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April Xu


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April Xu


New York

April Xiaoyi Xu earned her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in May 2021. She was a federal law clerk for Judge Michael H. Simon. April was President of the Harvard Asia Law Society and a Salzburg Cutler Fellow in International Law.

April published 6 law review articles while still in law school. She was the Teaching Fellow for Judge Joseph A. Greenaway's "Great Cases of the Supreme Court" seminar, as well as a Research Assistant to HLS professors Jeannie Suk Gersen, Noah R. Feldman, and Urs Gasser, MIT professor Amy Finkelstein, and the HLS Program on International Law and Armed Conflicts. She was Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein's judicial intern at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and a summer associate at Allen & Overy LLP. April served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and an executive board member for 3 other HLS organizations, as well as a mentor to Harvard College pre-law students and HLS LLM candidates. April also served on the Cambridge Law Review masthead (U.K.) and the Harvard Radcliffe Student Advisory Board. She serves on the RGN board of the Harvard Law School Association. April was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. She graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in 2018. April was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi junior year, and received the Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship, Downing Scholarship (full merit scholarship for the University of Cambridge's MPhil degree), Bernard Chan Service Award, John A. Vieg Politics Prize, and Dole-Kinney Creative Writing Award. A freelance writer for 15 publications in 3 languages including the Huffington Post, South China Morning Post, and Caixin since high school, April has published more than 100 articles spanning diverse topics and interviewed more than 20 global leaders in all walks of life, including conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy.

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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2022

Admitted: Eastern District New York 2022

Admitted: Southern District New York 2022

Admitted: Eastern District of Texas 2023


J.D. Harvard Law School, 2021

President, Harvard Asia Law Society

B.A., summa cum laude, Pomona College, 2018

Phi Beta Kappa; Editor-in-Chief, Claremont Journal of Law & Public Policy

Pro bono experience

  • April serves on the firm’s US Pro Bono Committee. She has worked on family law, immigration law, and criminal law pro bono matters, as well as nonprofit incorporation.

Awards & accolades

New Member MVP

Affinity Group

A&O Americas Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards


Published work

  • April Xiaoyi Xu. 8/6/2021. “Catch and Contain Novel Pathogens Early!—Assessing U.S. Medical Isolation Laws as Applied to a Future Pandemic Detection and Prevention Model.” The Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 55, 1, Pp. 23-41. Bill of Health (Harvard Law) catch_and_contain_novel_pathogens_earlyassessing_u.s._medical_i.pdf April Xiaoyi Xu. 3/7/2021.
  • “Smartphones Out, Bye COVID-19! — Assessing the Possibility of Exporting China's Global Pandemic-Era QR Codes as Health Certificates.” Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, 34. Bill of Health (Harvard Law) jolt_chinas-pandemic-qr-codes.pdf 2020 April Xiaoyi Xu. 12/2020.
  • “But What if Big Brother's Surveillance Saves Lives—Comparative Digital Privacy in the Time of Coronavirus.” Creighton Law Review, 54, 1, Pp. 147-72. World Health Organization cre_54-1-xu.pdf April Xiaoyi Xu. 11/27/2020.
  • “Applying the Model Penal Code Insanity Defense to Sleepwalking Killers and Psychopaths: Interfacing Neuroscience and Criminal Law.” New Criminal Law Review, 23, 4, Pp. 471-515. nclr2304_03_xu.pdf April Xiaoyi Xu. 8/2/2020.
  • “They Belong with Taylor Swift™: Applying Trademark Law and Textual Analysis to the Branding of Love Song Lyrics.” University of Illinois Law Review, Pp. 139-51. xu.pdf April Xiaoyi Xu.
  • 7/29/2020. “When Judges Compete on a Lawless Terrain: Possible Futures for Clerkship Hiring .” Harvard Law and Policy Review.