Leilani is a third-year J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School with a focus on environmental law. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, she is a community advocate for Pacific Islanders, indigenous rights, and environmental issues. Before law school, she worked on community consultation, mediation, and cultural impact assessments in the state of Hawaii. Leilani is passionate about politics, whether it is through her active role in Student Government, publishing her paper “Defining Democracy in Algeria” or advocating for better environmental policies for Senator Brian Schatz in Hawaii and Washington D.C. In 2014, she graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in International Comparative Studies and French. While in school, she worked as a teaching assistant for the Literacy Through Photography program in Durham Public Schools and Arusha, Tanzania with the Duke Engage Program. At Harvard, she currently serves as the President of the Student Government and is a member of the Native American Law Students Association. Following law school, she hopes to combine her interests of international relations, indigenous rights and natural resource management in her work as a litigator.