Inaugural Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Cohort

The program, offered through Social Justice Initiatives (SJI), brings together and supports a community of students seeking to use their legal training to effect positive change in society.

Designed for students committed to pursuing public interest or public service careers upon graduation, the three-year Public Interest/Public Service (PI/PS) Fellows Program provides students with specialized opportunities and resources for exploring public interest and government lawyering in the United States and abroad. PI/PS Fellows also become part of a close-knit community built on their passion for serving the public good. Meet the impressive members of the inaugural class of PI/PS Fellows below. 

Updated as of August 19, 2021

 

Katja Botchkareva

Katja Botchkareva

Katja Botchkareva is interested in a host of legal issues that affect immigrant communities, including immigration law, workers’ rights, and gender justice. Katja majored in political science and economics at Yale University. Before law school, Katja volunteered at a refugee community center in Calais, France, researched organized crime in Central America with InSight Crime, and studied trends in Syrian refugee returns with iMMAP. She also worked on pro bono immigration cases at a Washington, D.C. law firm. For her 1L summer, Katja worked with the immigration legal team at Make the Road New York. During her 2L summer, Katja worked with the health justice team at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest advocating for medical access and quality care for immigrant communities in New York City. At Columbia Law School, Katja has participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, served as a staff member and articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and served as co-president of both the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Student Public Interest Network. Growing up in an immigrant household, Katja was exposed to language learning early in her education, and she hopes to use her fluency in Russian, French, and Spanish in her advocacy efforts.

Bianca Larez Chavez

Bianca Larez Chavez

Bianca Larez Chavez cares deeply about public defense and prison reform. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in comparative studies in race and ethnicity. Before law school, Bianca worked as a field organizer with Hillary for America and spent two years teaching middle school history in South Boston. Bianca spent her 1L summer working with Texas Defender Services, a group specializing in capital murder representation. She spent her 2L summer at Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, a civil rights firm focused on Section 1983 lawsuits. At Columbia Law, Bianca has externed with the Bronx Defenders and served on the executive boards for both the Latinx Law Students Association and Empowering Women of Color. She also coached the award-winning Native American Law Students Association moot court team. Bianca is a managing director of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual. She is an inaugural recipient of the Racial and Social Justice Fellowship and the first in her family to attend law school.

Susannah R. Cohen

Susannah R. Cohen

Susannah Cohen aspires to work in civil rights and anti-discrimination law with a focus on gender equity in the workplace. Susannah graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College with a B.A. in American studies with honors. During college, she launched her career in the policy world through internships at the National Center for Access to Justice and Sen. Charles Schumer’s New York and Washington D.C. offices. After graduation, Susannah moved to Washington, D.C., where she engaged in federal legislative advocacy on issues related to gender equity and economic justice as a legislative assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and a public policy and research assistant at the American Association of University Women. Susannah spent her 1L summer in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office. She split her 2L summer between the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section and Bantle & Levy, a plaintiff-side employment law firm. At Columbia Law School, Susannah is a notes editor for the Columbia Law Review and has a forthcoming publication titled “Redefining What It Means to Discriminate Because of Sex: Bostock’s Equal Protection Implications.” She has also participated in the Federal Appellate Court Externship, the Williams Institute Moot Court, and the Eviction Moratorium Pro Bono Project. Susannah was a James Kent Scholar during her 2L year and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar during her 1L year.

Diana Costin

Diana Costin

Diana Costin is interested in family defense and gender justice. She graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University with a B.A. in women’s studies and sociology. Before law school, Diana created a body-positivity initiative at Colgate University, worked for a feminist documentary company promoting reproductive justice, and interned with Footsteps, a nonprofit that helps empower people to take control of their futures. Diana spent her 1L summer as a legal intern for A Better Balance. She spent her 2L summer with the Brooklyn Defender Services in their Family Defense Practice. At Columbia Law School, Diana has participated in the Queens District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Externship and the Sanctuary for Families Civil and Economic Empowerment Externship. This year, she is a staff member for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, a research assistant for Columbia Law School’s Equal Rights Amendment Project, and a participant in the Constitutional Rights in Life and Death Penalty Cases Externship. She is a singer and songwriter and has released original music about standing up for and loving oneself.

Emily L. Drake

Emily L. Drake

Emily Drake is interested in criminal law, international humanitarian law, and international environmental law. She graduated with highest distinction and honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in environmental science and a B.A. in peace, war, and defense studies. There, she studied how climate change affects conflict severity and presented her research at Oxford University. Emily is a second lieutenant in the National Guard and has continued her training throughout law school. During her 1L summer, Emily served full-time on the COVID-19 Response Task Force with her National Guard unit and interned with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law working on issues around reducing carbon emissions. For her 2L summer, she interned with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. At Columbia Law School, Emily has participated in the Queens District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Externship, volunteered with Sanctuary for Families on U-Visa applications for victims of domestic violence, served as the vice president of the Columbia Law School Military Association, and competed in the Jessup Public International Law Moot Court. She is a notes editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and her upcoming publications include “Evaluating Autonomous Weapons Systems: A Dichotomic Lens of Military Value and Accountability.”

Raisa Elhadi

Raisa Elhadi

Raisa Elhadi is passionate about redressing government violations of human rights, both domestically and internationally. She is especially interested in working with populations that are affected by conflict, specifically in the Middle East. Raisa has a B.A. in global studies from the University of Minnesota, where she focused on human rights and the Middle East. As the daughter of an immigrant, Raisa’s heritage and family history sparked her initial interest in human rights. Her work at the University of Minnesota’s Center for New Americans drove that interest toward the field of human rights law. Her experience working with Syrian refugees in Beirut fueled her passion for helping those whose rights have been violated by their own government. Raisa spent her 1L summer with the International Refugee Assistance Project and her 2L summer as an Ella Baker Intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights. During her time in law school, Raisa has served as a board member of Rightslink and Columbia Law Students for Palestine, completed a capital defense externship, and worked to defend the environmental rights of a rural town in Ecuador as a part of a pro bono caravan that she coordinated. She also serves in various mentorship roles at Columbia Law School, including as coordinator of the 1L Human Rights Advocates Program. Raisa is an inaugural recipient of the Racial and Social Justice Fellowship. She is also a classical pianist, published creative writer, and an English tutor for middle school students.

Adaeze Eze

Adaeze Eze

Adaeze Eze is interested in U.S. law and policy in the foreign policy and national security space. She graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where she received her B.S.F.S. in international politics and minored in Arabic. Though Adaeze’s undergraduate studies centered on foreign policy, many of her past work experiences are public policy oriented. In college, she interned with the Department of Homeland Security, and before law school, she worked for the City of San Francisco on family violence issues. Adaeze has spent her time at Columbia Law School cultivating experiences on both the legal and policy side of her interests. She has interned at the Constitutional Accountability Center, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Adaeze serves as a co-head articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She has also served on the boards of the National Security Law Society and the American Constitution Society. Adaeze is a native New Yorker with a slowly growing vinyl collection.

Samuel Fishman

Samuel Fishman

Samuel Fishman is interested in multiple social justice issues, including criminal justice reform, police accountability, and civil liberties protections. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a B.A. in political economy and a minor in Spanish. Before law school, Samuel worked in Philadelphia as a field organizer for the 2016 presidential race. He then spent two years as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Paraguay before working as a project assistant for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C. Samuel spent his 1L summer at the Policing Project, where he documented current police practices in order to prepare policy statements for police departments nationwide. He spent his 2L summer at the UCLA Latino Politics and Policy Initiative Voting Rights Project, contributing to voting rights litigation nationwide. Samuel serves on the board of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Daimiris Garcia

Daimiris Garcia

Daimiris Garcia is passionate about international law, dispute resolution, and human rights. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.A. in political science with a minor in French. Before making her way to New York, she was a Fulbright Scholar and earned a master's in International Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University in Israel. Daimiris has spent time living in France, Israel, and Vietnam, where she learned more about the intersection of foreign policy and law. It is through these experiences that she developed an interest in international U.S. government service and the work of intergovernmental organizations. Daimiris spent her 1L summer in the Department of Justice’s Office of Foreign Litigation assisting U.S. government attorneys with civil litigation claims in foreign jurisdictions and conducting research on public and private international law. She spent her 2L summer working for the Center For Justice and International Law, a Latin American human rights organization in Washington, D.C., and Winston & Strawn. At Columbia Law School, Daimiris has participated in the Mediation Clinic, Davis Polk Asylum Clinic, Bronx Defenders Legal Externship, and Legal Reform in Tunisia pro bono project. She led the Public International Law pro bono caravan with Independent International Legal Advocates to push for the development of international law in small developing states and a pro bono voter protection initiative with LatinoJustice to monitor polling stations during the 2020 election. She is the former social justice chair of the Latinx Law Student Association and the current public affairs editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. This year, she is participating in the SDNY Federal Court Clerk Externship in the chambers of District Judge Lewis Liman. She is trilingual and the first in her family to graduate from college. 

Abie Green

Abie Green

Abie Green is interested in a multitude of human rights and social justice issues, including governmental abuses and accountability, international human rights enforcement, and transitional justice. Abie graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in individualized study with a concentration in intersectionality, human rights, and the law and a minor in American Sign Language. Abie’s internship at the New York State Division of Human Rights her sophomore year confirmed her passion for public interest work. She was later selected as a Global Human Rights Fellow, where she worked on refugee and immigrant rights as they intersect with racism. For her 1L summer, Abie interned for the immigration team of the International Rescue Committee in New York, where she worked with asylees and refugees. For her 2L summer, Abie interned at the Truth, Reconciliation, and National Unity Commission of the Seychelles, where she reviewed various complaints and helped to create the commission’s final report. At Columbia Law School, Abie has participated in the Human Rights Clinic and Tunisia pro bono caravan and served as vice president of public policy for OutLaws. She is a managing editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Abie hails from southern Virginia and is the first in her family to attend law school.

Ailee Katz

Ailee D. Katz

Ailee Katz is passionate about criminal justice reform and civil rights advocacy, particularly as it relates to race and gender equality. She holds a B.A. in political science and economics from Barnard College, where she earned departmental honors in economics. As an undergraduate, Ailee’s thesis on the Federal Reserve’s role in the 2008 financial crisis was received with distinction. Before law school, she worked at a plaintiff-side employment law firm, where she assisted individuals with Title VII employment discrimination cases and supported a successful race discrimination jury trial in federal court. Ailee spent her 1L summer as an intern for both the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia and the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Service, Massachusetts’s indigent defense agency. For her 2L summer, she continued to represent low-income individuals facing criminal charges at the New Hampshire Public Defender. At Columbia Law School, Ailee has participated in the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Externship and is participating in the Criminal Appeals Externship with the Center for Appellate Litigation this year. She is the executive articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and her Note on race, protest, and domestic military deployment will be published in the forthcoming volume. She also serves as the co-president of the Public Defender Students of Columbia Law School and is the former public interest chair of the Columbia Law Women’s Association. This past year, Ailee was a James Kent Scholar and was awarded Columbia Law School's inaugural Racial and Social Justice Fellowship. Ailee is the first in her family to attend law school.

Hyun Kim

Hyun Kim is interested in criminal defense, civil liberties, and economic and racial justice. Hyun graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in public policy. In college, Hyun volunteered as a tutor with the Petey Greene Program and wrote his thesis on the effect a candidate’s gender has on congressional campaign finance. After graduation, he worked as a paralegal with the New York Legal Assistance Group Clinic for Pro Se Litigants in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), assisting pro se litigants with a variety of civil rights, employment discrimination, and other legal matters. Hyun spent his 1L summer as a judicial intern for SDNY, focusing on opinions on habeas cases. He spent his 2L summer at the Federal Defenders of New York in their 2nd Circuit appellate and SDNY trial practices. During the COVID-19 crisis, Hyun has worked on various prisoners’ rights pro bono projects, such as The Bronx Defenders’ Health Is Justice Project, and published work in Law in the Time of COVID-19. At Columbia Law School, Hyun has participated in the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem Criminal Defense Externship and is an articles editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Kate Kobriger

Kate Kobriger

Kate Kobriger is interested in public health, including access to care and health education, drug policy, and advocating for victims of domestic violence. She graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she earned a B.A. in English literature and gender and women’s studies. Following her undergraduate education, Kate worked as a health care information technology project manager before pivoting to serve as a business and policy analyst for Wisconsin Medicaid. Her experience collaborating with clinicians, insurers, and accounting and finance teams directed her interest in health law. Kate is currently pursuing a joint J.D. and Master of Public Health with a concentration in population and family health. Kate spent her 1L summer at Community Health Advocates helping New Yorkers access care through health insurance coverage appeals. She spent her 2L summer at the Public Interest Law Center, performing research and assisting in trial preparation related to both school funding and firearms regulations. At Columbia Law School, Kate is co-director of the Law School Writing Center and executive editor for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She was a coach for the Williams Institute Moot Court on sexual orientation and gender identity law and was involved in the Domestic Violence Project's pro bono Uncontested Divorce Project. Kate is a Richard Paul Richman Leadership Fellow and was a Catalyst Public Service Summer Fellow and Equal Justice America Summer Fellow. Kate is a native Wisconsinite and a first-generation college student.

Geesu Lee

Geesu Lee

Geesu Lee’s areas of interest include global humanitarian issues, peacebuilding, and refugee protection. Geesu graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in economics and earned an M.P.A. at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. During his military service from 2013 to 2016, Geesu served as a U.N. peacekeeper in Lebanon. There, he developed a strong passion to pursue peace-building and humanitarian assistance as a future career. He went on to work at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Seoul and interned at the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. During his 1L and 2L summers, Geesu interned at Just Atonement and Safe Passage Project, respectively, where he worked on human rights litigations and immigration defense for minors. At Columbia Law School, Geesu has participated in the Human Rights Clinic and advocated for international fair trial practices through the TrialWatch initiative at the Clooney Foundation for Justice. Geesu is passionate about learning different languages and cultures.

 

August (Gus) Leinbach

August (Gus) Leinbach

Gus Leinbach’s areas of interest include labor and tenants’ rights. He graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a B.A. in religion. Before law school, Gus spent two years as an AmeriCorps member in Minneapolis. His work with residents at an affordable housing organization contributed to his interest in tackling issues of social and economic inequality. Gus spent his 1L summer in the housing program at Mobilization for Justice in New York. For his 2L summer, Gus interned with Manhattan Legal Services’ Tenants’ Rights Coalition Housing Unit. At Columbia Law School, he has volunteered with the Tenants’ Rights Project, served as a National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer at demonstrations in New York, and was a board member of the Student Public Interest Network. He has also externed with the Center for Popular Democracy and participated in the Community Advocacy Lab Clinic.

Bridgett McCoy

Bridgett McCoy

Bridgett McCoy is interested in movement lawyering for intersectional climate and environmental justice. She majored in environmental studies and government and Spanish at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Before law school, she worked as an environmental consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development, focusing on the connections between conflict, climate change, and economic development. Bridgett also worked as a field organizer in Maine during the 2018 midterm elections and has spent time volunteering with an immigrant rights group and on a campaign to establish a carbon tax in Washington, D.C. During her 1L summer, Bridgett worked for the climate justice organization Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy to craft a complaint to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on behalf of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. For her 2L summer, Bridgett interned for the Peruvian office of EarthRights International and completed pro-bono projects for Water Protector Legal Collective and the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. At Columbia Law School, Bridgett has participated in the Immigrant’s Rights Clinic and continues to be a part of the Advanced Immigrant’s Rights Clinic. She will also be an extern for the New York Attorney General’s office this year. She is a notes editor with the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and her note, “Critical Infrastructure, Racial Geography, and Protest in Cancer Alley, Louisiana,” will be published in volume 53 of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Bridgett has previously served as the social justice chair for the Society of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the pro-bono chair of the Environmental Law Society, where she will continue to serve as a 3L chair.  Bridgett is a native Rhode Islander and enjoys surfing at Rockaway Beach.

Anahi Mendoza

Anahi Mendoza

Anahi Mendoza is passionate about devising legal strategies to expand and defend the rights of noncitizens, women, and other marginalized communities of color. She graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in social studies and a secondary in ethnicity, migration, and rights. Before law school, Anahi served as a fellow with the Immigrant Justice Corps, where she provided legal assistance to detained asylum-seeking women and children along the U.S.-Mexico border. Anahi went on to found the Immigrant Legal Defense Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal services to indigent immigrant communities in California. During her 1L summer, Anahi conducted research in the areas of election law, administrative law, and federal courts at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Anahi spent the first half of her 2L summer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the second half at Neufeld Scheck & Brustin. While in law school, Anahi has participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, representing an asylum seeker before the Newark Asylum Office and advocating for detained noncitizens at the Irwin County Detention Center. Anahi serves as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Stephanie Nnadi

Stephanie Nnadi

Stephanie Nnadi is interested in a career at the intersection of law and public policy. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University with a B.S. in political science and psychology and minor in criminology and criminal justice studies. Before attending law school, Stephanie served as a page for the Ohio Senate, interned for U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, served as the public policy fellow for the Columbus Partnership, and volunteered with Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. During her 1L Summer, Stephanie interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She spent the first part of her 2L summer at Covington & Burling, where she performed legislative research and participated in a pro bono project to assist detained immigrants, and the latter part with the Georgia Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Team. At Columbia Law School, Stephanie has participated in the Community Advocacy Lab Clinic advocating for public housing tenants’ rights, interned for Judge Denny Chin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, served as mentorship chair of First Generation Professionals, and worked as a research assistant for Elizabeth Scott, Harold R. Medina Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Curriculum, studying juvenile justice for Restatement of Children and the Law. She was named a Davis Polk Leadership Initiative co-fellow and was awarded the Law School’s inaugural Anti-Racism Grant for her role in co-founding the Law School Pathways Program. This year, she is an extern for the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves as development and media editor on the Columbia Law Review.

Sana Shahzad smiling

Sana Shahzad

Sana Shahzad is passionate about access to justice for minority communities in Pakistan. She is a dual-degree candidate from the London School of Economics, a four-year program through which she will get both her LL.B. and J.D. Before law school, Sana served as president of Next Generation Pakistan, where she led social mobility and advocacy efforts to promote transgender rights, menstrual hygiene, and access to quality education for children from low-income backgrounds. As the pro-bono officer of the London School of Economics Students’ Union Law Society, she organized the Law Society’s first Legal Aid Conference, which attracted human rights advocates from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. Sana spent her 1L summer interning for a public interest law firm, where she researched internment provisions in international treaties and the legality of detention centers such as Guantanamo Bay. Sana spent her 2L summer working for the Bronx Defenders in their Criminal Defense Practice. At Columbia Law School, Sana has served as an anti-trafficking fellow for Sanctuary For Families, participated in the Capital Post-Conviction Practicum, and is currently participating in the Human Rights Clinic. After law school, she aspires to establish her own pro bono defense and strategic litigation firm in Lahore, Pakistan. Sana spends her time writing and performing spoken word poetry on a variety of social justice issues.

Roger Antonio Tejada

Roger Antonio Tejada

Roger Antonio Tejada is passionate about social justice issues including civil rights, criminal justice reform, and educational equity. He holds a B.A. in government and legal studies from Bowdoin College, where he was a Questbridge Scholar, and a M.A. in teaching with highest distinction from Relay Graduate School of Education. Before law school, Roger served as a bilingual teacher through Teach for America in his hometown of Passaic, New Jersey; a Fulbright scholar in Porto Alegre, Brazil; a Special Education Instructional Fellow at Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City; and a policy fellow for Newark Public Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education. Roger is currently pursuing a joint J.D. and M.P.A. in urban and social policy. He spent his 1L summer working on impact litigation and policy matters as a legal intern for the ACLU of New Jersey as a John Paul Stevens fellow. He spent his 2L summer working at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on voting rights litigation and criminal justice reform. At Columbia, Roger serves as a University senator, chair of the Interschool Governing Board, and treasurer of First Generation Professionals, the Latinx Law Students Association, and the Columbia Law School Democrats. Roger is also an inaugural Racial and Social Justice Fellow. As a child of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and the first in his family to graduate from college and earn a graduate degree, Roger is committed to empowering others to achieve the American dream.

Brandon Vines

Brandon Vines

Brandon Vines focuses on challenging wrongful state violence, both domestically and internationally, with a particular focus on open-source investigation. He graduated magna cum laude and as an Honors Scholar from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in world history and cultures. Before law school, Brandon worked for The Carter Center monitoring the Syrian conflict and, later, electoral violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also founded and heads the 3dl Project, a volunteer group of nine investigators preserving digital evidence of crimes against humanity. For his 1L summer, Brandon was a Stevens Fellow with the Federal Defenders for the Middle District of Alabama, working on both capital appeals and non-capital cases. He spent the first half of his 2L summer as a capital intern with the Georgia Resource Center and the second half with WITNESS, ensuring the video evidence that activists risk their personal safety to collect can be used to secure justice. At Columbia, Brandon has served as the coach of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Moot Court, executive articles editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, co-president of Columbia Law School Public Defenders, and board president of the Public Interest Law Foundation. He has also supported post-conflict truth finding in the Central African Republic as a member of the Human Rights Clinic. Brandon is an inaugural Racial and Social Justice Fellow and James Kent Scholar. Brandon is a native Georgian and a first-generation graduate student.

Dante Violette

Dante Violette

Dante Violette is committed to social change through peacebuilding, foreign policy, and human rights law. Dante graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in psychology and earned an A.M. degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago concentrating in global social development. During his time at UChicago, Dante co-founded The Renaissance Men, a school-sponsored initiative dedicated to the recognition, recruitment, and retention of Black men as social workers. After working in legal aid and with youth in Chicago’s South Side, Dante served as an intern, then director of operations, for Refugee Youth Service in Calais, France. He later became a licensed social worker and engaged in child protection and asylum work for unaccompanied refugee minors in informal camps. Dante spent his 1L summer interning for the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, where he focused on the equity of governmental responses to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the Women’s, Peace, and Security Program at The Earth Institute, where he did participatory short-term research projects with grassroots women’s peace-building organizations in Africa. For his 2L summer, Dante split his time at Debevoise & Plimpton in their Public International Law practice group and with Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. At Columbia Law School, Dante is the Black Law Student Association’s International Service Trip committee chair for Transitional Justice in Rwanda, a member of SIPA’s International Fellows Program, and has been involved with the Human Rights Clinic’s Armed Conflict in the Central African Republic Project. This year, Dante is participating in the Externship on the Federal Government: Semester in Washington, D.C., as an extern with the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Advisor.

Oren Vitenson

Oren Vitenson

Oren Vitenson’s interests include antitrust law, technology, and corporate regulation. Oren graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics and a minor in French & Francophone studies. Before law school, Oren worked at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., where he helped investigate and litigate antitrust cases as part of the Honors Paralegal Program. For his 1L summer, Oren was accepted into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Student Honors Program in the Division of Enforcement. He spent the first half of his 2L summer primarily working on antitrust and pro bono matters at a Washington, D.C., law firm and the second half working in the Technology Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission. At Columbia Law School, Oren has been involved in the Columbia Antitrust Law and Economics Association, First Generation Professionals, and the Columbia Business Law Review. Oren is a first-generation college graduate and law student and is proficient in Hebrew and French.