Current Furman Scholars
Third Year Students
Yotam Barkai ’13
Yotam grew up in Needham, Massachusetts, and graduated from Yale University in 2008 with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Before law school, he taught sixth-grade math in the Bronx through Teach For America. He spent his 1L summer at the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Policy and Legislation, and his 2L summer at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Yotam has served as an Articles Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review, as a research assistant to Dean Revesz and Professors Issacharoff and Barkow, and as a fellow at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law. He will clerk for Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2013-14 and Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2014-15.
"Conviction Integrity Units: Seeking Justice, Not Just Convictions", in Making Justice: The Innocence Challenge to Criminal Justice Policy and Practice (Marvin Zalman & Julia Carrano eds., forthcoming 2013) (with Evelyn L. Malavé)
"The Child Paradox in First Amendment Doctrine", 87 N.Y.U. L. REV. 1414 (2012)
Yan Cao ’13
Yan Cao grew up in Gainesville, Florida. She attended Simon’s Rock College of Bard and Stanford University where she majored in in History and Feminist Studies. Yan is also a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar. At NYU Law School, she has participated in the NYCLU and ACLU Racial Justice Clinics and the Critical Reading Group. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Law Review. Yan is interested in issues at the intersection of civil rights and economic justice including consumer protection, fair lending, and financial regulation. After graduation, Yan will clerk for Judge Oetken of the Southern District of New York and Judge Lohier of the Second Circuit.
Paul Hubble ’13
Paul is a native of Columbus, Ohio and attended college at the University of Chicago where he majored in Classical Studies and Philosophy. His primary interests in the law are financial regulation, commercial law, and globalization. During the summer after his first year of law school he worked as a research assistant for Professors Samuel Issacharoff and Richard Stewart. After his second year, he worked at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. He currently serves as an Executive Editor for the New York University Law Review. He has a working paper on the relationship between democratic theory and global bank capital regulations and is working on the need for conflict of laws and issues of scope in uniform sales law.
Subash Iyer ’13
Subash Iyer graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics-Mathematics. After college, he worked as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, where he served a variety of clients in the public and private sectors. He then served as Advisor to Administrator Karen Mills at the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. He spent the summer after his first year of law school working as a research assistant for Professor Kenji Yoshino. After his second year, he worked at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. He is the Senior Articles Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review. Upon graduation, Subash will clerk for Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York and Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Resolving Constitutional Uncertainty in Affirmative Action Through Constrained Constitutional Experimentation", 87 N.Y.U. L. REV. 1060 (2012)
Zachary Savage ’13
Zachary graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2008 with an A.B. in Politics. Prior to law school, he worked as an economic consultant at FTI Consulting in New York. Zachary spent the summer after his first year of law school at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and the summer after his second year of law school at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He serves as a Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review. Upon graduation, he will clerk for the Honorable Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
"Scaling Up: Implementing Issue Preclusion in Mass Tort Litigation Through Bellwether Trials", 87 N.Y.U. L. REV. (forthcoming 2013)
Second Year Students
Sheila Baynes ’14
Sheila graduated from Harvard in 2003 with a degree in History and Literature. Prior to law school, she pursued an 8-year career in wilderness and leadership education in Alaska and Wyoming, including time spent as a high school teacher for at-risk Alaska Native teenagers and as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). After her first year of law school at NYU, she worked as the Helaine Barnett Fellow at Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C. and as a research assistant for Professor Rachel Barkow. Sheila will spend her 2L summer as a Ford Foundation Fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund in Boulder. She is a staff editor for the N.Y.U. Law Review and a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar, as well as a board member of the Environmental Law Society and a teaching assistant for Judge Douglas Ginsburg. Sheila’s research interests include Administrative, Land Use, and Natural Resources Law.
Cynthia Benin ’14
Cynthia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford in 2008 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and minors in Mathematics and Spanish. After college she spent three years as a Product Marketing Manager for Google in the Mountain View, CA and New York, NY offices. At NYU Law, she’s Treasurer of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and has done volunteer legal research for various animal advocacy organizations. She is currently an editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review and has served as a research assistant for Professor Adam Cox and a teaching assistant for Professor Clayton Gillette. She spent her 1L summer at the ACLU of Arizona and will spend her 2L summer at Munger, Tolles & Olson.
Julian Ginos ’14
Julian, a Brooklyn native, graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Binghamton with a B.A. in English. During his 1L summer, Julian worked at the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel and researched juvenile justice reform for Professor Kim Taylor-Thompson. In the fall of his 2L year Julian interned at the FBI’s New York field office. He is a research assistant for Professor Barry Friedman and a staff editor on the N.Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law. Julian is interested in national security law and criminal procedure, and will spend his 2L summer at Paul, Weiss in Washington, D.C.
Ankur Mandhania ’14
Ankur graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2010. After college, he traveled to India for several months before coming to NYU. He is currently an intern for Judge Jesse M. Furman of the Southern District of New York, and a staff editor on the New York University Law Review. His Note will be on choice of law issues in federal bankruptcy courts. He spent his first summer as a research assistant for Professor Arthur R. Miller, and will be splitting his second summer between Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. and Munger, Tolles and Olson in Los Angeles.
Daniel Nowicki ’14
Dan graduated with High Honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in History. During college he was a Midshipman in Naval ROTC and served as Battalion Commanding Officer of the Berkeley NROTC unit. After receiving his B.A., Dan was a fellow in the Texas Governor’s Office, where he worked with state governmental organizations to ensure their compliance with state funding and auditing regulations. After his 1L year Dan interned with Judge Sean Lane at the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, drafting bench memos and researching legal issues raised in various bankruptcy “mega-cases”.
Maria Ponomarenko ’14
Maria graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in History and Economics, and a Masters in Social Sciences. She completed a Ph.D. in History at Stanford University, where she received a number of fellowships, including the Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center. Her dissertation, titled “The Department of Justice and the Limits of the New Deal State,” focused on issues of federalism and institutional capacity in the New Deal and World War II years. Prior to attending law school, Maria spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She is currently in her second year at NYU law, and is interested primarily in constitutional law, and civil and criminal procedure. She has worked as a research assistant for Professors Barkow, Issacharoff, and Friedman, and will spend her 2L summer at Quinn Emanuel in New York. She is currently a staff editor on the N.Y.U. Law Review.