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Ghada Qaisi Audi (2003-04)
Ghada teaches courses on U.S. law at the Universität Köln for undergraduates and students in the L.L.M. program in commercial law and participates in U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs on topics including Islam in America and Arab-Americans. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Ghada spent a year at the Universität Köln, Institut für Internationales und Ausländisches Privatrecht. Her project focused on German domestic relations law and cases before the courts concerning Islamic family law. Prior to heading to Germany, Ghada practiced immigration law in Washington, DC. In 2002 she received her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she served as Associate Editor of the Richmond Law Review. She obtained a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan in 1997 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 1994. She is the author of “Religious Marriage Contracts: Judicial Enforcement of Mahr Agreements in American Courts,” published in the Journal of Law and Religion (Volume XV, 2000-2001). (5/14/06)

Andrew Bagley (2009-10)
Drew holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Drew earned an M.A. in Mass Communication, a B.A. in Political Science, and a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida. During his year as a Fellow, he will study German counterterrorism policies both pre- and post-9/11. Specifically, Drew’s research will compare the role that citizenship and immigration status play in the legal regimes enacted to combat terrorism after 9/11 in Germany and the United States. (11/13/09)

Betsy Baker (Roeben) (1991-92)
Betsy is an Asscociate Professor at Vermont Law School, where she teaches comparative law, international law, property, and an evolving seminar on the Arctic and the law of the sea. In 2009-2010 she will be a Dickey Research Fellow at Dartmouth College, Institute of Arctic Studies. She will write about US-Canadian cooperation, and the law-science interface, as well as continue her work with the VLS Institute for Energy and the Environment. These projects arise from her work in summer 2008 on the USCG icebreaker Healy in the Arctic Ocean, helping map the US extended continental shelf (see Betsy spent more than a decade in Germany, where she was a legal historian at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, before returning to oversee the graduate program for international students at Harvard Law School from 2003-2007. Her first scholarly love is legal biography, as reflected in her book Johann Caspar Bluntschli, Francis Lieber und das moderne Völkerrecht 1861-1881 / Betsy Röben, Nomos Verlag, 2003. Betsy earned her B.A. from Northwestern, her J.D. from Michigan, and both the LL.M. and Dr. iur. degrees fromChristian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany. (6/26/09)

Charles Berger (1998-99)
Chuck is Director of Strategic Ideas for the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Australia’s leading national not-for-profit environment organization. He leads the ACF’s long-term program development to address the underlying causes of ecologically unsustainable production and consumption. Previously, Chuck was ACF’s legal adviser, and has also worked as an associate with the law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and as a judge’s associate at the Federal Court of Australia. (6/26/09)

Monica Bhattacharyya (1993-94)
Since she spent her year in Germany at Universität Frankfurt am Main, Monica has received her J.D. from Yale Law School and is a Partner in the Intellectual Property group, with a focus on patent litigation, at the New York office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. She has litigated patent disputes concerning a wide variety of technologies in the chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical areas. She has substantial experience in trade secret litigation and design patent litigation as well. Monica also does pro bono work with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and is active in groups promoting women in intellectual property.(6/26/09)

David Boles (2002-03)
David is an associate in the international capital markets group at Latham & Watkins based in London, England. As a German Chancellor Fellow, David spent the year in Berlin and Cologne researching the development of German immigration law and policy in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and tracking parallel reforms on the EU level. He has a J.D. from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and a B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas. (6/26/09)

Todd Daubert (1994-95)
Todd received his J.D. from Duke University in 1993 and spent his year in Germany at Universität Konstanz. He is a partner at Kelley Drye and Warren in Washington, DC, specializing in representing companies in regulatory, appellate, litigation and transactional matters involving a broad range of technology and communications law issues. (6/8/07)

Mindy Nunez Duffourc (2016-17)
Mindy earned her B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana Tech University and her J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law. While in law school she attended an abroad program, “Germany in Intercultural Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration” in Berlin. She has been an attorney at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, as well as at Burglass and Takersly LLC. Mindy will be a German Chancellor Fellow at the University of Passau in the Department of Common Law, where she will perform a comparative study of medical negligence between the U.S. and Germany. (11/22/16)

Joshua Feinstein (1992-93)
Joshua is an attorney specializing in corporate litigation with Hodgson Russ. His book, which he researched during his year as a German Chancellor Fellow, appeared with the University of North Carolina Press: The Triumph of the Ordinary: Everyday Life and the East German Cinema, 1949-1989 (2002). He lives in Buffalo with his wife, Patricia Mazón (German Chancellor Fellow 1995-96). (12/2/09)

Terron Ferguson (2017-18)
Terron Ferguson is currently a staff attorney at The Equal Justice Initiative, an organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. Terron earned a J.D. in 2015 from New York University School of Law, where he coordinated a voting rights project with the Mississippi State NAACP and was the 2015 Student Commencement Speaker. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Morehouse College and taught elementary special education in Atlanta, Georgia with Teach For America. As a Chancellor Fellow, Terron will examine German denazification and its impact on the country’s economy, judiciary, political system, culture, and society. (7/12/17)

Jonathan Fine (1999-2000)
Jonathan Fine is Curator for West Africa, Cameroon, and Gabon at the Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Before taking up his position in Berlin he studied African art history at Princeton University and spent a decade as a Washington- and New York-based attorney focusing on commercial and civil litigation as well as human rights work. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Jonathan analyzed the development of federal jurisdiction in German in the 19th century. (6/15/15)

Kari Foss (2014-2015) 
As a German Chancellor fellow at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Kari is researching the influence of the German and US antitrust and competition laws on agriculture. She would like to determine exactly how the United States can emulate German and European antitrust laws, while encouraging legal reform and stimulating competition among multi-national corporations in the United States and other global markets. She will submit an analysis to an international law journal where leaders in antitrust law can consider the options of making changes to US legislation. She is working closely with Dr. Horst Satzky, a partner at Hengeler Müller Law Firm, and professor at the Bucerius Law School. Previously, she was a legal research intern for the Department of Social Services of South Dakota and interned for U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota. Kari earned a J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in May 2014, and a B.A. in Political Science and German in May of 2011 at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. (2/20/15)

Christine Galvagna (2017-18)

Erica Gaston (2014-15)
Erica is currently a German Chancellor Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. Her research interests include differences in transatlantic approaches toward post-Arab Spring crises, and emerging developments in international humanitarian law related to guidelines for self-defense and civilian casualty prevention and response. Erica comes to GPPi from the United States Institute of Peace, where she led the Rule of Law portfolios for Afghanistan and Yemen. Prior to USIP, she founded the Regional Policy Initiative at the Open Society Institute (OSI) where she focused on conflict-related law and policy issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has also previously worked with the Center Civilians in Conflict, Human Rights Watch, and other civil society and human rights groups. Erica’s academic publications have related to the accountability of private security companies, issues, and problems inherent in humanitarian projects, property damage awards in international claims courts, and the improvement of emergency preparedness for homeland security and counter-terrorism purposes. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a specialization in international security from Stanford University. Erica received her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. (10/24/14)

Jill Gaulding (1996-97)
Jill is an attorney, writer, and educator living in Minnesota. Prior to her three-year stay in Germany, she earned degrees in cognitive science from MIT, taught science through Teach for America, and graduated from Cornell Law School. As a German Chancellor Fellow, she analyzed legal and cultural aspects of the work-family conflict. Her two daughters, both born in Germany and nicknamed “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit B,” contributed immeasurably to the project. After returning from Germany, Jill clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, practiced employment discrimination law in Boston, and taught law at Cornell University, Northeastern University, and the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, Jill had multiple chances to consider the real-world implications of discrimination law theory. In 2005, she publicly objected to the University’s decision to build an all-pink visitor’s locker room in its new football stadium. In 2006, she chose—in light of the University’s response to the resulting controversy—to resign her faculty position and turn her attention to writing a book about gender roles and gender hierarchy, as seen through the lens of the Pink Locker Room. (6/5/07)

Thomas Grant (1999-2000)
Tom is a senior research fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University, and a senior associate of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. He teaches and practices international law. As a German Chancellor Fellow, he was a visiting fellow of the Max Planck Institut für auslaendisches oeffentliches Recht und Voelkerrecht in Heidelberg. Since his time at Max Planck, Tom has contributed several articles to the Max Planck-edited Encyclopaedia of Public International Law and has made two return visits to Heidelberg. (6/26/09). His fourth book, Aggression Against Ukraine: Territory, Responsibility, and International Law, was published in June 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan. (6/15/15)

Richard Heinemann (1992-93)
Richard is a partner in the law firm of Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field in Madison, Wisconsin, focusing his practice in the areas of energy and telecommunications/cable law, environmental law, general and commercial litigation, and municipal law and finance. He also practices in the state of Illinois and is the author of articles on land management, environmental and municipal matters. Richard holds a Ph.D. in Social Thought and Germanic Studies from the University of Chicago and spent his year in Germany at Freie Universität Berlin. (6/26/09)

Eric Koenig (1990-91)
Eric Koenig is a lawyer in Washington, DC. Mr. Koenig joined Microsoft in 1991 and served as a senior attorney in the company’s European office in Paris, France. His responsibilities included intellectual property, antitrust, litigation, trade, and management of legal and corporate affairs in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe, including Germany, the company’s largest European market. In 1998 Eric transferred to Washington, DC, where he served as the head of the federal policy team. In 2001 he retired from Microsoft. Eric graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and was a Root-Tilden Scholar at New York University School of Law. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Law Center and a member of the boards of several other non-profit organizations, including Global Rights, Appleseed, and the Advisory Committee of the Asia Society’s Washington Center. He also has served on the Dean’s Strategic Council at the New York University Law School and is a member of the Law School’s Steering Committee for its current capital campaign. (4/10/08)

Kimberly Kiefer Peretti (1996-97)
Kimberly is an attorney in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where she investigates and assists in prosecuting crimes involving computer networks, including hack attacks and other types of computer intrusion. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, graduating magna cum laude, and her LL.M. from the Universität München in 1997. (6/8/07)

Phoebe Kornfeld (1991-92)
Phoebe Kornfeld has retired from her last position as General Council and Chief Compliance Officer for Intercell AG in Vienna.  She is currently living in the small town of Keene, N.Y., in the Adirondack Mountains writing a book, the research for which causes her to return once a year to Berlin where she spent her year as a German Chancellor Fellow. (7/12/17)

Peggy Kuo (1993-94)
Peggy Kuo was appointed United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York in 2015.  Her multi-faceted legal career includes positions as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the largest municipal tribunal in the country; Chief Hearing Officer for the New York Stock Exchange; and counsel with the law firm of WilmerHale.  She served for twelve years as a prosecutor, first as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC., then with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Criminal Section, and finally at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where she prosecuted war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.  Judge Kuo graduated from Harvard Law School and Yale College.  As a German Chancellor Fellow, Peggy studied the German criminal law system in Berlin and Freiburg. (7/7/17)

Rebecca Lubens (2003-04)
As a German Chancellor Fellow, Rebecca studied the development of land use and building law in Berlin over the past decade. She has a particular interest in historic preservation law and in models for public participation in the urban planning political process. Rebecca was based at the Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik, where she prepared several case studies examining the interplay of law, politics and historical consciousness in the public controversy surrounding the preservation (or demolition) of “problematic” architecture, such as the Palast der Republik.

Emilie Mathieu (2010-11)
Emilie Mathieu is currently Corporate Counsel at Amazon in London, supporting payments matters across the EU.  As a German Chancellor Fellow, Ms. Mathieu investigated the impact of executive compensation reforms enacted in Germany in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis under the supervision of Professor Dr. Dr. Stefan Grundmann at the Law Faculty of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The resulting paper, “Beyond Wall Street: Germany, the United States, and Executive Compensation,” was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law in early 2013.  She recieved her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and B.A. from Williams College. (8/25/17)

Kristi (Stahnke) McGregor (1999-2000)
Kristi is a partner with the law firm of Milberg LLP, a New York-based plaintiffs class action and commercial litigation firm. Kristi’s practice focuses on representing investors in securities class actions and corporate derivative litigation, pension plan participants in ERISA breach of fiduciary duty actions, victims of terrorism abroad in actions under the civil remedy provisions of the U.S. Anti-terrorism Act, and other plaintiffs in large scale commercial litigation. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Kristi obtained a Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree in German Civil Law at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Kristi resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, a cognitive neuroscientist at Emory University, and their two children. (6/15/15)

Sean Kendall Murphy (1991-92)
Sean is a Senior Manager in the Merger & Acquisition Services group at Deloitte. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Sean studied the economic transformation of eastern Germany immediately following reunification. He spent time at the World Economics Institute in Kiel and worked in the Gera and Berlin offices of the Treuhandanstalt. After the fellowship, Sean attended Duke University School of Law and practiced tax law in New York City at White & Case LLP, Mayer Brown & Platt and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. (12/8/09)

Alison Pennington (2005-06)
As a German Chancellor Fellow, Alison analyzed the implementation and impact of Germany’s new immigration law that took effect on January 1, 2005. She conducted her research at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. She is currently a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco where she works on the court’s immigration cases.(2/4/10)

Loren Ponds (2007-08)
As a German Chancellor Fellow, Loren was based at the University of Hamburg’s International Tax Institute, and focused on emerging issues in international taxation. Her primary research theme was the impact of globalization on the creation of international tax policy in the United States and Germany. Specific research topics included the effect of the migration of intangibles on transfer pricing policies and the settlement of cross-border tax disputes. Presently, Loren is a member of Ernst & Young’s National Transfer Pricing practice, based in Washington, DC. She focuses on providing transfer pricing planning and documentation assistance to multinational enterprises. Additionally, she is involved in transfer pricing controversy matters surrounding competent authority assistance and advance pricing agreements. Loren received her J.D. degree from American University – Washington College of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. (2/16/10)

Ravi Purushotma (2008-09)
Ravi Purushotma is a designer with the Learning Games Network, where he works on Xenos – an online platform for hosting video games designed to teach foreign languages. He also works with a startup company currently in stealth-mode as their technology architect. During his fellowship he created Berlingual, a series of components and example games designed to demonstrate how freely available web technologies (Google Maps, Flickr, etc.) could be strung together in order to create video games for teaching German language and culture. (5/8/10)

Lana Marie (Wright) Spangenberg (2004-05)
Lana Marie resides in Hamburg where she recently completed a semester as a Guest Professor teaching American Contract and Commercial Law at Bucerius Law School. Lana Marie spent her year as a German Chancellor Fellow at the Evanglisches Institut für Kirchenrecht an der Universität Potsdam as well as at the Verband Diakonischer Dienstgeber in Berlin. She spent her last month as a German Chancellor Fellow at the Kirchenamt in Hanover at the central organization of the Protestant/Lutheran Church in Germany. Her project focused on church-state relations and religious liberty. Lana Marie met with members of the German Parliament, representatives from the Foreign Office, and leading German Constitutional law scholars. Lana Marie received her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she served as President of the Federalist Society and externed at the Bush White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives as well as the Lexington Legal Aid Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science at Texas A&M University. Lana Marie and her husband are expecting their first child in June. (5/17/06)

Andrew Tauber (1991-92)
Andrew Tauber is a partner in the Supreme Court & Appellate practice group of Mayer Brown LLP. Based in Mayer Brown’s Washington office, Andy focuses on federal preemption, product liability, and First Amendment cases, but has successfully briefed and argued a wide variety of other issues, including attorney-client privilege and antitrust liability for pre-bankruptcy conduct. A co-author of the recently published treatise Federal Appellate Practice, he regularly represents clients in the US Supreme Court, the various US Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts. Tauber, who has a B.A. from Wesleyan University, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from M.I.T. and his J.D. from Yale. As a German Chancellor Fellow he was based in Frankfurt. His dissertation, “Tyranny on Trial: The Politics of Natural Law and Legal Positivism in the Federal Republic of Germany,” is a critical analysis of how the (West) German criminal justice system dealt with Nazi perpetrators after WW II and how, in light of that experience, it dealt with Communist perpetrators after reunification. (2/4/10)

Sophia van Wingerden (1995-96)

Ingrid Wuerth (1997-98)
Ingrid is a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Law. (6/26/09)