Mr. Guzman received his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Tulane Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Moot Court Board. Prior to joining the Office, he was the founding Legal Director of Democracy Forward Foundation, a Washington, DC public interest law firm representing non-profit organizations and local governments in regulatory and constitutional litigation. Before then, he served nearly 20 years in the U.S. Department of Justice, receiving numerous commendations and awards for his work. He started in the Civil Rights Division, as a trial attorney and then deputy chief, litigating and supervising the Department’s enforcement work in the area of equal educational opportunities in the K-12 and university settings. He then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington and Florida, litigating civil trials and appeals on behalf of the United States and a wide range of federal agencies.
In his final position in the Department, he served as Deputy Associate Attorney General, overseeing and advising the Department’s senior leadership on sensitive and complex matters arising in the areas of civil rights, environmental law, and federal programs. Before joining the Department, he worked in private practice, in the Washington office of Crowell & Moring LLP, focusing on complex civil litigation and developing a pro bono practice in educational access issues.
Mr. Guzman is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and not yet a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
A magna cum laude graduate of Colorado College (Phi Beta Kappa), Ms. Aguilar received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she received the Earle K. Shawe Award as the outstanding labor relations student. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Aguilar practiced at the Boston law firm, Choate, Hall & Stewart. She concentrated her practice in the areas of complex trial and appellate litigation, labor and employment issues, and government investigations. At Harvard, Ms. Aguilar handles a range of matters, including faculty and student affairs, litigation, and investigations. Ms. Aguilar is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s 15th Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) Class and a former Director of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA).
Mr. Ahmed received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, his M.B.A. from the Northeastern University Graduate School of Business, and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, where he was a founding member and the Managing Editor of the Northeastern University Law Journal. Following law school, Mr. Ahmed joined the Boston office of the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he provided advice and counsel to a range of businesses on litigation and labor and employment matters and led the office's diversity and inclusion efforts. Most recently, Mr. Ahmed served as an Assistant General Counsel at Bose Corporation, where he supported and led a number of enterprise-wide initiatives, and provided legal guidance on employment, benefits, compliance, and litigation issues and matters to business and human resource leaders around the world. At Harvard, he advises on a variety of issues, with a focus on labor and employment, litigation, and faculty and student affairs.
Ms. Berkman received her B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College and attended Columbia Law School, where she was Notes Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Ms. Berkman clerked for the Honorable Joyce Hens Green of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University, Ms. Berkman was a partner with the law firms of Baker Botts L.L.P. and Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, L.L.P., both firms located in Washington, DC. She concentrated her practice in the areas of complex civil litigation and criminal defense and represented Richard Nixon and his estate on matters relating to the seizure of the presidential papers and tapes and the opening of the presidential materials at the National Archives. At Harvard, Ms. Berkman handles investigations and litigation, faculty and student affairs, and research and regulatory issues. Ms. Berkman sits on the board of the Roxbury Latin School and chairs the Audit Committee.
Ms. Finan received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Boston College and attended Columbia Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Ms. Finan clerked for the Honorable Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Finan practiced for six years with the law firm of Palmer & Dodge, where she concentrated in the areas of labor and employment, with particular emphasis on representing higher education clients. Prior to law school, Ms. Finan served as Managing Editor of Rutgers University Press. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University. At Harvard, Ms. Finan advises on affirmative action, disability law, labor & employment, and faculty and student affairs.
A summa cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, Ms. Kirby received her Ed.M. in Education Management and Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her J.D. magna cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law. Before joining the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Kirby was an Assistant General Counsel at Northeastern University, advising on a variety of matters, including faculty and student affairs, employment, and litigation. Ms. Kirby began her legal career at Foley Hoag LLP, where she practiced in the litigation department and represented higher education clients. At Harvard, she advises on faculty and student affairs, labor and employment, and litigation.
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A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa), Ms. Quay also attended the London School of Economics and received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Following graduation, she practiced for four years with the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. At Harvard she advises on a wide range of issues, with a focus on student and faculty affairs; research compliance and management, including research misconduct and the use of human subjects and animals in research; digital accessibility; and healthcare. Ms. Quay supervises litigation involving the University and also handles a variety of contracts and other transactions. She advises the University’s International Emergency Management Team, and serves as an alternate member of the University's Incident Support Team, which coordinates the University's response to major crisis events.