HW Works hosts law and policy career roundtable


Kat Edmiston ’17 speaks to an alumn pursuing a career in law at an HW Works roundtable Monday. Credit: Sophie Haber/Chronicle

Sophie Haber

Seven alumni with careers in law and policy spoke to students and answered questions about their experiences in education and the workforce at an HW Works roundtable on Monday.

Litigation and Trial Associate at Latham and Watkins Adam Sieff ’07 led the event.

Other speakers included Horvitz & Levy attorney Jeremy Rosen ’89, real estate attorney Noel Hyun ’02, candidate for LAUSD school board Nick Melvoin ’04, real estate investor Samantha Millman ’09, communications consultant Keren Johnson ’02 and policy adviser Jake Levine ’02.

They offered insight into their careers in city planning, public policy and litigation, while also counseling students to make the most of their high school experience by participating in the activities that excite them.

“If you’re interested in something, engage that interest and develop that into a passion,” Hyun said.

Panelists encouraged students to be an agent of change, even though they are still in school.

In response to a question about what one can do in high school, Levine urged students to affect school policy by approaching the administration with constructive suggestions.

“The only thing that’s standing in the way of the status quo and change is you,” Levine said. “It’s pretty amazing what happens when you decide to put your weight behind something.”

Melvoin recognized the privilege of attending Harvard-Westlake and encouraged students to take advantage of the resources at school.

“Harvard-Westlake opens a lot of doors,” Melvoin said. “You still have to walk through them. You have to take initiative.”

Future Horizons leader Eric Han ’17 helped organize the event in an effort to create a forum for interested students to gain an understanding of the field of law.

“I think that students at Harvard-Westlake currently aren’t exposed to the world of professional jobs and fields as much as they should be,” Han said. “At this event, students can hear straight from Harvard-Westlake alumni and maybe make connections with some of them.”