Fellow’s Biographies

National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law 

2020 Fellow

The third National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law was awarded to Peter F. Martin. Peter graduated in January 2020 from New York University School of Law, where he served as a board member of Law Students for Economic Justice. From March to November 2020, Peter worked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as a lawyer on the Voting Rights Defender Project. During law school he interned at Forward Justice in Durham, North Carolina, and the No Exceptions Prison Collective, in Nashville, Tennessee. He also founded and co-ran Indivisible Brooklyn and took a semester off from law school to work on Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate campaign in Texas. Before law school he worked as an investigator for Brooklyn Defender Services; for a high school anti-violence program in Brooklyn; as a substitute high school social studies teacher; and as a freelance writer, editor, and English teacher in Bogotá, Colombia. Peter graduated from Yale College in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science.

2019 Fellow

The second National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law was awarded to Raphael (“Rafi”) Stern. Rafi graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2017, where he served as acquisitions editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and a pro bono scholar at Mobilization for Justice. Since graduating from Cornell, Rafi has clerked for the Honorable Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York and worked as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.  Prior to law school, Rafi worked as a program officer at the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation and as an NYC Civic Corps member with Phipps Community Development Corporation.  Rafi also participated in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.  Rafi graduated from Brown University in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics.

2018 Fellow

The first National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law was awarded to Grace Heusner. Grace graduated from Yale Law School in 2016, where she was active in the Community and Economic Development Clinic, the Yale Law Journal, and as a teaching assistant. Since graduating from Yale, Grace clerked for the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny on the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and worked as an associate at Covington & Burling LLP.  Prior to law school, Grace worked as an Honors Paralegal in the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. Grace graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary in 2010 with a B.A. in Government and Environmental Studies.