EXECUTIVE BOARD (2020-2021)
Tamara “Mara” Chin Loy
Mara is a 3L from Virginia Beach, Virginia and the proud daughter of Jamaican immigrants. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology, area of concentration in Gender, Sexuality, and Society and a minor in Italian. Mara is incredibly passionate about uplifting marginalized communities through legal advocacy and is particularly interested in the nexus of public defense, racial justice, and the criminalization of survivors of gender-based violence.
Nora is a 3L from Pipersville, Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Africana Studies and Comparative Literature from Brown University. Before law school, Nora worked on community justice programs and alternatives to incarceration at the Center for Court Innovation in New York. She also worked with the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. She spent her 1L summer at the Federal Public Defenders of Northern California, and she will spend her 2L summer with the Bronx Defenders. Nora is incredibly grateful to work with and advocate for clients facing the criminal legal system through the Harvard Defenders community.
Laura is a 2L with roots in Chicago, Miami, and New Orleans. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies and International Development from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from Tulane, Laura stayed in New Orleans working as a paralegal for a boutique plaintiffs firm working on class action consumer protection cases. She then joined the staff at the Orleans Public Defenders first working in their Conflicts Division, and later as a staff investigator. Laura will be spending her 1L summer at the MacArthur Justice Center in Chicago working on wrongful conviction, police conduct, and pre-trial detention reform litigation. At HLS, Laura is also a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.
Emma Shirey is a 2L from Nixa, Missouri. She graduated from Truman State University with a BA in Sociology and a BS in Cognitive Science, and is a Fulbright Scholar. Before law school, Emma spent four years working in public policy research at the University of Chicago Education Lab. She spent her 2L summer at the MacArthur Justice Center in Chicago. Emma feels privileged to represent and work with clients in the Boston area and to learn from and support the amazing community at Defenders.
CASE ASSIGNMENT DIRECTORS
Oliver is a current 2L. He is irrationally attached to UC Berkeley, where he went to college, and enjoys writing, water polo, watching soccer, and rooting for progressive governments worldwide in his spare time. He interned at the OC Public Defenders office before law school, where he became committed to reform and prison abolition. This past summer he worked on Education Equity at the ACLU SoCal and on Worker’s Rights at the CA Department of Justice. At HLS, he is a member of Defenders, ACS, and APALSA.
Jesse is a 3L from Charlotte, North Carolina. She received a B.A. in Law and Society from American University. Prior to coming to HLS, she worked at an organization in Charlotte providing holistic reentry support to people experiencing incarceration in North Carolina. She spent her 1L summer with the North Carolina Justice Center and her 2L summer with Miller & Chevalier. She is grateful to be part of the Defenders community, and is looking forward to another year of working with, and serving as an advocate for, our amazing clients.
CORI SEALING DIRECTORS
Jessica is a 3L from Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from Brown University with degrees in French and History. Before coming to HLS, she taught English in France and worked as Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo. She spent her 1L summer at the Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, and split her 2L summer between the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the District of Maryland and Jenner & Block. Jessica enjoys making her own kombucha, dissecting Bravo reality TV shows, and beating other people in board games. She will miss eating the peanut M&Ms in the Defenders office this year.
GENERAL BOARD (2020-2021)
Austin is a 2L from Ithaca, New York. Prior to law school, Austin spent two years as an Immigrants’ and Workers’ Rights Paralegal at Legal Aid Chicago, advocating on behalf of people who had experienced human trafficking. During his 1L summer, Austin interned for the binational nonprofit Al Otro Lado, which defends the rights of asylum seekers and other migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Austin is grateful for the opportunities that Defenders gives him to work alongside members of the Greater Boston community as well as his wonderful colleagues.
Bernice is a 2L originally from Queens, New York (who perpetually questions her decision to leave her favorite city). She received her B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and worked as a paralegal for two years prior to coming to HLS. Bernice will spend her 1L summer at the criminal defense division of the Legal Aid Society in New York, as well as with the Unanimous Jury Project with The Promise of Justice Initiative in New Orleans. Harvard Defenders is one of her favorite spaces on campus and she is incredibly excited to continue serving the greater Boston community this year.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR
Isabel is a 3L from Brooklyn, New York. Between college and law school, she studied philosophy, and conducted anthropological research for a consulting firm. She spent her 1L summer at Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, and her 2L summer at the Public Justice Center in Baltimore. Here at the law school, she is also a member of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and a student attorney at the Criminal Justice Institute. She is excited to strengthen Defenders’ partnerships with community organizations, and continue to improve our ability to be client-centric advocates in and out of show cause hearings.
LITMAN FELLOWSHIP DIRECTORS
Kimberly Quick is a 2L at HLS, where she is Co-Director of the Litman Fellows program of Harvard Defenders, a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and a Lead Solicited Content Editor of the Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review. Prior to law school, Kimberly served as a Senior Policy Associate at The Century Foundation, where she worked on education policy in the foundation’s Washington, D.C. office, focusing on segregation, tracking, school disciplinary disparities, and voucher use and civil rights violations. Prior to joining TCF, she worked as a fellow in the Office of the Provost at Wake Forest, where she helped to develop the university’s communications, programming, and policy related to racial and gender justice and student experiences. Kimberly graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Affairs and minors in English and American Ethnic Studies.
Michael is a 2L from Thornwood, New York. Before coming to law school, he graduated from West Point and served as an Army Infantry Officer for seven years with assignments in Georgia, Alaska, and Louisiana with one deployment to Iraq. Michael is passionate about criminal justice reform, direct-client services, and public service. Michael is thankful for the amazing family in Harvard Defendersand looks forward to another year of serving the Boston/Cambridge communities.
John is a criminal defense lawyer and clinical instructor at Harvard Defenders. He started his career as a third-year law school student representing low-income individuals at the Massachusetts Defenders Committee. He then went on to become a public defender and subsequently went into private practice, where he handled both criminal and civil cases, while also working at Harvard Defenders.
Daneiris Heredia-Perez is a Cambridge native who has been with Harvard Defenders since Fall 2016. Prior to working at Harvard Defenders, she worked with The Home for Little Wanderers serving at-risk boys ranging from ages 12-17. After 3 years with The Home, she moved onto Boston Medical Center where she was a Team Lead in the Nursing Division. She earned her Masters of Science in Project Management at Boston University at Metropolitan College. Daneiris is very committed to working with our General Board to help serve our clients effectively, while also supporting all members of Harvard Defenders.