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. 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.



Alex Lipton '16

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.




Ann Jaworski '17


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.




Nathan Yaffe '17


Max Yoeli '17