2015-16 Fellows

Laura Hecht-Felella '15

Laura Hecht-Felella will be a legal fellow at National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), where she will engage in legal advocacy to ensure that women do not lose their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy. As a law student, she co-chaired the Courtroom Advocates Project in coordination with Sanctuary for Families. She also participated in the Reproductive Justice Clinic and the Community Development and Economic Justice Clinic at the Urban Justice Center. During her summers, Laura interned at Americans for Immigrant Justice and at NAPW. She graduated NYU Law in 2015 and summa cum laude with a degree in political science from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2012.


Marcella Kocolatos '15

Marcella Kocolatos will be a legal fellow at A Better Balance, where she interned as a law student and will work to ensure that low-income workers receive the full protection of the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. At NYU, Marcella served as an executive editor of NYU Review of Law & Social Change and as a board member of NYU Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She participated in the Reproductive Justice Clinic, assisting in the representation of Alicia Beltran in Beltran v. Strachota. Marcella has also interned at National Advocates for Pregnant Women. She is a graduate of Hunter College (2012), City University of New York, where she majored in English.  


Alyson Zureick '15 

Alyson Zureick will be a fellow with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project starting Fall 2015. Alyson joins the ACLU following a clerkship with the Honorable Jan E. DuBois in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While at NYU Law, Alyson served as a student advocate in the Reproductive Justice Clinic; as a student advocate in the International Human Rights Clinic; and as an intern with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the US State Department. She received the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize at graduation in recognition of her outstanding clinical work at NYU. Her article, “(En)Gendering Suffering: Denial of Abortion as a Form of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment,” was awarded the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Emerging Scholar Essay Prize and the University of Virginia Human Rights Student Scholars Writing Award, and was published in the Fordham International Law Journal in January 2015. Alyson worked extensively on women’s rights and reproductive rights issues prior to law school, including supporting the International Rescue Committee’s maternal health and gender-based violence programs in Sierra Leone, serving as a rape crisis volunteer at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, and as the Global Advocacy Program Associate at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Alyson received a JD, Order of the Coif, from NYU Law in 2014, and a BA cum laude from Princeton in 2006.


2014-15 Fellows

Wendy Cheng '14

Wendy Cheng is currently a legal fellow at the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit of New York Legal Assistance Group, providing victims of domestic violence, in particular Asian immigrant victims, with linguistically competent, culturally sensitive, and holistic representation. While at NYU, she interned at New York Asian Women’s Center, Brooklyn Defender Services, and Immigration Equality. She also participated in the LGBT Rights Clinic and served on the board of OUTLaw and Asia Law Society. Prior to law school, Wendy interned at European Parliament and Taiwan Legislative Yuan. She received an undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of Rochester in 2011.

Anne Mathews '14

Anne Mathews is a fellow with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. Annie received a joint degree in May 2014 – a JD from NYU and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard. Annie has interned at a host of organizations including, Legal Aid (both in the immigration and criminal defense practices), the Bronx Defenders, the Orleans Public Defenders, and the National Women’s Law Center. Prior to graduate school, Annie worked at Creating Economic Opportunities for Women in Oakland, CA, where she led a team in developing, implementing, and evaluating the organization's business support services for immigrant women including their micro-equity financing program, business workshops, business mentoring and advising, newsletter, and membership program. She is also a proud graduate of Wesleyan University.

Jacob McDonald '14

Jacob McDonald is a legal fellow at A Better Balance, where he focuses on promoting flexible workplace policies, ending discrimination against caregivers, and ensuring the economic security of those trying to care for their families. In law school, Jake was a fellow at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where he worked in the Health Justice and Disability Justice areas. While a law student Jake participated in the Law, Organizing & Systemic Change Clinic working with the Center for Popular Democracy and the New Economy Project to improve economic justice and expand the rights of low wage workers. During his summers, Jake interned at ABC for Health in Madison, Wisconsin, helping to obtain health coverage for low income Wisconsinites, and with Lawyers Alliance for New York, providing legal assistance to non-profit community groups. Jake’s professional background also includes four years as a public school teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame.


2013-14 Fellows

Julia Kaye '13

Julia Kaye is a legal fellow with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project. She graduated magna cum laude in 2013 from NYU Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Service Scholar, a Guarini Leaders in Government Service Scholar, director of the Suspension Representation Project, and an advocate in NYU’s Juvenile Defender Clinic. Julia interned on the White House Domestic Policy Council and in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 2007 with a BA in women’s studies and worked before law school as a health policy associate at the National Women’s Law Center. In 2014, Julia will clerk for Judge Edward R. Korman in the Eastern District of New York.

Elizabeth Platt '13

Elizabeth Reiner Platt is a law fellow at A Better Balance. She graduated from NYU School of Law in 2013. During law school she interned at the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project, and participated in clinics with LegalHealth and the Brennan Center for Justice. Her article critiquing offender registries received the Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Prize, and was published in the NYU Review of Law & Social Change. Prior to law school, Elizabeth was a health care assistant at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. She received a degree in history from the University of Chicago in 2008.

Alison Puente-Douglass '13

As a Reproductive Justice and Women’s Rights Fellow, Ali is presently working at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, representing survivors of domestic violence and coordinating an outreach project on the topic of Reproductive Coercion. Ali was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar at NYU Law where she served on the board of the Suspension Representation Project and directed and produced the Vagina Monologues. During her summers she worked at Partnership for Children’s Rights, where she helped parents get access to the services their children required, and Partners for Women and Justice, an organization that provides legal assistance to survivors of domestic abuse. A New Jersey native, Ali graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin.


2012-2013 Fellows

Theresa Chalhoub '12

Theresa is currently a Health and Education Fellow in the office of Senator Chris Coons of Delaware. She graduated in 2012 with a JD from NYU Law and an MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School; afterwards, she worked as a Law Fellow at A Better Balance. During graduate school she completed internships with the National Women’s Law Center, the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, and the New York City Council, and she participated in clinics with the Urban Justice Center and ACLU Racial Justice Program. Theresa received her undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University.

Claudia De Palma '12

Claudia De Palma spent her fellowship year at Sanctuary for Families, the largest provider in the US of legal services exclusively for victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. As a Reproductive Justice and Women’s Rights Fellow, Claudia represented survivors of gender violence in a diverse range of immigration cases, including asylum claims and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications, and co-authored Sanctuary for Families’ 2013 report, “Female Genital Mutilation in the United States.” Claudia graduated with a BA from Yale University and a JD from NYU Law, both cum laude. While at NYU, she served on the editorial board of the Review of Law & Social Change and participated in the Immigrant Defense Clinic and Children’s Rights Clinic. She is currently a litigation associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in New York and will begin a clerkship with US District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant (D. Conn.) in August 2014.

Brian Richichi '13

Brian is an associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he participates in federal and state litigation regarding complex commercial transactions, securities fraud, and governmental regulation. As an ACLU fellow, he was involved in federal and state litigation related to denial of access to reproductive health services. At NYU Law, he served as a student advocate in the NYU Civil Rights Clinic and as a chair for both the ACLU of NYU Law and the National Lawyers Guild. He was also on the Moot Court Board National Competition Team. He graduated cum laude from the Law School.


2011-2012 Fellows

Elizabeth Gedmark '11

Elizabeth Gedmark is the Staff Attorney/Director of the Southern Office at A Better Balance (ABB): The Work and Family Legal Center. Elizabeth graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and from NYU School of Law. Prior to joining ABB in 2011, Elizabeth interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, the New York Legal Assistance Group’s Special Litigation Unit, and New York Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Rights Project. As a part of NYU Law’s Federal Defender Clinic, Elizabeth argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Elizabeth was also in the NYU Law Medical-Legal Advocacy Clinic. She is a co-author of the book Babygate: What You Really Need to Know About Pregnancy and Parenting in the American Workplace. She is based in Nashville, TN.

Meghan Loisel '11

Meghan is currently an Impact Litigation and Social Justice Fellow at the Santa Clara County Counsel's office. Her areas of focus are affirmative litigation and human trafficking policy. Previously, she was a Fellow at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York, where she challenged state legislation restricting access to family planning services and wrote an amicus brief challenging the practice of shackling prisoners during childbirth. In 2011, Meghan graduated from NYU School of Law, where she had participated in the NYU/ACLU Racial Justice Clinic representing students facing discrimination in the public school system. As a Colloquium Editor for the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, she helped organize a symposium on how corporations can promote social justice. During her summers, she worked at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center in San Francisco and the Bronx Defenders in New York. Meghan received her BA with highest honors in history and government from the University of Texas in 2006.

Mia Munro '11

During her fellowship at Equal Rights Advocates, Mia Munro co-wrote the report, “Expecting A Baby, Not a Lay-Off: Why Federal Law Should Require Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Workers.” This report played an important role in encouraging Maryland, New York, and New Jersey to pass laws protecting pregnant workers and continues to support a growing movement of states to increase protections for pregnant women in the workplace. The report is also being used to support the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which is now pending in Congress. When her fellowship ended, Mia served as an ERA staff attorney for a year before moving to Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob in Los Angeles, where she works as an associate representing employees against employers in cases that include pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, and sexual harassment. She graduated cum laude from NYU School of Law, where she was student articles development editor for the Review of Law & Social Change.


2010-2011 Fellows

Andrew Beck '07

Andrew Beck is a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberty Union's Reproductive Freedom Project. He joined the project as a fellow in 2010 and became a staff attorney in 2011. His practice focuses on protecting reproductive rights through impact litigation in federal and state courts. Prior to his work at the ACLU, Andrew served as a law clerk to Judge Julio Fuentes, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and to Judge Jerome B. Simandle, US District Court for the District of New Jersey. Andrew received a JD, Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law and a BA from Haverford College.

Zoey Chenitz '10

As a fellow, Zoey Chenitz worked at the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights in Seattle. There, she provided legal and policy advice aimed at strengthening the rights of women in developing countries to access and own land as a means of improving their economic and social welfare. Zoey has since worked at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and as a law clerk to a federal magistrate judge. She graduated magna cum laude from NYU Law in 2010 and holds a BA from NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Jared Make '10

Jared Make is a senior staff attorney at A Better Balance (ABB), where he works to advance policies that allow workers to care for their loved ones without sacrificing their economic security. He joined ABB as an NYU fellow in 2010 and now supervises subsequent fellows at the organization. At ABB, Jared works on legislative campaigns, represents low-wage workers, and engages in public education on laws that ABB has passed around the country. In addition to becoming a leader in the national movement to pass paid sick days and paid family leave laws, Jared has launched a project to increase collaboration among the LGBT community, work-family advocates, and the reproductive rights field. Jared graduated Phi Beta Kappa at Wesleyan University and cum laude at NYU School of Law.