Diana Marmur ’11 credits her late grandfather, Feliks Shteyngardt, a former general in the Belarussian army, for spurring her interest in international law.
While others in her family gravitated toward the fields of math and science, her grandfather was always keenly interested in world affairs, explains Marmur, who will join the U.S. corporate group in the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer this fall. “He and I would be the ones at the dinner table discussing current events while the rest of the family would roll their eyes,” she says. “That is how we bonded.”
Those discussions at her childhood home in New Jersey also sparked Marmur’s curiosity about foreign locales and pushed her to travel frequently. In addition to pursuing a yearlong Fulbright scholarship in Madrid, Spain, Marmur also spent three months as a student director at the Center for Global Security and Democracy in Zagreb, Croatia, as well as two consecutive spring breaks interviewing migrant workers in Zacatecas, Mexico. And her summer associate job in the London office of Freshfields offered her the opportunity to travel on assignment to Kazakhstan.
Marmur, a former co-president of the Columbia Society of International Law who speaks fluent Russian and Spanish, worked at the World Bank the summer after her first year at Columbia Law School. As part of the organization’s legal department, she focused on infrastructure and private sector development work, fields that spurred her broader interest in developmental economics.
At Freshfields, Marmur looks forward to working on emerging markets and taking on new challenges. “The skills that I will develop in this type of corporate transaction work will help me be a good lawyer in any field,” she says.