BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has selected 22 students for its 2016 Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program. The fellows are spending the summer working around the globe, from Argentina to Vietnam, as part of a unique program offered through the school’s Center on the Global Legal Profession.
The fellows have the opportunity to work in a variety of international settings, including corporations, nongovernmental organizations and respected law firms. The final wave of program participants left this week for India, China and Japan. This year’s class is the largest in the program’s history.
The program is named in honor of Milton Stewart, who graduated from the law school in 1971. He and his wife, Judi, were in Bloomington recently to congratulate the students on their appointments. An internship at an Indian NGO has also been made possible through a strong partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program, its director, Derek Mitchell, and its director emerita, Kathy Sreedhar.
Professor Jayanth Krishnan, who directs the Center on the Global Legal Profession, said this year’s class brings the total number of students who have participated in the program to 100. He thanked the Stewarts for their loyalty to the law school and their commitment to educating the next generation of lawyers interested in globalization.
"The Center on the Global Legal Profession was founded on the idea that an increasingly global economy demands better-trained and better-prepared attorneys,” he said. “For the past seven years, the Stewart Fellows have had the opportunity to prepare for the future by experiencing the legal profession throughout the world."
"We have seen continued growth in interest, applications and placements through this incredible program,” said Christiana Ochoa, professor of law and Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow; IU Bloomington associate vice provost for faculty and academic affairs; and associate director of the IU Center for Documentary Research and Practice. “This year we are pleased to add Vietnam to the list of participating countries."
The 2016 Stewart Fellows and the countries and organizations where they will be completing internships are:
- Meghan McCabe – the law firm of Wiener Soto Caparros, Buenos Aires
- Molly Morgan and Alexander Spindler – the law firm of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
- Vladimir Arrieta – the law firm of Demarest & Almeida Advogados and Votorantim Group, a São Paulo-based diversified industrial conglomerate with interests in finance, energy, steel and paper.
- Xiao Ma and Elizabeth Tao – the law firm of SheppardMullin, Beijing
- Austin Andreas – the law firm of S&R Associates, Delhi office
- Alison Jacobs – the law firm of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., Delhi office
- Corey Kadash and Shondella Peten -- Novus Law LLC, a legal processing firm, and Koura & Co., a law firm in Delhi
- Lisa La Fornara and Samantha von Ende – a nongovernmental organization with Vrinda Grover based in New Delhi (also designated as Holdeen Fellows)
- Chase Stoddard – Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an NGO supporting human rights based in New Delhi
- Alexander Thibodeau – the Gaurav Pachnand, senior Supreme Court advocate, Delhi
- Erika Tribuzi – the law firm of Nishith Desai Associates, Delhi office
- Michael Witczak –v the law firm of Luthra & Luthra, New Delhi office
- Kaitlin Sheets -- L&J Law Office LPC, Tokyo
- Nia Yarborough – Keiwa Sogo Law Offices, Tokyo
- Ja Ryong Ku – the legal department of Kyoba AXA, an international investment management firm, Seoul
- Keshav Jha and Remy Snead – the law firm of Tilleke & Gibbins, Bangkok
- Ryan McDonnell – the law firm of Tilleke & Gibbins, Hanoi
The Center on the Global Legal Profession was established in 2009 by professor William Henderson. The center has a three-part focus: advancing academic research and practical knowledge about the global legal profession; providing students with opportunities for hands-on learning about the law in other countries; and building global partnerships with other law schools to enhance educational opportunities.
Founded in 1842, the IU Maurer School of Law is ranked No. 8 in the nation among public law schools by U.S. News and World Report and No. 25 overall, with top-25 programs in international, tax and intellectual property law. The school has more than 11,000 alumni in 55 countries throughout the world and more than 20 academic partnerships with distinguished global universities on four continents.