Biographies of 2012 Chayes Fellows

Twenty-six Harvard Law School students were awarded the 2012 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship for work in 19 countries. The 2012 Chayes Fellows are listed below, with their summer placements and biographical information submitted by the students.

Daniel Brasil Becker (Justiça Global, Brazil)
Daniel is a first year student at Harvard Law School, interested in globalization's impact on the world of work. He graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a double major in International Relations and Peace & Justice Studies, and a minor in Latino Studies. As an undergraduate, Daniel wrote extensively on the sustainability of Brazil's biofuels industry as well as migration to and from Brazil. Prior to enrolling in law school, he worked for three years at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615, where he organized janitors and security guards to negotiate favorable contracts, fight back layoffs, and build political alliances. This summer, Daniel will be working in Rio de Janeiro at Justiça Global's Program on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights.

Emily Becker (Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, Croatia)
Emily, HLS class of 2014, is focusing her legal education on international environmental law and policy. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, she attended Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in International Studies. As an undergraduate, Emily traveled to Amman, Jordan to research land conflict and its impact on Jordanian national identity and to Argentina to study how deforestation influenced the cultural identity of the Mbya Guarani indigenous community. She will continue her pursuit of international environmental issues this summer by researching the legal status of marine protected areas.

Ashley Belyea (U.S. Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel, International Affairs Section, Washington, DC)
Ashley is a first-year law student with an interest in the dynamics between international and domestic laws. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Virginia, in Russian and East European Studies, Ashley completed a two-year teaching fellowship in Edinburgh, Scotland, teaching European and British politics and history. She received a master's degree in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she won the West Law Prize. She focused on public international law and international organizations and wrote her master's thesis comparing the peacebuilding capacities of the UN and the EU. While at Fletcher, Ashley founded a performing arts and leadership exchange, bringing Bosnian students to the U.S. to build performance, professional, and language skills. Before entering HLS, Ashley served as an intern at The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Sarajevo, working on national security asylum cases, the UN's engagement with issue of statelessness, and Bosnia-Herzegovina's legal reform for compliance with EU accession criteria in asylum and refugee law. At HLS, she is a member of the Harvard International Law Journal and will be a teaching assistant next year for Professor Greiner's Civil Procedure course and an Executive Board member for the Law and International Development Society. This summer Ashley will be based in Washington, DC, at the Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel, International Affairs Section.

Samuel Birnbaum (United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, Thailand)
Sam is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, he worked in rural western China as a Fellow with Teach For China, where he taught English to ethnic minority students and ran an environmental awareness program. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he studied politics and Chinese. At HLS, Sam is involved with the Harvard International Law Journal and is a board member of Advocates for Human Rights. This summer he will work for the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tess Borden (United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, South Africa)
Tess is a first-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in international human rights and humanitarian law. She grew up in Ithaca, New York and spent summers during high school working and studying in London and Paris. In 2008, she received her B.A. in French from Yale, where she wrote her senior thesis under the direction of Yale Law School on comparative conceptualizations of Arab Muslims in French and American counterterrorism models. Between undergraduate and law school, Tess completed two internships at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Netherlands, worked as a legal writer/researcher at an Ithaca law firm specializing in immigration and asylum law, and served as research assistant to Human Rights Watch’s West Africa team for nine months in Dakar, Senegal. At HLS, she is a board member of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Advocates for Human Rights, and the Harvard African Law Association. This summer, Tess will be working for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary executions. She will be based in Pretoria, South Africa for two months and will spend three weeks in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the Special Rapporteur’s annual report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Zoe Brennan-Krohn (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Netherlands)

Melissa Chastang (Southern Africa Litigation Centre, South Africa)
Melissa is a first-year student at Harvard Law School and a 2011 graduate of Hampton University where she majored in English Arts. She is pursuing a career in international human rights law, with a particular interest in sub-Saharan Africa and its efforts to bring an end to crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Since arriving at HLS, she has worked on projects with Advocates for Human Rights, served on the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and taken her first international trip as a participant in the Black Law Student Association’s Africa Summit. Melissa is excited to spend her first summer abroad in Johannesburg, South Africa, working with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in their International Justice Programme.

Madison Condon (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France)
Madison is a second-year student in the joint degree program between Harvard Law School and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She has a B.S. from Columbia University in environmental engineering and economics. In 2008–2009, Madison 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 customary law and development projects. This year, she was a fellow with the Harvard Water Security Initiative, which took her to Pakistan over the January term. Last summer, Madison was a Chayes Fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington, DC, where she worked on projects related to the drafting of the Egyptian constitution.

Frédérique Couture-Carrier (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, France)
Frédérique is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a B.A. in history, concentrating on modern Russia. As an avid traveler and language explorer, her summers working in Spain and teaching in China and Ghana sparked an interest in international law that she has followed all the way to HLS, where she is involved with the Harvard Law and International Development Society, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. This summer, Frédérique will work for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee in Strasbourg, France, and is excited to learn how international law is implemented while uncovering the best baguettes in town.

Kelly Diep (United Nations Children’s Fund–UNICEF, China)
Kelly is a member of the JD class of 2014. She immigrated to the United States from Vietnam when she was three, and grew up in Carlsbad, California. She graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a degree in History and Science and a secondary field in Economics. As an undergraduate, Kelly was Director-General of World Model United Nations, a Senior Editor of the Harvard International Review, and a Director of the Chinatown Big Sibling Program. After graduating, she spent a year working for Compassion for Migrant Children, a China-based NGO. At HLS, she is involved with the Harvard Asia Law Society and the Harvard International Law Journal. Kelly will be interning in Beijing for UNICEF China, working specifically in the Social Policy and Reform and Child Protection programs.

Jan Fiala (Disability Rights Center, Hungary/Office of the Ombudswoman for Persons with Disabilities, Croatia)
Jan is completing the first year of the S.J.D program at Harvard Law School. In his research, he focuses on the international human rights standards relating to the rights of persons with disabilities. He graduated with an LL.M. degree from HLS in 2010. He also holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the Central European University in Hungary (2004), a Mgr. (LL.B.) from the Comenius University’s Faculty of Law in Slovakia (2003), and a degree in International Relations (Ing.) from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia (2002). In 2004, Jan was a clerk at the European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France). Since 2004, he has been involved in various capacities in strategic litigation and law reform activities on behalf of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in several Central European countries.

Samantha Glover (Environment and Natural Resources Foundation, Argentina)
Samantha is a first-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School from East Hartford, Connecticut. She is passionate about human rights as well as environmental law. Samantha is currently the communications director for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, the community outreach co-chair of the Harvard Black Law Students Association, and an active member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. She graduated from Columbia University in 2011 with a degree in Anthropology and Hispanic Studies. While at Columbia, she studied abroad in Granada, Spain. This summer, Samantha will be doing environmental law and policy work at the Environment and Natural Resources Foundation (FARN).

Anna Gressel (American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Morocco)
Anna is a first-year student at Harvard Law School with an interest in international development, negotiation, and comparative law. Anna is originally from New York City, and received her B.A. in neuroscience from Pomona College, where she was awarded the senior prize in neuroscience. After graduating, Anna was granted a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic for a summer in Cairo, and then returned to New York to work as an associate in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch. Anna completed a Fulbright Research Fellowship on the jurisprudence of divorce awards under Morocco's family code, the Moudawana, and subsequently worked for Concern Worldwide in Freetown, Sierra Leone and for the Morocco Economic Competitiveness Program in Rabat, Morocco. At HLS, Anna is a member of the Harvard International Law Journal and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. In 2012, she will be a teaching assistant for Professor Greiner's Civil Procedure course. This summer, Anna will be based in Morocco, working with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative on their programs focused on anti-corruption, plea bargaining, and alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.

Lindsay Henson (Human Rights Law Network, India)
Lindsay is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from UCLA in 2007 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. Before law school, Lindsay worked for three years as an analyst at a litigation consulting firm, where she supported expert witnesses testifying in complex business litigation. Most recently, she completed a year-long fellowship in Cebu, Philippines, with International Justice Mission, a human rights NGO. 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. Lindsay is very interested in criminal justice system reform in the developing world. This summer, she will be working with Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi, India, where she will be supporting local attorneys who are prosecuting human rights abuses perpetrated against women and children.

Lauren Herman (Adalah–The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Israel)
Lauren is pursuing a dual degree at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Divinity School with a focus on human rights and religion. She received her B.A. in Peace & Gender studies and Near Eastern studies from Cornell University in 2005. Before coming to HLS, Lauren was a community organizing fellow at the Jewish Organizing Initiative, where she worked at the Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice. She then spent several years working for the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, where she organized human rights programming across the university and managed the Scholars at Risk Program. At HLS, Lauren is an Executive Content Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and she has done research for the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and the Harvard Human Rights Program. This summer, Lauren will be working in Haifa, Israel for Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

Julian Hill (International Law Institute–African Centre for Legal Excellence, Uganda)
Julian is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Before coming to HLS, he taught high school Spanish in Compton, California as a Teach for America member and spent nearly a year backpacking through most of Latin America and farming organically in Uganda. At HLS, he is involved with the Black Law Students Association, Harvard Defenders, Advocates for Human Rights, and the Harvard International Law Journal. His current interests are rule of law and economic development.

Yu-Chi Kuo (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania)
Yu-Chi is a first year student at Harvard Law and a PhD candidate in Politics and the Joint Program in Political Philosophy at Princeton University. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in Philosophy and Political Science. As an undergraduate, Yu-Chi founded an education non-profit abroad, worked at KPMG in Taiwan, conducted research on extremist groups in Germany, and was a recipient of the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award. Yu-Chi’s HLS activities include being involved with the International Law Journal as an Article Editor, Line Editor, and Submissions Reader. As a Chayes Fellow this summer, Yu-Chi will be conducting legal research and assisting judges draft judgments in the Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. Yu-Chi will also be spending part of the summer working on her academic research in legal theory and philosophy of law as a Harvard Law Summer Academic Fellow.

Lillian Langford (Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic)
Lillian graduated from Emory University in 2004 with a B.A. in psychology and a focus in music performance. After college, she spent two years in Italy working, learning Italian, volunteering with a refugee rights organization, and eating truckloads of pasta. She then returned to her native Florida to join the public defender’s office as a legal investigator, an experience that developed in her a strong interest in justice and human rights. Over the following two years she furthered her understanding of the topic while serving as a Program Coordinator for the Foundation for Sustainable Development first in Kakamega, Kenya, and then in Jodhpur, India. Lillian is now a third-year joint J.D./M.P.P. student at HLS and the Kennedy School, working on campus with the International Human Rights Clinic and currently serving as co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. After spending her first two summers in the Prosecutor’s Office of Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia and then with refugee rights organization Pro Asyl in Germany, she is now in Kyrgyzstan working on an access to justice project with the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia.

Andrew Mamo (Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Cambodia)
Andrew is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to HLS, he studied physics at MIT and received a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. He also taught mathematics at the Prison University Project in San Quentin, California and worked at the U.S. Department of Energy. At HLS he is involved in the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Prison Legal Assistance Project. His interests include comparative law, legal history, and access to justice. This summer, Andrew will work in the Office of the International Co-Prosecutor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Rachel Proctor May (Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, India)
Rachel studies the role that urban governance structures play in promoting urban sustainability in the United States and internationally. She was a senior research analyst for Austin Energy, where she developed and implemented electric vehicle and smart grid initiatives, and policy director for the Mayor Pro Tem of Austin, Texas, where she worked on projects including a rewrite of the Austin land development code. Previously, she was a staff writer for the Austin Chronicle. Rachel holds an M.A. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas and a B.A. in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin. She has lived in India, Peru, and Iran, and has traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America.

Lynnette Miner (Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone)
Lynnette is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009, Lynnette went to Rwanda to learn about post-genocide reconciliation efforts and to do advocacy work related to prison conditions, domestic violence, and land rights. She spent two years in Washington, DC working on business development for a consulting company while volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the DC foster care system. She has also worked on death penalty cases with the ACLU Capital Punishment Project. At HLS, Lynnette has been involved with Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. This summer she will be in Sierra Leone, working on community-level dispute resolutions with Timap for Justice.

Derrick Sutter (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, DC)
Derrick is a member of the JD class of 2014. He received his B.A. in East Asian Studies and Political Science from Yale University in 2009. Following graduation, Derrick served as a German Chancellor Fellow at the Free University of Berlin from 2010 through 2011, where he conducted research on environmental and energy cooperation between China and the European Union. Prior to enrolling in Harvard Law School, Derrick was a Fulbright scholar at Nanjing University where he studied Chinese youth Internet culture. During his Chayes Fellowship, Derrick will be working at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, DC.

Megumi Tsutsui (Legal Resources Centre, South Africa)
Megumi is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, she worked as a non-profit consultant advising clients across sectors on issues related to education, global health, and corporate social responsibility. At HLS, Megumi has been actively involved in the international development community, including leading a project for the Law and International Development Society, and subciting for the Harvard International Law Journal and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She is also involved with the Child and Youth Advocates community and the Law and Social Change program area. This summer, Megumi will work on impact litigation for a range of issues including education rights, access to housing, and refugee rights.

Sarah Wheaton (Resettlement Legal Aid Project, Egypt)
Sarah is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She earned her B.A. in international peace studies and political science from the University of Notre Dame. After graduation she worked for two years in Bangladesh as the peace program coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee. At Harvard, she is pursuing her interest in international justice by working with the Human Rights Advocates and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. This summer she will be working at St. Andrew's resettlement legal aid office for refugees in Cairo.

Rebecca Wolozin (Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, NY)
Rebecca is a first-year student at Harvard Law School pursuing a concurrent degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in International Education Policy. She graduated in 2008 from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and French. At HLS, she is a Senior Policy Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review and will be joining the board of the Law and International Development Society as Vice President for Projects. She also serves on the board for the Global Legal Education Forum. Before coming to HLS, Rebecca studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal, taught for a year in Avignon, France, and spent two years in Washington, DC working for the Federal Trade Commission.

Domonique Worship (Justiça Global, Brazil)
Domonique is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 2011 with a degree in Spanish and political science, and a certificate in international relations. While in college, Domonique spent her summers studying in Mexico and South Africa, and participating in international service projects in Peru and the Dominican Republic. At HLS, she is a member of Advocates for Human Rights, a submissions reader and subciter for the Harvard International Law Journal, and the secretary of the Black Law Students Association. Her interests include international development and human rights, particularly in Latin America. This summer she will intern with Justiça Global, a human rights organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Last modified: May 21, 2015

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