Directory Page TitleWorking 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)

Democratic Counsel, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives

About

Arya Hariharan is a Democratic Counsel for the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is responsible for the Committee’s oversight of the White House, FBI, and Department of Justice, as well as working on joint committee investigations and the Russia investigation. Her legislative portfolio centers on surveillance, national security, espionage, money laundering, election security and cybersecurity issues for the committee. 

Arya formerly was the Legislative Director & Senior Legislative Counsel for Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA), where she managed his entire legislative portfolio and supervised his legislative team. She personally covered his work on the Judiciary Committee and Armed Services Committee in addition to his cyber security, telecom, tech, environment, 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, where she lobbied on a variety of state legislative issues and 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. She was also 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-Graduate 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.”