Andres Rapoport (J.D. ’15)
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)
Los Angeles, CA
Andres will focus on immigrant and workers’ rights at the NLSLA. He will prepare U-visa petitions, collaborate with community-based organizations, and engage in direct client representation for labor law disputes. Andres has worked with Spanish-speaking immigrants at Harvard’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic and at the New York Legal Assistance Group, aiding them with U-visa petitions and asylum applications. He also gained litigation experience as a student public defense attorney at the Criminal Justice Institute where he represented juvenile and adult indigent criminal defendants in state court. He was a board member of Harvard’s Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and worked as a research assistant for Professor Deborah Anker. Andres has a B.A. in sociology with High Honors from University of California, Berkeley.
Asmara Carbado (J.D. ’15)
Capital Habeas Unit (CHU) of the Federal Public Defenders
Los Angeles, CA
Asmara will work with the CHU of the Federal Public Defenders in Los Angeles, California, where she had interned her 1L summer. Asmara will return to CHU to work as a staff attorney, defending clients charged with both capital offenses and non-capital crimes. Asmara has worked as a student attorney at the Prison Legal Assistance Program, at the Criminal Justice Institute, and as a summer intern at the ACLU of Massachusetts. She also gained experience outside of the courtroom as a summer clerk for Equal Justice Initiative, where she built client relationships and learned more about structural problems clients face. She was the managing editor of the Harvard Journal for Racial and Ethnic Justice. Asmara has a B.A. with high honors in History and an M.A. in Afro-American Studies, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Carter Hall (J.D. ’15)
Inspired by his summer at Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, Carter will return to work as a staff attorney to develop and implement legal strategies to reduce the impact of animal agriculture on the Chesapeake Bay area. At HLS, he was the executive editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review and received a Chayes Fellowship to spend his first summer doing environmental advocacy at Tokyo Surugadai Law Offices, where he worked on the Fukushima nuclear accident. He also worked as a clinical extern at the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he researched and communicated with violators of wildlife trafficking laws. He holds a B.A. in Asian Languages and Civilizations from Amherst College and wrote his senior honors thesis on Japanese whaling. After his undergraduate years, Carter taught English at rural schools in Wakayama, Japan.
Cass Luskin (J.D. ’15)
15th Judicial District of Louisiana
Cass Luskin will work as an Assistant Defender in the District Defender for the 15th Judicial District of Louisiana via Gideon’s Promise, an organization that places public defenders in under-resourced offices and provides them with specialized training. Cass will handle felony cases and will help raise the standard of representation to the citizens of the 15th judicial district. Before coming to law school, Cass worked as an investigator at the Public Defender Service for Washington, D.C. He continued to pursue his passion for public defense in law school, where he joined the Harvard Defenders and was named “Defender of the Year” twice. He has interned at The Bronx Defenders, the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, and the Federal Defender for the Middle District of Alabama. Cass has a B.A. with Honors in Government and Classics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Divya Subrahmanyam (J.D. ’15)
New York City, NY
Divya will develop and implement a new initiative in New York City called the Homeless Economic Justice Project hosted and supervised by CAMBA, a Brooklyn-based community organization. Divya will establish shelter-based clinics and provide legal representation to address consumer debt. Divya has worked on a debt defense case and helped staff a consumer clinic as an intern at the Urban Justice Center. At Harvard’s Consumer Protection and Predatory Lending Clinic, she handled a case against a debt collection agency that was harassing a client. She has also worked as a student attorney at the Criminal Justice Institute and served as the co-chair of the Tenant Advocacy Project at Harvard, which provides representation to public housing and Section 8 tenants. Divya has a B.A., cum laude, in Linguistics and International Studies from Yale University. After her undergraduate years, Divya spent a summer working with a battered women’s shelter and interned at the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.
Elizabeth Nehrling (J.D. ’15)
Falls Church, VA
Elizabeth will work as an immigration staff attorney at Ayuda, a nonprofit immigration organization in Falls Church, VA, where she will focus on direct services and social services provision. Passionate about immigration law since before law school, Elizabeth interned at the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Mexico City with a Chayes Fellowship, and at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. She received Harvard’s Human Rights Program fellowship to travel to Johannesburg for a summer to work as an intern at Lawyers For Human Rights. Before law school, Elizabeth worked as a Senior Social Services Program Associate at Tahirih Justice Center and as a Girls’ Education and Empowerment Advisor for the US Peace Corps. She holds an M.S. in Migration, Mobility & Development from the University of London as well as a B.A. from The American University.
Ellyn Gendler (J.D. ’15)
Bay Area Legal Aid
Alameda County, CA
Ellyn will provide direct services in housing law to low-income tenants in Alameda County as a staff attorney in Bay Area Legal Aid. Ellyn has represented public housing tenants and Section 8 voucher recipients as a student representative at Harvard’s Tenant Advocacy Project and as a student advocate at the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative of the Education Law Clinic. She also worked as an intern at the ACLU of Northern California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the law firm of Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP through the Employment Law Clinic. She served as an Executive Technical Editor of the Journal of Law and Gender, and was a conference co-chair of the Women’s Law Association. Ellyn holds a B.S. with Distinction in Pure Mathematics from the University of Michigan. After her undergraduate education, Ellyn worked as an English Language and Culture assistant in Spain, helping high school students and teachers with English.
Emily Baker-White (J.D. ’15)
Capital Habeas Unit (CHU), Federal Community Defender
As a staff attorney, Emily will defend death row inmates in post-conviction appellate proceedings at the CHU for the Federal Community Defender Office of the Eastern District of Philadelphia, where she interned in her third year. As a law clerk there, she drafted a brief in Opposition to Certiorari to the Supreme Court and sections of a federal district court habeas petition. She has also interned at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. At Harvard, she worked as a student attorney at the Legal Aid Bureau and was a research assistant to Hon. Nancy Gertner. Emily graduated with a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and was a recipient of a Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Emily Norman (J.D. ’15)
Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (Institute for Migrant Women)
Mexico City, Mexico
Emily will work in the legal clinic of Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (Institute for Migrant Women), an organization that works to protect the rights of migrant women in Mexico City. Her area of focus will be transnational family reunification, trafficking cases, and family law issues, including community education and training. Emily represented clients in domestic violence-based asylum cases at the Harvard Immigration Clinic and in family law cases at Cambridge Community Legal Service and Counseling Center. She has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights Journal at Harvard, and interned at the ACLU of Massachusetts where she worked in impact litigation and policy. Before law school, Emily was a teacher in the Bronx, and holds an M.S. in Teaching and a B.A. in International Affairs and History from George Washington University.
Eva Bitran (J.D. ’14)
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Eva will work as a staff attorney at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), a Berlin-based nonprofit that uses strategic litigation to hold human rights abusers accountable. She will focus on ECCHR’s international crimes and accountability project and will help develop its emerging migrant-rights portfolio. Since graduation, Eva has been working as a law clerk to Hon. Edward C. Prado in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. At HLS, Eva interned at the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and at the Immigrants’ Rights project of the ACLU. She also served as co-president of the Harvard Immigration Project. She holds a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Yale University and is a PhD candidate in International History at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Jacob Reisberg (J.D. ’15)
Legislative Drafting Unit, New York City Council
New York City, NY
As a legislative counsel in the Legislative Drafting Unit of New York City Council, Jacob will be working with subcommittee staff on researching and drafting new bills. As a law student, Jacob worked as a research assistant for Professor Cass Sunstein, was a judicial intern for Hon. Ellen S. Huvelle at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and participated in the Green New York clinic. He also worked as a summer associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and worked as a volunteer Certified Law Student at Metropolitan Public Defender Services, where he won a trial acting as the sole attorney for his client. Jacob has a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Grinnell College, and was a finalist for a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Before law school, he worked at the Office of Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the Federal Trade Commission.
Jacqueline Perlow (J.D. ’15, MPP ’15)
The Education Law Center
Jacqueline will use litigation, community engagement and policy advocacy to improve access to education for vulnerable student populations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at The Education Law Center. She has worked as a legal intern at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the New York Legal Assistance Group, the ACLU’s Education Advocacy Section, and the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. She also spent a summer as an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC. She has served as an Editor of Harvard’s Journal of Law and Gender and worked as a student attorney at the Harvard Defenders. Before law school, Jacqueline was a Teach for America fellow in Washington, D.C. She also holds an M.P.P from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, an M.A. in Education from American University and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Religion from Carleton College.
Kathryn Boulton (J.D. ’15)
Center for Health and Gender Equity
Kathryn will work as an attorney at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, supporting the Director of Public Policy and conducting coalition work, research, and advocacy. For her 2L summer, Kathryn was awarded a Ford Foundation Public Interest Fellowship to work as a legal intern at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she conducted comparative legal research on abortion laws globally. She has also interned at the Organization for Refugee, Asylum and Migration, and worked as a student attorney at the Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic as well as at the International Human Rights Clinic. She served as the Article Editor and Technical Editor for the HLS Journal of Law and Gender. Kathryn has an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health and a B.A. with High Distinction in Anthropology and German from the University of Michigan. Before attending law school, she worked as a Quarantine Public Health Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, volunteered as an adult ESL tutor, and served on a committee for an LGBTQ organization.
Lauren Herman (J.D. ’13)
Make the Road’s New Jersey Initiative
New Jersey, NJ
Lauren will work at Make the Road’s New Jersey Initiative where she will provide comprehensive tax representation, advocacy, and community education to low-income immigrants in New Jersey. She has been working for a year as a law clerk to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. As a law student, she participated in the Immigration and Refugee Clinic, where she represented an indigenous Guatemalan client in asylum proceedings, the International Human Rights Clinic, and the Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project. She worked as an intern for the Center for Reproductive Rights and Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Haifa, Israel. She has since gained a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and holds a B.A., summa cum laude, in Near Eastern Studies and Peace & Gender Studies from Cornell University. Before law school, she worked at the Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture & Social Justice as well as at the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies.
Lior Anafi (J.D. ’15)
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
Lior will work on healthcare access for transgender people as a staff attorney at NCTE. As a law student, he spent a summer as a law clerk at the ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project in New York and at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. At Harvard, he was an organizing co-chair of the Inaugural LGBTQ Conference, served as the first openly trans president of HLS Lambda, and was a senior board member of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Lior has a B.A. in Equity Studies, Environmental Studies and Near & Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto. Before starting law school, he volunteered at the Toronto Rape Crisis Center.
Lisa Lana (J.D. ’14)
Youth Advocacy Division
Lisa will work as a staff attorney in the Youth Advocacy Division of the Massachusetts statewide network of public defenders. She will provide legal representation to youth in delinquency and youthful offender proceedings. After completing her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver, Lisa worked for many years in areas of family therapy and with youth experiencing a combination of substance abuse, mental health, and family issues. During law school, she interned at the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts and worked as a student attorney at Harvard’s Criminal Justice Institute, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Immigration Project. She also spent a summer interning at the Racial Justice Program of the ACLU, where she worked on the litigation team for a case challenging the practices of the NYPD in public schools. She has served as the President of Student Government at HLS.
Lynnette Miner (J.D. ’14)
Lynnette will work with the Impact Fund, a nonprofit that provides strategic leadership and support for social justice litigation. Lynnette will advocate for low-wage Bay Area restaurant workers who experience sexual harassment. Since graduating from law school, Lynnette has been working as a law clerk for Hon. Fortunato Benavides in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. As a law student, she worked as a summer law clerk for the Gender Equity & LGBT Rights Program at the Legal Aid Society and received a Chayes Fellowship to spend a summer in Sierra Leone providing legal services to grassroots communities with Timap For Justice. She was a clinical student at the Equal Justice Initiative and the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic. Lynnette has also served as co-editor-in-chief of Harvard’s Human Rights Journal and holds a B.A. with Highest Distinction in Political Science from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Before law school, she worked at an IT consulting company and spent a summer conducting field research for human rights organizations in Rwanda.
Roxana Rahmani (J.D. ’13)
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Roxana will work as a staff attorney at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), a nonprofit organization providing immigration legal services to low-income clients in Washington State. There, she will provide direct legal services to children and youth, and assist with a class action lawsuit seeking appointed counsel for immigrant youth in removal proceedings. While in law school, Roxana interned at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, and Alternative Law Forum in Bangalore, India. After graduation, Roxana served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Catharine Easterly at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Sarah Adkins (J.D. ’15)
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
Sarah will return to Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center, the only immigrant nonprofit that serves the Appalachian region of Kentucky, where she also spent her 2L summer. Sarah will work as a staff attorney, not only providing direct services but also assisting with fundraising, volunteer supervision, and community outreach. In law school, Sarah participated in Harvard’s Immigration Project, where she assisted with advocacy efforts around the Trust Act and the Immigration and Refugee Clinic. She also worked as a summer law clerk at the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, served as Vice President to the African Development Conference, and was Editor at the Harvard Latino Law Review. Before law school, Sarah worked as an AmeriCorps Youth Program Specialist and an AmeriCorps Economic Empowerment Specialist. She has a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Campbellsville University. She has a judicial law clerkship in the Eastern District of Kentucky lined up for 2016.
Sasha Pippenger (J.D. ’15)
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
Sasha will work at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Nairobi, Kenya, which is a non-profit diplomatic organization that deploys advisors and teams to support negotiation and mediation processes in foreign crises. She will be analyzing the Centre’s interventions in the Central African Republic, Mali, South Sudan and Somalia to develop tools for the Centre’s operations. Sasha has supported experts and provided technical assistance on constitutional issues as a legal fellow at the UN Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen and the UN Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal. At Harvard, Sasha worked as a teaching assistant in the Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program as well as the Harvard Negotiation Institute. Sasha has a B.A., summa cum laude, in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Certificat de Driot Transnational (Certificate in Transnational Law) from the Université de Genève. Before law school, she traveled and researched with delegations of dignitaries as a Rapporteur for the Commission on Iraqi Refugees and for The Asia Foundation.
Scott Hugo (J.D. ’15, MPP ’15)
Oakland’s Neighborhood Law Corps
Scott will return to Oakland’s Neighborhood Law Corps, where he spent his 2L summer, to work on issues of illegal dumping, a topic on which he wrote his joint degree thesis. He has worked as a summer fellow at the Oakland Police Department and at the Housing and Economic Rights Advocates. He was a clinical intern in the Consumer Law Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and in the Predatory Lending Unit of Harvard’s Legal Services Center. Scott also works as an Outreach Director of the American Constitution Society and has co-chaired the HLS/HKS Joint Student group. He has an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University and a B.A. in Political Science & History, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a Rhodes Scholar.
Yotam Zeira, (LL.M. ’15)
Yotam will work with high-risk young people ages 17-24 at Roca, a Massachusetts nonprofit that works with high-risk young people. Yotam will receive training in restorative justice techniques, explore the effects of legal decisions on the lives of young people, and gain experience leading policy change. Yotam has previously worked as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Israel. He has also worked as an assistant AG at the Israeli Ministry of Justice and interned at the Israeli Solicitor General’s Office. At Harvard, Yotam served as the LLM representative to the Clinical and Pro-Bono Program Student Advisory Committee and was an editor for the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Yotam received his LLB, magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law. Yotam worked as a LGBT youth group counselor in the greater Jerusalem area for two years and as an educational tour guide, focusing on social issues, the LGBT community and Hebrew poetry, for over five years.