Maressa Cuenca-The International Legal Foundation (Nepal)
Charu Kulkarni-Greater Boston Legal Services Immigration Unit (Boston)
Rachel Norby-FAIR Justice Project, US Agency for International Development (Kiev, Ukraine)
Brian Wagoner-Governance for Inclusive Growth, US Agency for International Development (Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam)
Hollie Webb-UN Office of Drugs and Crime, ICAC (Mauritius)
Austin Woodside-The International Legal Foundation (Nepal)
Kja Harper-Gopaul worked for the Law Firm of Edward Neufville in Silver Spring, MD and performed country related research in order to help clients with asylum relief. Assisted organizations in obtaining temporary worker visas for foreign employees in order to legally work in the United States. Ensure that client's comply with USCIS and Department of Labor regulations about employment of temporary workers.
Catherine Lee worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs & Federal Management, where she researched and wrote memos on various DC issues, including those related to the DC Human Rights Act and the legalization of marijuana. She also reviewed the USDA's regulatory rules and wrote memos that highlight those that may be repetitive or burdensome to farm workers across the nation, and provided some policy suggestions.
Imani Hutty interned at the United States Department of State at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in Washington, D.C. He will be researching and drafting reports on human rights abuses around the world. He also will be assisting with providing legal analysis on issues such as human rights, labor and rule of law for the bureau.
Cristina Sacco represented clients in the VA and DC area in cases involving a wide array of applications for immigrant relief. Interviewed Spanish speaking clients to develop cases, draft petitions and motions that advocated for favorable resolution to cases. Researched issues of statelessness and wrote petition to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a statelessness determination. Interacted with court personnel in VA state courts and federal immigration courts during court proceedings and document submissions.
Susana Gonzalez worked for the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). She was responsible for drafting a United States Government CERD report in collaboration with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) that focuses on the US compliance with the treaty in terms of voting rights and the criminal justice system. She also conducted research on treaty bodies, UN Human Rights mechanisms and special procedures.
Emily Tichenor worked for International Justice Mission (IJM) in the Washington, D.C., headquarters. IJM, a human rights organization, serves to protect the poor from violence by working in field offices around the world. While at the headquarters, Emily split her time between the General Counsel's office and working with a field office legal team. She researched a wide variety of issues, including international business law and Indian criminal law.
Carolyn Brodbeck worked for the Department of Justice's Office of International Affairs (OIA) in Washington, DC. OIA coordinates the extradition of international fugitives and all international evidence gathering. Carolyn's main tasks were drafting and editing letters to AUSAs or FBI officials referring requests made by foreign countries pursuant to mutual legal assistance treaties, as well as conducting research for extradition requests and proceedings.
Alexander Miltenberger (East Africa Law Society, Arusha Tanzania)
Morgan Fiander (Americans for Democracy and Human Rights, Washington DC)
Marc Foto (International Legal Foundation, New York)
Cameron Crowther (TRIAL, Katmandu, Nepal)
Emily Feenstra will spend her summer interning for the International Criminal Court, at the Office of Public Counsel for the Defense (OPCD), in the Hague, the Netherlands. The OPCD represents and protects the rights of the defense to ensure a fair trial. While there, Emily will research substantive law, procedural aspects of international criminal law, and human rights law, with a focus on the rights of the defense.
Alison Leary will be working for the U.S. State Department's Office for the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. The Human Rights Council monitors human rights situations worldwide. Alison's duties will include: researching and reporting on various human rights issues; accompanying the U.S. Representative to meetings of the UN Human Rights Council; assisting with note-taking and reporting on meetings of the human rights treaty bodies and other human rights organizations; and updating the U.S. Mission website regarding the activities of the UN Human Rights Council.
Brenna Duncan (State Department, Washington, DC)
Imani Hutty will intern with The United Nations Register of Damage caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNRoD) in Vienna, Austria. He will be assisting with the UNRoD's objective, to establish and maintain a Register of Damage. He will provide support to the Claims Processing Unit by processing damage claims of Palestinians, so that they can be included in the Register. Imani will also prepare case summaries, case presentations and reports.
Ellen Marks (United States Trade and Development Agency, Arlington VA)
Megan Peterson (State Department, Roslyn VA)
Cristina Sacco (UNODC, Vienna, Austria)
Andy House is working as an intern for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), focusing on international trade in the clean energy sector. As well as providing research, he will be assisting in the production of a blog that addresses international collaboration in the context of government support mechanisms for solar energy.
Ellen Marks will be working for New Perimeter, DLA Piper's global pro bono initiative in Washington D.C. New Perimeter works in developing post conflict regions and focuses on legal education, access to justice and law reform, environmental protection, economic development and gender equality.
Michael Keller will serve as an intern/law clerk for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the Headquarters Immigration Court in Falls Church, Virginia. EOIR-as a component of the Department of Justice, on behalf of the Attorney General-adjudicates immigration cases. The Headquarters Immigration Court is unique because it has the authority to hear cases from all of the immigration courts. Michael's work will involve drafting decisions for Immigration Judges, including decisions concerning applications for relief under asylum, the Convention Against Torture, withholding of removal, and cancellation of removal. He will research the Immigration and Nationality Act and decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals and discuss with Immigration Judges the law and its application to pending cases. The Internship program will also include site visits to Dulles Airport, detention centers, various immigration courts, and the asylum corps under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Max Hyman is interning at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. He serves on the defense team of the accused Ieng Thirith, who is accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. His duties include client consultations, attending court hearings, and researching international criminal law related to crimes against humanity, superior responsibility, fitness to stand trial, and pre-trial detention. He is involved analyzing the structure of the Khmer Rouge government and the Khmer Rouge medical system. He is also currently a research assistant to an International Legal Advisor to Bangladesh. His duties include, among other things, researching Bangladeshi procedural, constitutional, and penal law and comparing legal developments with recommendations provided by civil society groups. He is also active in efforts to reform the Bangladeshi penal code.
Kristin Slawter will intern for the Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia located in The Hague, The Netherlands. She is serving as a pro bono legal assistant under Peter Robinson, legal advisor for Radovan Karadzic, former President of the Bosnian Serb Republic. She will perform legal research, prepare motions, witness summaries, and witness preparation for Karadzic's trial.
Monica Tulchinsky will be working at the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria this summer. This office implements the U.N. Convention against Corruption. Monica will be assisting in research for the Convention's annual conference of state parties as well as research in international crime prevention and asset recovery.
Minjae (Jamie) Lee will be interning at Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM), a San Francisco-based NGO working for LGBT refugees. She will be responsible for conducting an extensive examination of the national laws and regulations that allow or prohibit LGBTI individuals to live freely therein, as well as the enforcement and effects of such laws and any gaps that exist between anti-discrimination laws and social realities for three designated countries. The results from the research will be used for the purpose of creating an interactive map and database to guide and inform advocates, adjudicators, and international stakeholders of the country conditions. They will also be used in an ORAM advocacy report consisting of a comparative analysis of rights and circumstances for LGBTI refugees internationally.
Lisa Markman will be interning with the United States Department of State at the embassy in Abu Dhabi. She will be working in the Political/Economic Section researching the legal system and human rights issues in the United Arab Emirates. She will also be learning about and participating in United States diplomatic efforts in the country.
Lena Wong will be interning at Sotheby's Worldwide Compliance and Legal Departments in New York this summer. As an intern, she will be working on the legal and ethical issues relating to the global art trade and the auction market. She will be working closely with import and export laws, as well as, international cultural property and cultural heritage legislation.
Emily Feenstra will spend her summer interning for the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley, CA. While there, she will attend training sessions on human rights law, shadow Board Members, attend court cases and government meetings, and write articles for the Institute's newsletter, Human Rights Now. Her work will focus primarily on the role international treaties play in American law, both domestically and internationally.
Teressa Campbell will be interning with the Civil Society Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. She will be updating the department's NGO database, liaising with NGO representatives from around the world and assisting with the the implementation of projects related to the UN Convention against Corruption and the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.
Marcena Winterscheidt will be working at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria this summer. The office deals with a number of issues including alternative development, criminal justice, prison reform and crime prevention, drug trafficking, and terrorism prevention.
Christina Becker-Ellis will be working at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria this summer. She will be reviewing information in the NGO database; undertaking research on NGOs working on drugs, crime prevention, criminal justice, human trafficking and anti-corruption; supporting the Civil Affairs Officer in meetings with NGO representatives; and assisting the Civil Affairs Officer in the management of the project activities.
Susanna Fultz will be working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. She will be working on policy research and projects combating the borderless problems of violence and human trafficking.
Emerald Berg will intern for the Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia located in The Hague, The Netherlands. She is interning under Peter Robinson, legal advisor for Radovan Karadzic, former President of the Bosnian Serb Republic. She will perform legal research, witness summaries, and witness preparation for Karadzic's trial.
Andrew Larson will be working for the the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The UNODC is the UN's centre for the fight against "uncivil society." It leads global drug control and crime prevention efforts and is playing an increasingly active role in terrorism prevention. Crime, drugs and terrorism are universal threats that do not respect borders. The UNODC develops integrated approaches to eradicate or alleviate conditions that encourage criminal activities. Their work is guided by international mandates based on the rule of law. Within these mandates, they gather and analyze evidence that identifies trends and serves as a platform for action.
Monica Tulchinsky will be working for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). The ICTJ works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations and build civic trust in state institutions as protectors of human rights. She will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the head of the Burma Program, Patrick Pierce.
Minjae (Jamie) Lee will be interning in Beijing, China with the United Nations Women (UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women). UN Women is a conglomeration of four previously distinct parts of the UN system focusing on gender equality and women's empowerment: Division for the Advancement of Women, International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, and UN Development Fund for Women. She will be working on the domestic violence legislation advocacy project, and the shadow report on China's progress on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Katie Gray will be working for International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Prey Veng & Pursat, Cambodia. IBJ holds seminars and training sessions throughout Cambodia to help train attorneys and inform citizens of their rights. IBJ's team works in order to ensure that Cambodia recovers from the horror of the past of the genocide from the Pol Pot Regime and becomes a place where every single citizen can pursue justice. The lawyers at the offices will represent individuals accused of crimes in the local area, will engage in a constructive dialogue with various interlocutors to promote the role of defenders in criminal justice, and will conduct street law campaigns to increase public awareness of the rights of the accused. The IBJ staff also engages clients through court appointments, monthly prison visits and legal consultations, as well as working closely with other NGOs in an effort to allow every Cambodian citizen to have early access to competent legal representation. Katie will be assisting with these activities, including documenting human rights stories and working with the team in Geneva.
Jordan Duhe will be working in the trial chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Celeste Owens is interning at the Organization of American States (OAS) Department of Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism (DEDTT) in Washington, DC. She works directly with attorneys, government representatives, and economists on strategies to ensure that the goals of trade and investment liberalization are effectively achieved in the Western Hemisphere. Her work involves researching law and policies affecting the transfer of intellectual property rights and developing strategies for Latin American and Caribbean countries which are seeking both to attract foreign direct investment and to foster the competitiveness of their own local industries. Relatedly, she is working on developing a legal framework to provide a mandate for competitiveness authorities, councils, and supporting institutions in the region. She was also able to attend a joint WTO-OAS sponsored course on the GATT, antidumping, trade negotiation, and dispute resolution options through WTO and through ICSID.
Hanna Jamar is interning with Unidos por la Justicia, an Argentine NGO. Unidos por la Justicia´s mission is to improve access to the Argentine judicial system, as well as strengthening the rule of law in Argentina. She´s spending the summer working on a human trafficking conference, creating comparative studies between US and Argentine legal systems and developing a set of indicators to measure long-term progress in the judiciary. Additionally, she´s attending trials of defendants implicated in the orchestration of Argentina´s Dirty War and Congressional debates on new anti-corruption laws in Argentina.
Marcena Winterscheidt will be interning in Pursat, Cambodia with International Bridges to Justice, an organization strives to protect due process and achieve fair trials for the accused throughout the world. Her direct work will entail documenting human-interest stories based on the cases tried and the defense lawyers working for the organization. The work is done to measure the effectiveness of the program and track the legal and personal impact the representation has upon individuals. Additionally she will be providing English services and organizational and technical assistance.
Celeste Owens interned in Geneva, Switzerland with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where she was assigned to the International Investment Agreements (IIAs) team. As their legal intern, she researched and analyzed recent trends affecting IIAs; researched and commented on the significance of socially-conscious investment treaty provisions and the legitimate expectations doctrine; and managed the editorial process of a forthcoming publication which will address alternative dispute resolution in the context of investor-state disputes. While in Europe, she also interned with an International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal member. In that capacity, she attended an investment arbitration hearing, and observed the tribunal members and their clerks deliberate on the issues and applicability of the relevant investment treaty provisions.
Christopher Miller interned at the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Kampala, Uganda.
Aaron Wells interned at the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Kampala, Uganda.
Liz Zamorski interned at the Dubai International Financial Centre's independent, common law courts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
David Gundlach interned at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria.
Rae Mueller interned at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria.
Lena Golze Desmond interned with the United Nations Integrated Programming Unit in Vienna Austria, in the summer of 2009. During her time, Lena had the opportunity to learn more about several aspects of UNODC's mandate: she helped write a report addressing the growing problem of organized crime and counterfeit medicines in Africa, as well as work on drafting criminal justice guidelines for prosecutors and judges in the Middle East and North Africa. Finally, she assisted in researching the causes and current status of piracy in East Africa.
United Nations Secretariat Graduate Student Internship Programme
April Finn was selected out of a pool of over 4,000 applicants to intern for the United Nations Secretariat at the UN Headquarters in New York for the Spring 2009 session. Her direct responsibilities included following the negotiations of a General Assembly modalities resolution for the organization of the Financial and Economic Crisis High Level Meeting in June, attending discussions and meetings on gender-based war crimes in Sierra Leone, and providing general reporting and summaries to the UN community and civil society.
Cabot Teachout '10 interned with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Pristina, Kosovo. His projects included creating mock trial modules for the University of Pristina law faculty to use in their courses. He also helped the American Bar Association's efforts to enhance and improve the academic requirements for the mandatory bar association in Kosovo, the Kosovo Chamber of Advocates.
Jonathan Rosamond '09 interned with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Pristina, Kosovo. He worked on several different projects ranging from drafting the handbook for the first legal writing and research class in Kosovo to comparative legal research in the area of bar regulation. He also attended seminars presented by the USDOJ and USAID on topics such as confiscation in human trafficking and the importance of integrity in the judiciary.
Jennifer Lin '09 and Elizabeth Plachta '09 interned with the United Nations Integrated Programming Unit in Vienna Austria. Their responsibilities included research and program implementation involving HIV protection, juvenile justice programs and violence against women. Most of their focus was on post-conflict areas in South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. Lin worked also on projects that focused on illegal wildlife trafficking and prison overcrowding. Associates
Diane Meier '08 interned for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. She worked in the Human Rights Department monitoring a war crime in the BiH State court, but primarily worked with the Human Rights Department's Economic and Social Rights Equality Unit to devise a monitoring plan for the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination so that field officers can monitor the convention's implementation. She also contributed comments to the proposed anti-discrimination law.
Lisa Manning '08 joined the post-graduate program of REDRESS, a United Nations-sponsored non-governmental organization based in London, UK in November 2008. She will be part of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Program, assisting victim's lawyers with filings and proceedings before the ICC - including cases originating in Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.She will also participate in the research and writing of the REDRESS ICC Legal Update and Victim's Rights Working Group Bulletin - both published in English and French to serve the community of NGOs working with the ICC.