2016-2017 Social Enterprise Fellow

Amanda B. Kernan

Amanda is the 2016-2017 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


Emily Winston

Emily is the 2016 -2017 Jacobson Fellow in Law and Business at New York University School of Law. From 2014 – 2016 she was a Clinic Fellow and Supervising Attorney in NYU Law’s Business Law Transactions Clinic.

Before joining NYU Law, Emily practiced at Dewey & LeBoeuf and Paul Hastings, where her practice focused on cross-border securities and corporate finance transactions involving Latin American businesses. She served as a C.V. Starr Lecturer at Peking University School of Transactional Law from 2010 – 2011 where she taught several courses on legal research and writing.  She is also regularly involved in representing pro bono clients in immigration matters.

Emily holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Government and Politics, with honors, from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.  Her current research focuses on how the governance structure of socially driven business affects their pursuit of social goals.  Her other research interests include law and economic development, financial regulation and social enterprise.


Benefit Corporations and the Separation of Benefit and Control, Cardozo L. Rev., forthcoming (2018), available at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2967448