2015-2016 Externs


Alicia Berenyi is a third-year student at NYU School of Law. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a BA in urban studies and economics. Prior to coming to law school, she worked as a paralegal for three years in the criminal enforcement program of the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Since starting law school, she has explored policing and governance in a variety of contexts, ranging from studying suburban poverty as an intern in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, to working for federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. She serves as the competitions executive editor of the NYU Moot Court Board and ultimately hopes to pursue a career in criminal litigation.


Annie Carney is a third year student at NYU Law. She graduated from Yale University in 2009 and spent four years teaching high school English in the Mississippi Delta and in Newark before coming to law school. She has worked for a number of public defense organizations, including the Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services, the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights’ Practice, and the Mecklenburg County Public Defenders’ Office. She also served as an advisor and intake manager for the Suspension Representation Project, representing students in NYC public school suspension hearings. After graduation, she will be doing family defense with Bronx Defenders.


David Cohen is a second-year student at NYU Law. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in political science and educational studies. After graduation, he worked as an intern, and then staff-member, in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, coordinating work between the White House and President Obama’s Cabinet. At NYU, he is a staff editor for the NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy and co-president of the NYU Law Democrats. After graduating, he hopes to continue doing public policy work.


John S. Cusick is a second-year student at NYU Law. He graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a BA in humanities and justice. Before law school, Cusick worked as an Urban Fellow at the New York City Law Department and as an assistant project manager at From Punishment to Public Health, a partnership among various higher education institutions, service providers, and NYC agencies. At NYU, he is a staff editor for the Review of Law & Social Change, chair of the Fair Defense Project’s Fair Policing Committee, and a fellow at the Center for Administration of Criminal Law. This summer he will be a law clerk in the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.


Claire Glenn is a third-year student at NYU Law. She holds a BA in Social Relations and Policy and a BM in Piano Performance from Michigan State University. Prior to law school, Glenn worked as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, managing statewide initiatives to support low-income entrepreneurs and struggling local governments. At NYU, Glenn is Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change. After graduation she will be clerking for the Honorable Todd E. Edelman in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the Honorable Paul L. Friedman in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.


Kaitlyn Gosewehr is a third-year student at NYU Law. She earned dual degrees from Pomona College in International Relations and Philosophy. Prior to law school, she was a paralegal at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell. At NYU she is a managing editor of the Annual Survey of American Law and has participated in the Criminal Appellate Defender Clinic and the New York Civil Liberties Clinic. After graduation, she will be begin her legal career as a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers. She ultimately hopes to use her law degree to pursue criminal justice reform.


Traci Krasne is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a BA in international studies. Since graduation, she has worked in various development roles in non-profit organizations throughout New York City. Most recently, she interned at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), where she worked with the development team to support CCR’s work of advancing the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. She is currently working at LawHelpNY to provide legal information to low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers. She is applying to law school to start in Fall 2016.


Lucy Larkins is an LLM student at NYU Law. Before starting her studies at NYU, Lucy spent two years working in legal policy in Australia. Prior to that, she spent five years working in the United States on death penalty cases. Lucy has a BA in History and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. While at law school, she researched claims of wrongful conviction with the Innocence Project and was Assistant Editor of the Melbourne University Law Review. After graduating from law school she worked at a commercial law firm and is qualified to practice law in Australia.


Grace Leeper is a second-year student at NYU Law. She graduated from Duke University with a BA in public policy and a certificate in documentary studies. Prior to law school, Leeper worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a DC think tank focused on budget and tax issues that affect low-income families and individuals. At NYU, she is a staff editor for the NYU Law Review and co-president of the NYU Law Democrats. Leeper hopes to pursue a career at the intersection between criminal justice policy and economic opportunity.


Nonny Onyekweli is a third-year student at NYU Law. She grew up in Laurel, Maryland, and holds a BA in psychology from the University of Maryland with a focus in neuroscience. In law school, she has pursued studies related to criminal justice and the impact of the law on minority populations. Additionally, she has an interest in transactional social enterprise work. She is a senior articles editor for the NYU Journal of Law & Business and will be working at Skadden Arps in New York after graduation. She eventually plans to engage in legal policy work at a large philanthropic or social enterprise.


Eric Phillips is a second-year student at NYU Law. He grew up in Manhattan, and earned a BA in religion from Williams College. Before law school, Eric served as a Deputy Policy Director to Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago where he worked on a broad range of issues including policing and public safety. At NYU, he is a staff editor for the NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy. He will be working at Simpson Thacher in New York next summer.


Caleb Seeley is a second-year student at NYU Law. He grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and earned a BS in economics from Duke University. Before law school, Seeley worked as a stock trader and was a founding and managing partner of White Noise Partners, an asset management company. At NYU, he is a staff editor for the NYU Law Review. He will be working at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, next summer.