The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law

International Business Law Fellows

Fellows enroll at Brooklyn Law School from all over the United States and around the world. The diverse backgrounds of these students adds richness to the study of international law. In recent years fellows have come to us from Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Guyana, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Many are graduates of the most prestigious colleges and universities. Some have earned graduate degrees, and many have had interesting work experiences here and abroad.

  • Robert Argen graduated with honors from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance and International Business in 2009. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in both Florence and in Hong Kong and competed in the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. Upon graduation, he worked at Barclays Capital as a regulatory policy analyst and equity swaps product controller. He has worked as a legal intern at the Office of the New York State Inspector General and is currently interning at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in the Healthcare Fraud Division. Robert is a recipient of the Prince Scholarship, Dean's Merit Scholarship, Academic Achievement Scholarship, and a Centennial Grant. He is a member of the Journal of International Law as well as the Moot Court Honor Society and he is an Eagle Scout.
  • Roohi Gupte graduated from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in Government and a minor in International Relations. Roohi spent a semester at Peking University in Beijing, China in an intensive Chinese language program. She worked as a Senior Program Manager at the JUMP! Foundation in Beijing, China prior to starting law school. She spent this past summer as a Summer Associate in the General Counsel at Credit Suisse. She is the recipient of the Richardson Scholarship, the Dean's Merit Scholarship, the Academic Achievement Scholarship, the Centennial Grant and the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Contracts and Fundamentals of Law Practice 2. Roohi is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and Moot Court Honor Society. She is at an advanced level for spoken and written Mandarin Chinese and is fluent in Hindi.
  • Connor O'Shea graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. Connor works as a Student Advocate for the Student Representation Project where he prepares witnesses, gathers documents for discovery, and researches various aspects of educational law in preparation for hearings. He appears before hearing officers of the Department of Education for New York City to contest student suspensions. This past summer he worked as an intern in the Litigation Bureau of the NY State office of the Attorney General. This semester he will be a judicial intern for the Honorable Paul G. Gardephe in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Connor is the recipient of the Richardson Scholarship, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Academic Achievement Scholarship and the Centennial Award. He is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and the Business Law Society.
  • Jason Palios graduated from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 2006 with a BA in Spanish. After graduation, he spent several years teaching English in various private academies in Spain and teaching English and Spanish in Portugal. He earned his MBA from Stony Brook University in 2011 where he was awarded the Stony Brook University College of Business Awards for Graduate Academic Excellence and for Outstanding Achievement in Finance. He has also interned at a regional financial services company and at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This summer he worked in United Nations Development Program’s Administrative Law Group. Jason is a recipient of the Carswell, Academic Achievement and Dean's Merit Scholarships, Centennial Grant and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Civil Procedure. In addition, he is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review, and he is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.
  • Richard Quatrano graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics-Political Science. Richard worked as an intern the summer before he began law school for the Honorable Charles S. Lopresto, New York Civil Court, Queens County. This past summer, he was an intern in the Corporate Finance Department of Lefosse Advogados in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he drafted corporate legal documents and participated in meetings in both Portuguese and English. Richard is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and plays drums in jazz and rock bands in New York, São Paulo and Berlin.

  • Tobias Schad graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Economics along with a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, Tobias studied abroad in both Barcelona and Madrid, studying International Economics and Spanish Literature. After graduation, he returned home to Connecticut to work at an international marketing firm. During his time in law school, Tobias has interned at the US Attorney's Office SDNY, The Carlyle Group, as well as Standard Chartered Bank and the Court of International Trade. He has also worked as a Research Assistant for Professors Bennett Capers, David Reiss, Roberta Karmel and Mark Noferi. Tobias is a recipient of the Academic Achievement, Richardson, and Dean’s Merit Scholarships as well as the Centennial Grant. In addition, Tobias is a Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Law & Policy.

  • Lena Smith graduated from Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences, with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration, magna cum laude. As an undergraduate she studied abroad in London and participated in Brooklyn Law School's study abroad program in Bologna, Italy in the summer of 2013. Lena currently works as a research assistant for Professor Bradley Borden. She has interned for the Honorable John G. Koeltl in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission. This past summer she worked as a Summer Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. Lena is the recipient of the Prince Scholarship, the Academic Achievement and Dean’s Merit Scholarships, the Centennial Grant, the Humphreys Family Scholarship, and the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Torts, Criminal Law, Fundamentals of Law Practice I, Federal Income Taxation, Commercial Paper and Banking, Securities Regulation, Partnership Taxation and Professional Responsibility. Lena is the Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review, and her note, Is Strict Liability the Answer in the Battle against Foreign Corporate Bribery?, was published in the Summer 2014 issue of the Journal. She is proficient in French.

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Brooklyn Law School
Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law
Attn: Lorraine McDonald
Fellowship Program
250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201