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.

  • Kristen Lin graduated from Stony Brook University in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, as well as a M.A. in Public Policy. Prior to law school, Kristen spent one year as a paralegal at a boutique corporate law firm where she worked on legal matters for domestic and international clients. Kristen spent this past summer as a judicial intern with the Hon. Ronald L. Ellis in the Southern District of New York. She is currently a research assistant for Professor Anita Bernstein and a clinical intern at the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (“BLIP”) Clinic. Kristen is a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society as well as the Assistant Business and Finance Chair for the Brooklyn Business Law Association. She has a nomination for the Joan Offner Touval Best First-Year Brief Award and is the recipient of the Dean’s Merit and Academic Achievement Awards. Kristen is also a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law and Moot Court Honor Society, Appellate Division. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Fujianese and is conversant in Spanish.

  • Oliver Owaid  was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and the youngest of five children. I graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School and then Brooklyn College, receiving a degree in Philosophy of Law. Prior to finishing my undergraduate degree, I became a licensed real estate agent in New York in 2010 and managed my family's real estate business. For the past year and a half, I have worked at a boutique litigation firm specializing in administrative law, specifically defense work on behalf of physicians against the Department of Health, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and the Office of Professional Misconduct. Our plaintiff work included malpractice and personal injury cases, however the much more interesting cases involved article 78 proceedings against the Office of the Professions to challenge the denial of license reinstatement of healthcare professionals. During my tenure, I was intimately involved in every aspect of litigation. The firm had only two attorneys, however they have a combined 80+ years of litigation experience, ranging from bureau chief at the Bronx District Attorney's Office to chief investigator at OMIG. I conducted client interviews, legal research, and motion and brief drafting. For the fall and spring semesters, I have accepted a position as a legal intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's General Counsel's office. In addition, I am a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, and Commercial Law.

  • Ifza Riaz has a B.A. in History from Columbia University, where she was a recipient of the Geiger Scholarship Fund and on the Dean’s List. She is pursuing her J.D. at Brooklyn Law School, where she is currently on the Journal of International Law and is a teaching assistant for Legal Writing. In 2010, she founded and chaired Camp Kesem Columbia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a free week of camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer.

  • Eric Schaffer graduated from the University at Buffalo, School of Management, with a B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude.  As an undergrad finance major, Eric founded the University at Buffalo Investment Club and was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for accounting & finance students.  Entering Brooklyn Law School last year, Eric was the recipient of the Glasser Scholarship, and as a first year student he received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Fundamentals of Law Practice I.  This past summer Eric interned for the Honorable Robert E. Gerber in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, and for his efforts he was named a Dennis J. Block Judicial Intern Fellow.  During this fall semester Eric is externing for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and he will be a 2016 summer associate at Clifford Chance US LLP.  In addition to being named an International Business Law Fellow, Eric is a proud member of the Brooklyn Law Review.

  • Ian Schwartz graduated from Vanderbilt University, College of Arts & Sciences with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to law school, Ian worked as a corporate immigration paralegal for Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. This past summer, Ian was a judicial intern for Judge Carolyn E. Demarest in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court for Kings County. At Brooklyn Law School, Ian is the Treasurer of the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (C.U.B.E) Consultation Center, a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and a staff member for the Brooklyn Law Review. Ian is a recipient of the Lisle Scholarship, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship and the Academic Achievement Scholarship.

  • Richard Stella graduated from Seton Hall University’s school of Diplomacy and International Relations with a B.S. in Diplomacy. While at Seton Hall, he was a goaltender for the Men’s Ice Hockey team and president of his fraternity. During the summer of his sophomore year, he studied abroad in Petrozavodsk and Saint Petersburg, Russia. Prior to law school, Richard interned at a D.C. government relations firm and the Essex County Prosecutor’s office in Newark, New Jersey. This past summer he worked as a summer law clerk at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, and he is currently a judicial intern with Magistrate Judge Ramon Reyes Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Richard is a recipient of the Dean’s Recognition Scholarship, a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, and a member of the Brooklyn Journal of Law and Policy. Richard is also conversational in Russian.

  • Haley Tynes graduated cum laude from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources and Geology, and a double minor in Global Studies and Geography. While at Hofstra University, Haley was a both a geology tutor and teacher’s assistant, as well as the president of her sorority. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a geoscientist for an environmental consulting firm.  Haley spent her 1L summer interning for Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke at the Eastern District of New York and is currently interning in the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office. This summer she will be joining Vedder Price P.C. as a Summer Associate, focusing on Litigation and Labor and Employment work. Haley is a Block Judicial Intern Fellow and the recipient of the Lisle Scholarship, as well as a member of The Journal of Law and Policy, Moot Court Honor Society, and Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.

  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism
  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism
  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism


Brooklyn Lecture on International Business Law — Kahale on ISDS: Wild West of Int’l Law & Arbitration (CLE) on April 3.


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