Biographies of 2006 Chayes Fellows

During the summer of 2006, 29 Chayes Fellows were selected to work for organizations and governments in 19 different countries. Their biographical information at the time of their Fellowship was as follows:

Thomas Becker - Ministry of Justice of Bolivia
Thomas graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2000 with a degree in Sociology and minors in Politics, Women’s Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies. During and after undergraduate school, he worked with various marginalized groups, including homeless children and prostitutes in San Francisco, impoverished Mayan youth in Guatemala, and AIDS and rape victims in South Africa. His interest in the law as a tool for social change developed from his experiences as a human rights observer in Mexico and as co-founder and President of a nonprofit organization that provides school materials, medical supplies, and financial assistance to indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Thomas has also taught in the San Francisco public school system and has toured extensively and recorded several albums as a musician.

Emily Broad - Khmer Institute of Democracy, Cambodia
Emily is a first year JD student at Harvard Law School interested in the field of international law and human rights. During college, she spent a semester in Paris, studying French history and political science. After graduating with a degree in History from Columbia University, she spent a year working in Japan, teaching English for eight months and then working with the Pennsylvania Trade Representative to facilitate technological cooperation. The following year, she served as Executive Director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and mobilizing the Jewish community around pressing issues that affect the greater community, such as the right to a living wage, electoral policy reform, the death penalty, and bioethics. A former White House intern (Office of Cabinet Affairs) and Capitol Hill intern, she is interested in government, and passionate about the development of nascent democracies across the globe. At HLS, she is an active member of the Advocates for Human Rights Asia Group, and the Harvard International Law Journal, and is the incoming Director of Community Service for HL Central.

Vincent Chiao - Council of Europe, France
Vincent is a first-year JD student at Harvard Law School. He is currently also finishing his doctorate in philosophy at Northwestern University. At HLS, he is affiliated with the International Law Journal, and is the research assistant to Professor Susan Carle. His research interests include law and philosophy, political theory, public international law and criminal law. He will be a teaching fellow in the Social Studies 10 curriculum next year.

Rebecca Richman Cohen - Special Court for Sierra Leone
Rebecca is in her final year at Harvard Law School, where she focuses on refugee and asylum law, transitional justice, and human rights. In the summer of 2005 she worked as a legal intern and criminal investigator at the Bronx Defenders. Rebecca is also an active documentary filmmaker. In 2005 she founded Racing Horse Productions, a film production company dedicated to social activism, and produced “Nuremberg Remembered,” a documentary distributed by Facing History and Ourselves to high schools nationwide. Before law school, she worked on films ranging from topics such as rape as a weapon of war in Sierra Leone, the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil, gun control in America, and the current war in Iraq. Rebecca graduated from Brown University in 2002 with a degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

Colette Connor - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland
Colette graduated from the University of Richmond in 2004 with a double major in history and leadership studies. She wrote her undergraduate honors thesis on the role that the American public played in shaping United States policy decisions during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She deferred law school for a year to work for the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at her alma mater, and then spent the summer studying Spanish and traveling in Guatemala. Here at HLS, Colette is involved with the Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Human Rights Journal, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. Her primary academic interests are public international law and criminal justice.

Regina Fitzpatrick - International Rescue Committee, Sudan
Regina graduated from Yale in 2001 with a degree in Political Science (International Relations) and also completed an M.Sc. in Human Rights at the London School of Economics in 2004. She has worked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the US Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division), the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). Regina focuses on genocide, transitional justice, and international criminal law. At HLS she is an editor for the Human Rights Journal and has worked with the Human Rights Advocates Africa Group. Her goal this summer is to get to Darfur.

David Ginn - ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, Malaysia
David graduated from Princeton University in 2004 with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. As an undergraduate, he focused on domestic information technology policy, and his thesis explored information use in the US law enforcement and intelligence communities. David spent the year before law school teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and it was there that his nascent interest in international affairs blossomed. He is excited to be able to indulge this interest by working for the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, an organization that harnesses the resources and energy of legislators from across South East Asia in order to promote democratic reforms in Myanmar (Burma).

Amy Gordon - Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa
Amy graduated from Stanford University in 1999 with a degree in Political Science. She then taught English for two years in Costa Rica and spent time in Samoa as a Village-based Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps. After receiving an MA in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations University for Peace in 2004, Amy interned for several months with a global development advising company in New York. Hoping to pursue a career in international law, Amy currently works with the Harvard International Law Journal and the Harvard Negotiators.

Vaidya Gullapalli - Centre for Applied Legal Studies, South Africa
Vaidya graduated from the University of Rochester in 2002 with a degree in History. While in college, Vaidya worked with children who were victims of abuse and neglect, helped organize campaigns with Amnesty International around anti-sweatshop activism and the abolition of the death penalty, and spent a summer in Oakland, CA as a summer school tutor. After graduating, she worked in Hyderabad, India at Lok Satta, a grassroots political reform organization. She also worked for two years at the Vera Institute for Justice in a family counseling program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. She is fluent in Telugu, has passable Hindi, and is barely coherent in French. Her English is fair.

Kate Hill - Documentation Center of Cambodia
Kate is a 2004 graduate of the George Washington University, where she majored in East Asian and Development Studies. She has done research in Viet Nam and China on women's access to natural resources. At HLS she is involved with the International Law Journal, the Prisoner Legal Assistance Project, and the Public Interest Auction. She is looking forward to a summer in Cambodia and a strict diet of mangoes and pineapples.

Y-vonne Hutchinson - US Mission to the United Nations, Switzerland

Alison Kamhi - Citizens' Watch, Russia
Alison studied modern European History at Stanford University before spending a year in former East Germany on a Fulbright conducting research on post-reunification discrimination and asylum law. She spent the following year in New York City, working for a boutique criminal defense firm and growing even more interested in the disparities in the criminal judicial system, notably the obstacles immigrants face. She has been involved as a 1L in Human Rights Advocates, Journal of Law and Gender, International Law Journal, and as co-president of Harvard Immigration Project. She is excited to spend the summer in St. Petersburg, where she hopes to learn more about transitional justice systems and experience the White Nights.

Janie Kucera - World Intellectual Property Organization, Switzerland
Janie studied physics and statistics at Harvard College, graduating in 2004. She spent the summer after college traveling in Fiji and Europe before settling down for the year in Paris to work for a not-for-profit company developing tuberculosis drugs for the developing world. She is interested in environmental law, negotiation, and in facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technology to developing countries using IP law. She hopes to work abroad after graduation, and is excited to go back to Europe this summer (and back to good bread and cheese!). An avid climber and hiker, she plans to use her free weekends this summer exploring the many cliffs and mountains in Switzerland and France.

Justin Mates - International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, The Hague, The Netherlands
Justin, a native of San Francisco, graduated in 2003 with a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, where he focused on international relations and ethnic violence in the twentieth century. Prior to going to law school, he helped manage charitable projects across Asia while working for two years at Give2Asia, a nonprofit that promotes and facilitates cross-Pacific philanthropy. As a first year law student, Justin was a member of the Harvard International Law Journal and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He hopes to pursue a career in international law.

Ryan McCarthy - Open Democracy Advice Centre, South Africa
Ryan received his BA in Politics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 2003. While at UVa, Ryan interned at the Center for Politics and the United States Senate. He then spent a year at Oxford University and in 2004, received his MSc in Comparative Social Policy. At Oxford, his studies focused on welfare states, deprivation and political and social exclusion. Ryan then spent a year working for the Potomac Legal Aid Society, an organization dedicated to providing legal services to the poorest members of the Washington, DC area community. At Harvard Law School, Ryan is an active member of the HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the International Law Journal and In Vino Veritas.

Abigail Moy - Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone
Abigail is a joint degree student at Harvard Law and the Tufts Fletcher School, where she is focusing her studies on governance, transitional justice, and human rights issues. Prior to entering HLS, Abby conducted research on public transport reforms in Chile, worked at the World Resources Institute on sustainable development projects, and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Abby is currently serving as an extern at the International Center for Transitional Justice and an editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. She is looking forward to launching and coordinating the new Conflict Resolution Group for the HLS Human Rights Advocates next year.

Ngozichukwu Njemanze - Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria
Ngozi is an LLM candidate at HLS. She graduated from the University of Nigeria magna cum laude in 2001, obtaining her Bachelor of Law degree. She proceeded for her one-year vocational training at the Nigerian Law School where she graduated in the top 5% receiving awards and the degree of Barrister at Law. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2003. Her work experience includes two years of law practice with the foremost commercial law firm in Nigeria, Aluko & Oyebode where she was actively involved in litigation and was also a core member of the corporate finance group. Ngozi is interested in the law and policy issues involved in tackling the vice of economic and financial crimes in developing countries with particular interest in the role of financial institutions to this plight. Her general interest in public international law, law and development and foreign policies earned her an extended term consultancy position with the World Bank in Washington DC, following the LLM program. As an LLM candidate at Harvard Law School, Ngozi was the Vice President of the Harvard African Law Association and a student representative at the Career Options Committee at HLS. Her hobbies include traveling and dancing.

Ijeoma Nwachukwu - World Bank, Washington, DC and Nigeria

Pablo Ormachea - Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Costa Rica
Pablo graduated in three years from the University of Texas with majors in Government and History, and minors in Business, Eastern European Studies, and Mathematics. During college, he returned to his family and spent a summer in Bolivia overhauling the information technology system for a La Paz-based mining company. At Harvard, Pablo has also worked with HLS Human Rights Advocates, published in the Harvard International Law Journal, written and serves as co-editor-in-chief for the Harvard Latino Law Review, and also serves as incoming co-chairperson for the Harvard Latin American Law Society. His main academic interest lies in developing Latin American trade while minimizing human rights violations.

Scott Paltrowitz - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kenya
Scott is a first year law student interested in violent conflict management and refugee protection. Graduating from Cornell University in 2004 with a BA in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Masters in Public Administration, Scott had some exposure to human rights issues in war-torn settings. During his first year in Law School, Scott has furthered his pursuit of these issues as a member of the HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard Immigration Project, and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He is very excited to intern with UNHCR in Kakuma this summer, where he will work in the resettlement office, interviewing refugees, assessing eligibility, and conducting country of origin research.

Stephenie Park - Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, Indonesia
Stephenie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 with concentrations in finance and operations and information management. Rather than becoming an investment banker, she joined the Peace Corps and went to Benin, where she served as a small enterprise volunteer. Her most significant project was organizing a local language HIV/AIDS education program, funded by USAID, PSI, PLAN and the local community. At Harvard, Stephenie is involved in the African Law Association and Advocates, and she hopes to pursue development work on a governmental level post-graduation.

Sridhar Prasad - The Sewalanka Foundation, Sri Lanka
Sridhar Prasad graduated with a BA in History from Columbia University in 2003. Prior to Harvard Law School, he worked as an Associate at Katzenbach Partners LLC, a management consulting firm with offices in New York, Houston, and Chicago. At HLS, Sridhar is affiliated with the Human Rights Journal, the South Asian Law Students Association, and Kids in the Court. This fall, Sridhar plans to begin a JD/MBA joint degree program at the Harvard Business School. Shalev Roisman (IFES Democracy at Large, Washington, DC) Shalev graduated from Cornell University in 2005, where he majored in History and Economics. He is in his first year at Harvard Law School. Shalev is interested in working in foreign policy in the future. This summer he intends to learn more about the feasibility and methods of spreading democracy to other countries. His summer research will focus on Asia, with emphasis on Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since coming to the law school, Shalev has been involved with HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Consortium for Global Leadership, Harvard International Law Journal, and the National Security and the Law Society.

Maria Luisa Romero - International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania
Maria Luisa graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 2004 with a Bachelor in Government and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. In her year before coming to HLS, she wrote the Panama section for the Let’s Go Central America Travel Guide, participated in a project at the Panamanian Supreme Court to increase access to justice for indigenous peoples, and worked at the Panamanian Embassy in Washington DC. At HLS she is a member of the Latin American Group of the HLS Advocates, where this year she worked on a project on indigenous rights in Peru and another on US deportations to Central America, which recently took her on a fact-finding mission to El Salvador and Honduras.

Laura Schabinger - National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa
Laura is a first-year student at Harvard Law School and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004, studying Philosophy and Political Science. She worked for one year as a paralegal in the Labor and Employment Department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York. At HLS, she has participated in the Journal of Law & Gender, PLAP, and has competed on behalf of the Harvard Mock Trial Team. Laura plans to pursue her passion for public interest work and governmental prosecution and litigation, hoping to incorporate lessons learned from her summer in Cape Town.

Kim Smaczniak - African Development Bank, Tunisia
Prior to attending law school, Kim spent two years in Senegal as a development agent in the Peace Corps. She hopes to bring this practical knowledge with her to the African Development Bank, as well as to gain a better understanding of how regional finance institutions tie into broader development plans for an area. Kim is most interested in international trade law, and how this impacts development and environmental issues. To better understand these inter-linkages, she is pursuing a joint degree MPP at the Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow. On the law school campus, Kim is involved with the Human Rights Program as a Student Advocate and the Environmental Law Review.

Elizabeth Stark - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France
Elizabeth holds an AB from Brown University in International Relations and is in her second year at Harvard Law School, where she works for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society on such projects as Filtering and the Digital Media Exchange. Elizabeth is a board member of the international student organization Freeculture.org and the founder of the Harvard Free Culture group. She is an Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law Technology, a Teaching Assistant for courses in Cyberlaw and Electronic Music, and conducts research on the legal implications of new technologies. She is currently working with organizations such as Creative Commons Brazil and Audionautes in France, examining the impact of digital technology on law, culture, and development. Elizabeth speaks French, German, and Portuguese and has lived and worked in places such as Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and Singapore.

Erin Thomas - Minority Rights Group International, England

Noah Weisbord - International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands
Noah has undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work, law degrees in common and civil law, and masters degrees in social work and law. He is a former law clerk to Luis Moreno Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Prior to joining the ICC, Noah was a researcher at the Defense Ethics Program of the Canadian Department of National Defense. This June, he will be a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court, and a delegate to the International Criminal Court’s Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression in Princeton, New Jersey. His doctoral dissertation at Harvard Law School is a legal, political, and ethical inquiry into individual criminal responsibility for aggressive war.

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