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HARVARD MOCK TRIAL ASSOCIATION
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Our team members are among the best public speakers Harvard has to offer.

Ashton Alexander
Lubbock, TX

Ashton is a sophomore in Quincy house concentrating in Government with a secondary in Neuroscience. On campus, Ashton works as a Ministry Team Leader for Harvard College Faith & Action and is an active member of the Black Pre-Law Association and Harvard's Black Men's Forum.

Outside of schoolwork, Ashton can be found exploring the city with friends, playing football or basketball, or informing his classmates why Texas is the best state in the United States. As a movie connoisseur, he also thoroughly enjoys watching good films.

Osazi Al Khaliq
Atlanta, GA

Osazi is a freshman in Wigglesworth who intends to study Philosophy with a secondary in Government. Along with Mock Trial, Osazi participates in the Harvard Debate Council and Black Pre-Law Association.

Outside of Mock Trial, Osazi spends his weekends volunteering for Takeoff Space, a nonprofit organization that matches college mentors to academically brilliant, low-income high school students and helps them with college applications. In his free time Osazi enjoys exploring Harvard for secret tunnels, writing poetry, and eating good meals.

Stella Asmerom
Albuquerque, NM

Stella is a freshman in Thayer studying Economics with a secondary in Government. She has participated in mock trial for five years, competing at Nationals three times. Stella is incredibly excited to be a part of the Harvard Mock Trial community and to work with all of the amazing people on the team.

Outside of Mock Trial, Stella offers legal information about Massachusetts small claims law, paints, and attempts to brew her own kombucha.

Jacob Blair
St. Louis, MO

Jacob is a sophomore in Currier studying neuroscience with a secondary in philosophy. Outside of Mock Trial, he volunteers with the Small Claims Advisory Service and the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. He also writes for the Harvard Political Review.

 

After competing in Mock Trial in high school Jacob decided to continue his interest in studying the intricacies of the law and the American courtroom by competing with HMTA. Outside of Mock Trial, Jacob can be found singing, dancing, procrastinating, and sassing his friends.

Jason Chukwuma
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Jason is a senior in Kirkland House concentrating in Government with a Secondary in Philosophy. Before he was a part of HMTA, he was part of his high school's mock trial team which won Districts, State's, and went on to Nationals. On the team at Harvard, Jason has acted as both an attorney and a witness and served as the team's Director of Community Outreach and Fundraising.

 

Jason has served on the executive board of the Harvard Black Pre-Law Association and is a member of Harvard's Black Men's Forum.

Nick J. Danby
Bangor, ME

Nick is a senior in Kirkland House studying Government and History. Nick joined HMTA his freshman year and had the honor of receiving an All American Witness Award at Nationals.

Nick serves as the international editor for the Harvard College Law Review, and is a part of the Harvard Political Review, Harvard National Security Policy Team, Campaign Managers' Conference, and the Civics Program. This past summer, Nick worked for a former U.S. Secretary of Defense. Nick enjoys politics, history, and anything related to a bygone era.

Samarth Desai
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Samarth Desai is a senior in Kirkland House, studying Social Studies with a focus in Political Economy. He is the president of the Harvard Mock Trial Association. He also competed for four years at the high school level for Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School. 

Outside of Mock Trial, he is involved with Harvard’s Economic Policy Group and the Alexander Hamilton Society. He loves watching NBA basketball, and his favorite movies include Scent of a Woman, A Few Good Men, and La La Land. 

James Fitz-Henley
Durham, NC
James is a sophomore in Currier House studying Social Studies with a secondary in Statistics.  He has participated in Mock Trial since his junior year of high school, and he is excited to serve as a Director of the Angela R. Mathew Seminar Program!

Outside of Mock, James tutors and mentors young people in the Franklin Fields community through the Franklin After-School Enrichment program, manages fundraising for the Black Pre-Law Association, and gives tours of Harvard's campus. James loves the Mock Trial community for giving him a home at Harvard.
Travis Harper
Atlanta, GA
Travis is a first-year in Weld Hall, intending on joint concentrating in Government and African-American Studies, and is so excited to be joining HMTA this year. After competing in high school Mock Trial Team for four years (Including going to the HMTA High School Seminars Program!) Travis is excited to continue his Mock Trial career and compete with a bunch of amazing people.

Outside of Mock Trial, Travis is a proud baritone singing with the Harvard Opportunes and Inclusivity Chair for the First-Year Black Table. In his free time, he loves playing guitar, writing songs, and saying "Period!" way too often. 
Remington Hill
Philadelphia, PA
Remington is a senior in Leverett House, studying Economics and African American Studies. Along with Mock Trial, Remington participates in the JFK Jr. Forum Committee at the Institute of Politics, and serves as a member of the Harvard College Democrats.
Remington is co-captain of the Harvard Mock Trial Association this year.
Simone Hogan-Murphy
New York, NY

Simone is a first-year in Wigglesworth  and plans to concentrate in Social Studies. Unlike Travis, she did not attend the HMTA High School Seminars Program, but she is so excited to continue with Mock Trial in college!

Outside of Mock Trial, Simone is involved with the Resource Efficiency Program and is always happy to talk about environmental issues (particularly as it relates to Harvard’s sustainability programs). She loves to hike, read, and spend time with friends and family. Her 9 a.m. class necessitates caffeine; ask her for caffeine recommendations beyond your usual coffee.

Maison Jobe
Brainerd, MN
Maison is a sophomore in Pforzheimer House studying Social Studies with a citation in Spanish. In addition to Mock Trial, Maison volunteers as a peer counselor and peer educator, works at the Harvard Alumni Association and the Quad Grille, and participates in legal advocacy groups.
 
In her (limited) free time, Maison can be found reading, writing, or watching terrible Netflix movies. She is commonly seen in Cabot Cafe just before midnight, trying desperately to finish a paper by the deadline.
Nathaniel Liberman
Brookline, MA

Nathaniel is a sophomore in Currier House studying Neurobiology. He joined HMTA his freshman year, and after a year competing together, having led the B-Team as a Co-Captain, and having found some of his best friends here, Nathaniel can't imagine his life without the challenge and excitement of Mock Trial and especially without his amazing teammates.

Outside of Mock Trial, Nathaniel edits the Harvard College Law Review, conducts research, acts in plays, or just talks all night with his friends, debating anything from Hobbes to Haydn.

Janani Krishnan-Jha
San Mateo, CA

Janani is a senior in Dunster House studying Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Aside from Mock Trial, she works as a research assistant at the South Asia Institute and in a cognitive neuroscience lab, sings with the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, in addition to many other activities.

 

She is passionate about intersectional feminism, and seeks to better understand the relationship between feminism, law, and psychology in her research. She is also composed primarily of Indian food and bubble tea, and spends her free time boxing, writing poetry, and making puns.

Patricia Liu
Edmond, OK

Patricia is a junior in Quincy House concentrating in English with a secondary in East Asian Studies. She is so thankful for being on Harvard Mock Trial because she has met some of her best friends on the team!

 

Patricia currently serves as one of the Program Captains and loves helping with the High School Seminars Program every year! Outside of mock, she loves poetry, National Parks, and barre classes.

Christian Navarrete
Edinburg, TX

Christian is a senior in Kirkland House studying Government.  At Harvard, he is also a member of the Harvard Democrats, the Institute of Politics, and the Latino Men's Collective. His outside interests include student organizing and political campaigns.

Having competed in high school mock trial, Christian joined HMTA to continue his passion for litigation. Outside mock trial, Christian is either watching The Office and playing basketball, or throwing the parties for the team!

Aman Panjwani
Houston, TX

Aman is a senior in Lowell House studying Economic and Education. Last season, Aman served as the director of operations on the team.

 

Outside of Harvard Mock Trial, Aman is the co-founder of the South Asian Americans in Public Service initiative; an active research assistant with Professor Lawrence Summers (FAS), Martha Minow (HLS), and Asim Khwaja (HKS); and a dedicated national nonprofit board member focused on education. Aman's interests include guacamole making, Kendrick Lamar, and House of Cards.

Emily Rios
Edinburg, TX

Emily is a junior in Cabot House studying Romance Languages and Literatures.

She competed in Mock Trial since her freshman year at the high school level for Edinburg North High School. She is also involved in Latinx organizations on campus and loves dancing (Ghungroo). In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, go exploring Boston, listen to music (esp. Kendrick Lamar), and write/perform poetry.

Jack Swanson
Morganton, NC

Jack is a sophomore in Currier House studying History and Government. Outside of Mock Trial, Jack serves on the Undergraduate Council, teaches for IOP Civics, and works for the Financial Aid Office.

 

Jack has also been heavily involved in political campaigns and loves to run, hike, and backpack. He plans on joining the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation and (at some point) finally going to law school.

Meena Venkataramanan
Tucson, AZ

Meena is a junior in Adams House studying English and South Asian Studies. She is the founder of the South Asian Americans in Public Service initiative at Harvard and spends most of her evenings at the Institute of Politics.

 

In her free time, Meena enjoys reading and writing about American political trends, First Amendment law, and Transcendentalist literature. She aspires to become a political journalist and legal scholar, and has written for ABC News and FiveThirtyEight. Currently, she covers the 2018 midterm elections for The Harvard Crimson.

Crystal Xue
Carmel, IN

Crystal is a sophomore in Currier House studying Economics and English. She joined the organization last year and is excited to serve as a co-director for the Angela R. Mathew Seminar Program this year.

 

Outside of mock trial, Crystal conducts empirical legal research and is involved with the Harvard Association for U.S.-China Relations. She can frequently be found losing (and finding) her phone, over-organizing her email and calendar, and traveling

Elly Zafft
St. Louis, MO

Elly is a junior in Eliot House studying Social Studies and Neuroscience. Along with mock trial, Elly serves as a peer counselor, is a member of the Institute of Politics, and plays on the club lacrosse team.

 

While serving as a co-director for the Angela R. Mathew High School Seminar Program, Elly can also be found procrastinating, frantically reading Soc-Std98 books, listening to the Glass Animals, watching Game of Thrones, and laughing with/at her friends.

Ryan Zhang
Princeton Junction, NJ

Ryan is a junior in Mather House pursuing a degree in Social Studies. Ryan began competing in Mock Trial his freshman year in high school..

Outside of Mock Trial, Ryan loves opera, hockey, and all-things the West Wing. He also chairs the policy program through the Institute of Politics, and works as a research assistant in the Department of Government, and music directs the Mozart Society Orchestra.

Nicholas Maxwell
Granville, OH

Nick is a sophomore in Currier House studying Social Studies. He is honored to be a Director of the Angela R. Mathew Seminar Program this year! Outside of Mock, Nick serves as the Director of Events for Harvard's Alexander Hamilton Society, staffs model government conferences all around the world through Harvard Model Congress, and helps clients navigate Massachusetts Small Claims Court. 


Nick is so grateful for the friends he's made through HMTA, which have helped him endure being away from his two beloved dogs.