Wasserstein Fellows are on campus for a couple of days to meet with HLS students one-on-one.
If you are a Harvard Law School student and would like to meet with a Visiting Wasserstein Fellow, advising schedules will be posted in September.
If you’d like to contact a Fellow after their visit to HLS, email OPIA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the complete list of our 2014-2015 Wasserstein Fellows.
Days on campus: October 1 and 2
Ahilan T. Arulanantham is Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California and Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. He has successfully litigated a number of cases involving immigrants’ rights and national security. In 2007 and 2013, he was named one of California Lawyer Magazine’s Lawyers of the Year for immigrants’ rights, and in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013 was named one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California. He has served as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught on Preventive Detention. In 2010 he received the Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, and in 2014 received the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for litigation to protect the rights of vulnerable immigrants. Mr. Arulanantham has testified before the United States Congress on three occasions, including before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in 2013, when he testified about due process issues in the immigration detention and deportation system. Prior to joining the ACLU’s Southern California office, Mr. Arulanantham was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso, Texas for two years. Before that he was a fellow at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York and a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Arulanantham is a graduate of Yale Law School and a graduate of Oxford University, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar.
Sareta Ashraph, LL.M ’01: Chief Analyst, UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, Geneva, Switzerland
Days on campus: October 6 and 7
Since May 2012, Sareta Ashraph has been the Chief Analyst on the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, investigating and reporting on violations of international law in the context of ongoing events in Syria. Immediately prior to this, she occupied the same position on the United Nations’ International Commission of Inquiry on Libya, examining violations of international law by the pro-Qadhafi forces, the anti-Qadhafi armed groups and NATO. Previously in 2010 and 2011, Ms. Ashraph was based in the Hague as the Legal Adviser to the Office of the Public Counsel for the Defence (OPCD) in the International Criminal Court, working on the Kenya and Central African Republic cases. In 2009, she worked as a Legal Consultant to the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, also known as the Goldstone Inquiry, and was part of the team that conducted investigations and drafted the final Report. From 2004 to 2009, Ms. Ashraph was based in Freetown, Sierra Leone where she was Co-Counsel on the Defense team representing Issa Sesay (the former interim Leader of the Revolutionary United Front) before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Ms. Ashraaph is a member of the Board of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and on the roster of defense legal consultants to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge trials) and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Ms. Ashraph completed her LL.M at Harvard Law School in 2001. In 2013, she was ranked by Chambers and Partners (UK edition) as a Notable Practitioner in the field of international criminal law.
Days on campus: September 25 and 26
Danny Chou is an Assistant County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara, the home of Silicon Valley. He supervises the Health & Hospitals, Impact Litigation & Social Justice, and Probate sections and oversees appellate litigation, ethics, and legislative affairs. Since joining the County Counsel’s Office in 2012, Mr. Chou has served as one of the lead public lawyers in People v. Atlantic Richfield Co. – which resulted in a judgment establishing a $1.15 billion fund dedicated to the abatement of residential lead paint. As legal counsel for the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System, he advises the County on the implementation of every facet of the Affordable Care Act. He recently established a unique partnership between the County Counsel’s Office and Stanford Law and Medical Schools that focuses on the development of legislative and policy initiatives that will benefit County residents. Before joining the County Counsel’s Office, Mr. Chou was the Chief of Complex and Special Litigation and the Chief of Appellate Litigation at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He was a member of the appellate team that successfully challenged California’s statutory ban on same sex marriage and the trial team that successfully challenged Proposition 8, California’s constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. Mr. Chou was the Chief of Staff for former California Supreme Court Justice Janice R. Brown (now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit), a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and a litigation associate at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin (now Arnold & Porter). He also clerked for Judge Stanley A. Weigel at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Chou received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. from Harvard University.
Days on campus: November 4 and 5
Civil rights lawyer and policy strategist Chloe Cockburn serves as an Advocacy and Policy Counsel at the National ACLU, where she devotes her energy to the Fair Justice Smart Justice Campaign to End Mass Incarceration. A passionate advocate and organizer, Ms. Cockburn collaborates with policy leaders at ACLU affiliates around the country to pass legislation reforming extreme sentencing laws, implementing sensible drug policies focused on health rather than criminalization, and reducing the tide of low-level offenses pouring into the criminal justice system. Her work is grounded in racial justice principles and a conviction that in order to foster safe and healthy communities, we must end our addiction to incarceration as the answer to all our social problems. Prior to joining the policy department at the ACLU, she served as a fellow at the Vera Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles Sifton in the EDNY, as a fellow at the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project, and at the civil rights law firm of Neufeld, Scheck and Brustin. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a co-author of the recent white paper “Healthcare not Handcuffs: Putting the Affordable Care Act to Work for Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform.”
Days on campus: October 28 and 29
Stephen Gardner is Director of Litigation for the Washington, DC based advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an organization that advocates for safer and more healthful foods. Since joining CSPI in 2004, Mr. Gardner has contributed to legal filings producing binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing. Notably, CSPI’s ongoing efforts to increase the health of American children have led to settlements altering company advertising practices and the removal of most sugary soft drinks from public schools. Steve’s earlier positions include: Of Counsel to the National Consumer Law Center, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at Southern Methodist University School of Law, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the State of Texas, Assistant Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Frauds of the State of New York, Students Attorney at the University of Texas, and a staff attorney at the legal aid office in Austin, now part of Texas RioGrande Legal Services. He is a frequent author and speaker on consumer advocacy issues. He received a B.A from University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law.
Days on campus: September 22 and 23
Emma Leheny serves as Chief Counsel for the California Teachers Association. In that position, Ms. Leheny oversees the affirmative, defensive, and internal legal work of CTA, the largest state affiliate of the 3.2 million-member National Education Association. Through its 1,000 local chapters, CTA represents more than 300,000 teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians and support professionals in California schools and community colleges. Before joining CTA, she was a partner in Rothner, Segall, Greenstone & Leheny where for close to ten years she represented labor unions and employees in a wide range of litigation, negotiation, administrative, and arbitral matters. She acted as lead counsel in class and representative actions for plaintiffs alleging wage and hour violations, misclassification as temporary employees, and the misapplication of public benefits law. She successfully argued for her clients in state and federal courts of appeal and represented them in bench and jury trials. In her traditional labor practice, Emma regularly represented unions and union members in both the public and private sector against a variety of employers such as school districts, universities, movie and television studios, networks, and production companies, painting contractors, grocery companies, cities, and counties. A graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University School of Law, she served as extern to the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson, then Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and judicial clerk to the Hon. Warren J. Ferguson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following her clerkship, Ms. Leheny was selected for a Skadden Fellowship, which she completed at the Western Center on Law & Poverty in Los, Angeles, CA.
Days on campus: September 30 and October 1
Mr. Daniel P. Lindsey is a Supervisory Attorney at LAF (formerly known as the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago), which provides free civil legal services to low-income residents of Cook County, Illinois (Chicago and its close suburbs). Mr. Lindsey has practiced in the areas of housing and consumer law for over 20 years. His work has focused on predatory lending, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, and broader issues of homeownership preservation and other areas of consumer law. Mr. Lindsey has litigated in state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels and has advocated for local, state, and federal laws and policies promoting fair lending and due process for homeowners. Mr. Lindsey has written articles, lectured, participated in task forces, panels, and workshops, consulted with private attorneys, policymakers, journalists, and academics, and testified before local, state, and federal administrative and legislative bodies. Mr. Lindsey is a magna cum laude graduate of Davidson College (’85) and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (’90). After graduating from law school, Mr. Lindsey clerked for two years in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, for the Honorable James T. Giles. In addition to his tenure at LAF, Mr. Lindsey has worked at a plaintiff’s side consumer fraud class action law firm, at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and at the National Consumer Law Center. Mr. Lindsey has also taught courses on housing law, predatory lending, and consumer protection law at the DePaul University College of Law. In 2010, he was appointed to the Residential Mortgage Board of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Lindsey served on a special Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, which drafted state court foreclosure rules effective as of May 2013.
Days on campus: October 7 and 8
As Deputy US Program Director at Human Rights Watch, Maria McFarland helps guide the organization’s work on national security, immigration, and criminal justice in the United States, including on mass surveillance and drug policy. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. McFarland served as Deputy Washington Director for the same organization, conducting advocacy before the US government on a wide array of global human rights issues, including matters related to the Middle East and North Africa during the “Arab uprisings” of 2011, as well as South and Central Asia. Earlier on, Ms. McFarland held the position of Senior Americas Researcher, serving for over five years as the organization’s primary expert on Colombia’s internal armed conflict. In that role, she traveled across Colombia to interview people at all levels of society—from presidents and Supreme Court justices, to members of armed groups, as well as activists and survivors—as she investigated human rights abuses in Colombia and advocated for reforms. She also worked on the extradition and ultimately successful trial in Peru for corruption and crimes against humanity of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori. She has conducted extensive advocacy before the governments of the United States, Canada, and European and Latin American countries; has authored and edited numerous Human Rights Watch reports; and has testified before the US Congress and Canadian Parliament. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she litigated as an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, taught human rights law, and clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law.
Days on campus: November 13 and 14
Scott Michelman is a staff attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group. At Public Citizen, Mr. Michelman litigates cases spanning the legal spectrum, including access-to-justice, civil rights/civil liberties, and consumers’ rights concerning issues of freedom of speech, access to judicial records, federal preemption and consumer remedies, wage and hour law, and federal jurisdiction. Mr. Michelman has argued before the United States Supreme Court, several federal courts of appeals, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and numerous federal and state courts around the country. He is currently an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law and has previously served as adjunct faculty at Santa Clara Law School and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Before coming to Public Citizen, Mr. Michelman was a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the 2005-2006 William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellow at the national ACLU. After his time at the ACLU, he taught and supervised student-attorneys as a clinical teaching fellow in the Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Seton Hall Law School. Mr. Michelman has also clerked for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before law school, Mr. Michelman designed and taught courses on American politics and government at Eton College in Windsor, England. He received his undergraduate degree in political science magna cum laude from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2004.
Days on campus: September 30 and October 1
Gil Rogers is a Senior Attorney in the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Atlanta office. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Gil received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a Certificate in Environmental Studies. Gil joined SELC in 2002 upon graduation from Harvard Law School and now leads SELC’s Clean Water Program. SELC is a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy organization whose mission is to protect the natural resources and special places in the Southeastern United States. Gil’s work at SELC has focused primarily on water quality and water management, looking at issues such as water pollution reduction, water supply challenges, riparian rights, hydropower, and interstate water conflicts. He has litigated cases in both state and federal court, and his work focuses on Georgia and Alabama. In 2005, he was named Water Conservationist of the Year by the Georgia Wildlife Federation. In 2011, Gil was part of a delegation of eight U.S. environmental attorneys who visited China as part of an environmental law program organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. The delegation met with Chinese government officials, advocates, academics, and private practitioners to learn firsthand about the country’s environmental challenges and the legal framework for addressing them, and to provide insight based on U.S. laws regarding citizen suits, standing, and environmental protection. In 2012-2013, Gil co-taught a sustainability certification course at Emory University’s Continuing Education program. Apart from his legal work, Gil has helped launch a mentoring program for new lawyers within SELC, and has participated in the State Bar of Georgia’s Transition into Law Practice Program as a mentor.
Days on campus: October 29 and 30
Stephen Saloom is Strategic Advisor to the Themis Fund, which supports the national Death Penalty Abolition Campaign. Prior to joining the Fund in 2014, Mr. Saloom spent the previous decade creating and directing the Innocence Project’s Policy Department. While there, he developed the Innocence Policy Network together with the member organizations of the national Innocence Network. By communicating with government officials, partnering with stakeholders, advocating in legislatures, advancing litigation strategies, and educating the media and the public about needed reforms, Innocence Project and Innocence Network together enacted over 100 reforms in states across the nation. Mr. Saloom first pursued nationwide criminal justice reform goals when he launched the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ State Legislative Network. He had previously been a Regulatory Affairs Consultant for Public Citizen in Washington, D.C., and founding Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition in Boston. The latter was housed within the offices of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, where he also served as an Intake Attorney. His first professional advocacy work came as a contract lobbyist for Betty Gallo & Co., where he represented progressive organizations ranging from the Connecticut AIDS Action Council to the American School for the Deaf, Legal Services of Connecticut and many more before the Connecticut Legislature. While lobbying in Connecticut, Mr. Saloom also earned his law degree at The University of Connecticut School of Law.
Days on campus: October 2 and 3
Haeyoung Yoon is a Deputy Program Director at the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in New York City. She co-directs NELP’s Good Jobs, a program area that develops strategic policies to create good jobs, enforce and strengthen workplace rights, and build ladders and upward mobility for low-wage and immigrant workers in the U.S. labor market. Over the course of her career, Ms. Young worked on low-wage and immigrant rights issues in the non-profit and academic sectors. At NELP, she works closely with national worker center alliances, unions, and community groups at the national, state, and local levels to develop innovative polices to address the changing nature of work, strengthen labor standards in the low-wage labor markets, and improve material conditions of workers’ lives. She works closely with all the major worker center alliances, networks, and national campaigns to support their campaigns. Ms. Yoon provided critical legal and other campaign support for the successful passage of the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the first-of-its kind to win expanded and industry-specific rights for domestic workers. At the Urban Justice Center, she represented low-wage and immigrant workers working in service industries, including domestic work, restaurant, and construction in wage and hour litigation. She was one of the lead counsel in Iqbal v. Ashcroft, a civil rights case on behalf of two South Asian and Arab immigrant men who were wrongfully detained and subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment and discrimination in a detention center in the aftermath of 9/11. Prior to joining NELP, she was Executive Director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. Ms. Yoon has taught at the New York University School of Law, co-directing its’ Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Brooklyn Law School. She was awarded a Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist by Public Justice in 2006 for Iqbal v. Ashcroft.
William David Young: Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C.
Days on campus: October 16 and 17
David Young is an Assistant General Counsel within the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he is primarily responsible for legal issues facing USAID’s Bureau for Africa and Bureau for Food Security. From August 2012 to August 2014 he served as USAID’s Resident Legal Officer in Kyiv, Ukraine. Prior to the assignment in Ukraine, he served as the Resident Legal Officer in Khartoum, Sudan, from July 2009 to November 2011 and was responsible for USAID legal issues in Sudan and South Sudan. Mr. Young is currently a Foreign Service Officer, but he has also worked as a Civil Service attorney in the USAID Office of General Counsel. In addition, he has served as Counsel to the House Government Reform Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, staff attorney for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network – counseling those affected by the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting open service of LGBT military members – and as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force (assignments in Texas and Japan). He earned his J.D. from the College of William and Mary Law School and his B.A. from Amherst College. David and his husband Eric (a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department) live in Washington, D.C.