Meet the current members of the Research Laboratory:

Student Researchers (2017-18)

Anique Cato

Anique is a researcher at the Lab. She graduated from New York University, with her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, with a concentration in Latin American Studies and a minor in Political Science. Prior to pursing her J.D. at Hofstra Law, Anique served as an AmeriCorps Fellow, where she worked to facilitate partnerships among community organizations and elected officials, and to expand education services to various immigrant groups. During the summer of 2017, Anique interned with the Legislative Drafting Unit at the New York City Council. She is interested in public-sector transactional and education law.

Alexandra Davidson

Alexandra is a researcher at the Lab. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with minors in Global Studies. At Hofstra Law, she is a Staff Member of the Hofstra Law Review. During the summer of 2017, Alexandra worked as a judicial intern for the Hon. Ayesha K. Brantley at the Nassau County Court. She is interested in intellectual property and patent law.

Marysa Linares

Marysa is a researcher at the Lab. She graduated from Rutgers University, the New Brunswick campus in New Jersey, where she received her BA in Art History and minored in History. Prior to Hofstra Law, she worked for five years as a paralegal. At Hofstra Law, she is a Child and Family Advocacy Fellow, and she spent the summer of 2017 interning with the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County. She is interested in juvenile advocacy, criminal defense, and securities regulation and compliance.

Domenick Pesce

Domenick is a researcher at the Lab. He graduated from Hofstra University, where he majored in Political Science with minors in Philosophy of Law, Rhetorical Studies, and Italian. Prior to law school, he worked as a law clerk at Cassisi & Cassisi, P.C., primarily handling matters of personal injury plaintiff litigation. Domenick also has several years of experience working for Apple Inc. as a certified technician and trainer. At Hofstra Law, Domenick is a Junior Staff Member of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and Public Relations Coordinator of the Federal Bar Association – Hofstra Law Division. Domenick is also a student member of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court and of the Hofstra Intellectual Property Law Association. During the summer of 2017, he interned for the Honorable Helene F. Gugerty. He is interested in intellectual property, technology, cybersecurity, and criminal law.

Shayla Ramos

Shayla is a researcher at the Lab. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. At Hofstra Law, Shayla is a recipient of Hofstra Law’s LGBT Rights Fellowship, the President of Hofstra’s OUTLaw group, and a LexisNexis Student Representative. During the summer of 2017, Shayla served as a judicial intern to Judge Gonzalez, focusing on Child Abuse and Neglect cases, at Queens Family Court. She has an interest in family, technology and corporate law.

Jeetan Sareen

Jeetan is a researcher at the Lab. He graduated from Hofstra University with both a B.A. and an M.B.A. in Finance & Marketing. He worked at the Internal Revenue Service for seven years. At Hofstra Law, Jeetan is the Business Law Fellow, and currently the Treasurer for both the Veteran’s Law Assistance Project and the South Asian Law Students Association. During the summer of 2017, he interned at Tand & Associates, P.C., an employment law firm where he drafted motions for summary judgment and oppositions to motions in limine. He is interested in tax, corporate, and employment law.

Senior Student Researchers (2017-18)

Dina Foerster

Dina is a senior researcher at the Lab. She graduated with the designation of Cum Laude from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Banking and Finance. At Hofstra Law, Dina is a junior staff member of the Family Court Review and is pursuing a joint MBA/JD degree. During the summer of 2016, she interned at Nassau Suffolk Law Services in Islandia, New York. She is interested in corporate and family law.

Erika Jefferson

Erika is a senior researcher at the Lab. Though a DC native, Erika relocated to Georgia, and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she received her B.A. in Sociology, with minors in Family Studies, Women and Gender Studies and Psychology. At Hofstra Law, Erika is a recipient of the Annual Albert and Pearl Ginsberg Scholarship, a staff editor on the Family Court Review, and the Attorney General for the Black Law Students Association. During the summer of 2016, Erika served as an intern at Georgia Legal Services Program in Athens, Georgia. She aspires to become a family law attorney.

Ryan Nelson

Ryan is a senior researcher at the Lab.  He graduated from Loyola University, Maryland with a B.A. in Psychology. At Hofstra Law, Ryan is a member of the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association, Dean’s Student Advisory Council and Irish Law Society. During the summer of 2016, Ryan worked as a judicial intern for the Hon. Terence P. Murphy at the Nassau County Court, where he drafted and edited court decisions, researched trial evidentiary issues, and observed judicial proceedings. He is interested in criminal, tort and education law.

Julia Ponce

Julia is a senior researcher at the Lab. She graduated from William Smith College with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to pursuing her J.D. at Hofstra Law, Julia worked on public-private partnerships for advancing labor rights internationally. She is a trained arbitrator, mediator, social auditor and investigator of unfair labor practices. She is interested in immigration, labor and employment Law.

Matthew Rosen

Matthew is a senior researcher at the Lab. He graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in History. He also received a master’s degree in Adolescent Education from St. John’s University in 2014. Before enrolling at Hofstra Law, Matthew spent nearly 3 years as a secondary school educator. At Hofstra Law, he is member of the Hofstra Law Review. Matthew spent the summer of 2016 interning with the real estate firm Horing Welikson & Rosen P.C., and worked as a research assistant to Professor Richard K. Neumann Jr. Over the summer of 2017, Matthew worked as a summer associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He is interested in corporate law.

Bryan Steed

Bryan is a senior researcher at the Lab. He graduated from St. John Fisher College with a B.A. in History. At Hofstra Law, Bryan has interned at the Manhattan Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit. He is interested in public service, and in particular in providing free legal assistance.

Nicole Vasquez

Nicole is a senior researcher at the Lab. She graduated from St. Peter’s University with a major in criminal justice and a minor in philosophy. Prior to attending Hofstra Law, she worked as a legal assistant in the bankruptcy asbestos department at Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., handling claims and supervising junior paralegals. In the summer of 2016, she was an intern at The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey, where she interpreted for Spanish-speaking clients during asylum interviews, conducted research regarding country conditions for clients seeking asylum, and translated Spanish legal documents that were submitted to either the Immigration Courts or the Asylum offices. She also maintained an internship performing special projects at Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. She is interested in corporate law and criminal law.


Senior Lab Members & Associates

Patricia A. Kasting

Tricia is the reference librarian for the Lab and a reference librarian for the Hofstra University School of Law. She is responsible for providing reference services to Lab members and to Law Library patrons, using print and electronic sources. Some of Tricia’s additional duties include providing research instruction and developing research handouts. Her scholarly interests have led her to develop a specialization in international legal research. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Ms. Kasting practiced law.
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Michael G. Wagner

Michael is the senior web developer for the Lab’s web site. He manages, maintains and improves the performance and content of Hofstra Law’s websites. His aim is to make websites a valuable resource for both site owners and visitors by ensuring that the content is up to date and easy for visitors to find and navigate. This includes debugging issues that arise with the performance of the website, reviewing site analytics, and developing a responsive design. Mike is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.S. in Fine Arts specializing in Graphic Design, and a minor in Art History. Before he joined Hofstra Law as Webmaster in September 2006, he previously held a number of positions at Hofstra University including Web Design Coordinator and Graphic Artist.
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Vern R. Walker

Professor Walker, the Director of the Lab, has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (specializing in knowledge theory, artificial intelligence, logic, and philosophy of science), as well as a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has published extensively on the logic of legal reasoning and factfinding, on the design of factfinding processes, and on the use of scientific evidence in legal proceedings. Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Professor Walker was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Swidler & Berlin, where he practiced before state and federal administrative agencies and before courts on judicial review of agency actions. He teaches courses in torts, scientific evidence, administrative law, and European Union law. Professor Walker also designs computer software that captures legal knowledge and models legal reasoning, and he explores ways to use logical analysis and artificial intelligence in his teaching.
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These are the graduated or former members of the Research Laboratory:

Julie L. Agris

Professor Agris was an associated member of the Lab. She taught in the Master of Health Administration Program at Hofstra University, in addition to teaching in the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine (School of Medicine). She was also the Director of the Master of Health Administration Program at Hofstra University and Co-lead of the Continuum of Care curriculum design team at the School of Medicine. She has a doctorate in philosophy from the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University (specializing in health policy development and implementation processes), as well as a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University and an LL.M. in Health Law from the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to joining Hofstra University, she served as an attorney representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as Legislative Counsel to the health care committees of the Vermont General Assembly.

Tauseef Ahmed

Tauseef was a member of the Lab in 2015-17, where he became a senior researcher. He graduated from Union College in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology (Molecular) and a B.A. in Philosophy. He completed his M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College, where he took courses in epidemiology, public health, health policy, and experimental design. At Union College, Tauseef worked in several science research labs where he gained experience with a variety of advanced computer software tools and statistical tests. His research expertise lies in molecular biology, molecular genetics, and cellular neuroscience. Besides being a student at Hofstra Law, Tauseef was the Chief Financial and Operating Officer of ProMed Pharmacy, a specialty compounding pharmacy based in East Meadow, NY, as well as the Vice President and Property Manager of SNR Development, a commercial real estate development company in Syosset, NY. At Hofstra Law, Tauseef was the Student Coach of the International Moot Arbitration Team as well as the Director of Business Affairs for the Moot Court Board. During the summer of 2016, Tauseef worked as a corporate legal intern at iLuv Creative Technology, working on patent, technology, data privacy, and corporate matters. During the fall of 2016, Tauseef participated in the Hofstra Law in D.C. Program, and was a full-time extern in the Central Reexamination Unit of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters, working on patent reissue and reexamination post-grant proceedings.

Ladi Ajayi

Ladi was a member of the Lab in 2012-14. He was a senior researcher at the Lab. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Prior to law school, Ladi worked as a contractor and executive of operations for Rexonike Ventures in Nigeria, where he planned and directed production operations for Rejuvenation Water Ltd. and Rexonike Granite Mining. He ensured that financial budgets, corporate compliance, and production operations functioned to promote growth and meet financial objectives.

Irnande Altema

Irnande was a member of the Lab in 2010-12. She was the Lab’s Blog Director, as well as a senior researcher. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a Master of Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University. Prior to law school, Irnande worked as a Health Researcher for Mid-Atlantic Community of Health Centers (MACHC), where she assisted with a health needs assessment of a rural county in Maryland by evaluating whether a community health center would meet the residents’ health needs.

Parisa Bagheri

Parisa was a member of the Lab in 2013-15, where she became a senior researcher. She graduated from SUNY Stony Brook in 2010 with a Summa Cum Laude in Art History and Philosophy. She was a staff member of Hofstra Law Family Court Review. She interned with the Department of Justice at Executive Office of Immigration Review, with the Nassau County Court, and for the Nassau County Youth Court. She also advocated for clients for immigration claims as a member of the Hofstra Asylum Clinic.

Orly Bertel

Orly was a member of the Lab in 2010-12. She was the Lab’s Protocols Director, as well as a senior researcher. She graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management. At Cornell, Orly was a research assistant for a federally funded National Institute of Health project. She performed data collection and content analysis in order to study trends in advertising within the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries. At Hofstra Law, Orly was a recipient of the Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship and a staff member of the Family Court Review.

Ivory Bishop

Ivory was a member of the Lab in 2013-15, where he became a senior researcher. He graduated from Five Towns College with a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business Management with a Concentration in Audio Engineering. Prior to law school, Ivory worked as a sound engineer in numerous recording and post production studios and radio stations. At Hofstra Law, Ivory was a Moot Court Board member, a member of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, and the president of Hofstra’s Christian Legal Society. During the summer of 2013, Ivory was a summer associate at Proskauer Rose.

Mycroft Boyd

Mycroft was a member of the Lab in 2011-13. He was the Lab’s Database Director, as well as a senior researcher. He graduated from Montclair State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. During his time at Montclair, he was active in two student-organized charities – Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, and Active Students Serving In Society Together.

Matthew A. Brown

Matthew was a senior researcher at the Lab, and graduated from Hofstra Law in May 2010. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. At the University of Michigan, Matthew also pursued a minor concentration in Global Media Studies. At Hofstra Law, he was an Articles Editor of the Labor and Employment Law Journal.

Nathaniel Carie

Nate was a member of the Lab in 2009-11. He was the Project Director for the Lab’s Vaccine/Injury Project, as well as a senior researcher. During the summer of 2010, he interned for the Honorable William C. Menges, Jr. While interning, he wrote a memo on a motion to suppress a jailhouse confession and reviewed drug court procedures to align them with recent Appellate Court decisions. Prior to starting his law career, he was a parts commodity engineer for Toyota Motor Corporation. Nate graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. While at Purdue, he worked as a manufacturing engineer and production supervisor for Visteon Systems, LLC.

Jeff Chen

Jeff was a researcher at the Lab in 2011-12. He graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice, with highest distinction. At Hofstra Law, he was the Vice-President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and he has interned at the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Term, First Judicial Department. His interest in technology began when he first learned how to program in Visual Basic during high school. Later, he learned how to program in Java, C++, and C. During the winter break of 2010, he assembled a computer and submerged it in a five-gallon fish tank full of mineral oil. The interior of the fish tank is decorated with colored pebbles, artificial seaweed, and a bubbling aerator.

Courtney L. DeCicco

Courtney was a researcher at the Lab in 2012-13. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. During her time at Penn State, she became an entrepreneur, owning and managing The Lazy Lion. At Hofstra Law, Courtney served on the Executive Board of the Business Law Society.

Courtney C. DeWitt

Courtney was a member of the Lab in 2009-11. She was the Project Director for the Lab’s Comparative Medical Accident Liability Project, as well as a senior researcher. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. At CSU, Courtney was a research assistant and study supervisor for projects conducted within the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program.  Her work as a research assistant included data collection and input, as well as statistical data analysis. Over the summer of 2010, Courtney interned with the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, where she conducted legal research and writing on such issues as improper/unfair labor practices, scope of bargaining, representation, and arbitrability. At Hofstra Law, Courtney was an intern with the Community and Economic Development Clinic and was an active member of several student organizations.

AJ Durwin

AJ was a member of the Lab in 2011-13. He was the Lab’s Project Director for the Comparative Medical Accident Liability Project, as well as a senior researcher. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Hofstra University and wrote a senior honors thesis on how insights from psychology can improve philosophical methodology. In the spring of 2010, AJ began a moral psychology research project which he continued during the summer of 2010 at MIT’s Saxelab, collaborating with Liane Young. During the summer of 2011, AJ collaborated with Fiery Cushman of Harvard’s Moral Cognition Lab on a project concerning the morality and legality of collective responsibility.

Ben Gerson

Ben was a member of the Lab in 2013-15, where he became a senior researcher. He graduated from the University of Victoria (Canada) with a BA (Honors) in Linguistics. He was a member the African Affairs Committee at the New York City Bar Association, and Vice-Chair of the Freedom of Expression subcommittee. During the summer of 2013, he was a legal intern at the Vance Center for International Justice.

Ji Hae Han

Ji Hae was a member of the Lab in 2015-17, where she became a senior researcher and a project coordinator for the Lab’s Veterans Claims Project. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology. At Hofstra Law, Ji Hae was an article editor of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. During the summer of 2016, she was a legal intern for Judge Diccia T. Pineda-Kirwan at New York Supreme Court.

Ashtyn Hemendinger

Ashtyn was a member of the Lab in 2015-17, where she became a senior researcher and a project coordinator for the Lab’s Veterans Claims Project. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in Professional Writing and a master’s degree in Professional and Technical Writing. At Hofstra Law, Ashtyn was a Moot Court Board member, a Notes and Comments Editor for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, and a member of the Veterans Law Student Association. During the summer of 2016, Ashtyn worked as a summer associate at Jones Day, working on Financial Structure and Intellectual Property litigation, as well as on Tax and Corporate Governance.

Philip Hwang

Philip was a member of the Lab in 2011-13. He was the Lab’s Publications Director, as well as a senior researcher. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. At Hofstra Law, Philip was the Chief Business Administrator of Family Court Review, a VITA Site Coordinator for Tax Law Society and a student advocate for the Unemployment Action Center. He was also a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). During the summer of 2012, Philip interned with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where he conducted legal research, prepared litigation papers, and created a conservation easement case law reference guide for the National Office.

Arthur John

Arthur was a researcher at the Lab in 2011-13. He graduated from Stony Brook University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Management. Prior to starting his legal career, he worked at JPMorganChase as a Personal Banker, where he provided various financial services to individuals and small business owners. Arthur spent the summer of 2011 interning for the Honorable Judge Hoffmann. At Hofstra Law, he was a member of and Treasurer for the Black Law Student Association (BLSA).

Evgeny Krasnov

Evgeny was a senior researcher at the Lab, and a member in 2011-13. He graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, with a B.A. in Languages and International Studies and a minor in Philosophy. At Hofstra Law, Evgeny was a staff member of the Hofstra Law Review and Hofstra Moot Court Board.

Keith Langlais

Keith was a member of the Lab in 2011-13. He was the Lab’s Project Director for the Vaccine/Injury Project, as well as a senior researcher. He graduated from Boston University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Prior to law school, Keith worked in the construction risk sector of the insurance industry. At Hofstra Law, he was an Associate Editor of the Labor and Employment Law Journal.

Andrew Lauria

Andrew was member of the Lab in 2013-15, where he became a senior researcher. He graduated from Temple University with a major in Spanish and minors in Italian and anthropology. He was a staff member of the Hofstra Law Review. During the summer of 2013, he interned with Studio Legale Nardi near Florence, Italy, experiencing the Italian legal system first-hand and working primarily on international business contract cases.

Eric Lesh

Eric was a senior researcher at the Lab, and a member in 2009-11. He graduated from The Boston Conservatory of Music with a B.F.A in Musical Theater and appeared in plays across the country, including the original workshop of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Eric relocated to New Orleans where he worked as a director for a non-profit group that taught violence prevention to students in the city’s public schools. At Hofstra Law, Eric was a recipient of the LGBT Rights Fellowship and a member of the Vis International Arbitration Moot Team, where he competed as an oralist in Vienna, Austria in 2010. Eric was the Managing Editor of Notes and Comments for the Family Court Review and his Note on consolidating jurisdiction over cases brought under the Hague Convention for the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction has been selected for publication in the winter edition. Eric spent the summer of 2009 working for the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Brussels and he later interned with a member of the New York State Assembly. In the summer of 2010, Eric completed an internship with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand where he worked on LGBT outreach and organizing.

Yijun Liu

Yijun was a researcher in the Lab in 2015. She graduated from Lanzhou University with a Bachelor of Human Resource Management. Prior to law school, she worked as a public officer in China, and served in various fields, such as social welfare, senior citizen assistant program, and anti-drugs. Yijun worked as a volunteer for the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) on the Mobile Center, providing free legal service for the lower income and immigrant community. She also worked for the Law Reform Advocacy Clinic in the Fall 2014 semester.

Bernadette Lopez

Bernadette was a member of the Lab in 2012-14. She was the Lab’s Coordinator for the Vaccine/Injury Project, as well as a senior researcher.  She graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Prior to law school, Bernadette worked as an elementary and middle school educator in Denver, CO and Tucker, GA. She specialized in teaching English as a Second Language, Physical Science and Mathematics. At Hofstra Law, Bernadette was the President of Hofstra Law First Generation Law Students, Co-founder and Vice President of Labor & Employment Law Society and a Staff Editor of the Family Court Review. During the summer of 2012, she interned with the National Labor Relations Board.

Jeruska Lugo-Sánchez

Jeruska was a researcher in the Lab in 2016-17. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she double majored in Political Science and Spanish. At Hofstra Law, Jeruska was a Staff Member of the Hofstra Law Review and Vice-President of the Latino/a American Law Student Association.

Xiang Ni

Xiang was a member of the Lab in 2015-17, where she became a senior researcher. She graduated from Soochow University with a Bachelor of Law. Prior to coming to Hofstra Law, she worked for different law firms and courts in China as an intern, and dealt with many legal fields, including contracts, securities, and company law. During the summer of 2015, she interned with Maxwell Alves Solicitors in London, doing work in the areas of property and international business.

Nneka Okpara

Nneka was a member of the Lab in 2015-17, where she became a senior researcher and also a project coordinator for the Lab’s Veterans Claims Project. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a major in business administration. During the summer of 2015, she interned with Commissioner Mark Zuckman at the Airport branch of the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse as a judicial clerk.

Chan Hee Park

Chan was a member of the Lab in 2010-12. She was the Lab’s Database Director, as well as a senior researcher. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Performance. During the summer in 2010, Chan went to Seoul, Korea and participated in the Fordham/Sungkyunkwan summer class in international commercial arbitration, and was a summer intern at Barun Law. At Hofstra Law, she was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program (PALS), and Hofstra Law Christian Legal Society (CLS).

Gina Quirolgico

Gina was a researcher in the Lab in 2015-16. She graduated from St. Peter’s University with a B.S. in Natural Sciences. Prior to coming to Hofstra Law, she was employed at New York Life Insurance Co., where she worked on projects related to organizational management, corporate governance, and life insurance underwriting. During the summer of 2015, she interned with New Jersey Superior Court Judge Lisa Rose, reviewing motions, drafting memoranda, attending mediations and trials, and performing other administrative tasks.

Sonsy P. Rajan

Sonsy was a senior researcher at the Lab, and a member in 2009-11. Prior to law school, Sonsy worked as a Scientist at the Schering Plough Corporation, New Jersey and at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Massachusetts. At Schering, she worked in Antimicrobial Therapy and Molecular Genetics, and contributed to the in-vitro and in-vivo discovery of drugs with antibacterial and antifungal targets. During summer of 2010, Sonsy worked as a legal intern at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) in the intellectual property law department. At BMS, Sonsy was involved in prosecution of US and international patents. At Hofstra Law, Sonsy was also a notes and comments editor of the Journal of International Business and Law. She has a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, and an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bharathiar University, India.

Daniel P. Rudolph

Dan was a researcher at the Lab in 2011-12. He graduated from Temple University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Finance. As an undergraduate student, he interned with the Temple University Health System, where he drafted policies for the Health System pertaining to emergency preparedness. At Hofstra Law, Dan was the President of the Health Law Society. He spent the summer of 2010 interning for the Honorable D. Webster Keogh. In a later summer, he interned for the Disaster Accountability Project, where he helped lead a team in the development of a wiki designed to track the status of disaster policy and after-action reports.

Matthew Rutchik

Matt was a member of the Lab in 2012-14. He was the Lab’s Analytics Coordinator, as well as a senior researcher. In addition to his interest in technology and law, he worked during law school for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. At Hofstra Law, he was an intern with the Securities Arbitration Clinic and a Notes & Comments Editor for the Journal of International Business and Law. Prior to law school, he earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Toronto.

Cass Sanford

Cass was a member of the Lab in 2013-14. She was a senior researcher at the lab. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2010 with a B.A. in English and French Literature. Prior to law school, Cass worked in journalism, digital media and marketing, focusing on online business development. At Hofstra Law, she was an executive member of the Hofstra Moot Court Board and a member of Hofstra OUTlaw.

Rida Siddiqui

Rida was a member of the Lab in 2010-12. She was the Project Director for the Lab’s Comparative Medical Accident Liability Project, as well as a senior researcher. She graduated from Fordham University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in History. While at Fordham, she interned at the King’s County District Attorney’s office and was deeply involved in various community service projects, such as Global Outreach. At Hofstra Law, Rida was a member of the Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) and the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA).

Joshua Sussman

Josh was a member of the Lab in 2011-13. He was the Lab’s Protocols Director, as well as a researcher. He graduated from The University at Albany in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. At Albany, Josh worked as the President of the Student Association, managing a budget over $2 million. At Hofstra Law, Josh was Staff member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Law Journal and served on the Executive Board of the Dispute Resolution Society.

Newtan Thevarajah

Newtan was a researcher in the Lab in 2014-15. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Criminology and Political Science. He was the Senior Articles Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. During the summer of 2014, he interned with the Legal Aid Society in the Criminal Defense Practice.

Karina Vazirova

Karina was a member of the Lab in 2013-14. She was the Lab’s Protocols Coordinator, as well as a senior researcher. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. Karina has been an international chess master and, prior to law school, was a competitive chess player. At Hofstra Law, she was a member of the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal, and the Secretary of the Russian American Law Student Association (RALSA).

Shiv Vydyula

Shiv was a senior researcher at the Lab, and a member in 2009-11. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and he worked as a client advocate for Hyacinth AIDS Foundation before arriving at Hofstra. At Hofstra Law, Shiv focused on corporate law with an interest in securities regulation.

Elena Weinstein

Elena was a researcher at the Lab in 2010-11. She graduated from New York University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Italian. Prior to law school, Elena worked as a grant writer at COJECO, a Russian-Jewish Non-Profit Organization. In addition to writing grants, Elena was the project coordinator for a Young Adult leadership program for the Russian-speaking Jewish community.

Julia K. Weis

Julia was a member of the Lab in 2012-13. She was the Lab’s Database Coordinator, as well as a senior researcher. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from New York University in 2008. Prior to law school, Julia worked in various areas of media, including newspaper production, B2B magazine production and book publishing. She also helped to develop a non-profit event series that catered to the feminist community in NYC. Julia served as the Law Student Liaison of the American Intellectual Property Association on behalf of Hofstra Law. She also served as the Law Student Ambassador of Hofstra Law for the New York City Bar Association, where she sat on the Law Student Perspectives Committee. Her prior work experience included legal internships in the the Intellectual Property and Technology group at JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Business Affairs department of the Harry Fox Agency, and the Trademarks group of Ladas & Parry LLP.

Marshall Yeh

Marshall was a member of the Lab in 2013-15, where he became a senior researcher. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering. Prior to law school, Marshall enlisted in the U.S. Army as an analyst and served in South Korea and Afghanistan. At Hofstra Law, Marshall was Treasurer for the Energy and Environmental Law Society and a junior staff member for the Journal of International Business and Law. During the summer of 2013, he interned at the Queens County Civil Court, where he assisted with no fault cases, small claim cases and various civil court motions, among other assignments.

Kaneyasu Yoseda

Kaneyasu was a member of the Lab in 2015-17, where he became a senior researcher. He graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Prior to Hofstra Law, he completed the ABA-approved Paralegal Program at Queens College, City University of New York, and received a Certificate.