Fellow’s Biographies

National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) Fellowship in Nonprofit Law

2015 Fellow

The fourteenth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Peter Samponaro. Peter graduated cum laude from Fordham University’s School of Law in 2011. While in law school, Peter was a member of Fordham Law Review and served as a teaching assistant in the Legal Writing Program. During law school, Peter was a summer associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and a judicial intern for Chief Judge Jane A. Restani of the U.S. Court of International Trade. After graduation, Peter was an associate in the corporate department of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Prior to law school, he worked as a litigation paralegal at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in New York. Peter received his B.A. from Yale University, with Honors, in History in 2006.

2014 Fellows

The co-thirteenth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Molly Cohen. Molly graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in May 2014. While in law school, Molly participated in the Tenant Advocacy Project, the Harvard Mediation Program and did clinical work with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. She also served as a Senior Editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Molly worked as a summer associate at Goulston & Storrs and as a legal intern for U.S. EPA in Region 1. Prior to law school, she worked on environmental policy at Abt Associates. Molly received her B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University in 2009.

The co-thirteenth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Irene Hahn.  Irene graduated from Stanford Law School in June 2010.  After graduating, she clerked for Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court.  After her clerkship, Irene worked as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where her pro bono work included serving as legal counsel to non-profit organizations.  While in law school, Irene was an Executive Editor for the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and a student attorney for the Youth and Education Law Project.  Prior to law school, she was a Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Michigan and spent a year in Korea as a Fulbright Scholar.  Irene received an MFA from the University of Michigan, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University.

2013 Fellow

The twelfth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Charles Skriner. Charles graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in May 2012. After graduating, he worked as a law clerk for Justice Craig Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court. At Georgetown, Charles was a Submissions Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and a Legal Research and Writing Law Fellow. He held internships with United Educators Insurance, the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, and the Georgetown Office of University Counsel. Charles received an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Arts in Religion from the Yale Divinity School.

2012 Fellows

The co-eleventh NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Joanna Edwards. Joanna graduated from New York University School of Law in May 2010, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. While in law school, Joanna was a participant in the International Human Rights Clinic, a member of the Journal of International Law and Politics, and a board member for several students groups. She held internships with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and RADDHO in Dakar, Senegal. After graduating, Joanna worked as an associate in the General Practice Group at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Prior to law school, Joanna worked as an associate in the Americas Division at Human Rights Watch and as a paralegal in the litigation department at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Joanna graduated with a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College in 2002.

The co-eleventh NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Matthew Gelfand. Matt graduated from Harvard Law School in May 2012. At Harvard, he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and a member of the board of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project. Matt worked as a legal intern at the Software Freedom Law Center and in the litigation department at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks in Boston. Prior to law school, he assisted in investigations into the connection between the brain systems for memory and language at Georgetown University. Matt received his Sc.B. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University. He is the founder of a small education-related non-profit organization.

2011 Fellow

The tenth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Malik Martin.  Malik graduated from Harvard Law School in May 2011.  At Harvard, Malik was a member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.  He worked as a summer associate in the exempt organizations practice group at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, DC and as a legal intern at the Tax Exempt/Government Entities Division of the Office of IRS Chief Counsel in New York.  Prior to law school, Malik received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University.  His dissertation is entitled, “The Conqueror’s Prize: Revenue, Information, and Conflict in British Bengal, 1765-1819.” Malik received his M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University.

2010 Fellow

The ninth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to James Bickford.  James graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in May 2010.  At Harvard, James was an Articles Editor for the Harvard Law Review, worked with the New York City Law Department, and assisted on a successful merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked for the District of Columbia Public Schools, the Department of Justice – Civil Appellate Staff, and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Prior to law school, James worked for a Connecticut business improvement district and a Pennsylvania nonprofit dedicated to urban reinvestment. James holds a Master of Arts in English from Princeton University and graduated cum laude with distinction from Yale College.

2009 Fellow

The eighth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Jeannie Rose Field.  Jeannie Rose graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in May 2009. At NYU, Jeannie Rose was a Notes Editor for the Journal of International Law & Politics, participated in the International Human Rights and Medical-Legal Clinics, served as a board member for several student groups, and volunteered at Sanctuary for Families New York.  She worked at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok, Thailand, through a Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Fellowship, and as a summer associate at O’Melveny & Myers Los Angeles. Prior to law school, Jeannie Rose worked in community development, first in San Jose, CA as a Public Allies Fellow, and then with minority groups in Northern Thailand. Jeannie Rose graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 2004, where, among other things, she study abroad in Central America and Italy, received a research grant to study immigration to Italy, and played rugby.

2008 Fellow

The seventh NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Jennifer Kwong, who received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in June 2008. Jennifer was a Submissions Editor & Symposium Co-Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and also served as a research assistant at the Fletcher School. She worked as a summer associate at Sidley Austin and Allen & Overy and interned at International Bridges to Justice in Geneva, facilitating American public defender offices’ support of Chinese legal aid offices. Jennifer has also worked on international development projects in Egypt and Thailand. Jennifer graduated with high honors from Princeton University in 2003. While at Princeton, she served on the Faculty-Student Discipline Committee. She spent a year as a staff intern at Princeton’s Manna Christian Fellowship before attending law school.

2007 Fellow

The sixth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Annisah Um’rani, who graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in May 2007. At Boalt, Annisah was Book Reviews & Essays Editor for the California Law Review and Productions Editor for the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy. She served as the Education & Communications Chair of the Boalt Hall Queer Caucus and was a member of Law Students of African Descent. Annisah was a summer associate at Hogan & Hartson and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae and interned at Legal Services for Children. Prior to law school, she worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions and Director of Multicultural Recruiting at Bryn Mawr College and as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Annisah received her M.A. from the University of Chicago in 2003 and her B.A. from Smith College in 1999.

2006 Fellow

The fifth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Jessie B. Brown, who graduated from Harvard Law School in June 2006. At Harvard, Jessie participated in the Tenant Advocacy Project and did clinical work at the Civil Rights Project and Legal Momentum. She was a member of the Board of Student Advisers and student articles co-chair for the Harvard Journal on Law and Gender. Jessie was a summer law clerk at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, CA and a summer associate at Ropes & Gray. Prior to law school, she worked as a research assistant at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education at MIT and volunteered as a teacher in Mexico. Jessie received her B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University in 2002.

2005 Fellow

The fourth NCPL Fellowship was awarded to Andrew Y. Janis, who graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in June 2005. At Chicago, Andrew participated in the Police Accountability Project at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. Andrew was a summer associate at the Washington, D.C. offices of Kirkland & Ellis and Patton Boggs and worked in the Criminal Appellate Section at the Department of Justice. Prior to law school, he served as a judicial intern in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court and as a research assistant to Professor Lani Guinier at Harvard Law School. Andrew received his B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2002.

2004 Fellow

The third NCPL Fellowship was awarded to William H. Miller who graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in May 2004. At Boalt, Will was a Senior Editor for the Berkeley Journal of International Law. During law school, he participated in the California Asylum Representation Clinic and the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic. Through the Samuelson Clinic, Will worked on state legislation on Internet privacy and free speech. Will was a summer associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and interned in Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney‘s district office in New York City. Prior to law school, he volunteered as a research assistant for a nonprofit documentary company working on a film on biotechnology and the law. Will received his B.A. in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University in 1998.

2003 Fellow

The second NCPL fellowship was awarded to Julia C. Green, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in June 2003. At Harvard, Julia participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Kitchen Table Project, an advocacy organization bringing together low-income women from Cambridge to initiate healthcare and housing reform. Julia worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Inspector General and at Foley Hoag LLP. She also spent a semester during Law School interning with the Massachusetts Attorney General in the Division of Public Charities. Julia received her B.A. magna cum laude from Yale in 1999.

2002 Fellow

The first NCPL Fellowship was awarded to R. Brian Black, who graduated from Cornell Law School with a specialization in Public Law. At Cornell, Brian was a Managing Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal and the Opinions Editor for the Cornell Law Tower. In 2001, Cornell awarded him the Glushien Prize for best published note on current social problems. During law school, Brian volunteered for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Hawaii and worked for the ACLU National Office in Washington, D.C. as a legislative intern on First Amendment and Cyberliberties issues. Before his NCPL Fellowship, Brian clerked for Judge Janet C. Hall in the District of Connecticut. Brian received his A.B. with Honors in Philosophy from Harvard University where he was Director of the Civil Liberties Union of Harvard.