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LAPA names 2012 Arthur Liman Fellows

Three Princeton undergraduates, two graduate students selected

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The Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) is pleased to announce the selection of its 2012 Arthur Liman Fellows in Public Interest Law.  The Liman Program enables Princeton students to spend eight to ten weeks during the upcoming summer in an internship serving the needs of people and causes that might otherwise go unrepresented. 

The three undergraduates and two graduate students were selected through a competitive application process.   They will begin their fellowship by participating in the Annual Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium at Yale Law School on March 1-2.  There they will meet public interest advocates, legal scholars, government officials and the Liman Fellows from the five other participating schools.

The 2012 Liman Fellows, comprising the seventh annual class at Princeton University are:

Undergraduate students:

  • George Maliha '13, Molecular Biology
  • Tien-Nhan (Nicole) Phan '12, Woodrow Wilson School
  • Shaina Watrous '14

Graduate students:

  • Cody Gray, 2nd year Ph.D. Student in Department of Politics
  • Julia Spiegel, M.P.A. program Woodrow Wilson School, J.D. Candidate Yale Law

The Liman Fellows Program was created by the Liman Family Foundation in honor of Arthur Liman's long and distinguished career in public interest law.  It was established at Princeton through the generosity of Emily Liman '85.  Based at Yale Law School, Arthur Liman's alma mater, the program includes undergraduate fellows from Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Spelman, and Yale.  Princeton is the only university to offer summer Liman Fellowships to graduate students.  For more information on the Princeton Liman Fellowship and previous years' recipients, see http://lapa.princeton.edu/limanfellowship.php.

Undergraduate Students

George Maliha is a junior from Amarillo, Texas, studying Molecular Biology and pursing a Certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School. During his freshman year, he developed an interest in health care law and is interested in the intersection between science and public policy. He hopes to pursue a career in law that combines these passions.  At Princeton, he is currently president of the Princeton Prelaw Society and co-chair of LAPA’s Undergraduate Associates program. He also writes and edits for several campus publications, including American Foreign Policy, Business Today, Princeton Asia Review, and Princeton Journal of Bioethics. Over the past summers, he has had the opportunity to work in a medical office and conduct patient research at Mass General Hospital.

Tien-Nhan (Nicole) Phan is a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School with a policy focus in Forced Migration and Displacement Conflict. Her studies at Princeton focus on humanitarian policies and multilateral practices in the field of international security and asylum-refugee management, particularly in the Near East. Accordingly, her thesis applies a theoretical game approach to considerations of coercive state engineered mass-migration. These interests have prompted the exploration of law and public affairs along with its intersection for the protection of refugees, displaced persons, and migrants. Her previous work experiences have engaged matters of Homeland Security, North Korean defection, and refugee resettlement abroad. Nicole is from Vietnam and New York City.

Shaina Watrous is a sophomore from Princeton Junction, New Jersey, interested in public policy.  Before coming to campus, she spent a year living in India with the Princeton Bridge Year Program.  While working for an Indian non-profit organization combating sex trafficking, she became interested in the role of the attorney as defender of human rights.  At Princeton, she teaches weekly literature classes to inmates at the Garden State Correctional Facility, leads freshmen through backpacking adventures on Outdoor Action trips, and serves as Wilson College Civic Engagement co-chair.  Last summer, Shaina interned at Legal Services of New Jersey for the Legal Assistance to Medical Patients project. She looks forward to spending her Fellowship summer continuing to help secure justice for the disadvantaged.

Graduate Students

Cody Gray is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics and a recipient of the Parker D. Handy Fellowship. He is broadly interested in American political institutions with a focus on congressional politics, judicial politics, and empirical analysis of law and public policy. Before coming to Princeton, he worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein advising her on judicial nominations, civil rights, and intellectual property issues. As an undergraduate, Cody held internships with the Senate Judiciary Committee, a public interest legal non-profit organization called HALT, and the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. He also volunteered as a tutor and mentor at schools in Berkeley and Oakland, California. Originally from San Jose, California, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley.

Julia Spiegel is in her third year of a joint M.P.A. /J.D. program at the Woodrow Wilson School and Yale Law School.  Her primary interests lie in preventing, responding to, and punishing international human rights violations – particularly in the context of war. In law school, Julia has advocated on immigration and “war on terror” issues in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, launched a conflict minerals campaign, and represented refugees seeking resettlement in the U.S.  Julia spent her law school summers working in the criminal appellate division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C., and in the Legal Adviser's Office and the Bureau on Population, Refugees, and Migration at the State Department. Prior to law school, Julia conducted research on armed conflict in Africa for three years, based primarily in Uganda, Sudan, and Congo.  Julia received her B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Economics, from Stanford University in 2006.

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