Current Furman Scholars


Thad Eagles ’15
Thad hails from North Carolina and graduated from Haverford College in 2010 with a degree in History and a minor in Spanish. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal with Philadelphia Legal Assistance assisting homeowners facing foreclosure. Thad spent the summer after his first year of law school with the ACLU in Philadelphia and will spend the second working for WilmerHale in Washington, DC. At NYU he is a staff editor for the NYU Law Review and a research assistant for Professor Samuel Issacharoff. His interests include constitutional law, civil liberties, and civil procedure.

Luke Herrine ’15
Luke graduated from Oberlin College with degrees in philosophy (with honors) and psychology. Before NYU, he worked as a legal and research assistant the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern School of Law, where he assisted with filings in police abuse cases and with research for a book on post-9/11 American politics. Since beginning his studies at NYU, Luke has done research on international law at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, the ACLU's Human Rights Division, and with Professor James Stewart. He has worked on economic justice issues at the Center for Popular Democracy and at the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Organization. Over his 2L summer he is interning in the Enforcement division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Also an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar and a Lederman Fellow in Law and Economics, Luke has researc interests in consumer finance law, contract law, international economic regulation, and critical legal theory.

Patrice Wylly ’15

Patrice graduated from Princeton University, with an AB in Mathematics. She completed a Master of Science in Sociology at the University of Oxford, where she graduated with honors and received A.H. Halsey prizes for best thesis and best overall performance in her class. Her thesis, Eco Friendly or Eco Trendy?, used Agent-Based Modeling to investigate the social mechanisms driving the Prius’ popularity. Her Student Note, which will be published in NYU's Environmental Law Journal in 2015, builds on her dissertation to evaluate the Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit and its impact on consumer adoption choices.

Before law school, Patrice worked as a Data Analyst at Recyclebank, a green-tech start-up in the West Village. Her 1L summer, Patrice was a Research Assistant for Dean Emeritus Richard Revesz and Professor Oren Bar-Gill. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for President John Sexton’s Supreme Court and Religion Clauses Honors Seminar and Professor Sally Katzen’s Legislation and the Regulatory State. She is currently Senior Notes Editor on the Environmental Law Journal. Her research interests include Tax and Climate Change Policy, as well as law and behavioral economics, for which she is a Lawrence Lederman Law and Economics Fellow. After graduation, she will be joining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in their New York office.



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. Nabil is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation develops a contextualist theory of political legitimacy, examining the roles of democracy, expertise, and tradition as sources of legitimacy. At NYU Law he hopes to pursue his interests in constitutional law and the law of democracy.

Kristen Loveland ’16
Kristen graduated from Columbia University with a BA in History and a concentration in Creative Writing. She received an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge, where she graduated with distinguished performance. 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. Kristen’s doctoral studies are supported by Harvard University’s Presidential Scholarship, and her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. She is currently in her first year at NYU Law and is particularly interested in comparative constitutional law and family law.

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. After his 1L year, Steve worked as an intern at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and as a research assistant for Professor Rachel Barkow. He will spend his 2L summer with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York. At NYU, he is a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar, a staff editor for the NYU Law Review, a fellow with the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, and a teaching assistant for Professor Catherine Sharkey. Steve is interested in criminal law, civil rights, and civil procedure.

Jack Millman ’16
Jack graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 with a degree in History, Economics, and Political Science. He also completed training in ROTC during undergrad and commissioned as an officer in the Ohio National Guard upon graduation. Prior to law school he deployed to Afghanistan for one year as an adviser to the Afghan Border Police. He also passed all four sections of his CPA exam and obtained his Ohio license. Since starting law school at NYU, he has worked with Professor Catherine Sharkey as a research assistant and is currently a staff editor for the NYU Law Review. He spent the summer after his first year of law school working at the litigation boutique of Miller & Wrubel. He will spend his second working for Wachtell in New York City. 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 completed her MA in Political Science at Emory University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD). Her dissertation uses game theory and large-N quantitative analyses to explore the ways in which dissenting opinions influence the development of the law. 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 Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

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 specialized in vehicle network design, vehicle harness design, and network self-diagnose programming. 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. After graduation, Wen worked as a patent agent for two years at King & Wood Mallesons, prosecuting invention and utility model patents relating to mechanical matters, as well as design patents. Wen is now a first year law student at NYU School of Law. Her primary interest is in patent law and intellectual property law.


Alexandra Bursak ’17
Alexandra graduated with high honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelors degree in English literature. She received a MA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. Alexandra came to NYU Law with an interest in the early development of copyright, which she plans to pursue in the study of intellectual property law.



Alex Schindler ’17
After completing his undergraduate studies at Hunter/CUNY, where he majored in Middle Eastern Studies, Alex taught Hebrew. He is interested in the interaction between the state and religious law, especially the Islamic and Jewish traditions.