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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Fellows in the Law School: 2014-2015

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The Clough Center provides a Fellows membership to Boston College Law Students who are enrolled in any of the Law School’s degree programs. The 2014-15 Clough Fellows in the Law School are:



Erica Coray
BC Law Class of 2016

Erica Coray is a member of Boston College Law School’s class of 2016. She is interested in human and civil rights issues, particularly related to the LGBTQ community and violence against women, both domestically and internationally. As an active member of BC Law’s LAMBDA organization and a member of the LSA’s Diversity committee for the upcoming year, Erica hopes to foster a community of inclusiveness and encourage conversation around diverse perspectives at BC.

This summer, Erica is working as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy in the office of City Councilor Michelle Wu working on addressing LGBTQ youth homelessness and transgender rights in the city. Erica is continuing to explore options in the legal field but hopes that, after graduating, she will be able to continue working towards promoting diversity and expanding equality.



Hannah Marie Farhan
BC Law Class of 2016

Hannah Marie Farhan is a J.D. candidate at the Boston College Law School. She comes from a background in medieval history, technology, and elementary education. She is particularly interested in legal history, philosophy, and comparative law and she enjoys seeing how modern legal issues are dealt with across different legal systems. Given her background, this extends to current constitutional issues, educational issues, and new concerns in technology and policy.

Since starting at BC Law, Hannah Marie has done human rights work in Haiti and has been an active member of multiple student organizations. As President of the International Law Society for the 2013-2014 academic year, she hopes to allow for a dialogue within the school on comparative issues to allow students to engage with the law beyond the borders of the American legal system. As a board member for the American Constitutional Society for the 2013-2014 academic year, she hopes to enable dynamic discussions on Constitutional issues – including different perspectives on both domestic and international matters. This summer, Hannah Marie will be working as a legal intern for Sonus Networks and will be doing legal research with Professor Greenfield.



Andrew Haile
BC Law Class of 2015

Andrew Haile is a third-year Boston College law student, who grew up in Hudson, Ohio and attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, where he earned a B.A. in English and a minor in French.  While at Middlebury, he founded a student organization that served the John Graham Shelter, a center for homeless individuals in Vergennes, VT.  He also organized a campus-wide symposium entitled “Challenging Complacency: Do Christians Care About Social Justice?” exploring the intersection of faith and justice. 

Following graduation in May 2007, he joined the Peace Corps and served for two years in Guinea, West Africa, as a public health volunteer.  During his time in Guinea, he conducted work in French and Fulani, a West African language, and gave public health sensitizations for women and youths in his village, Boulliwel, and the surrounding area.  He was also instrumental in the organization of two annual “Girl’s Conferences,” empowering young Guinean women through education, public health, and civic engagement.  Regrettably, the Peace Corps Guinea program was evacuated in October 2009 due to political violence, cutting his service short by four months. 

Returning to the U.S., he provided immigration legal services to refugee families, first for a non-profit organization, Lutheran Family Services, and then at Elon Law School's Humanitarian Immigration Clinic, both in Greensboro, NC.  As a Board of Immigration Appeals – Accredited Representative, he managed a caseload of over 150 indigent refugee clients, providing legal representation for naturalization, permanent residence, family reunification, and asylum, among other benefits.  These experiences reinforced his desire to pursue a law degree. 

In summer 2013, Andrew worked in the Office of Legal Affairs of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Switzerland.  As a legal intern, he reviewed a wide variety of international contracts and worked closely with the IOM legal team to coordinate the organization’s growing humanitarian mission in Syria.

In summer 2014, Andrew will be working at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in its Roxbury/Dorchester District Court division.  As a certified student-attorney, he will represent indigent criminal defendants at all phases of the criminal process. 

Andrew is an Articles Editor for the Boston College Law Review and the former Community Events Chair of the BC Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF).  He recently had his article Din v. Kerry: A Missed Opportunity to Challenge the Doctrine of Consular Non-Reviewability published in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin.  In the future, he plans to pursue a career as a public defender. 



Nicole Poteat
BC Law Class of 2015

Nicole Poteat moved to Boston from her hometown of Southern Pines, North Carolina in 2007. She attended Harvard University and graduated with a BA in government and a secondary concentration in photography in 2011. During her time at Harvard she played for the 2011 National Champion Radcliffe Rugby team. Her undergraduate studies centered on human rights issues, with a specific focus on political and institutional barriers to equality based on race, gender and sexuality.

Before coming to BC Law, Nicole worked in both the US Senate and a variety of public interest venues. She has lobbied congress and presidential candidates on behalf of international human rights issues, provided legal research and direct service to Burmese migrants at the Burma Lawyers’ Council in Thailand, and was a political intern at the Human Rights Campaign during the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. After college, she assisted a trial attorney in North Carolina with criminal defense and immigration cases.

Nicole came to BC Law to become a more effective legal actor and gain the necessary tools to enact the kind of legal advancements that her earlier work sought to address. She was a finalist in the school’s client counseling competition and finished as a semi-finalist in the regional contest. She served as a president of the Boston College Graduate Pride Alliance and social outreach and activism chair for the Lambda Legal Society. She spent her 1L spring break volunteering at the Florence Project in Arizona, providing legal assistance to immigrant detainees. As a Clough Public Interest Scholar, Nicole received funding to work at AIDS Action Committee during the summer of 2013, performing client intakes and working on a wide range of a wide range of civil legal matters such as housing, discrimination, consumer affairs, and benefits. During her 2L year, she was a student in the Innocence Project Clinic at BC Law. The project takes on the cases of those who are convicted for life but still claim factual innocence. 

This summer, she will work at Goldman Sachs in New York as a Securities Division Compliance Senior Summer Analyst. In the fall of 2014 she will complete a semester in practice at the Boston law firm of Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin, assisting attorneys with civil and criminal litigation. After law school she hopes to continue her work of exploring the intersection of law and innovation through legal advocacy in both political and institutional contexts.



Sajid Shahriar
BC Law Class of 2016

Sajid Shahriar is a Boston-area native, a son of immigrants from Bangladesh, and a proud member of the Boston College Law School Class of 2016. Before coming to BC Law, he studied Political Science at Northwestern University (Class of 2009) and worked for the Washington, DC-area branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a national nonprofit health organization. While at MDA, Sajid served dozens of families living with neuromuscular disease to provide healthcare services, raise awareness, and run an annual MDA Summer Camp. He also worked closely with military volunteers and corporate donors while planning and executing large-scale fundraising events.

At BC Law, Sajid enjoys approaching the study of law with an eye toward public policy, legal history, philosophy, and comparative and international law. During his 1L year, Sajid was heavily involved with the Board of Student Advisors (BSA), the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), and the BCLS Democrats. As a member of the BCLS Democrats, Sajid planned and moderated a discussion panel on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) featuring three experts on the statute, Professors Mary-Ann Chirba, Alice Noble, and Dean Hashimoto. In the important 2014 election year, Sajid will be Co-President of the BCLS Democrats, and he hopes to put together more successful events to spark debate and help demystify complex public policy issues like health care, financial regulations, and women’s rights. Sajid will also serve as Co-Chair of the 2014 Mock Trial Competition as a member of the Board of Student Advisors, Secretary of SALSA, 1L New Student Committee member for the BC Law Students Association, and a research assistant for Professor Joan Blum.

Sajid’s work focuses on the long-term political and legal effects of the ACA on both the domestic and international stage from a from human rights perspective. After law school, he likely plans to pursue a career in health law or international law, though he remains open to many possible paths.