Biographies of 2013 Chayes Fellows

Twenty-three Harvard Law School students have been awarded 2013 Chayes International Public Service Fellowships for work in 18 countries. The 2013 Chayes Fellows are listed below, with their summer placements and biographical information submitted by the students.

Sima Atri, Justice Base, Myanmar
Sima is a first-year law student at Harvard Law School from Canada. She is interested in international post-conflict rule of law and transitional justice issues, as well as broader social justice-related structural reforms, both domestically and internationally. As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Sima specialized in Peace and Conflict Studies. As a IL, she was involved with Advocates for Human Rights, the Law and International Development Society, and the ACLU of Massachusetts. Sima has worked at numerous human rights and development organizations in Canada and has travelled in the Middle East, East Africa, Central America and East Asia. This summer, she will be working with Justice Base, a rule of law organization in Myanmar, as well as with the Native American Rights Fund in Washington, DC.

Marina Basseas, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Netherlands
Marina is a second-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in post-conflict rule of law initiatives. She graduated in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Following her undergraduate studies, she earned a master's degree in Southeastern European Studies from the University of Athens, Greece, where she wrote her thesis on EU conditionality, compliance with the ICTY, and its effects on domestic politics in Serbia and Croatia. Last summer, Marina worked at the American Bar Association – Commission on Immigration, where she provided legal assistance to detained immigrants. At HLS, she has worked in the Harvard Refugee and Immigration Clinic and is a member of the Harvard International Law Journal. This summer she will be working in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Lara Berlin, Inter Mediate, United Kingdom
Lara is a third-year joint degree student at the Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is interested in the intersection of international conflict resolution, international humanitarian law, and human rights. She has been a member of the Law and International Development Society for three years, with whom she has researched decentralization in Kenya and transparent oil bidding procedures in Uganda and Ghana. She has also been an active participant in the International Human Rights Clinic, where she has examined challenges facing Syrian refugees and the role of civilians in the Bosnian war. In addition, she has been involved with the Law and Social Change Program of Study and the Harvard Mediation Program. Outside of HLS, Lara has researched microfinance and AIDS in Kenya, worked on conflict resolution radio programming in Sierra Leone, supported cases to hold international development banks responsible for the harm they caused to communities in Peru and Mexico, advocated for greater transparency surrounding conflict resources, and promoted policies requiring warring parties to make amends to civilians harmed in the line of fire. This summer she will be supporting peace negotiations among warring parties, particularly between governments and armed groups.

Daniel Bleiberg, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, DC
Daniel is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Yale College in 2009 with a degree in history. Before coming to law school, he taught English language and literature at three universities in mainland China and Hong Kong. Last summer he worked for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington, DC. At Harvard, Daniel is a member of the Harvard International Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and the Law and International Development Society. This summer he will work in the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of China Affairs of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, DC.

Catherine Cooper, Public International Law & Policy Group, Washington, DC
Catherine is second-year student at Harvard Law School and is deeply interested in the intersection of public international law and domestic law. In 2009, she received her B.A. in International Development Studies and Political Science from McGill University. Prior to attending law school, Catherine was a policy analyst at a social justice non-profit where her advocacy work focused on issues varying from Middle East foreign policy to comprehensive immigration reform. As a law clerk at Greater Boston Legal Services’ Immigration Unit last summer, Catherine prepared political asylum claims for victims of persecution from Uganda. She has devoted her time at HLS to the International Human Rights Clinic, the Harvard Immigration Project, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. This summer, Catherine will be working on transitional justice issues and the development of post-conflict constitutions at the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington, DC.

Carter Hall, Tokyo Surugadai Law Offices, Japan
Carter Hall is a first-year J.D. student pursuing a career in environmental law. He received a B.A. in Asian Languages and Civilizations from Amherst College in 2010 after completing an honors thesis on the geopolitical and cultural conflicts surrounding Japanese whaling. Before coming to HLS, he spent two years teaching English in rural Japan through the Japanese government’s Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. This summer, he will return to Japan to work at Tokyo Surugadai Law Offices on various projects to assist people affected by the March 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Fatima Hassan Ali, Rwandan Development Bank, Rwanda
Fatima Hassan is a third year student at Harvard Law School with interests including law in developing countries and emerging markets, and media, gender equality and politics. Fatima graduated in 2009 from Stanford University with degrees in Human Biology and African Studies. Prior to law school, Fatima tackled research projects focusing on how health and human rights intersect in conflict areas. As the Haas Center and Freeman Spogli International Public Service Fellow, she worked with the UN-led Global Protection Cluster in Geneva focusing on gender-based violence in humanitarian crises. She subsequently worked at the Center for Health Policy at Stanford University, focusing on child health in fragile states and also with a philanthropic consultancy advising private donors. At HLS, Fatima is a student attorney with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. During her 1L summer she worked on asylum petitions with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic as the Cleary Fellow. This summer, Fatima will be working in the Strategic Investments Unit at the Rwanda Development Board. As a legal intern, she will assist the team with drafting and in negotiations with foreign investors.

Lindsay Henson, Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association, Bangladesh
Lindsay is a second-year student at Harvard Law School with a specific interest in addressing gender-based violence in the developing world. Before law school, Lindsay spent three years working as an analyst at a litigation consulting firm, where she supported expert witnesses testifying in complex business litigation. She also spent one year working with International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights NGO  in Cebu, Philippines. In Cebu, Lindsay supported IJM investigative, legal, and aftercare teams who collaborated with local government officials to rescue and restore victims of sex trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and promote a functioning public justice system. During her time at Harvard, Lindsay has continued to focus her efforts on advancing the rights of marginalized women and children through her participation in the International Human Rights Clinic and the Gender Violence Legal Policy Workshop. As a Chayes Fellow last summer, she worked with Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi, India on rights to housing and education for individuals from slum communities. This summer, Lindsay will be working in Bangladesh with the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association (BNWLA), an NGO that works to combat violence against women and children throughout the country. She will be conducting legal research on child marriage laws and personal laws as well as working with BNWLA lawyers to evaluate their legal service delivery cells. Lindsay hopes to continue her work on gender-based violence issues in South Asia after law school and is excited for the opportunity this summer presents to gain meaningful experience working on these issues.

Julianne Hill, Human Rights and Law Defenders – Sayhog Trust, India
Julianne Hill is a first-year student at HLS. She received a B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Sociology, and M.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University prior to attending law school. She has spent summers volunteering in Thailand and South Africa and after law school is interested in working internationally on issues related to violence against women. This summer she is working in Pune, India with Human Rights and Law Defenders and will be focusing on domestic violence and rape.

Iram Huq, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia 
Iram is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India with a BA.LLB degree (an integrated five-year Bachelor of Arts and Law degree) in 2011. She spent her first year after college working as a Judicial Clerk for the Supreme Court of India, assisting Justice A.K. Patnaik in several landmark judgments. As an undergraduate, Iram spent her summers helping to draft and file petitions on behalf of domestically abused women, juveniles, the homeless, and street hawkers under the legal aid programs of the Human Rights Law Network and the Manushi Sangathan, New Delhi. She also researched and documented cases of human rights violations for the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, New Delhi, where she worked on the rights of prisoners, legality of narco-analysis, LGBT rights, and universal jurisdiction under the Geneva Conventions. In addition to internships with two national law firms, Iram also worked with the International Institute of Conflict Prevention & Resolution in New York. She is interested in law as a dynamic evolving subject that lends itself to variant interpretations across countries, cultures and economies. She is looking forward keenly to working this summer in the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges, United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, Cambodia.

Natalie Jay, Portuguese Refugee Council, Portugal
Natalie is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in History. Before coming to HLS, she spent five years at SAGE Publications, Inc., where she managed and acquired social science journals. At HLS, she is involved with the Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Immigration Project, Federalist Society, Council on Sports and Entertainment Law, and Harvard Negotiators. Her general interests are international law, conflict resolution, and sports law. She will spend this summer working with the Portuguese Refugee Council in Lisbon.

Brian Kelly, Open Society Initiative, Afghanistan
Brian is a first-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in international humanitarian and human rights law. He is originally from Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Brian has a B.A. in Middle East Studies and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton. Prior to law school, he worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Iranian Affairs, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan. Brian has previously interned at the White House with the Vice President's national security staff and at the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the Office of International Operations. He has also completed language immersion programs for Arabic in Lebanon and for Persian (Farsi) in Tajikistan. At HLS, Brian is the Executor Editor for Print of the Harvard National Security Journal, and a member of the Harvard International Law Journal and Advocates for Human Rights. This summer, he will be working with Open Society Afghanistan in Kabul.

Akhila Kolisetty, Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone
Akhila is a first-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in the intersection of post-conflict rule of law, access to justice, and gender-based violence. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, where she studied Economics and Political Science and wrote her senior thesis on transitional justice and reconciliation in Sierra Leone and Rwanda. Akhila then worked for the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, conducted research on the impact of legal empowerment programs on women in Bangladesh with BRAC (formerly the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), served as a Technical Adviser for a local non-profit in Afghanistan that strives to strengthen the rule of law and expand access to legal services for women and girls, and volunteered with Asian survivors of domestic violence in Washington, DC. At HLS, Akhila is involved in the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Advocates for Human Rights, and the Women's Law Association International Committee. This summer, she will continue her work in rule of law and women's rights with Timap for Justice in Sierra Leone.

Josephine Lee, Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Argentina
Josephine is a first-year law student who is interested in the intersection between environmental law and human rights. During her undergraduate years at UCLA, Josephine traveled to South America, China, and Indonesia to institute an English summer program for local residents. After graduating from UCLA in 2011 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Environmental Systems and Society, Josephine traveled to Buenos Aires to study Spanish at the Universitario de Idiomas. At HLS, Josephine has been involved in the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Environmental Law Review. She was also a member of a Law and International Development Society project that drafted policy recommendations for water conflicts in developing countries. This summer, she will be returning to Buenos Aires to work at FARN (Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), where she will be researching whether large infrastructure projects in Argentina are complying with national environmental regulations.

Jodie Liu, Open Society Justice Initiative, Hungary
Jodie Liu is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. In 2012, she received a B.A. in Economics and Sustainable Development from Columbia College, where she wrote her senior thesis on the impact of HIV/AIDS on human capital investment, labor supply, and fertility choice in Zambia. As an undergraduate, she served as president of Columbia Student Global AIDS Campaign and lead senior editor of Consilience: The Journal for Sustainable Development while working for the Millennium Villages Project, Center for Global Health and Economic Development, and the Earth Institute on global health and environmental projects. She also contributed research to a paper included in the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011 that examined the global effects of declining maternal mortality rates on fertility and female educational attainment in the twentieth century. At HLS, she has been involved in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, International Law Journal, and Harvard Law and Policy Review. This summer, she will be working with the Open Society Justice Initiative in Budapest, Hungary.

Meng Lu, World Bank Integrity Vice-Presidency, Washington, DC
Meng is a first-year student at Harvard Law School, where her interests include institutional reform and sustainable economic development. An international student from small-town England, she split her childhood between China, Germany, and England. Prior to law school she worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, the United Nations Development Programme in New York, and the British Treasury in London, on infrastructure investment, sustainable development, and financial sector intervention respectively. This summer Meng will be working on corruption and fraud litigation at the World Bank. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Oxford in 2009 and an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale in 2011.

Rachel Mazzarella, Human Rights Law Network, India
Rachel is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Born and raised in St. Louis, she graduated from Georgetown University in 2007 with a B.A. in Arabic. After graduation, she worked for several years as a translator for the U.S. government in Washington, DC, and traveled extensively. Since beginning law school, she has been an active member of the Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Immigration Project, and the Islamic Legal Studies Program. This summer she will be providing legal aid to prisoners with the Human Rights Law Network in Calcutta, India, as well as conducting additional research on anti-blasphemy legislation, war crimes, and the law of war.

Emily Norman, Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone
Emily is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She has earned a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Affairs from The George Washington University. As an undergraduate, Emily studied abroad in Costa Rica, Argentina, and Uganda. While living in Uganda she conducted field research on the role of opposition political parties in emerging democracies, and later wrote her senior thesis on a comparative study of political party formation in Ghana and Zimbabwe. Upon graduation, Emily taught for three years in the Bronx where she designed the sixth, seventh and eighth-grade history curriculum at her school. As a law student, Emily is interested in women and children’s rights issues, particularly in the related areas of transitional justice and rule of law, but is also passionate about domestic women’s rights issues. At HLS she is involved in Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Law and Social Change, and the Mississippi Delta Project. This summer, Emily will be working in Sierra Leone with a grassroots organization, Timap for Justice, to help provide free legal services in rural communities.

Seth Packrone, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Disability Section, New York, NY
Seth is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He has dedicated his academic career to studying issues around special education, inclusion, and disability rights. After graduating from Harvard College with a degree in Social Studies and a focus on Education Policy and Reform, he completed a Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education. At Cambridge, he earned a Master’s degree in Perspectives on Inclusive and Special Education. The next year, he gained classroom experience teaching English in Malatya, Turkey on a Fulbright Grant. At HLS, in addition to working with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, he is focused on gaining skills and knowledge to help address the interconnected issues facing the American education system, including special education, youth justice, and poverty. He also serves as a Harvard College Resident Tutor at Lowell House, where he works as a pre-law adviser. This summer he is excited to work with the Disability Section at UNICEF to help make its programs more inclusive of people with disabilities around the world.

Sasha Pippenger, United Nations Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen
Sasha is a first-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in negotiation, mediation, and crisis management in international conflicts. Prior to law school, she was based in Islamabad, Pakistan as an Advocacy Officer with the International Rescue Committee. She has also worked as an election monitor in Darfur, Sudan and as a Policy Coordinator for the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum, and has done field missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey. At HLS, she is involved with the American Constitution Society and Advocates for Human Rights, and is on the Executive Board of the National Security and Law Association. Sasha is originally from Vancouver, Canada and holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dean Rosenberg, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, France
Dean is a first year law student from Melbourne, Australia. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011, with a B.A. in Economics and International Studies and a Diploma of Languages in Chinese. He is extremely interested in public international law, particularly in the role that effective international and transnational institutions play in promoting human rights, development and the rule of law. Next year, Dean will be an executive board member of the Harvard Law and International Development Society and an article editor for Harvard International Law Journal. This summer he will be working for the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, and is looking forward to working on his French while researching how European institutions can better protect human rights.

Kaycie Rupp, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy
Kaycie is a first-year Harvard Law School student interested primarily in the intersections of law, development, gender, and food production. Originally from Nebraska, she graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2011 with a double major in Political Science and Spanish. After graduation, Kaycie worked for Constru Casa in La Antigua, Guatemala, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to providing sustainable housing to families living in extreme poverty in rural Guatemala. During her time at Constru Casa, Kaycie helped to foster relationships between international volunteer groups and local nongovernmental organizations. At HLS, Kaycie is involved with the Harvard Law and International Development Society, the Journal of Law and Gender, and Law and Social Change. She is also an active member of the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project and is on the training team for the Harvard Immigration Project. This summer she will work in the legal department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome.

Sarah Weiner, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Kingdom
Sarah Weiner is a first-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in law and international development. Prior to law school, she served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga. She was involved with a variety of development projects there, including helping her village start a community library and designing a climate change awareness program for primary schools. Prior to Peace Corps, she received her B.A. from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas and is originally from New Orleans. At HLS, she is involved with the Law and International Development Society and will be serving on its executive board next year as Co-Vice President of Projects; this past year, she worked on a project looking at the use of performance requirements to facilitate technology transfer through foreign direct investment. She is also a member of Harvard’s Foreign Direct Investment Moot team and the Harvard International Law Journal. This summer, she will be working with the Legal Transition Team at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to conduct an analysis of the public procurement policies of the 32 countries served by the Bank.

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