Furman Academic Program

Current Fellows and Scholars

Current Fellow

Maria Ponomarenko '14
Maria graduated summa cum laude from NYU Law, where she was a Furman Academic Scholar and an Articles Editor on the NYU Law Review. After graduating from NYU, she clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Maria holds a B.A. in History and Economics and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. Her dissertation, “The Department of Justice and the Limits of the New Deal State,” explored issues of federalism and institutional capacity in the New Deal and World War II years, with a focus on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s relationship with state and local police.  Her research focuses on constitutional law, criminal procedure, administrative law, and police governance. She currently is working on an article on the constitutional underpinnings of administrative law. She is the author, with Barry Friedman, of Democratic Policing which appeared in the December 2015 NYU Law Review. 

Tommy Bennett
Tommy graduated graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law, where he was a Furman Academic Scholar and Managing Editor of the . 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 

Sarah Coco '19
Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Oberlin College with a B.A. in international relations. Prior to law school, she worked for Albright Stonebridge Group, an international business strategy consulting firm based in Washington DC. At NYU, Sarah is a Furman Academic Scholar and an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar, Senior Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review, and a research assistant for Professor Linda Silberman and Professor Helen Hershkoff. She spent her 1L summer at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and her 2L summer at Debevoise & Plimpton. After graduating, she will work as an associate at Holwell Schuster & Goldberg, and will clerk for 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.

Evan Gilbert '19
Evan graduated with honors from the University of Washington, Bothell with a B.A. in Law, Economics, and Public Policy and a minor in Creative Writing and Poetics. At NYU, they graduated 1L as a Pomeroy Scholar and spent their first summer as a research assistant for Professor Arthur Miller in Civil Procedure. Since then they have researched for Professor Eleanor Fox in the field of comparative antitrust, worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as a summer litigation association, and served as the Senior Notes Editor on the N.Y.U Law Review.

Natalie Jacewicz '19
Natalie is interested in the intersection of environmental science and law. She studied evolutionary biology at Harvard, where she graduated magna cum laude, with highest honors in her department. After two years working for the Boston Consulting Group, Natalie completed a graduate program in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and worked for the science desk at National Public Radio. Her focus is on environmental law, and she has pursued that interest as an Articles Editor for N.Y.U Law Review and as a Lederman fellow in law and economics.

Elizabeth Janszky '19
Elizabeth (Ebie) graduated magna cum laude from Emory University, earning a bachelors degree in political science. Prior to graduate school, Ebie worked at the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing. She is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University. Her research interests include the intersection of criminal procedure and administrative law, judicial behavior and the political economy of institutions. 

Adam Kern '19
Adam studied philosophy at Harvard, where he graduated summa cum laude, and at Oxford, where he was a von Clemm Fellow. Now he is pursuing a J.D. at NYU and a Ph.D. at Princeton. His academic interests include tax law and policy, law and distributive justice, and law and philosophy generally. While at NYU, he has worked as a research assistant for Professors David Kamin, Mitchell Kane, Catherine Sharkey, and Daniel Shaviro; as a teaching assistant for Professor Samuel Issacharoff (Civil Procedure); and as an Articles Editor for N.Y.U. Law Review. He spent his 2L summer at Covington & Burling. After graduation, he will clerk for Judge Jed Rakoff in the Southern District of New York and Chief Judge Robert Katzmann on the Second Circuit.

Meghan Racklin '19
Meghan graduated magna cum laude from NYU's College of Arts and Sciences in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and Politics. She spent her 1L summer as a legal intern in the Department of Litigation Public Policy & Law at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and her 2L summer as a legal intern at the Center for Reproductive Rights' U.S. Human Rights program. At NYU Law, she has served as a research assistant for Professor Stephen Schulhofer and for Professor Catherine Sharkey, and she is the Senior Online Editor for the NYU Law Review.


Second-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. Prior to law school, Tim was a playwright, a composer, and a history teacher. At NYU, Tim has worked as a research assistant for Professors Samuel Issacharoff and Kenji Yoshino and as a teaching assistant for Professor Oscar Chase. He is a Pomeroy Scholar and a Staff Editor of the NYU Law Review. Tim spent his 1L summer as an intern for the Affirmative Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. During his 2L fall, he participated in the Regulatory Policy Clinic at the Institute for Policy Integrity. He will be spending his 2L summer at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.

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.

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. At NYU Law, she is a student scholar for the Reiss Center on Law and Security, teaching assistant to Professors Kevin Davis and José Alvarez, and a Staff Editor of the NYU Law Review. Her research interests are in international law, particularly international humanitarian 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 sentencing. At NYU, Russell has worked as a research assistant for Professor Barry Friedman, a teaching assistant for Professor Samuel Issacharoff, and a staff editor of the NYU Law Review. He spent his first summer at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and will spend his second summer at the Brooklyn Defender Service.

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, entitled Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution, which will be published in July 2019 by the University of Chicago Press. 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 will be spending next summer at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in their New York City office.

First-Year Students 

Ryan Fackler
Alexander Arnold '21
Alexander Arnold’s interests center on contemporary issues of law and political economy, the history of law and economics, as well as historical intersections between the law, the natural sciences, and economics. Alexander earned his Ph.D. in intellectual history 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. His dissertation, Rethinking Economics in Modern France, offered an intellectual and conceptual history of modern French economic thought. His writing has been published in 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 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History, and the History of Science Society. He has also been a fellow at the Dartmouth History Institute, a Remarque Fellow at the École normale supéieure de Paris, a Junior Research Fellow at NYU Law, and a postdoctoral fellow in legal history at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, where he spearheaded a project on the history of state clemency. In addition to being an assistant instructor for a wide range of courses within NYU’s Department of History, Alexander has also been a TA for President Emeritus John Sexton’s honors seminar, The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses, and has worked as an RA for Professor Cynthia Estlund on a project on automation and the future of employment.

J. Colin Bradley '21

Ryan Fackler

Colin graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he was a Student Marshal. Before graduate school he worked at the Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn. 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, human rights, and the theory of private law.