Scales of Justice Members
Scales of Justice welcomes 3L Sarah Carlson, LLM Thomas Diehn,
SJD Chris Taggart, and 1Ls Modessa Jacobs, Amanda Kim, and Ryan Trinkle!
Rachel Boynton, President
Rachel is a 2L Soprano. She is originally from Randolph, Massachusetts,
although she credits numerous other geographical locations with her
musical formation. She was involved in various musical groups and shows
throughout her undergraduate studies at Doane College, including the
Choir, Jazz Unlimited and a production of Cabaret. Her recent musical
exploits include singing three-part harmony at a random Thai Karaoke
bar in the Netherlands.
Wen Bu, Treasurer
Wen is a 2L from Marietta, GA, who isn't quite sure what her voice part
is anymore. In addition to singing, she knits and auditions for every
theater production she can find and fit into her schedule. Her official
background is in chemistry and political science, which she studied as
an undergraduate at Furman University (class of 2005).
Sarah Carlson, Business Manager
Sarah Carlson is a 3L alto/2nd soprano originally from Glendale,
Arizona. She sang in the Girls’ Choir and performed in every
musical in high school. While in college at the University of Arizona,
she focused on her academics and her club ice hockey team, the Wildcat
Icers. During and after studying Political Science and Spanish at
Arizona, Sarah spent a year and a half living in Puerto Rico, polishing
her Spanish and enjoying the sunlight before coming to law school.
Sarah enjoys warm weather, ice hockey, watching 24 and Grey’s
Anatomy, and of course, ice cream.
Thomas is an LL.M. from Germany. He grew up in the former GDR and has
studied law in Berlin, Geneva, Heidelberg and Munich. Thomas passed the
German bar in 2006. He sang in a gospel choir in Geneva and is thrilled
to be able to continue singing at Harvard Law. In his spare time, he
enjoys hiking and skiing.
Jesse Grauman, Music Director
Jesse is a 2L bass from New York, NY. He graduated from Yale in 2000
and spent the past four years working in Washington, DC in the U.S.
Senate. Jesse has been in a series of various choral and a cappella
groups dating back to third grade or so. The highlight of his
performance career was probably playing Lumiere in an all-Hebrew
production of "Beauty and the Best" in high school -- because really,
once you sing "Be our Guest" in Hebrew, with a French accent, while
wearing gold lipstick and paper-mache candlesticks on your arms, you
can't really top that. In his spare time, Jesse rides his bike and
lives and dies by the fortunes of the New York Mets.
Modessa Jacobs is a 1L soprano from Seattle, WA. She has lived in five
states and two countries but still knows that Seattle is the best city
in the entire world. Scales of Justice is the best and only vocal group
that she is been in. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania
in 2006, where she studied German, European History and Jewish Studies.
Her other interests include photography and Yiddish literature.
David is a 2L tenor from Chicago, IL. A theatre major at Northwestern
University, David has been singing and performing as long as he can
remember and is thrilled to be able to continue while at law school.
When he isn't singing or studying, he can be found preaching about the
wonders of the windy city, watching too many cartoons for someone his
age or challenging someone to a game of Risk unaware that it is only a
game and will not, in fact, make him ruler of the world.
Amanda is a 1L alto originally from Pasadena, CA. She has played the
piano and the harp off and on for the past fifteen and eight years,
respectively. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing Wikipedia, watching
old episodes of South Park, and taking lots of naps. Amanda graduated
from Northwestern University in 2005 with a degree in psychology.
Joseph is a 3L baritone who comes to Harvard after graduating from the
University of Utah with degrees in philosophy and Japanese. Even before
studying Japanese in Utah, he spent two years in Japan and returned to
Japan after 1L summer to work for a firm there. Joseph's wife is a
trained opera singer and his two children are avid Scales fans.
Brook E. Roper Gotberg, Music Director
Brook is a 2L soprano from the thriving metropolis of Porterville, CA.
Growing up she split her time between climbing fences, picking oranges,
and music. She has been singing ever since she can remember, plays the
piano, and spent four years in high school marching band. Among her
other interests are negotiation, the Middle East, sports (including
marathons), and a handsome young man named Jake.
Andrea is a 2L alto from Long Beach, California, where she attended the
same high school as Snoop Dogg, her musical hero. She previously sang
in vocal jazz, chamber, and church choirs, except for a musical hiatus
when she was a giant debate nerd at UCLA. In her spare time she likes
Scrabble, writing, obsessive blog reading, and singing showtunes with
Chris is a first-year S.J.D. candidate who entered Harvard’s
LL.M. program last year after three years as a litigation and
environmental associate at Arnold & Porter LLP. He hopes one day to
teach law. Originally from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, he sang with
several groups during college and graduate school and also sang with an
a capella group in law school. He is very pleased to be more involved
with music after a hiatus due to work conflicts. In addition to
spending time with his wife Linda, he enjoys swimming and jogging and
is a science fiction fan.
Ryan is a 1L.
Cassie is a 3L soprano (who has also been known to sing alto) from
Wilbraham, Mass (home of Friendly's!). She credits Scales with teaching
her about Estoppel and blames Scales when she desperately tries not to
break out laughing in class (say when learning Estoppel or when another
Scales classic law-school song like "Don't Call On Me" is stuck in her
head). Next year, Cassie plans to sing "Oklahoma" a lot as she'll be in
Oklahoma City clerking for Judge Holmes on the 10th Circuit.
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