Campus & Community

HLS students honored for community service

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Sixteen members of the Harvard Law School (HLS) Class of 2000 have received the inaugural HLS Student Community Service Awards in recognition of their service to the Harvard Law School community.

The Harvard Law School Council student government created the award and faculty, students, and staff nominated students. Dean Robert Clark and Dean of Students Suzanne Richardson presented the awards. The recipients are as follows:

Elisebeth Collins served as a member of the Law School Republicans, the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Federalist Society. She also helped organize the annual campus blood drive.

Mandy DeFilippo managed the Student Funded Fellowships program, which supports students working in summer public interest positions.

Rajeev Goyle helped lead diversity initiatives on campus and worked to start Catalyst, a new student advocacy organization. He also served as a member of the Legal Aid Bureau, which provides legal assistance to low-income persons.

Jonathan Kilman was a three-year member of student government at HLS, including a term as Law School Council treasurer. He also chaired the Council’s Student Funding Board, which allocates funds to student organizations.

Arthur Kim founded Direct Action, a student organization that brought together students, alumni, faculty, and staff to support human rights and humanitarian relief work in impoverished communities throughout the world.

Alex Macgillivray served as a research assistant, teaching fellow, and programmer at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and worked during the summer to help code software for use in HLS classes. He also served as a member of the Journal of Law and Technology editorial board.

Tanya Marsh served as co-entertainment editor and co-layout editor of the Harvard Law Record student newspaper. She also was a member of the Strategic Planning Connections to Practice Committee that worked on Low Income Protection Plan reform and the pro bono requirement proposal. Additionally, Marsh worked on the Women’s Law Journal and as a volunteer for the Kids in the Court program and the Prison Legal Assistance Project.

Manoj Mate served for the past two years on the Law School Council, including a term as president. He also served as a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

Ashley Morgan served for the past three years on the Law School Council, most recently as vice president, and has been a member of a Strategic Planning committee.

Nicole Moss served as president of the Federalist Society and organized the society’s national symposium on law and the political process. She also served as a member of the Journal on Law and Public Policy.

Amy Oliver served for three years on the HLS Financial Aid Committee, served last year as vice president of Law School Council, and was a member of the Strategic Planning Institutional Life Committee. Additionally, she was managing editor of the Women’s Law Journal.

Alexandra Olmsted represented clients at the Legal Aid Bureau and was one of only two students to spend the second-year summer working at the Bureau. Most recently she was president of the Bureau, working more than 30 hours a week to help improve the legal situations of her clients.

Nick Walsh served as president of the Student Public Interest Network and initiated the Low Income Protection Plan reform movement. He helped organize panels on public interest and worked on the public interest auction. He also was the Environmental Law Review editor-in-chief, a member of the Harvard Law Forum, and a tour guide for admitted students.

James Webber served for two years as president of the Society for Law, Life and Religion and spearheaded the Culture Shock program, which raised money for A Woman’s Concern. Webber also served as an articles editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy, treasurer of the Catholic Law Students Association, and as a member of HLS Republicans and the Federalist Society.

Mari Zellner-Sawyer served as treasurer and president of the Children and Family Rights Project, served as a guardian ad litem in the CASA Program, as treasurer of the Women of Color Collective, and as a member of the Scales of Justice singing group. Zellner-Sawyer also started the Advocates for Special Needs Adoptions group.

Jacob Zimmerman was a three-year member of the Law School Council, a singer with the Scales of Justice, and director of the HLS Drama Society annual parody. He also wrote for the Harvard Law Record, and served as a 3L Class Marshal.