Working on post-conflict reconstruction and rule of law issues is a wonderful precursor to pursuing a legislative/policy focused career. Having an in-depth understanding of how other legal systems operate allows me to take a more nuanced & creative approach to pursuing my policy agenda. At the federal and state level you have to take lofty policy ideals and turn them into practical legislation that can provide an acceptable framework for governance. This applies equally to states with established governance systems or those who are rebuilding after a conflict.”

Arya Hariharan (2012)

Legislative Director & Senior Legislative Counsel, Office of Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)

About

Arya Hariharan is the Legislative Director & Senior Legislative Counsel, Office of Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA), U.S. House of Representatives. The congressman is a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee (ranking member of the Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust subcommittee) and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. She oversees the congressman's entire legislative portfolio and manages his legislative team. Arya also personally covers his work on the Judiciary Committee in addition to his cyber security, telecom, tech and energy portfolio. 

Prior to taking the job on Capitol Hill, Arya was an Associate Legislative Counsel (federal lobbyist) for environmental law firm Earthjustice where she focused on access to the courts, regulatory reform, and judicial nominations. Before that she was the State Affairs Counsel for the American Association for Justice. She worked on state legislative issues on a wide expanse of civil litigation practice areas. 

While at William & Mary, Arya was the Executive Editor for the W&M Environment Law and Policy Review and an editor for the W&M Business Law Review. While at W&M, she was a PSF funded intern with U.S. Institute of Peace's Rule of Law program. During her tenure she worked as a summer GRF with Professor Warren -- researching post-conflict rule of law topics -- in addition to taking to every international-related class the law school had to offer. She also received a Post-Gradate PSF fellowship to work with an education policy firm Civic Enterprises shortly after taking the bar. 

Arya earned her BA from American University in 2007. She graduated from W&M Law and passed the Virginia bar in 2012.

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Working on post-conflict reconstruction and rule of law issues is a wonderful precursor to pursuing a legislative/policy focused career. Having an in-depth understanding of how other legal systems operate allows me to take a more nuanced & creative approach to pursuing my policy agenda. At the federal and state level you have to take lofty policy ideals and turn them into practical legislation that can provide an acceptable framework for governance. This applies equally to states with established governance systems or those who are rebuilding after a conflict.”