Biographies of 2011 Chayes Fellows

Thirty Harvard Law School students were awarded the 2011 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship for work in 15 countries.  Below is a list of the 2011 Chayes Fellows with biographical information and their summer placements.

Jordan Baehr (INFACT Global Partners, Hong Kong)
Jordan is a 1L. He is a rising board member of the HLS Christian Fellowship and a subciter for the International Law Journal, Human Rights Journal, and Journal on Legislation. Prior to law school, Jordan worked as a legal assistant in the Bangalore, India office of International Justice Mission, where he helped staff attorneys prosecute illegal forced labor. He graduated in 2008 from Harvard, where he majored in social anthropology and East Asian studies and did summer work and research in China.

Nana Boakye (Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, Colombia)
Nana is a member of the JD class of 2013.  She graduated from Princeton in 2008, majoring in history with a focus on Latin American studies. After graduating from Princeton, she worked as a programs intern with the International Rescue Committee in Ethiopia reviewing IRC projects in refugee camps and drafting donor reports.  Additionally, while with IRC, she established a cultural orientation program for refugees resettling to the United States. At Harvard Law, Nana has been an active member of the Harvard African Law Association, Law and International Development Society, and the Black Law Students Association.  Her interests include international development and human rights, particularly housing rights and female economic empowerment.

Nicolette Boehland (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission)
Nicolette is a first-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in international humanitarian and human rights law. Nicolette is originally from Duluth, Minnesota, and she received her BA in international relations and English literature from Lewis & Clark College. Before coming to HLS, Nicolette interned at the US Embassy in Brussels, where she focused on the integration of Arab immigrants into Belgian society. She then worked for Human Rights Watch for three years, first as the associate in the Executive Office and then as the senior associate in the Legal & Policy Division. Nicolette was then awarded a US State Department Scholarship for Arabic and a Fulbright Fellowship based in Amman for a project dealing with Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Most recently, Nicolette served as acting program manager for Save the Children in the West Bank and Gaza, where she ran an education project. At HLS, Nicolette is a research assistant for the Human Rights Program. She is also involved with the HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Law & International Development Society. This summer, Nicolette will be based in Kabul, working with the Special Investigation Team of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

Hannah Bolt (Human Rights Law Network, India)
Hannah is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. After graduating from St. Olaf College with a BA in music and a women's studies minor, she worked with AmeriCorps and United Way in Minneapolis. Her interest in public service brought her to HLS, where she on the board of Advocates for Human Rights and the Women's Law Association and is a member of the Harvard Human Rights Journal editorial staff.

Mollie Bracewell (Southeast Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities, Cambodia)
Mollie is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated in 2008 from Georgetown University with a double major in government and history, specializing in Latin American history, and a minor in theology. She spent a summer studying Latin American issues in Quito, Ecuador and a year studying international law and politics at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. At HLS, she is involved with HLS Advocates, the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Human Rights Journal. Before law school, Mollie worked for a magazine in New York, did freelance editorial work, and lived on an ashram in India. She is very interested in international human rights work and will be working this summer for an anti-human trafficking organization in Cambodia.

Meredith Bragg (World Food Programme, Italy)
Meredith is a first-year Harvard Law School student interested primarily in the intersections of law, development, gender, and health. Originally from Calgary, Canada, she graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2009 with a double major in international trade & development and African studies. Meredith then worked for Canada Bridges, an international non-profit organization dedicated to building capacity and increasing female participation in professional careers. During her time at Bridges, Meredith helped launch a youth entrepreneurship program that is operating in Yemen and Northern Canada. At HLS she is the vice president of communications for the Harvard Law and International Development Society. She is also a technical editor for the Journal of Law and Gender and serves as a co-chair of the Women’s Issues Committee for the Women’s Law Association. This summer she will work in the legal department of the World Food Program in Rome.

Angela Chuang (Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone)
Angela is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, she researched labor solidarity amongst migrant workers in southwest China, taught English in Thailand, and traveled extensively throughout Asia. She graduated in 2008 from Cornell University, where she majored in industrial and labor relations and minored in law and society. At HLS, Angela is involved with the International Law Journal, the Human Rights Journal, and the Exoneration Legal Project. This summer, she will work for Timap for Justice, a grassroots organization committed to providing legal aid and advice to Sierra Leoneans.

Madison Condon (Public International Law & Policy Group, Washington, DC)
Madison is a first-year student at Harvard Law School with a BS from Columbia University in environmental engineering and economics. In 2008–2009, she was a Fulbright scholar to the Netherlands where she studied international water law and policy at UNESCO-IHE. She has worked in Koraro, Ethiopia and Arusha, Tanzania on water supply and development projects. Prior to entering law school she worked at an organic farm in Hawaii, a bakery in Massachusetts, and an archaeology site in France.  Madison is interested in land rights and transboundary environmental law. 

Yaira Dubin (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Netherlands)
Yaira is a first-year JD student at Harvard Law School. She graduated in 2010 from Stern College with a BA in molecular and cellular biology. At HLS she is involved with Advocates for Human Rights and the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. This summer, Yaira will work in the Appeals Section in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Her academic interests include international criminal justice and constitutional law. In her free time, she likes to snowboard and watch The Wire

Samantha Fang (Office of the United States Trade Representative, Washington, DC)
Samantha is a first-year law student with an interest in emerging markets and international trade. She graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with an AB in economics. She has summered as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, and has worked on trade and development issues in Geneva, Switzerland. At Harvard Law, she is involved with the Harvard International Law Journal and the Harvard Mediation Program. This summer, Samantha looks forward to exploring her passion for international trade at the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she will focus on bilateral negotiations and WTO disputes with China.

Elizabeth Freedman (Council of Europe, France)
Elizabeth is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, she spent two years teaching third grade and volunteering at an NGO in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and two years teaching at a high school in the Bronx with the New York City Teaching Fellows. She received her Master of Science degree in education from CUNY Lehman and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Latin American and Latino studies and communications. At HLS, she is involved in the Human Rights Advocates, the Law and International Development Society, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. This summer, she will be working at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee in Strasbourg, France, the guarantor of the European Convention on Human Rights.  

Jason Gelbort (International Professional Partnership for Sierra Leone)
Jason is a concurrent HLS JD and Fletcher MALD student. At HLS, he is a technical editor on the International Law Journal and co-president of the Law and International Development Society. Last summer, Jason worked at the Public International Law & Policy Group, providing legal advice to post-conflict states on constitution making and transitional justice issues. He graduated from Brown University in 2006 with a BA 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, Jason will be working in the government of Sierra Leone in Freetown through the International Professional Partnership for Sierra Leone.

Elizabeth Hague (Women’s Legal Centre, South Africa)
Elizabeth is a first-year JD student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Islamic studies and political science in 2008. She was a Fulbright scholar in Morocco from 2008-2009, where she researched the legal rights and legal literacy of unwed mothers. At HLS, she is involved with Law Students for Reproductive Justice, the Women's Law Association, and the Human RIghts Journal.  This summer, Elizabeth will intern with the Women's Legal Centre in Cape Town, working on impact litigation related to women's issues. 

Jelani Karamoko (Community Law Centre, South Africa)
Jelani is a rising second-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in property rights and economic development. He graduated from Morehouse College in 2006 with a BA in economics and a minor in mathematics. Prior to law school, Jelani worked on Wall Street as a bond trader in the mortgage department for Bank of America. In the future he hopes to return to his hometown of Detroit to focus on land development and urban renewal. 

Natasa Kovacevic (World Food Programme, Italy)
Natasa is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Originally from Bosnia, she graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a degree in economics and a secondary field in neurobiology. As an undergraduate, Natasa served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Review, and as president of the Harvard Red Cross Club, where she worked on measles immunization efforts and disaster relief. She has interned at the Grameen Foundation in Argentina, analyzing the impact of microcredit initiatives on several indicators of development; and at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria. At HLS, she serves as development editor of the International Law Journal and as vice president of speakers & events for the Law and International Development Society. Natasa will be in Rome this summer, working in the Contractual and Constitutional Law Branch of the legal office at the UN World Food Programme.

Stephen Lam (InfraCo Asia, Singapore)
Stephen is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, Stephen worked as a management consultant at Monitor Group, where he specialized in the international development practice. At Monitor, he worked on a number of advisory projects for international philanthropic foundations and multilateral development banks, including an initiative aimed at increasing the usage of fertilizer amongst smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in the development and regulation of infrastructure and utilities in the developing world, and is also interested in issues related to the expansion of financial services to borrowers in developing countries. At HLS, he serves on the Executive Boards of LIDS and APALSA, and is an editor on the Harvard Business Law Review. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international politics.

Megan McDermott (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Netherlands)
Megan graduated from Columbia University with a BA degree in literature and classics and then spent five years working on her doctorate in English and teaching literature at Harvard University. From 2007-2010, she worked as a healthcare journalist in Boston and a medical advocate for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). As a rising 2L, Meg continues to work at BARCC and hopes to dedicate her legal career to the rights of sexual violence survivors. On campus, Meg is involved with HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Women's Law Association. This summer, Meg will be working in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands. 

Scott McIntosh (International Justice Mission, Philippines)
Scott is a first-year student at Harvard Law School.  He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with degrees in economics and accounting.  Before law school, Scott taught eighth grade algebra in San Francisco with Teach for America, where his students earned the highest state test scores of any class in any subject in school history.  His work with IJM this summer will focus on a rule of law approach to combating human trafficking in the Philippines.  His prior international experience includes teaching math and English in Tanzania and interning in the International Labor Affairs Bureau at the US Department of Labor.  

Elinathan Ohiomoba (Centre for Legal Empowerment, Kenya)
As an undergraduate at Harvard College, Elinathan concentrated in English literature. After graduating, she received an MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Her master's thesis followed African refugees and immigrants in Europe and the United States. In addition, Elinathan has volunteered with Amnesty International and the Beijing Olympic Commission. Her interests include post-conflict political development and the arts.

Rio Pierce (National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa)
Rio is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, he worked for several years in film development in Los Angeles. He is very interested in international criminal law and economic development. Combining those interests, he is working this summer for the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the South African National Government. At HLS, he is involved with the Law and International Development Society and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He graduated in 2005 from Duke University with a major in history.

Jonathan Pride (Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Netherlands)
Jonathan is a first-year student at the Law School. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 with a BA in international affairs and Arabic. After graduating college, Jonathan studied at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon for six months. He returned to the United States to cover international news at CNN. Having lived and worked in France and Lebanon, he speaks English, French, and Arabic. This summer, Jonathan will be working at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, investigating and prosecuting the persons responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. 

Danielle Purifoy (Centre for Applied Legal Studies, South Africa)
Danielle is a second-year law student at Harvard Law School.  She graduated in 2006 from Vassar College, where she studied English and political science.  Before HLS, Danielle spent one year as a service leader for City Year Louisiana, and two years as a mayoral fellow and environmental projects coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Development Administration at the City of New Orleans.  This summer, she will be working in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), University of Witwatersrand.  She will be focused on environmental cases involving pollution and public health issues stemming from extractive industries, such as coal mining.  

Innokenty Pyetranker (Public International Law & Policy Group, Washington, DC)
Innokenty is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He earned his BA in economics and political science from Columbia University, where he was a JPMorgan Chase Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholar. At Harvard, Innokenty serves on the executive boards of both the National Security Journal and the National Security and Law Association. This summer, Innokenty will be a summer associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group, a global law firm that provides governments with legal advice regarding peace negotiations, post-conflict constitutions, and war crimes tribunals.

Roxana Rahmani (Alternative Law Forum, India)
Roxana is a rising 2L at Harvard Law School where she serves as an officer of the Women's Law Association, a board member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in government & politics and American studies. She spent a year working at an animal rights organization in Washington, DC before beginning law school and has since developed a focus in gender issues and human rights work. This summer, Roxana will work at a grassroots law collective dealing with a variety of human rights and social justice issues, focusing on sexual minority rights. In the future, she hopes to explore the intersection of labor, migration, and gender. 

Sasha Sharif (Center for Legal Empowerment, Kenya)
Sasha is a rising second-year JD student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in political science and a certificate in African studies. While in college, Sasha studied Kiswahili in Mombasa, Kenya and spent semesters at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Sasha is interested in human rights law and development, and will be working in Kituo cha Sheria's Refugee Center in Kenya for the first half of the summer, and Kituo's Regional Branch office in Mombasa for the remainder of the summer working on land, labor, and housing rights. At HLS, Sasha is currently a co-chair for BLSA's Africa Summit and is on the board of the Harvard African Law Association.

Nicole Summers (DeJusticia, Colombia)
Nicole is a first-year student at Harvard Law School pursuing a joint master’s degree with the Fletcher School at Tufts.  Nicole graduated from Brown University in 2008 with a BA in development studies, focusing on global public health, democratic governance, and the political economy of development.  Prior to coming to law school, Nicole studied community-based malnutrition programs as a Fulbright scholar in Nicaragua, worked on public health and rural development projects in Panama and Samoa, and worked for a year for the City of Chicago, where she led the nation's first-ever "participatory budgeting" process.  At HLS Nicole is on the boards of Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard Law and International Development Society, Harvard Human Rights Journal, and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.  

Claire Suni (The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Switzerland)
Claire is a first-year student in the JD/MPH program at Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health. Claire is interested in health system strengthening initiatives, particularly as they relate to health financing in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, she spent two years in the Reproductive Health Global Program at PATH, a global health organization based in Seattle. In this position, Claire supported a project to introduce a new contraceptive, traveling to Rwanda and Malawi to work with stakeholders including ministries of health, WHO, and Pfizer. Prior to PATH, Claire worked as a research & policy analyst with SEIU Healthcare, a labor union representing low-income health workers. Claire graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in law, societies, & justice and minors in human rights; anthropology; and African studies. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Ghana and then spent a year conducting field research on access to state-based healthcare in Central Africa and on legal systems in the Middle East. At Harvard, Claire sits on the Executive Board of HLS Advocates for Human Rights as the liaison to Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. Claire enjoys photography, snowboarding, and dance classes.

Colette van der Ven (World Bank, Washington, DC)
Colette is a first-year law student, pursuing a joint JD/MPP degree with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. At HLS, Colette is part of the Law and International Development Society executive board. Colette graduated from Middlebury College where she pursued a major in political science. She has also studied in France, Peru, and Cyprus. Prior to coming to law school, Colette spent six months working with the UN at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia, and explored investigative journalism in Cuba and the Philippines. Colette is passionate about human rights and international development, and is very excited to help fight corruption this summer at the World Bank.

Martha Vega-Gonzalez (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Netherlands)
Martha is a first-year JD student at Harvard Law School. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2009 with a major in history and a minor in French; her senior thesis explored the competing claims of legitimacy of the Spanish governments during and after the Spanish Civil War. Martha’s interests include nationalism, internationalism, the international system, and the laws of war. This summer, Martha will intern in Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. At Harvard she is involved with the Tenant Advocacy Program, the International Law Journal, and the Human Rights Journal.

Carol Wang (National Solidarity Program, Afghanistan)
Carol is a first-year JD student from El Paso, TX. She received her BA in 2007 from Princeton University, with a major in the Woodrow Wilson School and minors in finance and Chinese. After graduation, she worked on the international mission in Afghanistan, first as special assistant to the director at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and then as advisor to the H.E. Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations. This summer she will be working on the transition to Afghan-led sub-national governance, Article 140 of the Afghan Constitution, and the village council law.

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