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.
  • Katelyn Krueger graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2007 with a B.A. in Journalism & Strategic Communication and a Double Major in Spanish. During college, she studied abroad both in Oaxaca, Mexico and in Madrid, Spain. Prior to entering law school, Katelyn worked as a Programs Coordinator and Benefits & Enrollment Department Supervisor at 2-1-1 San Diego where she developed and implemented specialty programs, including Food Stamp (SNAP) Outreach, Veterans Support, and Health Navigation. At present, Katelyn works at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as a full-time Law Clerk in the Litigation, Risk Management & Corporate Security Department. Katelyn was nominated for the Joan Offner Touval Award for the best first-year brief and is a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Civil Procedure and Criminal Law. Katelyn is an Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, is fluent in Spanish, and speaks conversational Italian.

  • Michael Margello graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in History in 2007. He worked as a product specialist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Michael is now employed at Fitch Ratings as a Product Specialist where he advises institutional clients on fixed income research offerings including issuer research, topical trend analysis, risk and performance analytics, and bank credit risk indicators. Michael is a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional Law and is the Production Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.

  • 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.

  • 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 also participated in Brooklyn Law School's study abroad program in Bologna, Italy this past summer. Lena has worked as a research assistant for Professor Bradley Borden. This past summer she worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable John G. Koeltl in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York and she is currently interning for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Lena is the recipient of the Prince Scholarship, the Academic Achievement and Dean’s Merit Scholarships, the Centennial Grant and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Torts, Criminal Law and Fundamental of Law Practice. In addition, she is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review, and is proficient in French.

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