Furman Academic Program

Current Fellows and Scholars

Current Fellows

Tommy Bennett '12
Tommy graduated graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law, where he was a Furman Academic Scholar and Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review. Upon graduation, Tommy clerked for the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Thereafter, he was associated with a litigation boutique in Washington, D.C., where he practiced in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before numerous administrative agencies. research focuses on federal courts, the federal system, civil procedure, administrative law, and judicial behavior. Tommy holds a B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College, and his baseball writing has been published by ESPN and Baseball Prospectus.

Third-Year Students 

Ryan Fackler

Tim Duncheon '20
Tim graduated cum laude from Yale University, earning a B.A. with distinction in History. His academic interests include administrative law, constitutional law, and civil procedure. At NYU, Tim has worked as a research assistant for Professors Richard Revesz, Samuel Issacharoff, Kenji Yoshino, and Barry Friedman. He is a Pomeroy Scholar, a Butler Scholar, and a Notes Editor of the NYU Law Review. During his 1L summer, Tim worked for the Affirmative Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department, and during his 2L summer, he was a summer associate in the Appellate Group at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. He has also served on the board of NYU OUTLaw, worked as a teaching assistant for Professor Oscar Chase (Civil Procedure), and participated in the Regulatory Policy Clinic at the Institute for Policy Integrity. Before law school, Tim was a playwright, a composer, and a history teacher. After graduating, he will clerk for Judge William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California.

 

Ryan Fackler

Ryan Fackler '20
Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Haverford College in 2011 with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. Prior to law school, he worked as a research assistant at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve system, where he did research on banking market competition and debt credit ratings. He is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include tax law, distributive justice in taxation, and the intersection of criminal procedure and administrative law, judicial behavior and the political economy of institutions. While at NYU, he has worked as a research assistant for Professor Lily Batchelder, worked as a researcher at the Policing Project, and a Staff Editor for NYU Law Review.

 

Alex Kristofcak

Alex Kristofcak '20
Alex graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in finance. Prior to law school, he worked as a financial analyst in investment banking and investment management, with a focus on the health care industry. At NYU, he has worked as a research assistant for Professor Troy McKenzie and Catherine Sharkey and a teaching assistant for Eleanor Fox. He is a Butler Scholar and a Notes Editor at the NYU Law Review. Alex spent his 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and his 2L summer at Davis Polk in New York and the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. After graduation, Alex will be clerking in the Southern District of New York and on the Ninth Circuit. His academic interests are at the intersection of tort law and enforcement under various federal schemes.

 

Ryan Fackler

Erica Ma '20
Erica graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in International Relations and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to law school, she worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank in Washington, DC. She spent her 1L summer at the United Nations International Law Commission in New York and Geneva, and her 2L summer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. At NYU Law, she has worked as a research assistant for the Reiss Center on Law and Security and teaching assistant for Professors José Alvarez and Kevin Davis, and is a Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review. Her research interests are in international law, particularly international humanitarian law, and U.S. Foreign Relations Law.

 

Rachel Rothschild

Russell Patterson '20
Russell graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a degree in economics and political science. His academic research is focused on criminal law and procedure and evidence. At NYU, Russell has worked as a research assistant for Professor Barry Friedman, a teaching assistant for Professor Samuel Issacharoff, the co-president of the Washington Square Legal Services Bail Fund, and a notes editor of the NYU Law Review. He spent his first summer at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and his second summer at the Brooklyn Defender Services. He will clerk for Judge Katherine Polk Failla after graduation.

 

Rachel Rothschild

Rachel Rothschild '20
Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a BA in History and concentrations in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing. Prior to law school, she received her PhD in History from Yale with distinction and was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. She has recently completed a book on acid rain, Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution, which was published in July 2019 by the University of Chicago Press. This fall, she will publish an analysis of the recent city and county climate change lawsuits against fossil fuel companies in NYU’s Environmental Law Journal, entitled State Nuisance Law and the Climate Change Challenge to Federalism. Her work has also been published in academic outlets such as Technology and Culture and Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences as well as in Foreign Affairs and Business Insider.

While at NYU, Rachel is looking forward to expanding her research into environmental and administrative law, and has broad interests in the intersection of law, history and policy. She works as a research assistant for Professors Ricky Revesz and Sally Katzen, and she spent the past summer on the litigation team at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in their New York City office.

 

Caroline Tan

Caroline Tan '20
Caroline graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History and Economics. Prior to law school, she worked at Google and received an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her academic interests include the intersection of criminal procedure and technology, international criminal law, legal history, and administrative law. At NYU, she is an Articles Editor for the NYU Law Review, and has been a research assistant for Professors Rachel Barkow, Samuel Issacharoff, and Barry Friedman. Caroline spent her 1L summer working on policy reform for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner as both a Fair and Just Prosecution Fellow and Sudler Family Fellow. She spent her 2L summer at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco. After graduation, she will clerk for Judge John B. Owens on the Ninth Circuit.


Second-Year Students 

 

Ryan Fackler

Alexander Arnold '21
Alexander Arnold’s interests center on civil procedure as well as law & political economy. Alexander’s writing has appeared in the Law and History Review (forthcoming), the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Modern & Contemporary France, and his scholarship has been supported by institutions including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and the History of Science Society. At NYU he has been a teaching assistant for President Emeritus John Sexton and Prof. Arthur Miller as well as a Research Assistant for Prof. Cynthia Estlund, Prof. Samuel Issacharoff, and Dean Trevor Morrison. He is a staff editor on the NYU Review of Law & Social Change and the principal organizer of the Law & Political Economy 101 speaker series.

Alexander earned his Ph.D. in intellectual history with a specialization in the history of economic thought from NYU’s Department of History & Institute of French Studies and his B.A. summa cum laude in intellectual history from NYU’s College of Arts & Science. Before coming to NYU Law, he was a fellow at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, the Dartmouth History Institute, the École normale supéieure, the Remarque Institute, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, amongst other institutions.

 

Amanda Adian '21

Amanda Adian

Amanda graduated magna cum laude from NYU College of Arts & Science with a B.A. in Art History. Prior to law school, she worked in the executive office of Gagosian, an international gallery specializing in modern and contemporary art. Amanda's research interests center broadly on expression, with particular focus on intellectual property, art, and censorship. At NYU Law, Amanda works as a research assistant to Professors Amy Adler and Jeanne Fromer and as a Staff Editor of the NYU Law Review. She spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern in the Southern District of New York, and will spend her 2L summer in the New York office of Boies Schiller Flexner.

 

J. Colin Bradley '21

Ryan Fackler

Colin is a Pomeroy Scholar, a Staff Editor of the NYU Law Review, and has worked as a research assistant for Professors Cynthia Estlund, Barry Friedman, and Samuel Issacharoff. During his 2L year he will participate in the Racial Equity Strategies Clinic with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and will be a teaching assistant for Professor Daryl Levinson’s Constitutional Law course. Colin will spend his 2L summer as an associate with Altshuler Berzon, LLP in San Francisco. In addition to the JD at NYU, he is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Princeton where his research on the history of legal and political thought has been supported by the University Center for Human Values. His research interests include democratic theory, constitutionalism, and the theory of private law. Previously he attended the University of Chicago, where he was a Student Marshal, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

 

Danny Cuatrecasas '21

Danny Cuatrecasas

Lucas graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2018 with a concentration in Romance languages and literatures and a secondary field in linguistics. He is interested in the global digital economy, legal questions data markets raise, and linking law to art and design theory. During his 1L summer he worked at Davis & Gilbert. At NYU Law, he has been a research assistant at Guarini Global Law & Tech and is an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar and a Staff Editor of the NYU Law Review. He has been an intern at the NGO Religions for Peace and at the office of the General Counsel at Trinity Church Wall Street.

 

Scott Greenberg '21

Scott Greenberg

Scott graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in economics. Prior to law school, he worked at the Tax Foundation, a think tank in Washington, DC, where he wrote about an array of tax policy issues. Scott spent his 1L summer working for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the General Counsel, as well as serving as a research assistant to Professor David Kamin. His academic research is focused on tax law. At NYU, Scott is a Pomeroy Scholar and a staff editor on the NYU Law Review.

 

Jonathan Spratley '21

Jonathan Spratley

Jonathan graduated from Stanford University, earning with a B.A. with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His academic interests lie in criminal law and distributional effects. Prior to law school, Jonathan taught high school social studies and coached an award-winning debate team in the Bronx. At NYU, Jonathan has worked as a research assistant for Professor Rachael Barkow, a legal fellow for the Policing Project, a teaching assistant for Professor Catherine Sharkey, and a staff editor for the NYU Law Review. He spent his first summer at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

First-Year Students 

Belinda Chen

Belinda Chen '22
Belinda Lee graduated summa cum laude from Princeton with a degree in economics in 2017. Prior to law school, Belinda worked as a research assistant for the finance division at Columbia Business School. While at Columbia, Belinda worked on an array of projects ranging from innovation and R&D, cryptocurrency, corporate governance, and retirement analysis. Belinda’s research interests involve the application of large-scale data analysis to law, and law and economics.

 

Isaac Inkeles

Isaac Inkeles '20
Isaac graduated cum laude from Harvard, earning an A.B. with Highest Honors in Government. Prior to NYU, he received an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge (his dissertation focused on 20th- and 21st-century Anglo-American political thought), and then worked as an editorial assistant at Mosaic, a magazine of Jewish thought and culture. His research interests include law and philosophy, pluralism, and the role incommensurability plays in law and politics.