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David Friedman graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2020 with a B.A. in Public Policy & International Affairs and a certificate in East Asian Studies. For his senior thesis, David traveled across South Korea and interviewed Yemeni migrants and nongovernmental stakeholders, assessing the country’s asylum determination procedures, integration protocols, and adherence to international law. While at Princeton, David was also heavily involved in student government as a class officer, and he volunteered as a college counselor for high school students from first generation and low income backgrounds.
Before joining Mintz, David interned at the United Nations Population Fund in 2018, where he researched UN-wide progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals with a particular eye for religious minorities, migrants, and women in developing countries. In 2019, David worked on humanitarian and sustainability-focused public sector projects across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa as an intern at global development consultancy Chemonics.
Luke Haubenstock graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University, where he was a campus tour guide and senior class marshal. Luke received his BA in Political Science, and he spent his junior year studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford, with emphases in moral philosophy, formal logic, and EU trade policy.
In 2017, Luke served as a delegate to a US-China trade negotiation on the eve of the trade war. Luke has also edited technology and IP-related articles for an international law journal at Stanford Law School, worked in graduate recruitment at a law firm in Singapore, and interned for a DC-based geopolitical communications firm. In New York City, Luke founded a student organization that provides tutoring services and resources to LGBTQ+ and at-risk homeless young people.
Camille Herring graduated early from Davidson College with a B.A. in History and cum laude honors in 2020. While at Davidson, Camille served as a Defense Advisor for the College Honor Council and was actively involved on campus as Chancellor for the Student Government Association (SGA) and Executive Chair for SGA’s Election Council. As a Bonner Scholar, Camille also dedicated her summers to research and volunteering which included time with the New Arrivals Institute assisting recently arrived refugees to the United States. Camille spent the summer and fall of 2019 abroad, studying History and Political Science at Emmanuel College and the University of Amsterdam.
Camille enjoyed various summer work and educational experiences and was committed to increasing social welfare in her community. She conducted research and generated clean housing titles for the Smithville Community Coalition, an organization fighting for fair housing in the Black community. Additionally, she was involved in community organizing and extensively researched the ways law and policy affected minority communities. In 2020, she continued to research how law and policy affect minority communities as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation intern and a research intern for Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security. In her final year at Davidson, Camille worked as a research intern for the city of Charlotte under Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12).
Kayla Nakeeb graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 2021 with a B.A. in English Literature and Art History. Her senior independent research, "Politics of Dignity: Entrenched Narratives of U.S. Anti-Hunger Safety Net Programs,” tracked the relationship between the depiction of federal supplemental nutrition programs in popular media and policy restrictions against communities of color. Her research resulted from a three-year internship at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, where she assisted low-income clients to appeal Social Security Disability and Massachusetts DTA case denials.
Kayla was previously a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholar in Brazil, a Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs Fellow, and a National Youth Delegate to America’s Promise Alliance. She has assisted with research at Wellesley’s Global Portuguese Program and Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Policy and Innovation, tutored English across Peru and Central Europe, and volunteers as a street-outreach, resource advocate for unsheltered homeless individuals in Boston. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she founded a multi-state partnership to connect college students with homebound seniors in order to provide basic needs deliveries.
Joe Ort graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2021 with a BA in History and certificates in Spanish Language & Culture and Values & Public Life. Joe’s senior thesis grappled with the intersections of historical amnesia and local agency in the dramatized violence of the so-called “Royal Gorge War” (1878-79), a prolonged conflict between two railroad companies in southern Colorado. Outside of the classroom, Joe competed with and served as president of Princeton Mock Trial, tour guided for the Princeton University Art Museum, and volunteer tutored underprivileged elementary and high school students in the Trenton area.
In his summers, Joe studied abroad in Toledo, Spain, canvassed for evidence as an investigator for the Bronx Defenders, and conducted research for the Department of Justice’s Human Rights & Special Prosecutions Section. In his free time, Joe enjoys playing guitar and extremely patchy tennis, biking, and backpacking.
Alexandra Prendergast graduated from Wesleyan University in 2020 with a B.A. in Government and the College of Social Studies. She received honors for her senior thesis, “Left Behind But Not Forgotten: The United States’ Jus Sanguinis Obligations to Abandoned Amerasian Children.” Her thesis examined the struggles of biracial progeny of U.S. military personnel and local women to gain American citizenship. Alexandra’s research was accepted by Harvard’s annual Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference.
While at Wesleyan, Alexandra served as the President of Wesleyan College Democrats, the Political Director of College Democrats of Connecticut, and the captain of Wesleyan’s mock trial team. Her interest in law and politics began during her time as a U.S. Senate Page for Senator Christopher Murphy. During the fall semester of her junior year, she studied abroad in Paris, France at Sorbonne Nouvelle University. Alexandra spent her summers working for Middletown’s Office of the General Counsel, Lawyers for Children and the Office of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Riya Rana graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Economics, International Studies, and Sociology. She pursued courses and research projects in core specialties including asylum law, human rights frameworks, and socioeconomic development in BRIC nations and South Asia. Her interdisciplinary coursework culminated in a senior independent study and capstone paper on the relevant case law and political history of a de facto stateless community in Bangladesh. In addition to her studies, Riya served as member and chair for several organizations on campus, including Model United Nations, the Foreign Affairs Symposium, Alpha Phi Omega, and South Asian Students at Hopkins. She also helped launch the Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Law Review as well as the Economics Club to build communities for students interested in law and economics.
As an undergraduate, Riya spent two summers interning at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, an immigration litigation firm and nonprofit clinic, where she gained substantial experience in immigration law and conducted research for asylum and cancellation of removal cases. After graduating, Riya accepted roles in financial consulting and urban economics research, working as a mortgage banking analyst and publishing translational writing on policy applications of econometric research, including infrastructure investment, environmental conservation, and poverty reduction. While she’s normally buried in a book (usually poetry), her other hobbies include yoga, journaling, sampling coffeeshops, and overwhelming her tiny kitchen with baked goods and new recipes.
Eleanor Shea graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2020 with an AB degree in Social Studies, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in Latin American Studies. Nell, as she usually goes by, focused her studies on social theory and criminal justice. Her senior thesis, entitled “A Vote from Behind Bars: A Democratic Case for Reimagining the Penal System”, investigated the relationship between citizenship and punishment using her home state of Vermont as a case study. Nell spent a semester abroad improving her Spanish skills and studying Latin American history at La Universidad Católica de Chile. Throughout her college career, she directed the Women’s Leadership Conference, played club soccer, and spent four years as an intern at The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.
Nell enjoyed a variety of summer work and educational experiences. She interned for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and at American Space Valencia, an initiative of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassy in Spain. She also undertook research as an undergraduate fellow at the Center for American Political Studies, and traveled to Greece as a teaching fellow for an introductory philosophy course organized by the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies.
Shaina Sikka graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science. While at Boston University, Shaina was an active participant in community building initiatives. She served as President of the Pre-Law Society and as Vice President of a high school mentorship program. Her interest in the intersection between legal aid and community organization began during her internship at the Boston Court Service Center, where Shaina had the opportunity to work one-on-one with self-represented litigants and gained an in-depth knowledge of the court system. The following summer, she continued her interest in legal aid at the Harvard Legal Services Center. As a legal intern, she helped low-income clients resolve wrongful denials of Social Security disability benefits.
In 2019, Shaina’s academic concentration in European International Systems and World Order inspired her to study abroad in London. She explored civil liberty violations and criminal defense law as an intern at UK Law Firm Tuckers Solicitors. After her abroad experience, she worked as a Resident Assistant for freshmen on a floor dedicated to environmental sustainability. Her senior year, Shaina participated in environmental research through her internship at a start-up focusing on high-density living climate policy.
Sergey Smirnov graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Religious Studies and Law and Society. On campus, he served as the President and afterwards as the New Member Educator of the Cornell Hedge Fund. Additionally, he co-founded the Cornell Undergraduate Law and Society Review and served as an editor for the publication.
Sergey spent the summer of 2017 as an intern at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C. and spent the next two summers as an intern for Societe Generale in Houston and New York City focused on energy financing. In his free time, Sergey enjoys long-distance running, reading (especially Russian authors), and watching soccer and cricket.
Robyn Stewart graduated from Columbia University in 2021 with a BA in Political Science and a concentration in History. Awarded the Richard Lewis Kohn Travelling Fellowship, she spent her junior year at the London School of Economics studying International History. While at Columbia, Robyn participated in clubs promoting inclusivity, serving as Vice President for the Women of Color Pre-Law Society, Publicity Chairperson for the Caribbean Students’ Association, and as a mentor with the Columbia Mentoring Initiative for students from underrepresented backgrounds. She also researched Columbia University’s historical connections to slavery through a research project with the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro.
Off campus, Robyn explored law and public service through professional experiences. She interned for Senator Cory Booker in the fall of 2018, and in 2019 she was selected as a Navab Fellow for her summer research internship at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also has previously interned for the African American Policy Forum and American Documentary.
Milan Sani graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Sociology and a secondary in Government in 2020. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Milan was actively involved on campus. She served as the Director of the Consent Advocates and Relationship Educators (CARE), working to confront rape culture and gender inequity through education and advocacy campaigns. She also worked as a faculty research assistant for two Sociology professors, studying U.S. based activism surrounding foreign regional conflicts and researching the effects of current anti-abortion laws on women in El Salvador.
During her summers, Milan taught overseas and explored public interest law. During the summer of 2017, she served as a WorldTeach volunteer, teaching English at the Lamdon School in Ladakh, India. In the summer of 2018, she worked as a legal intern at Sanctuary for Families, a legal non-profit that defends women who have been trafficked or domestically abused. The following summer, Milan worked as a legal intern at The Office of The Massachusetts Attorney General in the Fair Labor Division helping to enforce wage and hour, public construction and child labor laws.
Taylor Jones graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a double minor in Political Science and Sociology in 2020. Taylor’s senior thesis “Captive Markets: An Examination of the Indelible Legacy of Neighborhood Stratification on Black Settlement Patterns in Cleveland, OH, 1960-1980,” underscores her interest in social equity issues in urban communities. During her college career, Taylor broadened her policy and legal acumen through internships on Capitol Hill, with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Trident DMG, and the Brennan Center for Justice. She also completed a public policy and law fellowship at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley as part of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program and an immersion program at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
At Howard, Taylor was actively involved on campus; serving in the student government association in multiple capacities. Taylor allocated funding to students wishing to study abroad through grants, oversaw a multi-site peer-to-peer mentorship program for vulnerable students in DC Public Schools, and worked on legislation to alter the university’s governance structure to amplify the voices of underrepresented students. Additionally, Taylor participated in a research and service fellowship in South Africa in 2019 through the Young AfricanA Leadership Initiative and served as the Assistant Director for a premier servant leadership program for first-year students. Taylor is a proud member of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc. and served as the chapter’s Social Action Committee Chair where she implemented programs to increase political awareness and efficacy in the black community.
Amy Martin graduated cum laude from The George Washington University in 2021 with a B.A. in International Affairs concentrating in Africa Studies. Throughout her undergraduate years Amy held several student government positions including a year serving as the Executive Vice President. Actively involved in campus life, Amy served in leadership roles of several other organizations and was a member of the all-female a cappella group the Gw Pitches.
Outside of classes, Amy also pursued several professional and educational experiences. She spent her first two years of college working in her university’s Media Relations department. In the spring of 2019 she began an internship in Senator Ron Wyden’s office. That same spring she spent her break learning about refugee resettlement processes in Clarkston, GA. As her classes shifted online, Amy found herself getting involved with The Every Voice Coalition. Working with them first as a fellow and then as the State Director of their Virginia efforts, Amy was able to write and advocate for legislation aimed at creating additional supports for students and survivors at the university level. In her senior year, she was part of a team that established the GW Mutual Aid network and worked with her peers to distribute over $25,000 in direct aid to community members in need.