Meet the Fellows

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.

Class of 2021


Benjamin D. Black
Benjamin D. Black graduated from Penn State University with B.A.s in Asian Studies and International Politics alongside a Master’s Degree in International Affairs. While at Penn State, Ben was a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, he studied in Dalian, China, and conducted research in Beijing for his thesis: Incidents in the South China Sea: Exploring the Chinese Perspective of the Disputes. He spent a summer working for the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council in Washington, D.C. and was an intern for the Hon. George B. Daniels this past summer in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. This year, Ben is a staff member of the Brooklyn Law Review, on Moot Court Society’s appellate division for the Jessup International Law Competition, and an intern for Ween & Kopek, which represents tenants under New York’s Loft Law. Ben will be a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell for the upcoming summer.
Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to attending law school, he worked primarily as a writer and editor for both legacy and digital media outlets. This past summer, he worked as a legal intern for the Special Counsel for Public Integrity in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and as a research assistant for Prof. Robin Effron. Michael is also a staff member of the Journal of International Law.
Semyon Davydov
Semyon Davydov is a Russian immigrant who moved to Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and upon graduation, attended Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY). He also enrolled into the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at City College (CUNY), and simultaneously enlisted into the New York Army National Guard. In 2016 he was sent to Vilnius, Lithuania, where he helped the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense officers and civilian personnel develop their English-speaking capabilities under the Army Cultural Understanding and Language Program. Upon his return, he volunteered to serve under Joint Task Force Empire Shield and provided armed security to John F. Kennedy International Airport in response to the 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings. He was also a member of the New York Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors program, where he conducted military funeral honors for NY’s recently departed veterans. He graduated from Baruch College in 2017, earning a B.A in Political Science with a minor in Law and Policy. Upon graduation, he was awarded with a commission as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army Reserve. He completed his military education at the United States Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, graduating in 2018. At Brooklyn Law School, Semyon was selected to be a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and spent his summer working for NYC’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), Appellate Division.
Margaret Foster
Margaret Foster graduated from The University of Kansas with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Global and International Studies. While at Kansas, she spent a summer studying abroad at La Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in addition to spending a semester studying Spanish at La Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Prior to attending law school, Margaret lived in Santander, Spain as an au pair before moving back to Buenos Aires. While in Buenos Aires, Margaret taught English to lawyers at one of South America’s largest law firms, Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal. At Brooklyn Law School, Margaret is a staff member of the Journal of International Law, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, Appellate Division, competing on the Phillip C. Jessup International Law team, and a member of the International Law Society. This past summer Margaret interned with a boutique litigation firm focused on federal constitutional rights.
Cristina L. Lang
Cristina L. Lang graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Prior to attending law school, she was the Director of Constituent Services for a State Senator in the Bronx, where she focused on local community issues and acted as a liaison between the municipal government and the Senator’s constituents. This past summer, Cristina worked as a judicial intern for Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She was honored as a Block Judicial Intern Fellow for her work with Judge Orenstein. Cristina is also a staff member for the Brooklyn Law Review. Over the upcoming summer, Cristina will be a summer associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP.
Blaire Rose
Blaire Rose graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Psychology. While at Conn, she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse Team. During her first year of law school, Blaire earned a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Fundamentals of Law Practice I. This past summer, Blaire interned for the United States Department of Homeland Security. Currently, she is working as a judicial intern for the Honorable Barbara Moses in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Blaire is also a staff member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law and a constitutional law debate coach with Legal Outreach, a non-profit organization that provides educational programs for youth from undeserved communities in New York City.
Nick Sarnelli
Nick Sarnelli graduated the University of Denver with a B.A. in International Studies and Italian with a minor in Political Science. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Turin, Italy. This past summer, Nick interned in a personal injury firm’s mass toxic torts department. Nick is a member of the ADR Honor Society as well as a staff member of the Brooklyn Law Review.

Class of 2020


Kaitlyn M. Baietto
Kaitlyn M. BaiettoKaitlyn M. Baietto graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a paralegal where she focused on tax, estate planning, and securities arbitration cases. After her first year of law school, Kaitlyn served as a judicial intern for District Judge Ann M. Donnelly in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. During her second year, Kaitlyn worked as an honors intern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Kaitlyn currently works as a research assistant for Professor Bradley Borden and concentrates her research on limited liability entity law and partnership taxation. Kaitlyn is also a staff member for the Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law. This past summer, Kaitlyn was a summer associate at Lowenstein Sandler LLP and will be returning to the firm upon graduation.
August Dinwiddie
August DinwiddieAugust Dinwiddie graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Political Science and Asian studies.  Prior to attending law school, he worked as a paralegal in an immigration law firm as well as an operations manager for a Brooklyn based transportation company.  This past summer, August worked at a commercial transaction and IP litigation firm.  August is also a staff member for the Journal of International Law and participated in a BLS summer program in Beijing.
Elliot Dizon
Elliot DizonElliot Dizon is from the Philippines, and a graduate of Binghamton University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Law, and a B.A. in Political Science. Elliot will join Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein, and Breitstone, LLP post-bar as an associate in the Trusts and Estates Department. Elliot is also currently a Notes Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and the Asian Pacific-American Law Student Association.
Veronica Dunlop

Veronica Dunlop graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in English Literature, and Spanish Language and Culture. She attended her first two years of college at the Madrid campus of Suffolk University. At Brooklyn Law School, Veronica has earned CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Legal Writing and International Investment Law and Arbitration. Veronica is also a member of both the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and the Moot Court Honors Society, Appellate Division. In 2019 she competed in the Price International Media Law Moot, finishing as a finalist, and in 2020 she will compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Over the summer of 2019, Veronica worked as a Summer Associate at Ferrere, in Asunción, Paraguay.

Travis B. Elliott
Travis B. ElliottTravis B. Elliott graduated from Elon University with a B.S in communications. While at Elon, he studied abroad in San Juan, Costa Rica as part of an international business and Spanish immersion program. Prior to attending law school, Travis taught English as a Second Language to middle and high school students. He first taught in Northern Thailand and after returning to the United States, in Brooklyn as a New York City Teaching Fellow. Travis was a judicial intern for the Honorable Victor Marrero in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, where he was honored as a Block Judicial Intern Fellow for his work with Judge Marrero. He is the recipient of the Prince Merit Scholarship and is a member of the Dean’s List. Travis is a Notes Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review, a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, and a competing member of the Moot Court Honors Society, Appellate Advocacy division. Following his second year, Travis was a summer associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and he will be returning to Cleary following graduation.
Abigayle Erickson
Abigayle Erickson graduated from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo with a B.A. in Communication and minor in Biology. Prior to attending law school, she worked in Human Resources at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. During her 1L summer she worked at the New York State Inspector General’s Office. During her 2L year, Abigayle participated in the Safe Harbor Project clinic in the fall and stayed on as a research assistant in the Spring. She assisted with the publication of a paper detailing immigration detention conditions for foreign-born New Yorkers. This past summer, Abigayle interned with the United States Air Force Legal Operations Agency in the Commercial Litigation Field Support Center. She competed in the Philip C. Jessup moot court competition this past spring and is excited coach the Jessup team this year. Abigayle is also the Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
Sophia Farruggia
Sophia FarruggiaSophia Farruggia graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Political Science as well as concentrations in Classics and Jewish Studies. Prior to attending law school, she spent time studying at Kings College London as well as working for ORAM, a non-governmental organization assisting LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in Tel Aviv, Israel. During her time at Brooklyn Law School, Sophia was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow, earned a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional Law, and served as a Research Assistant for Professor Ressler. Sophia is a member of the Journal of Law and Policy, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, and the Moot Court Honors Society, Appellate Division. Sophia competes on the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team and coaches the Constitutional Law team. Upon graduation this spring, Sophia will be joining Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.
Alexandra N. Getsos
Alexandra N. GetsosAlexandra N. Getsos graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Neuroscience and minors in Political Science and Art History. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a corporate paralegal at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in midtown. This past summer, Alexandra was a summer law clerk at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and will be returning there after graduation as a full-time associate. Alexandra is President of the Moot Court Honor Society and a Notes & Comments Editor on the Journal of Law and Policy.
Michael C. Heller
Michael C. HellerMichael C. Heller graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in History. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a legal assistant at a small commercial law firm in Sag Harbor. At Brooklyn Law School, Michael is a member of the Journal of Law and Policy, a recipient of the Prince Scholarship and Dean’s Merit Scholarship, and an Alumni Co-Chair for the International Law Society. This past summer Michael was a judicial intern for the Honorable Nancy Hershey Lord in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York. This fall Michael will be interning at the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.
Christopher A. Nixon
Christopher A.  NixonChristopher A. Nixon graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.A. in Globalization Studies, during which time he spent a year abroad studying European Union law and economics at the University of Bologna. Inspired by this experience, he went on to obtain a Ph.D. at Yale in Italian literature, after having written a dissertation on Giambattista Vico, an Early Modern philosopher of law and history. At Brooklyn Law, Christopher is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Law and Policy, and the treasurer of the Brooklyn Law School Tax Law Association. He participated in the BLS summer program in Bologna, and also interned at the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate in the New York City Department of Finance. He is now interning with Judge Gary Katzmann at the Federal Court of International Trade.
Megan Pollastro
Megan PollastroMegan Pollastro graduated from Lafayette College with a B.A. in Government and Law and Spanish with a minor in Religious Studies. As an undergraduate, Megan studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Before law school, Megan interned at Changing Our World, a non-profit consulting company, where she communicated with organizations around the world working on projects ranging from human trafficking to environmental protection. This past summer, Megan was a summer associate at Gordon & Silber, P.C. working on medical malpractice defense litigation. She is continuing to work at Gordon & Silber throughout the year. Megan is the Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Society Appellate Division and a notes editor on the Brooklyn Law Review.
Robert Price
Robert PriceRobert Price graduated from California State University Northridge with a B.A. in English literature and spent his final year of college abroad in Swansea, Wales. Robert is a member of BLS’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Honors Society and is on the Journal of International Law. Robert is also the 2L delegate for the Criminal Rap Sheet Correction Pro-Bono project at BLS and will be heading up the student BLAST team headed to Miami over spring break. Over the upcoming summer, Robert will be a summer associate at Clifford Chance.

Class of 2019


Grace G. Chamoun
Grace G. ChamounGrace G. Chamoun graduated summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s College with a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. Prior to attending law school, she worked in criminal defense and interned for two non-governmental organizations at the United Nations. During her 1L summer, Grace worked at a criminal defense law firm and was a research assistant for Professor Stephen Landsman. Afterwards, she externed for Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck in the Southern District of New York. Grace is an Article Editor for the Journal of Law and Policy, is the Vice President of the Moot Court Honors Society, Appellate Division, competed on the International Criminal Court team, and has a year long clinic with the Brooklyn Federal Prosecutors Office. This past summer, Grace was a summer associate at Blank Rome, LLP, where she will return next fall as a First Year Associate.
Anna W. Chan
Anna W. ChanAnna W. Chan graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Spanish. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a paralegal at New York Legal Assistance Group's LegalHealth Unit, representing disabled individuals at administrative hearings for Social Security benefits. Anna received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Fundamentals of Law Practice I and the Edward K. Sparer Fellowship during her 1L year. As a Sparer Fellow, she interned this past summer at the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law. Anna is a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. In the upcoming summer of 2018, Anna will be a summer associate at Ropes & Gray.
Clayton J. Cosby
Clayton J. CosbyClayton J. Cosby graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Political Science. During and after college Clay worked in political organizing and policy research in Kansas, developing an interest in the intersection of people and policy. At Brooklyn Law, Clay is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and participated in a BLS summer program in Beijing. He interned at the LSNYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project and is continuing in pro-bono economic justice practice as an intern with the BLS Employment Law Clinic.
Terry M. Frederic
Terry M. FredericTerry M. Frederic is a first-generation law student of Haitian descent. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was raised and educated in Florida, where he graduated from a magnet high school as an International Baccalaureate. He would go on to attend the University of Florida, where he majored in business management. While there, he represented the University of Florida at the International Business Ethics Case Competition and secured a first-place title for the “90-second-ethics only” presentation. He further explored his interests in philosophy, French, and hip-hop before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration on December 2014. Since admission to Brooklyn Law, Terry has primarily been involved with the public interest community, and was selected to be an Edward V. Sparer fellow during his 1L year. Since then, he interned at the Legal Aid Society in Queens, representing low-income tenants in housing court. As a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, and a newly selected fellow for the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, Terry now hopes to develop his professional understanding at the intersection of international business and law – and looks forward to participating in discussions on the cutting-edge with thought leaders in the field.
Carly M. Fullam
Carly M. FullamCarly M. Fullam graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Business and a B.A. in Leadership Studies. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a Strategy Consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP advising both private and public clients.   Carly is the recipient of the Prince Merit Scholarship and is a member of the Dean’s List. Carly is also a staff member on the Brooklyn Law Review. Last summer, Carly was a summer associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP and will be returning to the firm upon graduation.
Christine E. Hintze
Christine E. HintzeChristine Hintze has a B.A. in International Affairs and Anthropology from Skidmore College. Christine wrote a senior thesis titled, “Ethics of the Global Trafficking of Human Organs: Considering the Local Within the Global,” exploring the ethical and legal dilemmas involved in the illicit organ trafficking trade. As an undergraduate, Christine also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Prior to law school, she worked a paralegal at an employment discrimination law firm. At Brooklyn Law School, Christine is a member of the Journal of Law and Policy. Christine served as a Judicial Intern for the Hon. Cathy L. Waldor at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey last year. This past summer, Christine was a Summer Associate Intern at the international trade and customs firm Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP.
Rebecca Meyer
Rebecca MeyerRebecca Meyer graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Public Relations and Spanish. At Brooklyn Law School, Rebecca is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law as well as the Appellate Division of the Moot Court Honor Society. On moot court, Rebecca competed during her 2L year on the Price Media Law international moot team, and this year, she is competing again as a member of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot team. Rebecca has interned at a commercial and securities litigation firm and also at the United Nations in the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs.
William R. Ognibene
William R. OgnibeneWilliam R. Ognibene holds a B.A. in History from Suffolk University, where he graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors. Prior to studying at Brooklyn Law, he worked full-time in museums in Boston as an interpreter and conservation associate, where he stumbled upon a research project comparing international copyright law in the 19th and 20th centuries (or, rather, it’s absence). This interest has continued on at Brooklyn Law where William was the President of the Art Law Association and spent a successful summer working on international intellectual property matters at Ropes & Gray. This year, William is pleased to be a Notes Editor for Brooklyn Law Review and a competition coach for the Moot Court Honors Society. As his career develops he hopes to continue to explore comparative international law and its intersection with the changing world of digital copyright.
Michael Tal
Michael TalMichael Tal holds a BA in Political Science (summa cum laude) from Lehman College. His senior thesis was published in the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics, and he presented his research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. This work introduced him to issues of international economics and motivated him to pursue a position on the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. Before beginning at Brooklyn Law School, Michael worked for a government relations firm and for a startup incubator, both located in New York City. This past summer, Michael interned for a non-profit specializing in social entrepreneur issues, taught law to incoming high school students, and conducted research for Professor William Araiza.
Kai Xi “Echo” Wang
Kai Xi “Echo” WangKai Xi “Echo” Wang grew up in Canada and graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in Psychology. During her 1L summer, Echo interned as a summer associate at Labaton Sucharow LLP, a securities litigation firm in New York. Echo is a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, the treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law, and a competitor for the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition.