Dearest delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress, and welcome to House Judiciary!

House Judiciary is one of the most powerful and influential committees in Congress, and you should be proud to serve as one of its members. The House Judiciary Committee takes on issues across the policy spectrum, ranging from immigration reform to antitrust laws to impeachment proceedings. This February we will be discussing private prison reform, an issue that was thrust into the national spotlight when the Department of Justice chose to end all federal contracts with private prison companies.

By actively engaging in the sensitive and hugely impactful issues that the House Judiciary Committee deals with on a daily basis, you are putting yourself in the shoes of some of the most distinguished people in national politics today. We encourage you invest enough time in research so you can accurately convey their positions and be really thoughtful on how you would tackle some of the most pressing issues before the United States’ House of Representatives. Some of the best HMC moments occur when we really get into our roles and treat these issues as if we were really responsible for coming up with policy solutions. Our goal throughout this entire process is for all of you to walk away with great leadership experience and new respect for a career in public service.

Now a few words about me, your chair. My name is Savannah Miles, a junior at Harvard. Born in raised in small town Alabama, I’m concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on Poverty and Race in the Rural South. Having a deep interest in issues of immigration, civil liberties, and criminal justice as well as having spent a summer interning in the House, I knew House Judiciary was the committee for me. For fun I DJ for Harvard’s radio station, cook elaborate meals for my friends, and camp and hike as much as possible.

Feel free to reach out at any time if you have a question or just want to introduce yourself. I can’t wait for HMC 2017, and I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

All the best,
Savannah Miles
Email: [email protected]

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