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Rising Stars: Part 2

Anika Rahman

Only five years out of law school, Anika Rahman initiated and has since directed the international program for the Center for Reporductive Law and Policy. The nonprofit organization forms the legal backbone for advocacy to recognize women's reproductive rights as human rights. During her tenure, the program has more than tripled in size and expanded its scope to numerous countries. Ms. Rahman, who was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholare and an editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, has also published a great deal in her area of expertise. Her recent publications include Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Worldwide Laws and Policies (2000); "A Global Review of Laws on Induced Abortion (1985-1997)" in International Family Planning Perspectives; and "An International Human Right to Reproductive Health Care: Towards Definition and Accountability" in Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health.
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Alison S. Ressler ‘83

Alison Ressler joined Sullivan & Cromwell one year after graduating from law school and six years later was elected partner. She is responsible for coordination of the firm’s California practice. Her areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance in a variety of industries, and project finance. She advises both nationally and internationally, recently representing the Japanese company DoCoMo in its purchase of a share of AT&T Wireless. Ms. Ressler, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, has maintained involvement at the Law School, where she is a member of the Dean’s Council and the Board of Visitors. She also serves on the Barbara Black Professorship fundraising committee.
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Karenna Gore Schiff ’00

In the year 2000, Karenna Gore Schiff completed her law degree, raised her newborn son, and stumped for her father, Albert Gore, during his presidential campaign. Not only did she help edit speeches and organize events, but she led press conferences and meetings, spoke at the Democratic National Convention, and chaired GoreNet, an online group of young Gore supporters. Her efforts secured votes for her father, particularly from working mothers and young constituents. Now a mother of two, she works part-time at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where she was a summer associate during law school. She has expressed support for her father’s possible 2004 campaign and may eventually run for office herself, saying she feels “politically oriented towards New York,” where she lives with her husband and children.
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Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg ’88

Having lived her life at the nucleus of one of America's most well known families, Caroline Kennedy has carved a niche for herself in several arenas. In 1990, she co-wrote In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action with fellow Law School alumna Ellen Alderman '87. Five years later, she published The Right to Privacy, also with Ms. Alderman. This year, she served as editor of Profiles in Courage for Our Time, a compilation of essays portraying the efforts of courageous politicians. She serves as president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and was also a speaker at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
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Esta Eiger Stecher ‘82

Esta Eiger Stecher is general counsel of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and general counsel and a managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., its U.S. securities subsidiary. She earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was a Kent Scholar at the Law School. After graduation, she joined Sullivan & Cromwell, where her practice included state, federal, and international tax matters. In 1994, she joined Goldman Sachs & Co. as head of the Tax Department and a firm partner, one of the few women at the company to achieve partnership status. She is currently the co-head of the Legal Department and has senior oversight responsibility for the Compliance, Management Controls, and Tax Departments. She is general counsel to the Goldman Sachs Management Committee, a member of the Goldman Sachs Partnership Committee, and co-chair of the firm’s Compensation Committee. She is also a trustee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. At the Law School, she is a member of the Dean’s Council, the Board of Visitors, and the Barbara A. Black Professorship Committee.
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Brenda Toineeta ’99

A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Brenda Toineeta grew up in her ancestral homeland in western North Carolina and learned First-hand the role that federal law and public policy play in the lives of American Indians. She attended the Law School to learn the legal skills required to protect Indian sovereignty and to assist in governmental affairs. In 1997, she was granted a leave from the Law School to serve as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of Indian affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She is now a special assistant to the deputy commissioner of Indian affairs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 2000, she was appointed an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a body that meets on the reservation where she grew up.
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Elizabeth Wang ’90

Elizabeth Wang became vice president and general counsel in 1998 of DoubleClick, a leading Internet provider of advertising. The company’s First attorney, Ms. Wang and her staff manage legal affairs for the company, which has divisions throughout the world. Ms. Wang is something of a pioneer of the Internet, which she describes as “the Wild West.” She says, “The Internet [is designed to be] open and democratic. On the other hand, intellectual property rights are valuable and need protection.” Ms. Wang speaks extensively on issues facing Internet companies and is author of a handbook for trademark registration published by the International Trademark Association.
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Chun Wei ’84 LL.M.

Chun Wei, who earned her LL.B. at Beijing University, is the managing partner of the Beijing office of Sullivan & Cromwell. She joined the firm in 1989 and has been a partner since 1997. Throughout her career, Ms. Wei has advised on non-U.S. entities and their financial advisers in securities offerings, acquisitions, joint ventures, and other corporate and financial matters. She has led the firm’s work for clients throughout China in some of that country’s most significant privatization deals, securities offerings, and acquisitions. Ms. Wei, a strong supporter of the fellowship to honor Professor Randy Edwards, has taught in the areas of foreign direct investment and public international law at Beijing University and has published a number of articles in these fields.
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Ella Betsy Wong ’92

After earning her J.D., Ella Betsy Wong joined the Hong Kong office of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, negotiating business deals relating to U.S. investment in Asian enterprises. In 1997, she joined Star-TV, one of the pioneer cable networks in Asia. Today she is senior vice president and general counsel for STAR and heads the legal department, negotiating such deals as exclusive broadcast rights for films from Canal+ and Dreamworks, and for broadcast of ESPN in Hong Kong. She also serves on the legal committee for the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia, a trade organization for cable and satellite television.
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