Current Furman Scholars


Nabil Ansari ’16
Nabil graduated with High Honors from Wesleyan University, where he obtained a BA in the College of Letters. At Wesleyan he wrote his thesis on the moral and political theory of Jurgen Habermas. Before graduate school he worked as a research assistant for the public policy division of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. While at NYU Law, he has worked as a research assistant for Professor Richard Pildes and Professor Richard Stewart, and is currently a Notes Editor for the NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy. During his 2L summer, he worked at O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C. Nabil is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation examines how we should balance democratic values and governance values in the regulation of the political process. His legal interests are in constitutional law and the law of democracy.

Alex Lipton '16
Alex graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Psychology and a Secondary Field in Government. Before law school, Alex joined Teach for America in San Jose, California, where he taught middle school history and debate. At NYU, Alex served as an Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review, a Teaching Assistant for Professor Clayton Gillette’s Contracts class, and a Research Assistant for Professor Florencia Marotta-Wurgler studying information privacy and consumer contract law. He is also currently a Mitchell Jacobson J.D. Scholar and a Student Fellow at the Information Law Institute. After law school, Alex will be clerking for Judge Carlos T. Bea on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. His primary research and teaching interests are in consumer contract and information privacy law.  

Kristen Loveland ’16
At NYU, Kristen has served as an Articles Editor on the Law Review, a research assistant for Professors Rachel Barkow, Barry Friedman, and Kenji Yoshino, and a teaching assistant for Dean Trevor Morrison and Professor Daryl Levinson. During her 2L summer, she worked for Jones Day in New York. She will clerk for Judge Jesse M. Furman on the S.D.N.Y. and Judge Raymond J. Lohier on the Second Circuit. Kristen is interested in constitutional law and theory and legal history. While pursuing her JD, Kristen is also a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the History Department at Harvard University. Her dissertation traces the history of legal, ethical, and political debates on reproductive technologies in postwar Germany, situated in a comparative and global frame. She received an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge, where she graduated with distinguished performance. Kristen graduated from Columbia University with a BA in History and a concentration in Creative Writing.

Steven Marcus ’16
Steve graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to law school, he worked on prisoner reentry issues at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and then in the Appeals Bureau at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. He spent his first summer working at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and his second summer at the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York. During law school, Steve has worked as a research assistant for Rachel Barkow, Barry Friedman, and Judge John Gleeson. At NYU, Steve is also a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar, Articles Editor for the NYU Law Review, a fellow with the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, and has served as a teaching assistant for Professor Catherine Sharkey. Following graduation, Steve will serve as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and then Judge Jesse M. Furman on the Southern District of New York. Steve is interested in criminal law.

Jack Millman ’16
Jack graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 with a degree in history, economics, and political science.  He also completed ROTC training during undergrad and commissioned as an officer in the Ohio Army National Guard upon graduation.  Prior to law school he served as an adviser to the Afghan Border Police during a nine-month overseas deployment.  He also obtained his Ohio CPA license and worked as an accountant. Since starting law school at NYU, he has worked with Professors Catherine Sharkey and Richard Epstein as a research assistant and is currently an articles editor for the NYU Law Review.  He spent the summer after his first year working at Miller & Wrubel and the summer after his second year working at Wachell Lipton.  His interests include tax, torts, and property.

Susan Navarro Smelcer ’16
Susan graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a BA in Political Science and highest honors for her undergraduate honors thesis. She also completed an MA and PhD in Political Science at Emory University, where her research focused on American political institutions, judicial politics, and empirical methodology. Before coming to NYU, Susan was an analyst at the Congressional Research Service, where she advised members of Congress and their staffs on a wide range of issues relating to federal judiciary, including the appointment and removal of federal judges. Her research in these areas and others has been published in Political Research QuarterlyStudies in American Political Development, and PS: Political Science and Politics. At NYU, Susan serves as a senior editor on Law Review and is interested in examining the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, as well as using large-N data to better understand the law. After graduation, Susan will join Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider, an IP and antitrust boutique, as an antitrust associate.

Wen Xue '16
Wen graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor's degree in Automotive Engineering. She then joined a research team in Automobile State Key Laboratory, Tsinghua University, while pursuing a master's degree in Automotive Engineering. She is the co-inventor of more than 10 patents in vehicle intelligent system and the author/co-author of multiple papers on vehicle harness design. She worked as a patent agent for two years at King & Wood Mallesons before law school. After starting at NYU, Wen has worked as a research assistant for Professor Katherine Strandburg and for Professor Barry Friedman. She split her 2L summer between Desmarais LLP and Irell & Manella. Wen is now a Senior Articles Editor at the NYU Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.


Alexandra Bursak ’17
Alexandra graduated with high honors from Washington University in St. Louis, earning a bachelors degree in English literature. She received an MA in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania before coming to NYU Law. Since arriving at NYU, Alexandra has worked as a research assistant for Professors Barton Beebe and Samuel Issacharoff, a teaching assistant for Professor Daryl Levinson, and an Articles Editor for the NYU Law Review. After graduation, she will clerk for Judge Cornelia Pillard on the D.C. Circuit and Judge Anthony Scirica on the Third Circuit.

Ann Jaworski ’17
Ann is proud to be from Chicago.  She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in English.  Before law school, she worked for Northwestern’s Office for Sponsored Research.  She spent her first summer working as a research assistant for Dean Emeritus Richard Revesz and will spend her second at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  She is a note editor for N.Y.U. Law Review, and will be clerking for the Honorable Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals after graduation.  Ann’s research interests are in environmental policy, especially ways to make food systems and agriculture more sustainable.

Alex Schindler ’17
Alex completed his undergraduate studies at the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY-Hunter, where he designed a major in Middle East Studies and International Relations. Prior to law school, Alex edited a literary analysis of Psalms and taught Hebrew. He is interested in the interaction between the state and religious law, especially the Islamic and Jewish traditions. He also focuses his research on information privacy law.

Nathan Yaffe '17
Nathan graduated as part of the inaugural class of Environmental Studies majors at Carleton College. While there, he did field research in Ethiopia on land grabs, which left him with an enduring interest in issues at the interface of public and private legal regimes (investor-state dispute settlement, transnational litigation involving sovereigns or mixtures of public and private law claims, etc.). After 3 years of non-profit work, he landed at law school. He will be a summer associate at Debevoise & Plimpton (2016), and is thrilled to be clerking with Judge Pierre Leval of the Second Circuit for the 2018–19 term.

Max Yoeli '17
Max graduated from Dartmouth College, where he served as Student Body President, in 2012 with a BA in History and a minor in Government. Before coming to NYU Law, Max was a management associate at a global macro hedge fund and authored a monograph on Dartmouth College during the World War II Era. During his 1L summer, Max worked as a research assistant for Dean Emeritus Richard Revesz and Professor Barry Friedman; he will spend his 2L summer at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Additionally, Max is a staff editor for the Annual Survey of American Law and was a teaching assistant for Professor Oscar Chase. His academic interests include criminal, constitutional, administrative, and national security law and their history.