2015-2016 Social Enterprise Fellow

Naveen Thomas
Naveen is the 2015-2016 Jacobson Senior Fellow in Law and Business and an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law. He is also a Supervising Attorney in NYU Law’s Business Law Transactions Clinic, a Visiting Professor at the Vellore Institute of Technology Law School in India, and the founder of Thomas Law, a law firm that serves entrepreneurs in the technology sector among other clients. As an Adjunct Professor, he teaches Contract Drafting, a simulation course which trains students to draft, review, and negotiate business agreements in all contexts. His research and published writing to date have focused on sovereign wealth funds, international investment law, and social enterprise.

Before joining NYU Law, Naveen was a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he codirected the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic and instructed separate courses on contract drafting and professional skills. He had previously worked as an attorney at Shearman & Sterling in New York, London, and Paris, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, and at Barros & Errázuriz Abogados in Santiago, Chile. Naveen holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from NYU, a JD from Columbia University, and a Master of Global Business Law from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po).


Sovereign Wealth Funds: Evolving Perceptions and Strategies, 44 BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report No. 50 (2012), with Clare O’Brien and Tania Mattei

Regulating Sovereign Wealth Funds Through Contract, 24 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 459 (2014)


Amanda B. Kernan

Amanda is the 2015-2016 Jacobson Fellow in Law and Business at New York University School of Law.  Amanda graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2010, where she was a member of the Law Review, and she received her B.A. from Emory University in 2007. 

Prior to joining NYU Law, Amanda worked as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  Her practice focused on bankruptcy and restructuring, government investigations, white-collar litigation and regulatory compliance.   She additionally represented a wide spectrum of pro bono clients, including an organization of women’s clinics and doctors in Texas; an affirmative asylum applicant from Yemen who was targeted by a terrorist organization; a class of mentally ill prisoners at Riker’s Island; and she filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas on behalf of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and the League of Women Voters of the United States in Support of Respondents (August 2012).   Amanda also clerked for the Honorable Martin Glenn and the Honorable Michael E. Wiles on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.   Amanda’s research and writing focuses on financial regulation, social enterprise and bankruptcy and restructuring. 


Court Rules That Due to Misrepresentations by Plaintiffs’ Firms, Garlock’s Settlement History Does Not Accurately Represent Its Actual Asbestos Liability, Pratt’s J. Bankr. Law, co-author (March 2014)

Approaching the Limits of the Bankruptcy Code: Does Surcharging a Debtor’s Exempt Assets Go Too Far?, 76 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1747 (2010)*

Do Death Trap Provisions Breathe Life into a Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan?, 2 J. App. Econ. 63 (2009)*

 *Published under maiden name, Amanda K. Bloch