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Affiliated Fellows

Nisha Agarwal

Nisha Agarwal is the Director of the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a civil rights legal non-profit in New York City. She came to NYLPI in September 2006 on a Skadden Public Interest Fellowship, and her work since that time has focused on bringing a racial justice and immigrant rights perspective to health care advocacy. In collaboration with community-based organizations and coalitions across New York City, Nisha is working on campaigns on language rights in pharmacies, racial discrimination in hospitals, medical deportation and the closure of community hospitals and clinics in medically under-served areas. Nisha is active in the South Asian Bar Association of New York, where she has served as the Vice President for Public Interest for the past three years, and she is the 2010 recipient of the North American South Asian Bar Association Public Interest Achievement Award. In addition, Nisha is the co-founder of the Harvard Law School Summer Theory Institute for public interest law students and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA, summa cum laude, from Harvard College and received a British Marshall Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2006.

Swethaa Ballakrishnen

Swethaa Ballakrishnen is a socio-legal researcher interested, broadly, in the intersections between law, society, organizational emergence and globalization. In the past, she has conducted extensive studies and published work on the Indian legal and knowledge outsourcing industry, the careers of international legal professionals and the value of global legal education. She is an affiliated fellow of the Program on the Legal Profession and her work has been funded by Harvard Law School, the Stanford Graduate Research Office, the Stanford Center for South Asia, the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law and the Law and Society Association. Ms. Ballakrishnen was an Inlaks Scholar to Harvard Law School (LLM’08) and a graduate of India’s National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR’04). She is currently an advanced doctoral candidate in Sociology at Stanford University.

Curtiss Cobb
Curtiss Cobb is a survey methodologist with an interest in understanding historical changes in the lifestyles, career paths, and workplace interactions of professionals.  He currently works on PLP’s study of HLS Alumni to examine differences in career path trends for cohorts in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.  In the past, Curtiss has been a contributor to the American Bar Foundation’s After the JD project, the first and most ambitious effort to gather systematic, detailed data about the careers and experiences of a national cross-section of law graduates, and has led studies for the National Science Foundation into the impact of postdoctoral appointments on the early career decisions of scientists and engineers. Curtiss currently works at Facebook where he studies global barriers to Internet adoption and evolving attitudinal trends related to people’s online “presence”.  As a survey methodologist, Curtiss is a frequent presenter at national conferences, workshops and seminars—both showcasing new methodological research and providing trainings. He has consulted on polling studies for the Associated Press, Pew Research Center, CDC, Department of Defense and many private organizations. Curtiss received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and has an M.A. in Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences from Columbia University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. 

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio
Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio is a Research Fellow at the Program On Legal Profession (Harvard Law School) and a joint fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program (Harvard Kennedy School). Her academic focus is on the role of lawyers and the evolution of the legal profession in the 21-century and the effects of gender, culture and organizational behavior on international strategic alliances and published several articles and books on these topics. In her studies, she applies quantitative and qualitative research methods. Dr. Cecchi Dimeglio is Co-chair of the ABA IC committee on the Future of ADR and has been nominated Expert-Coordinator for several EU and UN funded projects on Lawyer, ADR, Gender. Before joining HLS, she was the Research Director of Comparative Law at the Hague University and practiced law in Paris for Landwell LLP (PWC correspondent) and for Baker & McKenzie. She earned a JD, LL.M., and a Magistére-DJCE degree in Common and Civil Law and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences & Law (Summa Cum Laude) while studying at universities in France, Belgium, and the U.S.A.

Mihaela Papa

Mihaela Papa is a Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies (GLEE) fellow at the Program on the Legal Profession. She joined the program to spearhead the development of the GLEE project and conduct research on the project. She has a Ph.D. in International Relations and a M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her academic focus has been on contemporary challenges of global governance including the rise of emerging economies and participation in international institutions. Mihaela’s dissertation examined forum shopping as a form of disengagement from international institutions and the mechanisms through which it threatens institutional authority. Her GLEE research investigates how various globalization processes impact the legal profession in emerging economies, and how legal professionals from these countries participate in, and seek to reform, international legal institutions (e.g., ongoing investment arbitration research in India). Mihaela recently spent six months at the Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University in China and has been developing a study of BRICS’ policy convergence in the legal field and prospects for legal cooperation. In addition to her GLEE work, Mihaela has published extensively in the field of sustainable development governance in journals including Global Environmental Change and Climate Policy. She also taught courses on global governance, international organizations and diplomacy at the Boston University, Tufts University and the University of Geneva, consulted for the International Institute for Sustainable Development and worked in foreign policy practice at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.

Jocelyn Simonson

Jocelyn Simonson is a Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders, Inc., where since 2007 she has represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in criminal court. At the Bronx Defenders, Jocelyn practices a holistic model of public defense, working with colleagues across disciplines to address the causes and collateral consequences of arrests. Jocelyn graduated cum laude from HLS in 2006. Before joining the Bronx Defenders, she was a clerk for Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. As a Fellow at the Program on the Legal Profession, Jocelyn co-founded and co-directs the Harvard Law School Summer Theory Institute and the Theory-Practice Colloquium. Her article with Nisha Agarwal, “Thinking Like a Public Interest Lawyer: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy,” was published in the NYU Journal of Law and Social Change in 2010.

Bhargavi Zaveri

Bhargavi Zaveri is a visiting researcher at the Harvard Law School, and is conducting empirical research on the role of the Indian legal profession in her foreign investment policymaking processes. Bhargavi has completed her law studies from Government Law College, Mumbai. She is a solicitor of the Bombay High Court and a member of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society, an exclusive body comprising of senior Indian legal practitioners. Having been associated with a leading Mumbai-based law firm for over 5 years, Bhargavi has developed extensive experience in the practice of Indian foreign investment laws and has advised several Fortune Global 500 financial services groups on setting up and operationalizing business in India. She has advised a leading global NGO on its Indian programs and has been a part of foreign investment and divestment transactions in the Indian insurance, power, retail and education sectors.

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