Meet the Current Student Fellows
Ashlee Aguiar, J.D., 2016
B.A., International Studies, Fordham University, 2013
Ashlee Aguiar is a 2L Student Fellow at the Center for International and Comparative Law and an inaugural International Honors Program Scholar. Ashlee is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society at St. John's, and won the Hon. Milton Mollen Moot Court Competition this fall. Last summer, Ashlee interned with the Information and Communication Technologies Section of the Registry of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ashlee made Dean’s List in fall 2013, was a finalist in the Dispute Resolution Society's 1L Internal Competition, and won the Latin American Law Student Association's Essay Competition. As an undergraduate student at Fordham, Ashlee was a team leader for Global Outreach Dominican Republic. Ashlee is fluent in Spanish. She will join Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. as a summer associate after her 2L year.
Marissa Harrell, J.D., 2015
B.A., Public Relations, Quinnipiac University, 2009
Marissa Harrell is a 4L Student Fellow. Marissa interned at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Mons, Belgium as part of the NATO Practicum. On its behalf, she presented a multi-national Standardization Agreement regarding the implementation of law of armed conflict training at the Contemporary Challenges in International Humanitarian Law Conference hosted by the Irish Red Cross in Dublin, Ireland. Additionally, Marissa attended and assisted a multi-national working group creating a NATO Rules of Engagement Standardization Agreement. Marissa has also researched and compiled reports for the Honorable William G. Bassler's presentation to the 2014 Spring Meeting of the ABA's International Law section on the use of mediation during the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Marissa is interested in immigration law and recently interned for Withers Bergman LLP.
Anthony Reda, J.D., 2015
B.A., International Political Economy & French Literature, Fordham University, 2012, Magna Cum Laude
Anthony Reda is a 3L Student Fellow. He spent the summer of 2013 in Rome, Italy with the St. John’s study abroad program, and later worked as a summer intern at DANDRIA Studio Legale, a corporate law firm in Rome. He was an oralist on the St. John’s team at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition as a 2L and was the team’s student coach as a 3L. Anthony was also a clinical intern with the Bankruptcy Assistance Project during the 2013-2014 academic year. Last summer, he worked at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. He is the President of the Tax Law Society. He will join McGladrey LLP as an international tax associate after graduation.
Sarah Roe, J.D., 2015
B.A., Political Science, Mount Saint Mary’s University, 2012, Magna Cum Laude
Sarah Roe is a 3L Student Fellow. Sarah serves as the Executive Research Editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. In addition, she is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and competed at Touro Law Center’s National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion. Sarah has interned with Judge Victor Marrero in the Southern District of New York, and worked with UNICEF's Somalia Mission in Nairobi, Kenya. Throughout her 2L year, Sarah worked as a part-time law clerk with the law firm Ryan, Brennan & Donnelly. She will join Watson, Farley & Williams as an associate after graduation.
Katharine Suominen, J.D., 2016
B.A., Political Science, Union College, 2010
Katharine Suominen is a 2L Student Fellow at the Center for International and Comparative Law and an inaugural International Honors Program Scholar. Last summer, Katharine worked in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Prior to attending law school, Katharine worked as a paralegal in the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Massachusetts and at the New York County District Attorney's Office, in both a Trial Division and the Hate Crime Unit. She was also a summer intern at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont. Katharine was a Political Science major at Union College where she wrote her Senior Thesis on the International Criminal Court and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She will join DLA Piper as a summer associate after her 2L year.
Colleen Vecchione, J.D., 2015
B.A., History, Boston College, 2012, Magna Cum Laude
Colleen Vecchione is a 3L Student Fellow. She is a senior staff member of the St. John's Law Review and Journal of Catholic Legal Studies. This fall, Colleen is working in the Hague for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as part of our UN Practica program. Last year she participated in the St. John's Refugee and Immigrant Rights Litigation Clinic in partnership with Catholic Charities. She was an oralist for the St. John’s team at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She is a former recipient of the New York State Court of Appeals Fellowship and has served as an intern for the New York State Unified Court System Office of Court Administration. She will join the Department of Justice's Attorney General's Honors Program in the Executive Office for Immigration Review after graduation.
Justin Wax Jacobs, J.D., 2015
B.A., East Asian Studies; Political Science; History, University of Albany, 2011, Magna Cum Laude
Justin Wax Jacobs is a 3L Student Fellow. Justin is currently serving as the 2nd Circuit Lieutenant Governor for Legal Education for the American Bar Association's Student Division where he focuses on evolving and developing legal education throughout New York State. He is also the 2014 winner of the national law school SCOTUSBLOG Competition. Prior to Law School, Justin studied at Peking University, in Beijing, East China Normal University, in Shanghai, and subsequently interned with the Natural Resource Defense Council's Beijing office. Justin speaks fluent Mandarin. Last summer, Justin interned with the legal department for MTA Metro-North Railroad, the busiest commuter railroad in the nation.