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Since 1993, Reginald F. Lewis Fellows have gone on to amazing careers in the legal academy. Among the alumni and alumnae of the program are tenured professors at the top law schools in the United States. The following table provides detailed information about the current work of former fellows.

2019-20 Lewis Fellow

Zahra Takhshid

Zahra Takhshid’s scholarly interests include torts, contracts, comparative defamation law and privacy, and Islamic law. In her doctorate dissertation, she analyzed the role of public policy and unconscionability in negligence lawsuits that involve the express assumption of risk defense. She is currently working on a paper which re-examines the unconscionability defense pertaining to arbitration clauses and offers a new perspective. Zahra received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and LL.M. in Private and Islamic Law from the University of Tehran School of Law and Political Science. She then pursued her second LL.M. degree at the George Washington University Law School. Zahra earned her Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree from Fordham Law School. At Fordham, she also served as the Islamic Law Fellow at the Institute on Religion, Law, & Lawyer’s Work. She is also a passionate advocate of youth education and has taught and worked with middle school and high school students in Washington, D.C., and New York City. In addition, Zahra writes Op-Eds for several Iranian newspapers on current comparative legal issues. She speaks Farsi as her native language and is fluent in English. She is proficient in French, Arabic, and the programming language Swift.

Bar License: New York , Iran.

Lewis Fellow Fellowship Year(s) Current Position
Nikolas Bowie 2017-2018 Assistant Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
Duane Rudolph 2015-2017
K. Sabeel Rahman 2012-2014 Associate Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Abbye J. Atkinson 2009-2010 Assistant Professor of Law
UC Berkeley
Vincent Chiao 2008-2010 Associate Professor
University of Toronto
Eleanor Marie Brown 2007-2009 Professor of Law and International Affairs
Penn State Law
Hilary C. Robinson 2006-2007 Associate Professor of Law and Sociology
Northeastern University School of Law
Angela M. Banks 2004-2006 Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Timothy William Waters 2003-2004 Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Gavin Clarkson 2002-2003 Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center
Cristina M. Rodríguez 2001-2002 Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law
Yale Law School
Laura Nyantung Beny 2000-2001 Earl Warren DeLano Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School
Stephen M. Rich 2000-2001 Professor of Law
University of Southern California School of Law
Kenneth W. Mack 1999-2000 Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
Lino Mendiola, III 1998-1999 Partner
Eversheds-Sutherland, LLP
Marc Spindelman 1997-1998 Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Ralph Richard Banks 1996-1997 Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law
Stanford Law School
Alexa J. Smith 1995-1996 Major Gifts Officer
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Sydney Patel 1994-1995
Richard Thompson Ford 1993-1994 George E. Osborn Professor of Law
Stanford Law School

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