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Eight Eagleton Fellows Selected From the Law School

September 21, 2011 – 

Seven current students and one Class of 2011 alumnus of Rutgers School of Law–Newark have been selected as Eagleton Fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University awards up to 27 one-year fellowships annually through four related programs: Harold and Reba Martin Fellowships, Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowships, Governor’s Executive Fellowships, and an Eagleton Alumni Fellowship.

The program is open to graduate students from all Rutgers’ schools and departments who have an interest in politics and government. Eagleton Fellows take one of two specially-designed seminars during the fall semester to prepare them for a placement in the spring in: the New Jersey Legislature; Office of the Governor, state executive agency or department; government offices at the local, county, state, regional and federal levels; or related offices.

Following is a brief profile of the law school’s 2011–2012 Eagleton Fellows:

Guillermo Artiles ’12, who earned a B.A. in government from Hamilton College, was a paralegal at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP before entering law school. Artiles is president of the Student Bar Association, vice president of the Association of Latin American Law Students, articles editor of the Rutgers Law Review, co-chair of the Class Fund, teaching fellow in the Minority Student Program, and research assistant for two professors. During his first law school summer, he was a judicial extern for the Hon. Esther Salas, U.S. District Court of New Jersey. Most recently he was a summer associate at McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. He is a Governor’s Executive Fellow.

David Baumwoll ’13 joined Teach for America after graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in political science and psychology. Inspired by his experiences teaching in the Newark public schools, he proposed an education program to Mayor Cory Booker and was subsequently recruited to lead a similar citywide initiative called the Mayor’s Achievement Challenge. Baumwoll received his master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was chair of a conference aimed at introducing Boston youth to public service. Last summer he was a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York. A Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow, he will be placed in the Senate Majority Office in the spring.

Craig Bronsnick ’13 studied public affairs management at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. He participated in SPEA’s Washington Leadership Program and worked in the office of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar. After graduation he studied at Johns Hopkins University’s Washington Center for Advanced Governmental Studies. His volunteer experiences in Washington, D.C. include both grassroots campaign efforts and advocacy on Capitol Hill. He is president of the Rutgers Federalist Society and a Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow. His spring placement will be in the Assembly Minority Office.

Ralph Humphrey ’12, a Governor’s Executive Fellow, received his B.A. in music industry from the University of New Haven and paralegal certification from New York University. Over the past 10 years he has worked in the investment management and reinsurance fields. His research interests include hedge funds, private equity, corporate governance, campaign finance, and financial regulation. Humphrey is editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Business Law Review, a member of the World Policy Institute, New York City Bar Association, New York Society of Security Analysts, and American Bar Association. Through the International Bar Association he created a student committee which now has about 600 members worldwide.

Diana Pasculli ’12, who is editor-in-chief of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and a Legal Research and Writing teaching assistant, graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in psychology. She then joined Teach for America, taught middle school in the Bronx, NY, and received a master’s degree in teaching from Fordham University. She returned to New Jersey to teach at TEAM Academy: A KIPP Charter School, where she helped implement the school’s first comprehensive special education program. Last summer, thanks to the Professor Paul Tractenberg Public Interest Law Foundation Grant, she worked at the Office of the Commissioner of the NJ Department of Education. A Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow, she will be placed at the Office of Legislative Services.

Erin Phalon ’12, a Governor’s Executive Fellow, has a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of public affairs and politics from Rutgers University. This past summer she worked for the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program. Phalon has held communications positions at the NJ Department of Transportation and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, been a legislative aide in the NJ Senate Majority, and worked for Democratic campaigns in Colorado, Louisiana and New Jersey. At the law school she was awarded a Kinoy-Stavis Public Interest Fellowship and a Proskauer Rose Public Interest Fellowship, and has served as president of the Environmental Law Society and vice chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation.

Lindsay Spero ’12, a Governor’s Executive Fellow, received her B.A. from Rutgers College where she was a political science and history major and an Eagleton undergraduate associate. Before coming to law school she was the legislative director for State Senator and Majority Leader Barbara Buono. As a law student she has interned at the NJ Attorney General’s office, Consumer Fraud Section, for U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Dickson, and at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice as the 2011 Proskauer Rose Fellow. Spero is a staff editor of the Rutgers Business Law Review, Westlaw student representative, and a member of the Women’s Law Forum. 

Also, from the Class of 2011, Andrew Todd K. Kunka, who is completing his master’s degree at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy, is a Governor’s Executive Fellow. While a law student, Kunka was co-chair of the LGBTQ Caucus and provided outreach to LGBTQ youth living in Newark, for which he received the Minority Student Program’s Service Award. He was recently appointed by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to his LGBTQ Advisory Commission.