International Business law Fellows

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 summer associate at Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP., one of the nation's largest law firms devoted exclusively to international trade and customs matters. 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. This fall Liren will continue her internship at GDLSK LLP to further develop her expertise in international trade law.

  • Myra Din graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and minor in Law and Society. Myra is currently the Executive Notes & Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and a national and international competitor in the Moot Court Honor Society, Appellate Division.  Myra is also the Vice President of the Labor & Employment Association. Last year, Myra competed in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which she will be coaching this year. In addition, this year she will be competing in the NYC Bar National Moot Court Competition. This past summer Myra was a summer associate at Proskauer Rose, LLP, where she will return full-time after graduation. The summer before, Myra was a summer associate at the law firm Kelley, Drye and Warren, LLP. Myra was an intern in the Southern District of New York for District Judge Paul A. Crotty last Spring. In addition, last year Myra was a Teaching Assistant for Criminal Law and Torts Law and served as a Research Assistant for Professor Lawrence Solan. Myra will again be a Criminal Law Teaching Assistant and one of Professor Solan’s Research Assistants this year. Myra is a recipient of the Prince Merit Scholarship.

  • 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. During her time at Brooklyn Law School, Alexandra has interned for Judge Nancy Hershey Lord in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, for the general counsel of Starworks Group (a fashion and lifestyle public relations and advertising agency), and at Romano Law PLLC.  Alexandra is also a Block Judicial Intern Fellow and the recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Civil Procedure, Appellate Advocacy, and Litigating an Intellectual Property Case. In addition, she is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and Moot Court Honor Society.  She worked as a Summer Associate at Moses & Singer LLP in 2015 and will be joining the firm as a first year associate in 2016.

  • Andrew Fleming is a graduate of Siena College with a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude. At BLS, Andrew is a Notes and Comments Editor for the Brooklyn Law Review and is a competitor and coach in the Moot Court Honor Society.  He currently serves as President of the Evarts Inn of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society and Vice President of the Brooklyn Business Law Association.  Andrew spent the summer of 2015 as a Summer Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and will be returning to the firm full-time as an Associate after graduation.  He currently serves as a securities law research assistant to Professor Roberta Karmel.  Andrew is a recipient of the Carswell Merit Scholarship and the Dean's Merit Scholarship.

  • Devin Horzempa  Before attending Brooklyn Law School, Devin Graduated from Hofstra University University Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology. He also studied at Miskatonic University and wrote and published a well received analysis of the psychotomimetic effects of long term isolation in arctic scientists. He spent his first summer interning in Civil Court for Judge Devin Cohen and his second at the Kings County District Attorneys office, along with internships with Lloyds of London, the New York County District Attorney and professor William Dyer. He is a 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. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain climbing, Non-Euclidean architecture and studying the Necronomicon.

  • Alexi Knock graduated summa cum laude from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. While studying abroad in nine countries through Hofstra's European Odyssey program, 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 journalist and photographer for Newsday. Alexi spent this summer as a Summer Associate for Ropes and Gray, LLP, and will be returning to the firm as a full-time Associate after graduation. Additionally, Alexi has worked as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Nancy H. Lord in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D.N.Y., as well as an Legal Intern for the Internal Investigations group of the United Nations Office of Project Services. She is the President of the Brooklyn Business Law Association and the Vice President of Evarts Inn for Phi Delta Phi. Alexi is a recipient of the Carswell Scholarship and a Notes and Comments Editor for the Brooklyn Journal for Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law.

  • Thomas McCartin graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a BS in Finance and Operations Management and a minor in International Business. As an undergraduate, Thomas studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where he focused on international economics, and also worked as an analyst in the Future and Options segment of the Investment Bank division at JPMorgan Chase & Co. While at Brooklyn Law School, Thomas has interned with the Hon. Frederic Block in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the Hon. Claire Kelly in the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the Complex Financial Instruments Unit at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He spent this past summer as an enforcement intern at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and is the recipient of the Carswell Scholarship and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Appellate Advocacy. Thomas is a member of the Appellate Division of the Moot Court Honor Society and is an Executive Notes & Comments Editor on the Brooklyn Law Review.

  • Vishal S. 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. He studied abroad in Italy and Hong Kong during his undergraduate studies and 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, Vishal worked at Barclays PLC as an Assistant Vice President in various positions within the Compliance department. During the summer of 2015, he was a summer associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. 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 and Advanced Legal Research: Securities Law. He is an Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial Law and his note, “Refining Compliance within Large Banking Organizations in a Post SR 08-8 World” was published in the spring 2015 issue of the journal.

  • Dylan L. Ruffi graduated summa cum laude from New York University in 2012 with a concentration in Society & Culture and a minor in the Business of Entertainment, Media & Technology. In the summer of 2014, Dylan interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in their Business & Securities Fraud section. He also served as a judicial intern for Honorable Sandra L. Townes of the Eastern District of New York. This past summer, Dylan was a Summer Associate at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, focusing on commercial litigation. Following law school, he will join Carter, Ledyard & Milburn as an Associate. Dylan is the recipient of the William B. Carswell Scholarship, the Iota Theta Law Fraternity Scholarship, and a Paul Windels Jr. Fellow. Dylan has also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in: Fundamentals of Law Practice I, Legal Drafting, and International Trade Law. Dylan is the Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law, and his note Attorney Client Privilege in Corporate Administration: A New Approach was published in the Spring 2015 issue of the Journal. Having grown up in both the United States and Europe, he is 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. In the summer of 2014, 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 has also interned at the Federal Trade Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in their enforcement departments. This past summer, Ned worked as a Summer Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, focusing on private equity, securities, and real estate work.  He is the recipient of the William B. Carswell Scholarship, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, and the Murray Klein Memorial Scholarship and has received the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Fundamentals of Law Practice I and Securities Regulation. Ned is the Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law, and his note Warrants in the Clouds: How Extraterritorial Application of the Stored Communications Act Threatens the United States Cloud Storage Industry was published in the Spring 2015 issue of the Journal.

  • 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 in 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. The summer after her 1L Year, she worked with the in-house counsel at Mednax National Medical Group. During her 2L Year, Mary Ellen worked at the Attorney General’s Office with the Healthcare Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission with the Asset Management Unit, and was a research assistant for Professor Karmel. This past summer Mary Ellen worked as a Summer Associate at Linklaters LLP in Finance and Projects and will be joining the firm as a first year associate in 2016. Mary Ellen is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and her note, “From China with Love: Espionage in the Age of Foreign Investment” was published in the Spring 2015 issue of the Journal.

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