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Sanjay Dureseti graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a minor in History. His senior honors thesis traced the origins and the development of the American carceral state throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. At Penn, Sanjay was a Fox Leadership Fellow, a Section Director for the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, and a writer for various campus publications.
Sanjay worked as a researcher for the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, an organization that evaluates and vets philanthropic initiatives. He also studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was a legislative researcher for a member of Scottish Parliament. Sanjay spent his summers working to alleviate educational inequity through internships with Pathfinder New Haven and Teach for America.
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.
Rebecca Horton graduated from Boston College in 2019 with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science and a minor in English. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Rebecca was actively involved in campus life, where she served as president of the Learning to Serve club, chaired Model United Nations conferences, and worked in employment services at the Boston College Career Center.
Rebecca also pursued several professional experiences abroad during her time off campus. She was selected as a Clough Junior Fellow through the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy for her summer internship within the Irish Parliament. She later interned with a non-governmental organization while spending a semester in Geneva, Switzerland, where she presented an oral statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council on human rights abuses in southeast Asia. Additionally, Rebecca spent a summer working at Boston College Law School helping to research and draft articles for their law magazine. Throughout the past year, she volunteered at the Boston Court Service Center assisting clients with paperwork in preparation for trial.
Christian McGrew graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. While at Notre Dame, Christian served as president of Unleashed Social Ventures and president of BridgeND. He spent his summers consulting for a local government in Guatemala and doing legal research in Chicago. He also spent semesters in DC, where he interned for a government relations firm that served local governments, and in Hong Kong.
Beyond school, Christian helped found BridgeUSA, a national organization that invests in the future of democracy by bridging political divides on college campuses around the country. As Chief Strategy Officer, Christian oversaw BridgeUSA’s expansion to over 30 universities and helped the organization run its first two annual summits, which featured two former presidential candidates and over 200 student participants. In his final year at Notre Dame, he was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to serve in Taiwan.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Tcheng graduated from the University of Chicago in 2019 with a joint B.A. with honors in Sociology and Comparative Human Development. Her senior thesis, “Diabetes is Not A Poor Person’s Ailment: How Individuals on the South Side of Chicago Negotiate the Diabetes Care Experience,” investigated how access to stable healthcare structured individual illness management and earned her recognition from the Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize.
While at the University of Chicago, Emily volunteered with Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, worked at the University of Chicago Survey Lab conducting survey interviews on urban and healthcare policy, and assisted on research in the Comparative Human Development department on gender disparity in medical education and youth suicide. Emily spent her summers exploring the world of public interest law. She worked in self-help legal aid clinics in her native Los Angeles during the summers of 2016 and 2017, and, in the summer of 2018, she worked with the Legal Council for Health Justice in Chicago on youth health policy initiatives.
Katherine Wang graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College in 2019 with a B.A. in Philosophy. While at Wellesley, Katherine was President of the Pre-Law Society and Chinese Students' Association. During her senior year, she worked as a Research Assistant at MIT Sloan School of Management to develop the institution’s first course on digital technology and the law. Katherine’s research focused on the intersection of artificial intelligence, employment law, and surveillance in the workplace.
Outside of Wellesley, Katherine spent the fall semester of her junior year studying logic and philosophy of religion at the University of Oxford. Last summer, she worked as a Compliance Summer Analyst in the private equity and venture capital division of Goldman Sachs. Prior to that, she was a Federal Tax Clinic Intern at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, where she helped low-income taxpayers resolve conflicts against the Internal Revenue Service, and a Global Operations Intern at State Street Corporation, where she researched trades on behalf of sub-custodians.
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.
Nikki Shaner-Bradford graduated from Barnard College in 2019 with a BA in English and Economics and Social History. She received departmental honors in Economics, and distinction for her senior thesis “The Price of Freedom: Compensated Emancipation in the Antebellum United States,” which examined antebellum abolition plans, reparations, and the legacy of slavery within the United States. She also completed two English theses, including a fiction project and an examination of Charles Dickens, tragic literature, and the sublime. Outside of class, Nikki served as an Editor-in-Chief of The Columbia Review, an associate editor of Columbia’s Helvidius Journal of Politics and Society, an Economics Help Room tutor, and a member of the Barnard Honor Board.
After graduating early in December, Nikki spent her spring semester off as an editorial intern at The Paris Review, where she helped fact-check, proofread, and support the quarterly production cycle. Previously, she interned for Odyssey Investment Partners, the Children’s Law Center, and Greenwich House.
Margaret Jewett graduated with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a B.A. in Global Security & Justice and French. Her senior thesis on the 2016 trial of Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad, evaluated how the trial dealt with crimes of sexual violence under his regime.
At the University of Virginia, Margaret was the co-chair of the Global Security and Justice major advisory board and volunteered at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. During her senior year, she served as the program director for a student volunteer program with the Shelter for Help in Emergency, an organization dedicated to providing shelter and other services to survivors of intimate partner violence. She received Program Director of the Year for her work from Madison House, the student volunteer center at UVA. Margaret spent her summers exploring legal and policy-related fields, including internships at Congressman A. Donald McEachin’s district office and an insurance defense law firm in Richmond, Virginia. The summer before her senior year, Margaret helped welcome refugee families to the United States as a casework intern at the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville.
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.