Biographies of 2008 Chayes Fellows

During the summer of 2008, 27 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:

Olusola Aina (Centre for Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa)
Olusola received a BA in Psychology from Yale University in 2007 and wrote her undergraduate thesis on the rehabilitation of African former child soldiers. For her thesis, she received the Arthur L. Pulley and Bernice Cosey Pulley Research Prize for the Advancement of Peace and Social Justice in the Americas and Africa. As an undergraduate, Olusola also spent time as an intern at the State Department Bureau of African Affairs working in the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. At Harvard Law School, Olusola has been involved in the Harvard International Law Journal as well as the HLS Advocates for Human Rights. In Spring 2008, Olusola was involved in the Harvard Black Law Student's Association's trip to Tanzania, visiting and engaging in discussions with Tanzanian court officials, businesspeople, and lawyers. She hopes to pursue a career in international human rights law, focusing on post-conflict issues in Africa.

Phillip Assmus (National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa)
Phil is a first-year JD student at Harvard Law School and holds physics degrees from Luther College and Oxford University. Prior to law school, he spent three years working on Capitol Hill specializing in environmental issues and federal Indian law. He hopes to return to public service and Washington, DC after graduation. He has been an active member of the Native American Law Students Association at Harvard.

Toby Berkman (Human Rights Commission of Pakistan)

Matthew Carpenter-Dennis (African Development Bank, Tunisia)
Matt is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Columbia University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy and spent a semester abroad at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. After graduating, Matt worked as a litigation paralegal at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York and developed an after-school sports program with SOL International Foundation in Roatán, Honduras. At Harvard, Matt is active with HLS Advocates for Human Rights and is on the submissions committee of the Harvard International Law Journal.

Leah Cohen (Community Law Centre, South Africa)
Leah is a joint degree student at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. After graduating from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and Economic Development, she worked for two years at the World Bank on local governance and service delivery in Europe and Central Asia. In 2004-2005, she worked in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar to support rural local governments and communities in improving the financing and delivery of their health care and education. Upon completing the Fulbright, Leah worked in the Mayor’s Office for the City of San Francisco on greening and urban sustainability. This summer she will be building on these experiences at the Local Government Project of the Community Law Centre in Cape Town, where she will be doing research on the constitutional right to water as it relates to water delivery in urban informal settlements.

Alexia De Vincentis (Center for Justice and International Law, Washington, DC)
Alexia is a second-year joint degree student at Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. This summer, she will intern with the Center for Justice and International Law, an NGO that represents victims of human rights abuses before the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She spent her 1L summer in South Africa interning with the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, where she participated in impact litigation surrounding issues of gender justice and social and economic rights. Alexia came to Harvard after two years working on development and access-to-justice initiatives in Latin America. She graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 2004 with a degree in economics, political science, and Spanish.

Iain Frame (Human Rights Law Network, India)
Iain is an SJD from Scotland who graduated with an LLB (Hons) in 2004 from the University of Glasgow. During his undergraduate studies he spent a year on a student exchange in Copenhagen. After graduating, he taught in the areas of jurisprudence and public international law, conducted research into state immunity and torture for ‘Redress,’ and also helped out with a conservation group in and around Glasgow. He pursued an LLM at Harvard in 2005-06, and spent the summer of 2007 in Sri Lanka working on legal issues connected to transitions from violence to peace. Iain regrets to report that he is monolingual though he has promised various people that he will learn a second language before graduating from HLS. In the meantime, as a football fanatic, Iain wonders how he will cope in cricket-crazy India this summer.

Ermal Frasheri (Institute of Future Studies Development, Thailand)
Ermal is a doctorate candidate (SJD) at Harvard Law School, working on the concept of regional integration as a development model. Ermal was a Byse Fellow, leading a series of workshops at the law school on law and development. He teaches junior tutorials on European integration at Harvard College. His research interests include law and development, international economic law, international law, legal theory, and European Union law. Prior to completing the LLM program at HLS in 2005, Ermal was a Fulbright scholar in 2003-2004, and has worked in the Albanian Ministry of Justice and Ministry of European Integration on legislative policies and harmonization of legislation, negotiations with international organizations, and various bilateral agreements.

Julia Gegenheimer (International Rescue Committee, Chad)
Julia graduated from Yale in 2006 with a dual degree in political science (comparative politics) and history. Prior to law school, Julia studied and worked in the fields of conflict management and transitional justice as an Insight Collaborative Fellow. As an Insight Fellow, she helped to promote reconciliation on the island of Cyprus, worked for the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Tribunals, and served as a consultant to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. At HLS, Julia works with the Harvard Mediation Program as a mediator and training director, the International Law Journal, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. She will be spending her 1L summer with the IRC Chad, where she will be conducting an assessment of local tensions and potential for conflict along the Chad-Sudan (Darfur) border, as well as working with refugee populations there.

Katy Glenn (Green Advocates, Liberia)
Katy is a rising 3L at HLS. She is interested in human rights law as it relates to armed conflict and the reconstruction of post-conflict countries. Before coming to law school, Katy worked for a year with the International Crisis Group in South Africa. Last summer, she interned with the Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme in Freetown, focusing mainly on juvenile justice issues. She has also traveled to Haiti and Panama with the International Human Rights Clinic at HLS. Katy graduated from Princeton University in 2005.

Jeremy Kasile Goldberg (InfraCo Management Services, New York and East Africa)
Jeremy graduated from Stanford University in 2005 with a BA in History, and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa and with Distinction. Jeremy was a Stanford International Fellow in Ghana in the summer of 2004, assisting the Centre for Democratic Development, Ghanaian National Reconciliation Commission, and Civil/Military Coalition. After college graduation, Jeremy worked as an author and editor in Seoul, South Korea, and as a technical alliance manager in Palo Alto, California. At Harvard, Jeremy is involved with the International Law Journal, Harvard African Law Association, and Harvard Association of Law & Business. At InfraCo, Jeremy will work in New York and East Africa on contractual issues arising from infrastructure development agreements with host governments.

Johanes Maliza (Legal Advice Center, Kenya)
Johanes is finishing his first year at Harvard Law School. He graduated with a BA from Stanford in 2003, earning a history degree with an emphasis on the language, literature, and art of Africa. His time in Africa and Latin America has alerted him to the profound challenges we must all take on if those fortunate enough to be at institutions such as Harvard are to make use of the incredible opportunities we have. His legal interests include protection of individuals through the expansion of access to legal redress, as well as grassroots civil society-building as a method of social change. Between college and law school, Johanes played professional soccer, taught high school in Chicago and Rio de Janeiro, and worked on local and national political campaigns.

Asmara Mebrahtu (African Association for the Defense of Human Rights, Senegal)
Asmara graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2007, where she received a BA in Foreign Affairs and French with high distinction. Asmara’s interest in the impact of institutionalized power-sharing mechanisms on democratic stability in multi-ethnic societies was the basis of her Politics Distinguished Major thesis, a comparative analysis of the Mauritian electoral system. At HLS, she is involved in the Harvard African Law Association, the Black Law Students Association, and the International Law Journal. Asmara will work on issues of good governance and political development this summer.

Anna Myles-Primakoff (Ministry of Education, Liberia)
Anna graduated in 2005 from University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Political Science. While an undergraduate, Anna studied in Europe for a summer, interned at the Sierra Club Legislative Headquarters in Washington, DC and studied abroad for one year at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her interest in human rights led her to an internship with Amnesty International in the Los Angeles office, where she worked on communications and outreach. After graduation, she moved back to Australia for a few months and then to Ghana for one year, where she worked in the communications program of UNICEF’s country office in Accra. Anna is a second-year joint degree student at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She spent the summer after her first year in UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi and upon graduation, hopes to pursue a career focused on children’s rights.

Balaji Narain (Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, Indonesia)
Balaji is a first-year student interested in international law and administrative law. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a concentration in economics. He wrote his Honors thesis on India's 1991 financial crisis and its role in mitigating the effects of the 1997-1998 East Asian Financial Crisis. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Balaji conducted economic and policy research for professors at his university; he has a strong interest in East Asia and has worked in India and China. At HLS, Balaji is a research assistant both in the areas of antitrust law and international finance.

Aarti Reddy (International Rescue Committee, Thailand)
Aarti graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a degree in communications. Prior to attending law school, Aarti was an Urban Fellow at the New York City Department of Homeless Services, General Counsel’s Office, and later served as Project Coordinator for the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center. At the IRC, Aarti will be working to improve dispute resolution procedures within Burmese refugee camps.

Zeke Reich (Arab Center for Law and Policy, Israel)
Zeke is a first-year law student with interests in conflict resolution, multiculturalism and institutional design. He graduated from Harvard College in 2003 with a degree in Social Studies and received an MA in Philosophy from the Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. For several years he has been involved with Initiatives of Change, a Switzerland-based NGO focusing on dialogue facilitation and peacebuilding, and has worked with its branches in India, France, the UK and the US. He will spend summer 2008 working with Dirasat: the Arab Center for Law and Policy, an NGO based in Nazareth, to write policy papers about the situation of the Palestinian Israeli minority within Israel.

Christopher Rogers (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jordan)
Chris received his BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and a MPhil in International Development from Oxford in 2006, where he wrote his thesis on technology policy in Argentina. Before coming to Harvard, he also worked for local NGOs on development projects in South Africa and Rwanda. He spent his 1L summer working for the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza City, where he helped document and write reports on human rights violations related to armed conflict. At Harvard, he is an Executive Editor of the Human Rights Journal, a board member of Justice for Palestine, active in HLS Human Rights Advocates, and a participant in the Human Rights Clinic. Chris looks forward to working again in the Middle East this summer and working on his Arabic.

Ariella Rosenberg (International Federation for Human Rights, France)
Ariella graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, where she majored in international relations. While at Columbia she interned at Foreign Affairs and served as a Senior Editor of Columbia's Journal of Politics and Society. She also spent a semester abroad in Paris and a summer studying international conflict resolution in The Hague. After Columbia, Ariella worked as a researcher in Los Angeles for, a non-profit website, and spent several months traveling in South America. At Harvard, she is a member of the submissions committee of the Harvard International Law Journal and a researcher for the HLS Student Advocates for Human Rights. This summer she is excited to be returning to Paris, where she will be working for the International Federation for Human Rights, helping to monitor the trial of alleged perpetrators of crimes under the Pinochet dictatorship, and conducting research on victims' rights before the International Criminal Court.

Anne Siders (Landmine Action, England)
Anne is a first-year law student with an interest in international laws of armed conflict and military operations and particularly in the application of law to non-state actors. Her background is in biology, but a few wise professors helped turn her interest from biomechanics to bioterrorism and the changing face of warfare and law in response to technology. She has experience in indigenous peoples’ rights advocacy and international health development, but at HLS she has been primarily involved with the Human Rights Journal and the National Security and Law Association Research Group, seeking a balance between the two approaches to international conflict.

Leigh Sylvan (International Rescue Committee, Sudan)
Leigh graduated summa cum laude with a major in history from Rice University in 2004. In addition to a JD at HLS, she is also pursuing a concurrent master degree in law and diplomacy (MALD) at Tuft University’s Fletcher School. Before starting law school, she studied international development in Uganda and Switzerland, traveled for several months through Southeast Asia, and worked as a research assistant in the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies department at the American University in Cairo. At HLS, she has been involved with HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard International Law Journal. In the summer of 2007, Leigh served as a Chayes Fellow while interning in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Kelly Tallon (Center for Human Rights, Chile)
Kelly is a first-year law student with an interest in human rights, gender issues, and international law. Kelly graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with highest honors in 2006, where she studied crime, law, and justice as well as Spanish and international studies. She also spent a semester in Alcala de Henares, Spain and participated in the sixth annual International Student Symposium in Prague. This summer, she will work at the Center for Human Rights in Santiago, Chile, where she will assist in the development of regional strategies focused on the advancement and protection of women's human rights in Latin America.

Jonathan Taylor (CARE International, Ethiopia)
Jon is a first-year law student interested in the promotion of sustainable development and the eradication of extreme poverty. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 with a degree in political science and a minor in natural science. He is looking forward to spending the summer working with CARE Ethiopia on issues related to good governance implementation and women's empowerment. Though he has spent time living in South America, this will be his first visit to Africa.

Grayson Walker (International Rescue Committee, Thailand)
Grayson is a first-year law student interested in public policymaking, women’s rights, and environmental law. During college, he founded an all-male peer education group to promote sexual assault prevention. This summer he will play an active role in reducing domestic violence within several refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border as part of the IRC’s Gender-Based Violence project. At HLS, Grayson is also a member of the Tenant Advocacy Project and sits on the General Board of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.  

Joy Wang (United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, Thailand)
Joy is a 1L at Harvard Law School, and has been involved in the Tenant Advocacy Project, Human Rights Advocates, and the Human Rights Journal. Prior to law school, she earned a DPhil in Postcolonial Studies and taught African and South Asian Literature at universities in the UK, US, and South Africa. As a summer legal associate with the UNIAP, she will be working on coordinating a regional response to human trafficking with the governments of Thailand, Laos, Burma, China, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Alison Welcher (Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme)
Alison graduated from the University of Maryland with a background in English literature and political science. In her first year at HLS, she has worked extensively with the student group Advocates for Human Rights, devoting most of her efforts to raising awareness about US practices at Guantanamo Bay and other detention centers abroad. Alison is also currently an intern at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, where she studies the application of international humanitarian law to modern-day conflict situations. She is particularly interested in the intersection of the laws of war with human rights law and is looking forward to researching both in the context of the Special Court of Sierra Leone this summer.

David Zimmer (Ministry of Justice, Liberia)
David just finished his second year of a joint program with Harvard Law School and the Master of Public Administration in International Development at the Kennedy School. David graduated from Harvard in 2004 and then worked in Sierra Leone, working with the Poverty Action Lab, the World Bank, and the Government of Sierra Leone on tracking the progress and success of the Government of Sierra Leone's decentralization program. During his first year at law school, David worked with the Harvard Defenders as well as the International Law Journal.

Last modified: May 14, 2015

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