Meet the 2019 Chayes Fellows

Seventeen Harvard Law School students have been awarded 2019 Chayes International Public Service Fellowships for work in 13 countries.

The Chayes International Public Service Fellowships are dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes ’49, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years. Professor Chayes was a leading authority on international law, and throughout his career, as a lawyer, arbitrator and legal advisor, he took on notable cases arising from military and paramilitary activities in Nicaragua, boundary disputes in Africa, and the genocide in Kosovo, among many others.

Accordingly, these fellowships provide Harvard Law School students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition.

Aanchal Chugh
Reprieve, United Kingdom

Merve Ciplak
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Brooke Davies
International IDEA, Tunisia

Alev Erhan
TRIAL International, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Ayako Fujihara
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Kingdom

Eric Gitari
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Senegal and The Gambia

Johanna Lee
Legal Support for Children and Women, Cambodia

Andrea Loera
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Mexico

Roberta Mayerle
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China

Jeel Oza
Southern Africa Litigation Center, South Africa

Shaiba Rather
Norwegian Refugee Council, Myanmar

Delphine Rodrik
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Germany

R. Scott Sanderson
Advocates for Community Alternatives, Ghana

Jung Min Shin
EarthRights International, Myanmar

Rachel Westrate
Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, Mexico

Parker White
U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Counselor, The Netherlands

Alexis Yeboah-Kodie
Legal Resources Centre, Ghana

Read their biographies here, and stay tuned for posts and photos from them during the summer.

Chayes Fellow News: Commencement 2019

At Commencement on May 30, we learned that seven Chayes Fellows have received fellowships to continue their important work:

Public Service Venture Fund Fellowships
Hayley Evans
Natalie McCauley
Madeleine O’Neill

Sumner N. Redstone Fellowships in Public Service
Kimberly Grano
Elisa Quiroz
Natalie Trigo Reyes

Satter Human Rights Fellowship
Daniel Levine-Spound

Congratulations to them, and to all of the graduating Chayes Fellows:
Kelsey Annu-Essuman
Daniel Cooper
Brayden Koslowsky
Allena Martin
Terrence Neal
Lisandra Novo
Ratana (Kevin) Patumwat
Philip Stachnik
Mihret Woldesemait

The 2019 David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Team Award

Lisandra Novo ’19, Elisa Quiroz ’19, and Lindsay Bailey ’19 have won the 2019 David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Team Award. Lisandra and Elisa were 2017 Chayes International Public Service Fellows.

As Harvard Law Today reports,

The award, named in honor of the late Clinical Professor of Law David Grossman ’88, a public interest lawyer dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to low-income communities, recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in representing individual clients and undertaking advocacy or policy reform projects.

The trio were honored for their exceptional work with the International Human Rights Clinic on a complicated lawsuit, Mamani, et al. v. Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín. The Mamani case was litigated in U.S. federal court on behalf of the family members of Bolivian citizens who were killed by the Bolivian military in 2003. The suit brought claims against Bolivia’s former president and minister of defense for their roles in orchestrating these killings.

Over the course of two years, the students were involved in many aspects of the case — from discovery and depositions, to summary judgment, to a month-long trial, to the current appeal.

Continue reading the story here.

Congratulations to Lisandra, Elisa and Lindsay!

Chayes Fellowships: Upcoming Deadline/Walk-in Advising Sessions

These summer fellowships, which are open to 1Ls, 2Ls and S.J.D.s in residence, provide HLS students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks abroad, working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition.

Applications are due to International Legal Studies by Friday, February 1.

There is detailed information about the program and the application process on our web pages, and we will also hold walk-in advising sessions later this month. Come talk with recent Chayes Fellows and International Legal Studies staff about potential placements, the application process, or any other questions.


Establishing and Enforcing Norms: Perspectives from Chayes Fellows

On October 12, three recent Chayes Fellows — Niku Jafarnia ’19, Patrick Maxell ’20, and Terrence Neal ’19 — shared their perspectives at a panel discussion on “Establishing and Enforcing Norms.”  S.J.D. candidate Kwabena Oteng Acheampong served as moderator.  View their presentation here.

(Left to right:  Oteng, Terrence, Niku, and Patrick.  Photo credit:  Kim Wright.)