J.D. ADMISSIONS

Current Furman Scholars

 

third YEAR STUDENTS

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 D.C. At NYU he is a staff editor for the N.Y.U. 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 attended Princeton University, where she received an A.B. in Mathematics.  She completed an M. Sc. in Sociology at the University of Oxford, where she graduated with honors and was recognized for 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, and received the A.H. Halsey Prize for best dissertation. After graduation, she worked as a Data Analyst at Recyclebank, a start up that provides a rewards program for everyday “green” actions.  After her 1L year, Patrice worked for Professor Oren Bar-Gill, researching unconscionability case law for the Third Restatement of Contracts.  She is also research assistant to Dean Emeritus Richard Revesz, and she has worked as a teaching assistant for President John Sexton’s The Supreme Court and Religion Clauses Honors Seminar and Professor Sally Katzen’s Legislation and the Regulatory State.  She is currently a staff editor on the N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal. Her research interests include Climate Change Policy and Law and Behavioral Economics.

 

 

second YEAR STUDENTS

Nabil Ansari ’16
Nabil graduated with High Honors from Wesleyan University, where he obtained a B.A. 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.

Susan Navarro Smelcer ’16
Susan graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a B.A. in Political Science and highest honors for her undergraduate honors thesis.  She completed her M.A. 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.

 

First YEAR STUDENTS

Nabil Ansari ’16
Nabil graduated with High Honors from Wesleyan University, where he obtained a B.A. 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.