Biographies of 2010 Chayes Fellows

Twenty-eight Harvard Law School students were awarded the 2010 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship for work in 18 countries.  Below is a list of the 2010 Chayes Fellows with biographical information and their summer placements.

Anthony Aminoff (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Netherlands)
Anthony is a first year law student at Harvard Law School. He graduated in 2008 from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in political science and Middle Eastern studies, and spent a summer studying international law, politics, and economics at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is very interested in international and criminal law, and is looking forward to combining these interests this summer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. At HLS, he is involved with the Prison Legal Assistance Project, the National Security Law Journal, and the International Law Journal.

Evelyn Atkinson (Center for Human Rights, Chile)
Evelyn is a first-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, she studied Mandarin in Taiwan, and worked for two years at the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York. This summer Evelyn will be changing continents and languages by working for the Center for Human Rights in Santiago, Chile, in the Women's and Human Rights Program. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she focused on Victorian literature.

David Attanasio (Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society, Colombia)
David is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He is currently on a leave of absence from a doctoral program in philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he received a C.Phil. and an M.A. Prior to UCLA, he graduated from Tufts University in 2003 with a B.A. in physics and philosophy. During graduate school, he took time to travel extensively in Latin America, including Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia, and was a leader in a campaign to have the University of California divest from Sudan in response to the events in Darfur. This summer, David will work for DeJusticia, a Colombian human and civil rights NGO, on designing a land reparations program for internally displaced persons.

Nina Catalano (Center for Studies of Public Security and Citizenship, Brazil)
Nina is a first-year Harvard Law School student interested in civil conflict, drug policy and justice-sector reform. Nina hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Harvard College in 2008, where she studied government and conducted research in Colombia, Bosnia and the United Kingdom. In 2008–2009, she was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico City researching U.S.-Mexico cooperation in the drug war. At HLS she is involved with HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard Law and International Development Society. She will be an intern in Rio de Janeiro this summer at the Center for Studies on Public Security and Citizenship, working on issues related to youth violence and pre-trial detention.

Stephen Cha-Kim (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France)
Stephen is a second-year student at Harvard Law School, with an A.B. from the University of Chicago and M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, both in classical archaeology. He has worked on corporate accountability, labor issues, and housing rights at EarthRights International in Chiang Mai, Thailand; Gong-Gam in Seoul, Korea; and, through the International Human Rights Clinic, with the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa. This summer he will be working at the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD in Paris, France, helping represent the international labor movement’s voice during the forthcoming update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinationals.

Kerala Thie Cowart (Human Rights Law Network, India)
Kerala is a 2L at Harvard Law School. She currently serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She is interested in government and public interest litigation in the areas of health, safety, and environmental protection. For the past year she worked at the Harvard Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, contributing to litigation supporting the Cape Wind Project. During her 1L summer, she was a legal intern for the Office of Consumer Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice. Her work there focused on litigation involving mislabeled pharmaceuticals, business opportunities fraud, and unsafe consumer products. Before coming to Harvard, Kerala worked at the Avascent Group on a project for the Washington, D.C. Superintendent of Education to identify problems and potential solutions in the special education monitoring program. Previously, she spent a year in rural Japan teaching English. She obtained her B.A. in political science from Pomona College, and is originally from Seattle, Washington.

Laura-Kate Denny (International Justice Mission, South Asia)
Laura-Kate is a first-year student with passions for international children’s rights.  Before coming to law school, Laura-Kate worked in orphanages in Guatemala and China.  These experiences working with marginalized children led her to pursue a law degree in hopes of devoting her career to children’s rights and social justice advocacy.  At HLS, Laura-Kate is the International Children’s Rights Chairperson for Child and Youth Advocates and a member of the editorial staff of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.  Laura-Kate graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in marketing management in 2008.

Marcus Eldridge (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, D.C.)
Marcus is a second-year J.D. student. He graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in linguistics, music, and Chinese language and literature. He studied Mandarin throughout college and spent a semester abroad in Shanghai. During his first summer of law school, he worked at an NGO in India dealing with a variety of human rights and social justice issues. This summer, Marcus will work in the General Counsel's Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, focusing on bilateral negotiations and WTO disputes with China. His academic interests include international economic law, language rights, and sexual minority rights. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, cooking, and travel.

Jason Gelbort (Public International Law & Policy Group, Washington, D.C.)
Jason is a first-year J.D. student pursuing a concurrent M.A.L.D. at The Fletcher School. He graduated from Brown University in 2006 with a B.A. in political science and history. While in college, he worked as a radio disc jockey in Ghana. Jason worked for three years at a business strategy consulting firm on a variety of international projects. This summer he will be providing legal advice to post-conflict states on constitution drafting, peace agreements, and legislative issues.

Eliza Golden (INTERIGHTS, England)
Eliza is a rising third-year law student at Harvard Law School with an interest in international human rights and development. Prior to law school, Eliza focused her academic and professional work on issues of health, development and humanitarian protection in Africa. After graduating from Princeton in 2005 with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Eliza worked for the International Rescue Committee in Guinea for one year implementing protection services for unaccompanied minors and health education programming in Guinea's refugee camps. Following her time in Guinea, Eliza spent two years working for the Touch Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on health system strengthening in Tanzania. Eliza spent her 1L summer as a Chayes Fellow working in Cambodia for an anti-human trafficking organization. At HLS, Eliza has served on the Board of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, HLS Advocates for Human Rights and is currently Co-Vice-President for Projects for the Law & International Development Society. Outside of school and work activities, Eliza is an avid traveler and sports enthusiast, and will be running her second marathon in November, 2010.

Ben Hoffman (Center for Constitutional Rights, New York)
Ben is finishing his second year at Harvard Law School, where he serves on the boards of HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Human Rights Journal.  He is also a student in the International Human Rights Clinic, working primarily on the Clinic's Alien Tort Statute litigation projects. During his first-year summer, he worked with DeJusticia in Colombia on issues related to reparations for victims of the armed conflict.  In the future, he hopes to continue to work on community-focused transitional justice mechanisms in response to human rights violations.

James Kingman (Open Democracy Advice Centre, South Africa)
Jim is a rising 2L from Corsicana, Texas.  He graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2009 with a B.A. in English literature.  As an undergraduate, Jim participated in the European Studies program on the Classical track, studying abroad at Lincoln College (University of Oxford) in the United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey, and Italy.  After this program, he participated in a Spanish immersion program at Estudio Sampere in Salamanca and Madrid.  He is interested in open and transparent governance, and the way that nations deal with the global attention caused by large-scale international events such as the FIFA World Cup.  This summer, Jim will work at the Open Democracy Advice Centre in Cape Town working to provide legal assistance for whistleblowers who report blackmail, bribery, and other forms of corruption.

Tor Krever (Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Netherlands)
Tor is an Australian second-year student at Harvard Law School.  He holds an A.B. in social studies from Harvard and an M.Phil. in development studies from the University of Cambridge.  Prior to law school, Tor represented the Australian government at the United Nations, negotiating a range of macroeconomic, development and humanitarian resolutions in the Second Committee and Plenary of the General Assembly.  He also spent time working on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.  He was previously a Chayes Fellow in Colombia where he worked on issues of development in situations of armed conflict. 

Taylor Landis (International Rescue Committee, Liberia)
Taylor is a second-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School.  She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in French and Italian in 2007.  Taylor is interested in human rights law and spent last summer working with the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch in New York. Over Winter Term this year, she worked with the International Rescue Committee on the Thai-Burma border.  Taylor has been involved with HLS Advocates for Human Rights and served as a project leader for the Law and International Development Society.  She recently co-chaired the Harvard Human Rights Journal's 2010 symposium. 

Lillian Langford (UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, Cambodia)
Lillian graduated from Emory University in 2004 with a B.A. in psychology and a focus in music performance.  After two years in Italy working, learning Italian, and volunteering with a refugee rights organization, she returned to her native Florida and worked as a legal investigator for the public defender's office.  She spent the next two years working with grassroots NGOs as the Program Coordinator for the Foundation for Sustainable Development first in Kakamega, Kenya, and then in Jodhpur, India.  Lillian is now a first-year joint J.D./M.P.P. student at HLS and the Kennedy School, and is involved on campus with HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Human Rights Journal, and the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.  This summer she will be working in the Co-Prosecutor's Office at the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Teel Lidow (World Food Programme, Italy)
Teel is currently finishing his first year at Harvard Law School. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Princeton University in 2007. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Teel worked as an intern for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, an assistant to an international development consultant in Washington D.C., and a researcher for a foundation in Brooklyn, New York. He intends to use his remaining years at Harvard to study the effects of international economic law on developing economies.

Clara Long (International Rescue Committee, Thailand)
Clara focuses on human rights law and advocacy in the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic.  Prior to her legal studies, she earned master’s degrees in international development from the London School of Economics and journalism from Stanford University. She has worked defending immigrants from deportation, as a freelance foreign correspondent in Venezuela and with the landless workers' movement in the Brazilian Amazon. She is the co-producer of the 2008 award-winning documentary, Border Stories, set on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Aaron Marcus (Legal Empowerment Centre, Kenya)
Aaron is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in public policy, focused on U.S. foreign policy. After graduation, he worked for three months as a project consultant with the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, where he researched Muslim-American communities' methods of preventing and monitoring radicalization. For the rest of his year off, Aaron was a bit of a nomad, traveling through 25 U.S. states, 24 countries, and taking 6 other temporary jobs -- from researching for a creative writing professor to working retail. Aaron's academic interests include enforcement of core economic rights, peace-building, and the ways that those topics interact with U.S. foreign policy. At HLS he is on the board of the Tenant Advocacy Project and is a submissions reader for the International Law Journal.

Maggie Morgan (Asylum Access, Tanzania)
Maggie is a second-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with an A.B. in government and earned a M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago in 2007. Her thesis, a study of the role of democracy and autocracy in the likelihood of civil war in developing states (with a particular focus on the unique role that democracy plays in sub-Saharan Africa), earned her the program's top award, the Morton A. Kaplan Prize for best master’s thesis. Last summer, Maggie worked at the Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme on issues related to access to justice, judicial accountability and criminal justice reform. This past January, she completed an independent winter clinical at the Supreme Court of Rwanda.

David Palko (Constitutional Court of Kosovo)
David is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Davidson College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and music. He was also a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant through ROTC. At HLS, David has been involved with the National Security Journal and the National Security and Law Association. He will serve on the executive boards of both organizations next year. This summer, David will be the first foreign student to work for the Constitutional Court of Kosovo. After law school, David will serve in the Army on active duty.

Petko Peev (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, England)
Petko is a first-year law student with an interest in emerging markets and project finance. He graduated from Harvard College in 2007 with an A.B. in economics and mathematics. Prior to law school, he worked on a quantitative investment management team at Goldman Sachs in New York. At HLS, he is involved with the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. This summer, he will research efforts to reform commercial laws in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development countries of operation in Central and Eastern Europe. An avid traveler, he has visited many countries in Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

Nick Renzler (Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, Colombia)
Nick is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to law school, Nick worked as a paralegal for an international law firm representing developing country governments in state-state and state-investor disputes and advising companies on corporate social responsibility issues. He is particularly interested in the intersection between development policy, human rights and global governance. Nick is from Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in development studies in 2007, focusing on transnational civil society and the political economy of trade agreements in Latin America.

Daniel Saver (United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, Cambodia)
Daniel is a first-year student at Harvard Law School.Prior to enrolling at HLS, Daniel spent 1 1/2 years working for VE Global, a grassroots development NGO that provides educational and recreational programming for at-risk children in Santiago, Chile. He also co-founded and serves on the board of directors of the Domingo Savio Institute, a philanthropic nonprofit whose mission is to support innovative child development projects in Chile. Daniel has a wide range of academic interests including international human rights, international development, and immigration. His current interest du jour is the role that legal institutions play in post-conflict and transitional processes, specifically regarding the impact that these legal methods have on broader processes of reconciliation within society. At HLS, Daniel is active in HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and he also serves on the Student Advisory Board of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Daniel was raised in Florida and holds a B.A. in religious studies and classics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tazneen Shahabuddin (Amnesty International, New York)
Taz is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Social Studies in 2007 and from the University of Cambridge with an M.Phil. in economic and social history in 2007. Before coming to law school, Taz worked in the New York office of the Monitor Group, a global consulting firm. This summer, she will be working for Amnesty International, an international human rights NGO, on the anti-poverty Demand Dignity Campaign.

Anna Stancu (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, France
Anna is a first year student at Harvard Law School. Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in business administration and a B.A. in history with a concentration on modern Europe, Anna wrote her thesis on Romania’s oft-misunderstood revolution. She came to HLS propelled by an interest in asylum and refugee law stemming from her family’s complicated immigration history. Anna is eager to return to Europe to work for the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee within the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.

Brett Stark (Association for Civil Rights in Israel)
Brett is a rising second-year student at Harvard Law School. After graduating from the University of Rochester, Brett worked as a research assistant at the World Bank and then at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Before coming to law school, he spent a year in Taiwan as a U.S. Fulbright scholar. This summer he is working at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Israel's oldest and largest human rights organization.

Elizabeth Summers (Legal Assistance Centre, Namibia)
Elizabeth is a first-year J.D. student. She received a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida in 2006. She spent the following two years serving in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Elizabeth taught English in a community public school and conducted several outside projects promoting women’s education and empowerment. Elizabeth then moved to Chongqing, China, and spent a year teaching English at a university. At HLS, Elizabeth is focusing her studies on international human rights and is an active member of HLS Advocates for Human Rights. She is spending the summer in Windhoek, Namibia and will assist a local NGO with its Gender and Advocacy Project.

David Williams (National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa)
David is a first-year student at Harvard Law School from Southfield, Michigan. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in social studies and Latin American studies. He also studied at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil and wrote his senior honors thesis on issues of race, identity, and local community organizing in Salvador. Before starting law school, he worked as a non-profit and government consultant with the firm Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. He also worked with Coaches across Continents, a non-profit dedicated to increasing health and educational awareness through sport, in Malawi. His interests include local government law, international development, the prosecution of fraud and corruption, and soccer. This summer he will be working with the asset forfeiture unit of the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa in Cape Town.

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