Watkins LLP in its Century City and Los Angeles offices. He plans to work on venture capital and emerging growth company matters post-graduation, but remains interested in international law as well. This year, he is co-president of the West Coast Club and an editor on the Harvard Business Law Review. Big fan of television (only while in law school), music festivals, the beach, hiking, and all things free.

Kendall Howell: 3L from Keene, Texas. Kendall attended the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to law school, he served in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer. Interested in securities regulation, financial institutions regulation and sports law. Interned with the Boston Celtics while in law school and involved with the Board of Student Advisers and Harvard Black Law Students Association. In his free time, Kendall enjoys playing golf and basketball, but most of all hanging out with his wife Michelle and son Noah.

Danielle Moody: 3L from O’Fallon, Illinois. Danielle attended Spelman College. Prior to law school, she served with AmeriCorps as an English tutor, after-school coordinator, and mentor in a Chicago public high school for a year. At HLS, she’s a student attorney with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and an active member of the Black Law Students Association. She spent her 1L and 2L summers at the New York office of Kramer Levin. In her free time, Danielle loves to cook and spend time with her friends.

Rachel Newell: 3L from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now lives in Australia. Rachel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. Prior to law school she was a coach at a soccer club on the Great Barrier Reef. At HLS Rachel is on the law school soccer team, a member of the Women’s Law Association, and wrote for the Journal of Law and Technology’s summer digest. She spent her 1L summer at Wayfair where she learned a lot but can’t claim to be a talented interior designer. She spent her 2L summer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, DC. Big Lord of the Rings fan, skier, and British comedy enthusiast.

Chase Browndorf: 2L originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania. Chase graduated from 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. 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 will be in Houston, TX. Chase is always available to talk Eagles or Longhorns Football.

D Dangaran: 2L from Wahiawa, Hawaii. A first-generation college student, D graduated from Yale in 2015 and deferred acceptance at HLS for two years to work at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Actively involved with Harvard Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and Lambda. Member of BLSA, QTPOC, and HLS First Class. Previously involved with Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP) and PLAP. 1L summer (funded by SPIF and the Human Rights Program Fellowship) in a small impact litigation nonprofit in Cape Town, South Africa called Lawyers for Human Rights, focusing on gender equality. Interested in health and human rights for gender and sexual minorities, particularly gender-based violence faced by transgender women (prisoners) of color. Curious about restorative justice as a long-term goal, and hopes to use critical race theory as a tool to get there. D loves poetry slams and Zumba, and they sang worldwide with their college a cappella group.

Aseem Jha: 2L 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 Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT), the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), the HLS Mediation Program, the HLS Negotiators Program, and the Federalist Society (FedSoc). This past summer, he worked as a summer associate at Jones Day’s Chicago office. Other interests include studying languages, listening to Indian classical music, running, and following the news.

Kelley McGill: 2L from Kirby, Vermont. Kelley 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, a board member of HLS Effective Altruism and HLS Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter, a research assistant, and a member of the Harvard University Council for Student Sustainability Leaders, Harvard Environmental Law Review, and HLS Food Law Society. During her 1L summer, she worked as a litigation clerk for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is also a scuba diver, a backpacking enthusiast, and a pretty good mechanic.

Heather Pickerell: 2L from Hong Kong. Heather 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 is the Co-President of Lambda, the Executive Technical Editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and a student attorney with Harvard Defenders. She is interested in public interest work and spent her 1L summer at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. She is a huge film buff, loves books, and is always looking for the next good hike.

Mitchell Santos Toledo: 2L from Toluca, Mexico, raised in South Los Angeles, CA. Mitchell is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Santa Monica College. Prior to law school, he worked as a legal assistant at an entertainment law firm in Los Angeles and as a Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Law Fellow at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley. He spent his 1L summer as a law clerk at MALDEF in Los Angeles. At HLS, he is a Vice President of La Alianza, a member of the West Coast Law Students Association, a junior editor of the Harvard Latinx Law Review, and a part of the Harvard Immigration Project and HLS First Class. He is a passionate sports fan and immigrant rights advocate. In his spare time he likes procrastinating with reruns of The Office and looking at pictures of dogs to get once he graduates.

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