The SEED Team

Faculty Directors and Staff

Stephen Choi
Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor of Law
Director, Pollack Center for Law & Business

Stephen Choi is the Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor at NYU School of Law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School in 1994 and received his PhD in economics from Harvard in 1997. His research interests focus on the theoretical and empirical analysis of corporations and capital markets as well as on judicial performance. He is the co-author of Securities Regulations: Cases and Analysis (West Academic, 4th ed. 2015). He has published in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Virginia Law Review, among others, and has presented papers at numerous conferences and symposia.

David Yermack
Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at the NYU Stern School of Business
Director, Pollack Center for Law & Business

David L. Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business.  Professor Yermack has been with NYU Stern since 1994. His primary research areas include boards of directors, executive compensation, and corporate finance. Professor Yermack has published more than 25 articles in leading academic journals in Finance, Accounting, Economics, and Law. He is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.  Professor Yermack received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1985), Master of Business Administration (1991), Juris Doctor (1991), Master of Arts in Business Economics (1993), and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Economics (1994) from Harvard University.

Anat Carmy-Wiechman
Associate Director, Pollack Center for Law & Business

Anat Carmy-Wiechman is the Associate Direcor of the Pollack Center for Law and Business, and the Head of Resarch for the Securities Enforcement Empirical Database (SEED). She graduated magna cum laude from Tel-Aviv University School of Law in 2006. Upon graduation, she worked in the litigation group of Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co., one of Israel’s leading law firms. She earned her LLM degree from NYU School of Law in 2011, and worked as an associate at Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser Sipser until joining the Pollack Center in September 2013. She has published in the American Law and Economics Review, and in Precedent and the Law: Reports to the XVIIth Congress International Academy of Comparative Law, Utrecht, 1622 July 2006. Carmy-Wiechman’s research interests include corporate law, empirical legal scholarship, law and finance, and securities regulation.


Graduate Student Research Fellows

SEED depends on the contribution of students from NYU School of Law and the NYU Stern School of Business. Graduate student fellows from the institution perform all research, including gathering enforcement action documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission website and collecting variables for review. We anticipate student research fellows will use our data for their individual research projects.

Erik Andrén ’16

Erik Andrén graduated from Stockholm School of Economics with a BSc in business and economics, specializing in finance and accounting. While earning his degree he worked in the markets and investment-banking department of the Royal Bank of Scotland. At NYU Law, Andrén has worked as a teaching assistant for the Graduate Lawyering Program and a staff editor for the NYU Journal of Law & Business


Mark BennettMark Bennett ’17

Mark Bennett graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 with a BA in international studies, political science, and Spanish. Afterward, he worked for two years as a researcher in Washington, DC, for a nonprofit think tank, specializing in US foreign and defense policy. He is a staff editor for the NYU Law Review. His interests at NYU Law include corporate governance and financial regulation.


Yuan (Claire) Chen ’17

Yuan Chen graduated from Zhejiang University with an LLB and a BA in English, and completed her LLM in International Legal Studies at NYU School of Law. While pursuing the LLM, she was a member of the International Organizations Clinic and worked for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Chen, a fellow of Good Governance International and an associate managing editor of Stanford Law School’s China Guiding Case Project, is interested in corporate law and international law.

Will Clark ImageWill Clark ’16

Will Clark graduated from Boston College’s Honors program with a degree in history in 2012. Before law school, he did a year of service as a Corps Member of an AmeriCorps State and National program in Bourne, Massachusetts. Clark has done research on administrative and environmental law issues with Richard Revesz, Lawrence King Professor of Law and dean emeritus of NYU Law, and on shareholder suit settlement data for Stephen Choi, Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor of Law. He is a staff editor for the NYU Journal of Law & Business. Clark spent his 2L summer at Latham & Watkins in New York City.  

Yujia FengYujia Feng ’17

Yujia Feng graduated with distinction from Yale College in 2014 with degrees in economics and history. During college, she studied economics at London School of Economics and Political Science, and studied professional Japanese in the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan. Feng also served as the vice president of China Economic Forum, a student-run organization at Yale University. Feng came to NYU Law with an interest in financial regulation and international trade law.

Zhaohua Huang

Zhaohua (Josh) Huang ’16

Zhaohua Huang graduated from Peking University with degrees in economics and German. Then he pursued his MA in both economics and statistics at Rutgers University. Before law school, he worked as a quantitative analyst at several financial institutions, including ING Group, Barclays Capital, and China UnionPay. During his 1L summer, Huang was a research assistant for Burt Neuborne, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties, and a student fellow at the Pollack Center of Law & Business. His primary interests are in securities law and financial regulation.

Jiarui Li

Jiarui Li ’17

Jiarui Li graduated with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in applied mathematics and economics. As an undergraduate, Li did summer internships in a township government in China and in the Shanghai office of Clyde & Co. She came to NYU Law with interests in finance and securities law and comparative studies on Chinese law.

Run Bo LuRun Bo Lu ’17

Run Bo Lu graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, with a BA in philosophy. His interests are almost exclusively in business. He spent a year working as a founding member of a startup, creating a device that continuously logs passing pedestrian and automotive traffic to provide businesses and governments with useful data for municipal planning, pedestrian and vehicle traffic optimization, real-estate development planning, and retail store planning. Lu plans to pursue a legal career in a related field after graduation.

Melina (Lin) Meneguin-Layerenza

Melina (Lin) Meneguin-Layerenza ’17

Melina “Lin” Meneguin-Layerenza holds a BA in politics from Princeton University, and has pursued an MA in international security at Sciences Po Paris as an Eiffel Scholar of the French government. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal for a California appellate boutique firm, for the antitrust group in the Paris office of a British law firm, and as an intern with a maritime attorney. Her special interest in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 enforcement stems in part from research on anti-corruption and governance that she performed at Princeton as well as from her experience as a downstream oil analyst in France.

Chistopher Porcelli ImageChristopher Porcelli ’16

Christopher Porcelli graduated with honors from St. John’s University in 2013 with a degree in government and politics and a minor in philosophy. He came to NYU Law with an interest in corporate law. He continued that pursuit during his 2L summer while working in the New York office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. 

Dylan Service ’16

Dylan Service graduated with distinction from University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in history and a minor in public policy. After graduation, he worked in human resources at Covington & Burling’s San Francisco office. He is a staff editor for the NYU Journal of Law & Business.

Caitlin StachonCaitlin Stachon ’17

Caitlin Stachon graduated with honors from Columbia University, earning a BA in psychology. She then worked as a paralegal at a boutique law firm specializing in complex corporate bankruptcy. The summer before law school, she interned with the Judge Robert E. Gerber of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.


Nathan TrunnellNathan Trunnell ’16

Nathan Trunnell graduated from Columbia University in 2010 with a degree in anthropology. Prior to law school, he worked as a science teacher at a high school for students with special needs. Trunnell spent the summer after his first year of law school working in Magistrate Judge Frank Maas’s chambers in the Southern District of New York. He spent his second summer working at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Trunnell is a staff editor for the Annual Survey of American Law.

SEED Alumni :

Faruk Aktay ’14, Ruchin Jain (NYU Stern 2014), Hayden Bui ’15, Dylan Cassidy ’15, Caroline Dayton ’15, Leslie Hung ’15, Jingjing Wu ’15, Zhi Xia ’15, Hao Zhang ’15, Kuen Young (Anna) Park ’16, Michael Roberts ’16.