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.

  • Alexander Bondarenko graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in Italian. As an undergraduate, Alex studied abroad in Milan, Italy. After graduation, he spent two years in the Long Term Care Insurance Division at John Hancock Life Insurance Co. This summer he worked at the Torts Division of the New York City Transit Authority. Alex is a recipient of the Carswell, Academic Achievement and Dean's Merit Scholarships, Centennial Grant and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Writing. In addition, he is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society. Alex is fluent in Russian and Italian.
  • Andrew Ceppos graduated with honors from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations and Chinese. During his junior year, he studied abroad for a semester in Hangzhou, China and was recognized by the Tufts Chinese Department with their prize for language and literature. His senior year, he was a semi-finalist on the Jeopardy! College Championship. The year after graduation he worked both as an English language teacher for the Catholic Schools of Madrid and as youth counselor for FEYDA, a Spanish non-profit organization. He spent this past year working as an analyst for American Realty Capital. Andrew, a Carswell and Dean's Merit scholar, is a recipient of the Centennial Grant and an Academic Achievement award. He is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and is conversant in French.
  • Michael Farkas graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Granger School of Business in 2003 with a dual BBA in Marketing and Accounting. Upon his graduation, Michael moved to New York City where he worked as an auditor in a boutique real estate public accounting firm, Friedman LLP. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and has been licensed in the state of New York since 2006. In 2006 Michael left public accounting and went on to Lehman Brothers where he worked in Fixed Income Sales Reporting until July of 2008. At that point Michael took a role as a Senior Accountant in the Offshore Entities Group of Warburg Pincus LLC, a global private equity firm with over $35 million in assets under management. At Warburg Pincus, Michael continues in this position today where he is tasked with overseeing and maintaining the entire portfolio of offshore holding company structures for international investments. Michael is the recipient of Sol & Wilfred J Halpren Scholarship, the Richardson Scholarship, as well as the Centennial Grant & Dean Merit Scholarship.
  • Josh Feit graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in History. After graduation, he worked as an equities analyst at the Prudential Equity Group and Citi Investment Research, covering consumer lending and business development companies. Josh subsequently spent several years working in food and hospitality, for two of New York’s top cheese purveyors and in highly rated restaurants in New York and Las Vegas. This summer, Josh interned with the corporate counsel’s office of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and served as a teaching assistant for the Summer Legal Process class for incoming first-year students.  Josh is a recipient of the Carswell, Dean’s Merit, and Academic Achievement Scholarships, the Centennial Grant, and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award, and is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law as well as the Appellate division of the Moot Court Honor Society. Josh has a working knowledge of ‘kitchen’ Spanish.
  • Zheng (Jane) He graduated with honors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, she worked as an art docent, received the MetCalf Fellowship for teaching in India, and studied abroad in Austria. She also served as an undergraduate advisor to the American Psychoanalytic Association. After graduation, Jane worked as a corporate paralegal at a boutique international law firm and as an assistant managing clerk at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. After her 1L year, Jane worked as a summer associate at Labaton Sucharow LLP. This previous summer, she was a summer associate at Kaye Scholer LLP, where she will practice after she graduates. Jane has interned for Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and she is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law. Jane is a native speaker of Mandarin, and she is proficient in German.
  • Gloria Liu graduated from Wellesley College in 2009 with a BA in International Relations and English. In her International Relations studies, she focused on security studies and international conflict. After graduation, Gloria went to South Korea to teach English to elementary school children in the rural schools of Yang-Yang. Gloria has worked as a paralegal at a boutique immigration law firm and interned at the World Information Transfer, a NGO affiliated with the `United Nations and focused on international health.
  • Adam Ludemann graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence University in 2007. At St. Lawrence, he was elected to membership in the Omicron Delta Epsilon international economics honorary and served as President of the St. Lawrence Inter-Fraternity Council and Vice President of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Alpha Omicron Chapter. Upon graduation, he worked as a litigation paralegal in the New York Office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where he worked primarily with the firm's General Litigation and International Litigation and Arbitration groups. He has interned at the Kings County Supreme Court Civil Term Law Department and is currently doing an externship with the chambers of the Honorable Brian M. Cogan in the Eastern District of New York. He is a recipient of the Carswell Scholarship, Dean's Merit Scholarship, Academic Achievement Scholarship, Centennial Grant and the Warren County, New York Bar Foundation Jack C. Mannix and Hon. John G. Dier Memorial Scholarships. In addition, he is President of the BLS Federalist Society, Corporate and Securities Chair of the Brooklyn Business Law Association and a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law.
  • Kempshall McAndrew graduated from Fordham with a B.A. in Sociology and Communications. Before entering law school, he worked as a coordinator for NYU's Public Interest Legal Career Fair, co-founded an independent Brooklyn newspaper, and was the Admissions and Membership Development Manager at the Harvard Club of New York for five years. This past summer he was awarded the Global Justice Fellowship and worked as an intern at a general practice firm in New Delhi, India. He is on the International Law Society's Executive Board. This fall he will be an Intern at the Safe Harbor Clinic. Kempshall is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
  • Reed Ryan graduated from Davidson College in 2010 with a BA in Classics. As an undergraduate he was a three-time academic all-conference member of the varsity football team as well as a bassoonist in the orchestra. After graduation he worked as a Research and Curatorial Assistant at the BechtlerMuseum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC. This past summer Reed worked as a legal intern with the Donna Karan Co. He is the recipient of the Lisle Scholarship, the Centennial Grant, the Dean's Merit Scholarship and the Academic Achievement Award. This fall he will be interning at Christies. He is a member of the International Law Society and the Brooklyn Law Review.
  • Elizabeth Schauber graduated from Tufts University in 2010 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. During college, she studied abroad in Madrid and she is conversant in Spanish. Prior to entering law school, Elizabeth worked as a Conflicts Analyst at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP. This past summer Elizabeth interned at the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, and this fall she is working as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable John M. Leventhal at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Judicial Department. Elizabeth has earned a nomination for the Joan Touval Memorial Award for the best first-year brief and she is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, and Commercial Law.

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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