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Speakers

Anthony Kammer (Fordham, April 2012):
Anthony Kammer is a legal fellow in the Democracy Program at Demos, where he works on voting rights and campaign finance reform issues. He graduated in 2011 from Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Legal Theory Forum and a founding board member of the Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences. During law school, Anthony interned at the Exoneration Initiative and the Criminal Appeals Bureau at the Legal Aid Society, where he worked on criminal appeals. He also served as a summer intern at the Brennan Center for Justice where his work focused on immigration law, election law, and campaign finance reform. Anthony occasionally writes for PolicyShop.net and Notice & Comment: The Harvard Law & Policy Review Blog.

Aaron Halegua (Harvard, May 2009; Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Aaron Halegua graduated from Harvard Law School in June 2009. Since then, he has been working as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, where he represents immigrant workers – primarily from China – in claims for unpaid wages and overtime, discrimination, retaliation and claims for unemployment insurance benefits. He has brought cases against major fast food chains, nail salons, restaurants, and a variety of other employers. In addition, he provides advice to immigrants and other workers about their labor rights through a monthly clinic in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Before law school, Aaron lived in China for two years: first as a Fulbright scholar researching the mediation of civil disputes and then working on rule of law projects as a Research Associate with Yale Law School’s China Law Center. He also holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University.

Josie Duffy (Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Josie is originally from Atlanta and went to college at Columbia. While in school, Josie studied Creative Writing and Political Science and worked for Mayor Kasim Reed, A.G. Kamala Harris, and the New Yorker. After graduating Josie worked for The Bronx Defenders, and this past summer she interned for the Equity and Excellence Commission at the Department of Education. Ultimately she hopes to work in criminal justice and prison reform. Josie is particularly fond of country music, Ohio State football, Ballet, and ice cream; but she likes pretty much everything except cold weather and cheese. Josie is currently a 2L at Harvard Law School.

Annie Hudson-Price (Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Annie Hudson-Price is a 2L at Harvard Law School. She spent the past summer interning at the Innocence Project New Orleans, an organization working to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals in Louisiana and Mississippi. At Harvard she is a member of the Legal Aid Bureau and on the board of the Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP). Prior to law school Annie graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University. She has also worked as a research assistant for journalist Philip Gourevitch and spent a year as a paralegal at the law firm Davis Polk and Wardwell.

Kevin G. (Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Kevin is currently a 2L at Harvard Law. He spent his first law school summer interning at the public defender’s office in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a 1L, Kevin worked for the Mississippi Delta Project and the Prison Legal Assistance Project. He is currently a vice co-chair of the Mississippi Delta Project, on the general board of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and the treasurer of the Harvard Law School Democrats. Kevin began college at a community college in Florida and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2010.

Ryan Park (Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Ryan Park is currently a law clerk for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, before which he attended Harvard Law School. During law school, Ryan was a student attorney in the Post-Eviction Foreclosure Housing Clinic, where he, among other things, represented tenants facing eviction in Boston Housing Court. He also interned at the legal adviser’s office at the U.S. Department of State, at the Human Rights Law Network in Delhi, India, and at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, in Phnom Penh. Prior to law school, Ryan taught in South Korea on a Fulbright Fellowship, worked as a civil intake counselor at Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) in Washington, DC, and was a paralegal in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a graduate of Amherst College.

Joy Wang (Hunter College, April 2011; Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Joy Wang is a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School and is currently working as a public defender in Manhattan. While in law school, she also held internships with the United Nations on labor rights and human trafficking, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the Asian-American Legal Defense Fund, and the ACLU immigrant rights project. Prior to law school, Joy completed a doctorate from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and taught postcolonial literature at Brooklyn College CUNY.

Lars Dabney (Baruch, October 2010; Dartmouth, August 2011):
Lars graduated with a B.A. in Political Science & East Asian Languages an Cultures from Columbia University in 2007. He worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as a paralegal after graduating, in a division prosecuting complex international white-collar crime cases. He graduated from the NYU School of Law in 2011. At law school he has led research teams for the UN High Commisioner for Refugees, worked as a research assistant to Prof. Philip Alston in his capacity as the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, preparing for missions to Kenya and the D.R. Congo, and spent last summer as a legal intern with the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights, a government body in Nairobi. He is also a member of the Trial Advocacy Society, and contemplating spending the coming summer working in a prosecutor’s office in New York.

James Moody (Columbia, March 2010; Dartmouth, August 2011):
James Moody gradutated from Dartmouth College in 2004 with an A.B. in Philosophy and English Literature. After leaving Dartmouth, James served as the head coach of the Cornell University Alpine Ski Team. In 2006 James moved to Juneau, Alaska where he worked with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and the Department of Transportation. James was also the alto sax player for the band Nucular Elvis. Currently, he is a 3L at NYU School of Law and a candidate for his J.D. in 2010. While at law school James participated in drafting a report on Private Military Security Contactors that presented in person before a United States Congressional Sub-Committee. During his first summer he worked at Human Rights First, continuing his work on PMSCs. Last summer, James interned at the Capital Appeals Project in New Orleans and, unsurprisingly, worked on capital appeals. This year James is interning at the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem through the Criminal and Community Defense clinic.

Ryan Downer (Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Ryan Downer joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Economic Justice Practice Group as a Skadden Fellow in September of 2009. His fellowship project focuses on combating source of income discrimination in the rental housing market through the enforcement of relevant state and local laws. Prior to starting his fellowship, Mr. Downer clerked for The Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

He graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2008, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar (Sinsheimer), a McKay Scholar, and an Articles Editor on the NYU Law Review. During law school, he worked with several public interest organizations, including LDF, the Legal Aid Society of New York, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Mr. Downer received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 2004 and worked for a year as a mediator with the Massachusetts state attorney general’s office. He is a proud native of Baltimore, MD.

Stephen J. Quinlan (Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Stephen J. Quinlan, a 2010 Harvard Law School graduate, is currently a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Richard M. Berman in the Southern District of New York. During law school, he was a member of the Legal Aid Bureau and served on its board of directors. Stephen also spent a summer at the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division in the National Criminal Enforcement Section as part of the Summer Legal Intern Program. Prior to law school, Stephen graduated from Harvard University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador.

Lisha Li (Summer Program, NYC 2011):
Lisha graduated from Harvard Law School in 2010. During law school she interned for a summer at the UN Inter-Agency Project Against Human Trafficking (UNIAP), in Bangkok, Thailand. She worked on human trafficking cases in both criminal and labour courts. During school she also represented inmates of Massachusetts Correctional Institutions in disciplinary hearings and political refugees in asylum interviews. After graduation, Lisha worked for a year at the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC)’s New York office, dealing with UN resolutions on human trafficking, piracy, drug trafficking, trafficking of small arms and light weapons, corruption and terrorism. Lisha received her Bachelor of Arts and Science from McGill University in 2007.

Cyrus Chung (John Jay College, June 2011):
Cyrus Chung, a 2010 Harvard Law School graduate, is currently a law clerk in the Southern District of New York. While in law school, he interned in the US Attorney’s Office in Boston, spent a semester as a student prosecutor, and was on the Board of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). Prior to law school, Cyrus graduated Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in computer science and worked for three years as a software engineer at a government contractor in Rockville, Maryland.

Jenny Lee (Harvard, November 2010):
Jenny developed her commitment to public interest over the course of the seven summers that she spent working with children with autism at a community-based activity program. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a degree in philosophy, French, and political science. She then served in AmeriCorps for a year at a low-income elementary school in Portland before entering Harvard Law School in 2008. In summer 2009, she worked at Advocacy, Inc., a disability rights organization in Austin, TX, and this fall she will be working on domestic violence cases at Harvard’s Legal Services Center. She hopes these experiences will lead to a career in civil rights or legal services. In law school, she is involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice, the Harvard Mediation Program, the Graduate Green Living Program, and Child and Youth Advocates.

Elizabeth Cho (Harvard, March 2010):
Elizabeth Cho, a 2008 graduate of Harvard Law School, is currently a Skadden Fellow at the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative. She represents low-income families in special education cases of disabled children who have been exposed to violence. While she began her Skadden Fellowship in 2008, her dedication to philanthropy started early in her career. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2001, she started working at the Julian Center in Indianapolis, IN. At the shelter she provided direct care to clients, assisted in the school and art therapy programs, and established a creative writing workshop that provides psychotherapy to domestic violence victims. Elizabeth then took a position researching, processing, and monitoring educational grants for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for two years, before moving on to work for the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children to advocate for the care and protection of refugees.

Alan Cheuk (Harvard, October 2009):
Alan Cheuk majored in computing science and molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He graduated in 2007, and worked at a software development company until he entered Harvard Law School’s class of 2011. This past summer, he worked for the Justice and Peace Commission in Liberia, an organization dedicated to the promotion of rule of law and access to justice. He is currently the Co-President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at Harvard.

The Honorable Steven Levinson (University of Honolulu, August 2009):
Justice Steven H. Levinson (born June 8, 1946) of Cincinnati, Ohio is an Associate Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court. Upon graduating from his hometown’s Walnut Hills High School, Levinson attended Stanford University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science. He then went on to the University of Michigan where he obtained his doctorate of jurisprudence. In 1972, he joined the law firm Schutter, Levinson and O’Brien where he worked until 1976. From 1977 to 1989, Levinson worked at the law firm Damon, Key, Bocken, Leong and Kupchak where he became an associate and then a stockholder/director. It is from his private practice that Governor John Waihee appointed Levinson in 1989 to the Hawaii State Judiciary as a circuit court judge. Confident in his abilities, the governor elevated Levinson to the Hawaii State Supreme Court in 1992. As the author of the plurality opinion in Baehr v. Lewin, the Honorable Steven H. Levinson gained widespread attention in 1993 as the first judge to state that it is discriminatory under law to exclude same-sex couples from marrying. In recognition of his landmark opinion and his commitment to fairness beyond the bench, the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) presented Justice Levinson the “Allies for Justice Award” at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Bar Association in Hawaii. He has two children and currently lives in Honolulu with his wife.

Ben Jacobs (Harvard, May 2009):
Ben majored in psychology at Columbia and graduated in 2006. After working for one year as a paralegal for Storch Amini and Munves he joined the Class of 2010 at Harvard Law School. He spent last summer working for Brooklyn Legal Services, and will work in Hogan and Hartson’s New York office this summer. He is the president of Harvard Law School’s ACLU organization.

Phil Lee (Columbia, September 2008):
Phil Lee is currently the Assistant Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School. Phil is also an adjunct faculty member at New England School of Law. He is a former Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department and a former Associate at a white collar criminal defense boutique in New York City. As a law student, he held internships with the Criminal Justice Institute of Harvard Law School, the US Attorney’s Office in Boston, and Harvard Defenders. Phil is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He holds a dual B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Gloria Tan (Harvard, November 2008):
Gloria Tan began her career in clinical legal education at Harvard Law School (HLS) as a clinical instructor at Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center before joining the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) in the same capacity in 2003. While at CJI, Ms. Tan has co-coached the HLS team, which won the 2004 National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition.
Upon earning her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School in 1998, Ms. Tan joined the Boston Trial Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender office, as a staff attorney. She represented indigent adult clients in the Suffolk County District and Superior Courts who were charged with serious felonies at arraignments, probation surrender hearings, motion to suppress hearings, and trials.
Ms. Tan transferred to the Youth Advocacy Project (YAP), the juvenile unit of CPCS, in 1999. While at YAP, Ms. Tan represented juvenile and youthful offender clients in all aspects of their cases, including post-dispositional advocacy.
In addition to her responsibilities as a clinical instructor at CJI, Ms. Tan is a volunteer and an active member of her professional community. She lectures and teaches Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education courses and has served as a panelist at juvenile law conferences. Ms. Tan serves as a member of the Re-entry Subcommittee of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts and volunteers as a citizenship tutor at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

Priya Morganstern (Columbia, March 2009):
Priya Morganstern is Director of the Hartford Program of the Pro Bono Partnership, Inc., which provides free business legal services to qualified nonprofit organizations. As Hartford Director, Priya provides direct legal services to nonprofits, matches nonprofits with volunteer attorneys, conducts educational seminars and trainings, and offers legal helpline services. Before joining the Partnership, Priya spent several years as Director of the Nonprofit Pro Bono Initiative, a community pro bono service program based at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to directing NPBI, Priya was Counsel at Day, Berry & Howard LLP (now Day Pitney) in its Hartford office, where she was a member of the Firm’s Health Law and Tax-Exempt Organizations practice groups and an active member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Priya is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, and serves on the Board of the Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and the national Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery. Priya received her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and her law degree from Boston University School of Law, where she was a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and a Paul J. Liacos Scholar.

Christine Back (Columbia, March 2009):
Christine Back is currently a trial attorney at the New York District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, arriving at the civil rights agency through its nationwide Honors program. During law school, Christine interned at the Innocence Project New Orleans, the Juvenile Law Center, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (in the Domestic Violence Unit), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and was the inaugural Roland Algrant Graduate Intern at Human Rights Watch, where she co-authored a report on juvenile sentencing in California. Prior to law school, Christine was a public school teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Christine holds a dual degree in Political Science and Religion & the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.

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