Furman Academic Program

Current Fellows and Scholars

Current Fellows

Mala Chatterjee Portrait

Mala Chatterjee '18

Mala is a joint-JD/PhD in Philosophy candidate at NYU, a fellow at NYU School of Law's Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, and a visiting fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. She received her JD summa cum laude in 2018, and was a Furman Academic Scholar and Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review. She earned the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for outstanding academic achievement and scholarship, the John Bruce Moore Award for highest excellence in Law & Philosophy, and the Bradley Fellowship for scholarly work in Free Speech. She was a Pomeroy Scholar and a Butler Scholar (awarded to the top 10 students after 1L and 2L respectively), and elected to the Order of the Coif. Mala also clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert D. Sack for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the 2019-2020 term, and was a summer associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Durie Tangri LLP.  Her research interests, both legally and philosophically, concern information. In particular, Mala explores the philosophical questions - both normative and conceptual in nature - surrounding the legal systems that structure our relationships with and rights in information, broadly construed: including intellectual property, technology, freedom of speech, and aesthetics. Mala is writing a dissertation on the philosophical foundations of intellectual property under the supervision of Liam Murphy, Jeremy Waldron, and Sam Scheffler, and her other work has appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Legal Analysis, in the Columbia Law Review, and in the NYU Law Review. Mala received her B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 2014. 

 

Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld Portrait

Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld '14

Jack graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law, where he was a Notes Editor of the NYU Law Review. Upon graduation, Jack clerked for the Hon. Raymond J. Lohier of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Edgardo Ramos of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Both prior to and after clerking, he was associated with two prominent law firms in New York City, where he practiced in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. His research focuses on aggregate litigation, bankruptcy, and complex civil procedure. Jack holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Third-Year Students 

Alexander Arnold 2020

Alexander Arnold '21

Alexander Arnold’s legal academic interests center on civil procedure, antitrust, and the history of law and economics. Alexander’s writing has appeared in the Law and History Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Modern & Contemporary France, and the NYU Journal of Politics and International Affairs. 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 Professor Arthur Miller, as well as a research assistant for Professor Cynthia Estlund, Professor Samuel Issacharoff, and Dean Trevor Morrison. He is currently a Lederman Fellow in Law and Economics, a Senior Articles Editor on the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, and the Co-president of the NYU Law and Political Economy Association. 

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 supérieure, the Remarque Institute, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, amongst other institutions. After graduation he will clerk for Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York. 

 

Amanda Adian

Amanda Fischer Adian '21

Amanda graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa 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 include intellectual property law, the First Amendment, and their intersections, with particular focus on forms of visual expression. At NYU Law, Amanda has worked as a research assistant to Professors Amy Adler and Jeanne Fromer, and is the Senior Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review. Amanda spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern in the Southern District of New York and her 2L summer as a summer associate at Boies Schiller Flexner in New York. After graduation, Amanda will clerk for the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr. of the Second Circuit. 

 

Ryan Fackler

J. Colin Bradley '21

Colin’s research interests include constitutional law and theory, the law of democracy, and legal philosophy. At NYU, Colin has worked as a research assistant for Professors Cynthia Estlund, Barry Friedman, and Samuel Issacharoff, and has been a teaching assistant for Professor Daryl Levinson (Constitutional Law). He is a Pomeroy Scholar, Butler Scholar, and an Online Editor of the NYU Law Review. During his 2L summer, he was a summer associate at Altshuler Berzon in San Francisco, working primarily on civil rights, labor, and environmental litigation. He has also participated in the Racial Equities Strategy Clinic at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund working on prison gerrymandering litigation. In addition to pursuing the JD at NYU, Colin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. His research there focuses on democratic theory and the history of moral and political thought. After graduating, Colin will return to Princeton to complete his PhD work before clerking for the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before graduate school, he attended the University of Chicago, where he was a Student Marshal and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy.

 

Danny Cuatrecasas

Lucas Daniel Cuatrecasas '21

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 corporate law, the global digital economy, data markets, and linking law to art and design theory. At NYU Law, he has been a research assistant to Professor Barton Beebe and at Guarini Global Law & Tech. He is also an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar and an Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review. He spent his 1L summer at Davis & Gilbert and his 2L summer at Covington & Burling. 

 

Scott Greenberg

Scott Greenberg '21

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. He spent his 2L summer working for the DC office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Scott's academic research is focused on tax law. At NYU, Scott is a Butler Scholar and an articles editor on the NYU Law Review.

 

Claire Groden

Claire Groden '21

Claire graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, earning a B.A. in Government and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to law school, she worked as a reporter, then as a program associate at the Center on Law and Security at NYU Law. Claire also earned a master’s degree as a Yenching Scholar studying law at Peking University in Beijing. At NYU, she has worked as a teaching assistant for Professors Samuel Issacharoff and Daryl Levinson, and as a research assistant for Professor Bob Bauer. She is a Pomeroy and Butler Scholar and an Online Editor at the NYU Law Review. Claire spent her 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s Criminal Division, and her 2L summer at Williams & Connolly and the Department of State Legal Adviser’s Office. After graduation, Claire will be clerking for judges on the D.C. Circuit and District Court for the District of Columbia. Her academic interests concern the intersection of constitutional and criminal law with national security.

 

Meena Oberdick

Meena Roldan Oberdick '21

Meena graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in History and Political Science. Prior to law school, she received an M.A. in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. While completing her master’s degree, she also worked as a Graduate Researcher at the Global Detention Project in Geneva, Switzerland where she helped develop comparative data on different countries’ use of detention as a response to global migration. At NYU Law, Meena is an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, the Co-President of NYU’s Law & Political Economy Association, and has worked as a Research Assistant for Professors Alina Das, Emma Kaufman, and Adam Cox. Her research and writing interests center on the tripartite regulation of noncitizens and mixed-status families through the intersecting institutions of immigration, criminal, and public welfare law.

 

Jonathan Spratley

Jonathan Spratley '21

Jonathan graduated from Stanford University, earning with a B.A. with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His primary academic interests lie in criminal law. 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 Professors Catherine Sharkey and Troy McKenzie, and a staff editor for the NYU Law Review. He spent his first summer at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and his second summer at Beldock Levine & Hoffman. After graduating, he will clerk for Judge Joseph Bianco on the Second Circuit. 

 

 

Second-Year Students 

Amelie Daigle

Amelie Daigle '22

Amelie graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans. Prior to law school she received her PhD in English from Boston College. The proceedings from Transnational Families, Transnational Novels, a conference based on her dissertation, are forthcoming from Walter de Gruyter GmbH in 2021.

Amelie is co-director of NYU's Prison Teaching Project and a staff editor on the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. She spent her 1L Summer clerking for the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights in New Orleans and is participating in the Criminal Defense and Re-Entry Clinic her 2L year. Her research interests include juvenile law, criminal law, movement lawyering, and prison abolition.

 

Isaac Inkeles

Isaac Inkeles '22

Isaac graduated cum laude from Harvard, earning an A.B. with Highest Honors in Government and winning the Philo Sherman Bennet Award. Prior to NYU, he received an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge, and then worked as an editorial assistant at Mosaic, a magazine of Jewish thought and culture. At NYU, Isaac has worked as a research assistant for Prof. Samuel Issacharoff, and serves as a staff editor on the Journal of Law and Liberty. He is interested in law and political theory, constitutional law, and national security law.

 

Luiza Leao

Luiza Leão '22

Luiza graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She is interested in the intersection between civil rights, criminal justice and democracy promotion. Prior to law school, Luiza worked at a think tank in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, implementing studies on democratic culture and the rule of law. She spent her first summer as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and as a research assistant for Professor Barry Friedman. At NYU, Luiza is a member of LaLSA and a staff editor for the NYU Law Review.

 

Belinda Chen

Belinda Lee '22

Belinda 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 are in tax and business law and in applying empirical methods to law. Belinda spent her 1L summer as a research assistant for Professor Ryan Bubb. Belinda is also a staff editor on the NYU Law Review.

 

Emani Pollard

Emani Pollard '22

Emani graduated from Cornell University in 2017 where she majored in Industrial and Labor Relations and minored in Business, and Law and Society. Before law school, she worked for two years as a paralegal at a boutique labor and employment law firm. She spent her 1L summer working for the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. At NYU, Emani is a Staff Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. Her academic interests include criminal procedure, critical race theory, and constitutional law.

 

David Stein

David Stein '22

David is interested in the interaction between legislation and the development of new technologies. David spent a decade working in the software industry, including roles leading cybersecurity and conducting privacy and AI research at Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, directing the engineering department at Braze, and building products and analytics systems at Dropbox and Foursquare.  He holds an S.B. and M.Eng. in Computer Science from MIT, where he conducted research and published work in robotics, satellite design, and cryptography. David’s patented inventions include innovations in cybersecurity, facial recognition, and “big data” management. At NYU, David has been a research assistant for Profs. Scott Hemphill and Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, and a teaching assistant for Prof. Roderick Hills, Jr.

 

 

First-Year Students 

Alfredo Guerra Guevara

Alfredo Guerra Guevara '23

Alfredo is originally from Venezuela, where he obtained his degree in Economics at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. Prior to NYU, Alfredo worked for a policy/political consultancy firm in Caracas, later pursued a Master in Public Administration in International Development at the Havard Kennedy School, and lastly worked as a research fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Alfredo is now pursuing a joint PhD/JD degree at NYU with research interests around Law and Development, Empirical Legal Studies, and Political Economy.

 

Adam Littlestone-Luria

Adam Littlestone-Luria '23

Adam focuses on constitutional law (especially the separation of powers), the law of democracy, legal and political history, theories of democracy and republicanism, and the future of global governance. Before beginning his J.D. at NYU, he completed a Ph.D. in Ancient History at the University of California, Berkeley, where he wrote a dissertation on the substructure of social institutions lying beneath the formal legal framework of the regime in the late Roman Republic. During the Ph.D., he was also closely associated with the Stanford politics department, pursuing projects in normative political theory, political economy, and the history of political thought. At NYU, he has worked as a research assistant for Professors Rick Pildes and Daryl Levinson, as well as with Samuel Issacharoff, with whom he has also coauthored. In addition, he writes articles for popular press, both the Washington Post and Just Security, and he is closely engaged with efforts in electoral politics and election law.

 

Daniel Putnam

Daniel Putnam '23

Daniel Putnam earned a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University. Before coming to law school, he was a lecturer in philosophy and political economy at Dartmouth College and a postdoctoral research associate in values and public policy at Princeton University. Currently, Daniel's research interests focus on free speech theory, in particular the moral and legal status of identity expression. He is also interested in law and political economy approaches to private law, in particular property law. 

 

Nika Sabasteanski

Nika Sabasteanski '23

Nika Sabasteanski is focused on the institutional design and policy reform of American health systems, specifically as it relates to preparedness for acute and chronic stressors like pandemics as well as climate change and climate migration. Prior to law school, Nika completed her Master of Public Health (M.P.H) at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in Population and Family Health with a specialization in Public Health & Humanitarian Action/Forced Migration. She completed her public health practicum at the International Centre for Migration Health and Development in Geneva, Switzerland researching the intersection between health system preparedness and domestic climate migration. For the last year, while finishing graduate school, Nika has worked as a research assistant and training and evaluation coordinator at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, working for the FEMA team on disaster housing and economic recovery. Prior to public health school, she worked as an implementation consultant for a healthcare software company. Nika graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2017 with a B.A. in Biology.