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.

  • Liren Chen graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a B.M. in Music Performance and the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Economic. Prior to law school, Liren worked in international trade compliance for various corporations including Archer Daniels Midland Co., with focus on import and export regulations and trade sanctions. This past summer, Liren worked as a financial forensic intern at Deloitte FAS LLP. Liren is a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer. Liren is the recipient of Barry and Evelyn Salzberg Foundation Scholarship and a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law. Liren is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and this fall she will be an intern at the Community Development Clinic to represents community organizations such as nonprofits, startups, and small businesses.

  • Myra Din is a second year student at Brooklyn Law School. She graduated from Cornell University in 2012 where received a B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations and minored in Law and Society. Myra's interest in international business law came to fruition when she spent seven months studying abroad at The University of Warwick's School of International Business in England during her junior year at Cornell. During her senior year, she was the President of the Society for Women and Law. After graduation, she spent one year working for a consulting group in New York City that focuses on leadership development and training. Myra is a recipient of the Prince Scholarship, the NYC Bar Diversity Fellowship, and is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and Moot Court Honor Society. She is a teaching assistant for torts and criminal law. This past summer she worked at Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP and assisted with research for Professor Lawrence Solan. This summer she will be joining Proskauer Rose, LLP in New York City. She is fluent in Hindi and Urdu. Her interests are in bankruptcy, white collar crime, securities, and labor and employment.

  • Alexandra Farin graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University, College of Professional Studies, with a B.S. in Legal studies and a minor in Philosophy. Prior to law school, she interned in the chambers of both Chief Judge Loretta Preska and Judge Richard Holwell at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Alexandra is pursuing a Certificate in Intellectual Property, Media and Information Law at Brooklyn Law School. This past summer she worked as a judicial intern for Judge Nancy Hershey Lord in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. She is currently working as a legal intern in the legal department of Starworks Group, a fashion and lifestyle public relations and advertising agency. Alexandra is a Block Judicial Intern Fellow and the recipient of a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Civil Procedure. In addition, she is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and Moot Court Honor Society, Appellate Division. Alexandra also works part-time as a licensed pharmacy technician.

  • Andrew Fleming graduated from Siena College with a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude. As an undergrad, Andrew founded the Siena College Economics Students Association, and served as a Summer Legal Fellow at American University Washington College of Law. Andrew spent this past summer as an intern at the New York State Attorney General’s Office as a member of the Litigation Bureau, and he is currently serving as an intern to the Honorable Richard M. Berman in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Andrew is also the Assistant Corporate and Securities Chair for the Brooklyn Business Law Association. He has a nomination for the Joan Offner Touval Best Brief Award, and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Fundamentals of Law Practice II as a first-year student. He is a recipient of the Carswell Scholarship and the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. He is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society.

  • Devin Horzempa Graduated from Hofstra University Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English where he wrote his thesis on the use of social psychology metrics to study the practical emotional effects of urban planning. Prior to starting law school, Devin backpacked through europe and worked as a sales manager at an international lighting company. He spent this past summer working in Civil Court for Judge Devin Cohen. He is the recipient of the Lisle Scholarship, a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society and a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. He is an expert Singlestick Player, Boxer and Swordsman.

  • Alexi Knock graduated summa cum laude from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. As an undergraduate, Alexi participated in Hofstra’s European Odyssey program, where she lived and studied in nine countries, including France, Germany and Greece. Alexi partook in an intensive study of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland. While at Hofstra, she was an Editorial Intern for Cosmopolitan and a freelance journalist and photographer for Newsday. Alexi was Editor in Chief of Hofstra’s student magazine and President of Ed2010, a national association for students in media. This summer, Alexi worked as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Nancy H. Lord in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of New York. Additionally, she is Bankruptcy Chair for the Brooklyn Business Law Association. Alexi is a recipient of the Carswell Scholarship and a member of the Brooklyn Journal for Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law.

  • Thomas McCartin graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Finance and Operations Management and a minor in International Business where he was an honor degree recipient. While a student Thomas worked part time as an analyst in the Future and Options and OTC Clearing Core Operations division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Investment Bank, as well as a public relations intern for Middleton & Gendron. His interest towards International Business Law was sparked while visiting the UN, WTO, and OECD during his studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Thomas is also familiar with the Bloomberg financial analysis platform, and is certified for its use as a general and equity related research and analysis tool. Thomas is the recipient of a Carswell Scholarship.

  • Vishal Melwani graduated from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Finance and International Business and a minor in Religious Studies. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Italy and Hong Kong and also participated in Brooklyn Law School’s study abroad summer program in China. Vishal is currently part of the Brooklyn Law School part-time division, while working at American Express full-time in the Compliance department as a Banking Compliance Manager. Prior to American Express, he worked at Barclays PLC as an Assistant Vice President in various positions within the Compliance department. Vishal is a recipient of the Sol and Wilfred J. Halpern Scholarship, Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Academic Achievement Award, and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Property. He is an Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial Law and holds a FINRA Series 7 License.

  • Dylan L. Ruffi graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a minor in the Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology. Dylan spent his 1L summer interning in the Business & Securities Fraud section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. This semester he is a judicial intern with Hon. Judge Sandra L. Townes in the Eastern District of New York. Dylan is the recipient of the Carswell Merit Scholarship, the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Fundamentals of Legal Analysis I, and is a Paul Windels, Jr. Fellow. Having lived in the United States and Europe, Dylan is also conversational in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese."

  • Ned Schultheis graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in English and Psychology in 2011. As an undergraduate student, Ned focused on Political Sociology matters in Latin America and wrote two thesis papers focused on the international drug cartel Los Zetas in Mexico and Evo Morales’ rise to presidency in Bolivia. This past summer, Ned was awarded the Charles L. Brieant Fellowship in the Southern District of New York where he worked in chambers with Chief U.S. District Court Judge Loretta A. Preska on matters affecting the court as a whole. Ned is currently an intern at the Federal Trade Commission Northeast Region where he assists both the Consumer Protection and Antitrust missions on their day-to-day operations. He is the recipient of the William B. Carswell Scholarship and the Dean’s Merit Scholarship and was on the Dean’s List for the 2013-2014 academic year. Ned also received the CALI Award in his Fundamentals of Law Practice I class. He is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law.

  • Mary Ellen Stanley graduated from the University of Richmond in 2011 with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in Arts Management. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in the Czech Republic and France. Additionally, she was an Arts and Sciences research fellow and conducted research in Virginia, Washington D.C., Italy, France, and Spain on Medieval Pilgrimage sites. Mary Ellen earned her M.A. in 2013 in Museum Studies from Baylor University where she wrote her thesis, Plunder and Profit: Museums, Private Collectors, and Nazi Looted Art, in which she examined the effects of international restitution cases on the business practices of both auction houses and museums. She also held an Assistantship Position at the Texas Collection Archives at Baylor University and was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. This past summer she worked with the in-house counsel at Mednax National Medical Group. Mary Ellen is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Co-Chair of the Art Law Association and is conversant 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