The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law

International Business Law Fellows

Fellows enroll at Brooklyn Law School from all over the United States and around the world. The diverse backgrounds of these students adds richness to the study of international law. In recent years fellows have come to us from Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Guyana, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Many are graduates of the most prestigious colleges and universities. Some have earned graduate degrees, and many have had interesting work experiences here and abroad.

  • Cara Ann Bilotta graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Spanish and Medicine, Health, and Society. After graduation, Cara worked as an English language assistant at a secondary school in Seville, Spain. Upon returning from Spain, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Fall River, Massachusetts.  This past summer she worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Victor Marrero in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Cara is the recipient of a Carswell Merit Scholarship, a Centennial Grant, an Academic Achievement Grant, and a CLAI Excellence for the Future Award in Fundamentals of Law Practice II.  She is fluent in Spanish and a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
  • Tobias Fischer graduated from Vassar College in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to law school, as a vice president at Merrill Lynch and later at Bank of America, Toby worked on white collar and civil enforcement matters affecting the firm’s businesses, including investment banking, sales and trading, structured products, broker-dealer, and research. This summer, Toby worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sunshine at the New York Supreme Court and as a research assistant for Professor Jason Mazzone. Toby will continue working as a research assistant during the fall, while also working as a judicial intern for the Honorable John G. Koeltl in the Southern District of New York. Toby is a Richardson Scholar, a Dean’s Merit Scholar, a recipient of an Academic Achievement Award, a Centennial Grant and CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Civil Procedure. In addition, Toby is a member of the Journal of Law & Policy.
  • Timothy Grant graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies. While at New York University, he spent a semester at the University in Florence, Italy.  After graduation he taught conversational English at a French public high school in Nantes, France. Prior to law school, Timothy worked as an immigration paralegal at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP and helped found the immigration practice group at Pryor Cashman LLP.  This summer he worked at the New York City Board of Standards & Appeals.  He is proficient in French. In addition, he is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
  • Emily Kehoe graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in International Studies with a focus on East Asia. Emily spent many years living abroad and has traveled extensively.  She has advanced spoken Japanese and conversational ability in Chinese and French. Before she came to law school, Emily worked in Atlanta for the law firm of King  & Spalding LLP as a Project Assistant. This summer Emily worked as a Summer Clerk for the Clerk of the Court of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is a recipient of the Prince Scholarship, a Centennial Grant Scholarship, a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and an Academic Achievement Scholarship. In addition, she is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
  • Steven Levine graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Economy and Philosophy. During his senior year, he worked as an intern at Stay Local!, a non-profit organization committed to the preservation of locally owned New Orleans businesses, through Tulane University's Center for Public Service. Since graduation, he has been employed at The Dreyfus Corporation as a paralegal, where he works on regulatory and corporate governance matters for a group of mutual funds. Steven also currently interns at Doyaga & Schaefer, a bankruptcy firm, through Brooklyn Law School's Consumer Counseling and Bankruptcy Clinic.   He is the recipient of a Carswell Memorial Scholarship and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Legal Writing and serves as a Notes and Comments Editor on the Journal of Law and Policy.
  • Mark Nixdorf graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in French. As an undergraduate, Mark studied abroad in Paris, France and worked as an investment banking Analyst at Chaffe & Associates where he advised businesses throughout the Gulf Coast recovering from the post-Hurricane Katrina economic climate. After graduation, Mark spent a summer studying in Cairo, Egypt as a Critical Language Scholar pursuant to a grant from the U.S. State Department. Before coming to law school, Mark worked as a Senior Associate in KPMG’s assurance practice where he focused primarily on banking clients.  As part of his experience at KPMG, Mark traveled to Spain, worked out of the New York Office German Desk, and served a variety of global financial institutions.  This summer he worked as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Arthur J. Gonzalez in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. Mark is a recipient of the Carswell Scholarship, the Centennial Scholarship, and the Academic Achievement Scholarship. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Brooklyn Law Review.
  • Tyler O'Reilly graduated summa cum laude from Assumption College with a B.A. in Economics. While at Assumption, he was the recipient of the Honors Award in Economics and was elected to Omicron Delta Epsilon.  He also studied abroad at the University of Oxford, where he traveled to Thailand and won the national championship with the school's ice hockey team. This past summer, he worked in the Appeals Bureau of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and for Jonathan Plasse, Labaton Sucharow LLP as a research assistant. This year he is completing internships with the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York in the fall and with United States District Court Judge Deborah A. Batts of the Southern District of New York in the spring. He is an Academic Achievement Scholar, a Dean’s Merit Scholar, and the recipient of a Centennial Grant. In addition to this fellowship, he is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society, Appellate Division.
  • Kiran Sheffrin graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations. As an undergraduate, Kiran was the captain of her Varsity Track and Field team and was a school-record holder. In addition to extensive traveling, Kiran studied abroad at Sydney University and in Argentina. This summer Kiran was an Appellate Conference Program Intern at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Kiran is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society Trial and Appellate Divisions, and will compete in the Corporate Law competition in Wilmington, DE. Kiran is also proficient in Spanish. She is the recipient of a Dean's Recognition Scholarship and is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.
  • Peter Tringali IIIgraduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a B.A. in English, Literature and Rhetoric.  Before entering the law school, Peter worked as a Litigation Paralegal at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP.  This past summer Peter worked as a Judicial Intern at the United States Court of International Trade for the Honorable Judith M. Barzilay.  In addition, he worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Jason Mazzone.  This fall he will be an Intern at the Federal Trade Commission.  He is the recipient of a Dean’s Recognition Scholarship.  He is also a member of the Brooklyn Law Review.
  • Stacey Tyler graduated with high honors from Douglass College, Rutgers University with an individualized BA in Romance Languages, a minor in Linguistics and a certificate in Romance Linguistics. As part of her participation in the Douglass Scholars Program, she completed an honors thesis on foreign language education in the United States. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota, a foreign language honor society.  After graduation, she spent two years working as a high school Italian teacher in New Jersey. Stacey has traveled extensively and completed study abroad programs in Paris, France with Rutgers University and Siena, Italy as a scholarship recipient from the Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey. Stacey is a recipient of a Centennial Grant, Dean’s Merit and a Prince Scholarship and an Upper Class Delegate to the Student Bar Association. She is fluent in Italian, French and Spanish.
  • Cassandra Vogel graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in International Relations. Before coming to the law school Cassandra worked as a Legal Assistant at White & Case LLP in their Washington, D.C. office and their Paris, France office. This past summer she worked in Paris as an antitrust trainee at Orrick Rambaud Martel SCP. This coming Fall Cassandra will be a Law intern in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Civil Division. She is the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Torts and a member of the Brooklyn Law Review.  She is fluent in French.
  • Noam Weiss graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Sociology. This past summer he worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Anita Bernstein and also as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable David Schmidt, Justice, Kings County Supreme Court.  He is the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Torts and a Dean’s Recognition Scholarship.  He is a member of the Brooklyn Law Review.

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Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law
Attn: Deanna Handler
Fellowship Program
250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201