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  • PSVF Fellow: Sam Bookman (J.D. ’18)

    July 24, 2018

    As a Kaufman Fellow at the Cyrus Vance Center for International Justice, Sam will help to provide advice to NGOs and lawyers across the world, working in the Center's programs on Human Rights and Access to Justice, and Good Governance.

  • PSVF Fellow: Susanna Barron (J.D. ’18)

    July 24, 2018

    uring her time at Harvard Law School, Susanna served as President of Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Executive Policy Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review and participated in the Health Law and Policy Clinic and the Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic. 

  • PSVF Fellow: Hana Al-Henaid (J.D. ’18)

    July 24, 2018

    Hana is committed to providing zealous advocacy to individuals who otherwise could not afford an attorney. As a student attorney with Harvard's Criminal Justice Institute, Hana represented indigent adult and juvenile clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in Boston's criminal courts.

  • PSVF Fellow: Katherine Taylor (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    I will be using my PSVF to work with Kentucky Refugee Ministries this coming year.  I will represent clients in a wide range of immigration areas including representing children seeking to obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile status, family members seeking to be reunited with refugees, and asylum seekers.

  • PSVF Fellow: Divya Srinivasan (LL.M. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    At Equality Now, Divya will use regional and international law, along with other advocacy tools to work for the promotion and protection of the rights of women and girls around the world.

  • PSVF Fellow: Leora Smith (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    In January, Leora will begin work with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre where she will provide free legal services to people experiencing discrimination in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

  • PSVF Fellow: Korey Silverman-Roati (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Korey is from Tucson, Arizona and has long been interested in international and environmental law issues. He received a B.S. in sustainability and a minor in political science from Arizona State University, where he focused on renewable energy generation. Before coming to law school, he spent a year in the eastern Turkish city Erzurum, teaching English to engineering university students and doctors on a Fulbright ETA grant.

  • PSVF Fellow: Malhar Shah (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    After transferring to Harvard Law School, I was provided with the valuable opportunity to intern for Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project, where I worked with their talented attorneys in their endeavor to ensure educational equity. Having become enamored with their goal of implementing trauma-sensitive school districts, I worked with them to design my fellowship project around that goal, which is the basis of my Public Service Venture Fund Fellowship.

  • PSVF Fellow: Katherine Sandson (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Katie Sandson has been awarded a fellowship to work with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), where she will work to address the impacts of pesticide use on farmworkers, small farms, and consumers.

  • PSVF Fellow: Silvia Ruiz (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Silvia will work at Dejusticia in Bogotá, Colombia, where she will be a part of the litigation team. She will work on local and international human rights cases at the local and international level. At HLS, Silvia was a clinical student with the Human Rights Clinic for three semesters, where she worked on a case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding prisoners’ rights in Brazil and on a Torture Victims Protection Act case regarding events in Bolivia in 2003.

  • PSVF Fellow: Jessica Ranucci (J.D. ’16)

    July 24, 2018

    Jessica Ranucci has been awarded a fellowship to work with the New York Legal Assistance Group's Special Litigation Unit to litigate on behalf of debt collection defendants in New York City civil court.

  • PSVF Fellow: Kelly Popkin (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Kelly Jo Popkin has been awarded a PSVF fellowship to work as a traditional staff attorney in Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national office in NYC, focusing primarily on federal and state litigation and policy work addressing anti-choice extremism, Medicaid cuts, and TRAP laws. Prior to this fellowship, Kelly Jo served as a James Vorenberg Equal Justice Fellow at Planned Parenthood of California, where she assisted the General Counsel in drafting and passing legislation to protect abortion providers from security breaches and invasions of privacy.

  • PSVF Fellow: Brian Pilchik (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Brian will spend his fellowship year at the CPCS Innocence Program working on post-conviction appeals and new trials for indigent people who were wrongfully convicted in Massachusetts. Brian is returning to CPCS after spending two summers in CPCS Public Defender Division Trial Unit offices advocating on behalf of criminal defendants in Massachusetts Superior and District Courts.

  • PSVF Fellow: Lan Mei (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Lan has been awarded a PSVF Fellowship and Henigson Fellowship to work with the Forest Peoples Programme in Guyana. At the FPP, Lan will focus on litigation and advocacy around indigenous land rights. While at HLS, Lan was a student attorney in the International Human Rights Clinic for two years and was involved in the Prison Legal Assistance Project and HLS Advocates for Human Rights.

  • PSVF Fellow: William Lonn (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Will works with Still She Rises, Tulsa to provide dedicated eviction defense and housing advocacy to single mothers in the criminal justice system. Still She Rises, Tulsa is a holistic defense organization that seeks to address clients' criminal and civil legal needs.

  • PSVF Fellow: Erika Johnson (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Erika will spend her fellowship year working as a staff attorney at the Prisoners' Rights Office of the Vermont Defender General, which handles issues concerning the fact, length, and conditions of confinement and community supervision for people serving sentences in the state of Vermont. Erika will be representing individuals in post-conviction relief criminal appeals, parole board and bail hearing, and prison conditions litigation.

  • PSVF Fellow: Jina John (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Jina John has been awarded a fellowship to serve at the New York Attorney General’s Office. She will join the Bureau of Internet and Technology working on protecting consumers from digital threats.

  • PSVF Fellow: Qiongyue Hu (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    As a PSVF fellow at the Learning Rights Law Center in Los Angeles, I will continue working on special education issues and help disadvantaged students obtain meaningful educational opportunities. 

  • PSVF Fellow: MacKennan Graziano (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    MacKennan Graziano has been awarded a PSVF Fellowship to work at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. SALC is a regional human rights organization that uses strategic litigation to advance human rights and the rule of law throughout Southern Africa.

  • PSVF Fellow: Ariel Giumarelli (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    Ariel has been awarded a PSVF fellowship to work with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Permanent Delegation to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Ariel will provide legal, advocacy and policy research to FIDH’s Permanent Representative to the EU regarding two main initiatives: implementing human rights, workers rights and land rights protections into the EU-Myanmar Bilateral Investment Treaty, and analyzing methods to challenge and appeal decisions regarding the EU-Turkey Deal to the European Court of Justice.

  • PSVF Fellow: Laura Gault (J.D. ’17)

    July 24, 2018

    As a Sumner M. Redstone Fellow, Laura Gault will work to advance the Refugee Protection efforts of Human Rights First. She will provide legal analysis of current statutes and proposed legislation affecting refugees in the United States, support the development of amicus briefs and other strategic litigation efforts, and represent Human Rights First in external engagements in Washington, DC.

  • PSVF Fellow: Roni Druks (J.D. ’17)

    July 19, 2018

    Roni Druks is a Public Service Venture Fund fellow who has devoted her legal academic career to the study of international human rights law. Prior to coming to law school, Roni worked as a data coordinator for the New York Legal Assistance Group’s Storm Response Unit where she helped write reports and FEMA appeals for individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

  • PSVF Fellow: Rebecca Donaldson (J.D. ’16)

    July 19, 2018

    Rebecca will use her fellowship to work in her hometown of Milwaukee and partner with Legal Action of Wisconsin where she will help lead a pilot project focused on aiding victims of violent sexual crimes.  Oftentimes, victims are required by law to provide their mental health records which, if given, can be used to discredit them.

  • PSVF Fellow: Sara Dewey (J.D. ’17)

    July 19, 2018

    Sara Dewey will be a legal fellow with the Conservation Law Foundation’s Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program in Boston. While at Harvard Law School, Sara served as the Environmental Law Program Fellow and as a student attorney in the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.

  • PSVF Fellow: Julia Cortez Cruz (LL.M. ’17)

    July 19, 2018

    Julia has been awarded a fellowship to work at Conectas, an international human rights organization based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She will work on projects related to development policy and human rights, as well as Business and Human Rights.

  • PSVF Fellow: Naomi Campbell (J.D. ’17)

    July 19, 2018

    Naomi Campbell will be joining the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) in Mexico City on a Public Service Venture Fund Fellowship and a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship.

  • PSVF Fellow: Roi Bachmutsky (J.D. ’17)

    July 19, 2018

    Roi will spend the coming year working on issues of international criminal justice in the Situation Analysis Section of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA).

  • PSVF Fellow: Mana Azarmi (J.D. ’17)

    July 19, 2018

    Mana has been awarded a Public Service Venture Fund Fellowship to work as a staff attorney at the Center for Democracy and Technology. There she will focus on the impact surveillance and privacy policies and practices have on minority communities, particularly immigrants.

  • PSVF Fellow: Juliana Avila (LL.M. ’17)

    July 19, 2018

    Juliana has been awarded a Kaufman fellowship to work at the International Women’s Health Coalition, where she will help protect and promote women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights at the regional and global level.

  • PSVF Fellow: Sarah Abraham (J.D. ’17)

    July 19, 2018

    Sarah Abraham has been awarded a PSVF to work with the International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) in San Francisco, CA. Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied Political Science and International Relations.

  • PSVF Fellow: Rena Karefa Johnson (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Rena has been awarded a 2016 PSVF Fellowship and the Edith Fine Fellowship to work as a staff attorney at Youth Represent, providing civil and criminal representation to New York youth ensnared by the criminal justice system to ensure that they reclaim lives of dignity, self-fulfillment, and civic engagement.

  • PSVF Fellow: Mihal Ansik (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Working with A New Way of Life Reentry Project, with the support of the Public Service Venture Fund and the Berkeley Law Foundation, Mihal Ansik provides legal assistance to families impacted by incarceration and criminalization who are navigating the dependency court process.

  • PSVF Fellow: Daniel Carpenter-Gold (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Daniel Carpenter-Gold is grateful for the support of the Maria, Gabriella & Robert A. Skirnick Fellowship in a position with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where he will provide rights training and legal support to help protect low-income tenants with asthma from the health risks of poorly maintained housing.

  • PSVF Fellow: Ryan Cortazar (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Ryan has been awarded the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowship in Public Service to work with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, where he will work on impact litigation involving antidiscrimination and constitutional claims.

  • PSVF Fellow: Mira Chernick (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Mira Chernick has been awarded the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowship in Public Service the Center to work for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco, California, working with victims of torture and other human rights violations to bring claims in federal court under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act.

  • PSVF Fellow: Keaton Allen-Gessesse (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Keaton Allen-Gessesse has been awarded a PSVF fellowship to join the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she focuses on three main areas: the right to adequate housing, access to basic services, and the expansion and protection of political space for dissenters.

  • PSVF Fellow: Anna Joseph (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Anna Joseph has been awarded a PSVF and Frederick Sheldon Fellowship to work at the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) in Bogotá, Colombia, where she focuses on gender justice-related research and litigation concerning LGBTQ rights, women's rights, and reproductive rights.

  • PSVF Fellow: Anna Jouravleva (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Anna was awarded the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowship in Public Service to work in the housing and homelessness unit of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

  • Joseph Michalakes (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Joey Michalakes was awarded the David A. Grossman Fellowship for Social Justice to work in the housing and employment units of Greater Boston Legal Services, where he will work in tandem with other staff attorneys as well as community organizations to develop strategies for combating displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods in Greater Boston, both through direct representation in eviction defense and affirmative employment litigation and community legal education.

  • PSVF Fellow: Fabiana Pardi Otamendi (LL.M. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Fabiana Pardi Otamendi is a Venezuelan lawyer committed to the protection and promotion of human rights. Fabiana’s motivation to become a human rights lawyer has been driven by the human rights crisis in her home country.

  • PSVF Fellow: Brittany Reid (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Brittany Reid has been awarded a PSVF fellowship to work with Reprieve in London where she will work on death penalty cases both in the United States and elsewhere.

  • PSVF Fellow: Elizabeth Anne Reese, Yunpoví (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Liz joined the litigation team of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in their Washington, D.C. office, where she fights for racial justice by litigating a variety of cases across the country in each of LDF's core practice areas: Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Education, and Political Participation.

  • PSVF Fellow: Renuka Rege (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    During law school, Renuka worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on litigation challenging state education systems. She also interned at the Education Law Center, where she worked on a range of education matters.

  • PSVF Fellow: Alexandra Santa Ana (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Alexandra Santa Ana has been awarded a Dennis '83, Susan, William '08 and Thomas '12 Langer Public Service Fellowship to work with the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, California, where she will help to ensure access to education for low-income children and children of color.

  • Angel Gabriel Cabrera Silva (LL.M. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Passionate about promoting democracy in Latin-America, Angel focused academically on the impact of human rights litigation within the region.

  • PSVF Fellow: Zachary Shapiro (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Zachary Shapiro has been awarded a fellowship to serve at The Hastings Center for Bioethics in Garrison, New York, where he contributes a legal orientation to ongoing projects at the intersection of law, bioethics, and the public good.

  • PSVF Fellow: Jitka Vrtelova (LL.M. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Jitka is a Czech national with a degree in Law and International Politics from Aberystwyth University, UK. She has been awarded a Kaufman Fellowship to work at Legal Action Worldwide.

  • PSVF Fellow: Jillian Wagman (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Jillian's work in the legal clinic of the Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (Institute for Migrant Women), an organization that works to protect the rights of migrant women and children in Mexico City, focuses on transnational family reunification, detention conditions, and trafficking cases.

  • PSVF Fellow: Christina Zuba (J.D. ’16)

    November 21, 2017

    Christina's work at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation focused on representing survivors of sexual assault and reaching clients in low-income areas of the city.