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2013 Fellows

From left to right: Kimberly Quick, Kelsey Mollura, Ayesha Akbar, and Diana Lee

Diana Lee, a native of Albany, NY, is a rising senior at Bowdoin College. She is majoring in History with a minor in Government and Legal Studies. Her studies focus on the intersection between law and public policy, specifically how the law constructs and defines the identities of marginalized entities in society. She is currently conducting a research project on reform movements for the abolition of torture and slavery during the Enlightenment period, and will complete an honors project in a related field next year. Diana has been recognized twice as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar and was recently awarded a Sarah and James Bowdoin Book Award for academic excellence. She is passionate about public service and plans to pursue a career in legal advocacy in the future. Over the past three years, Diana has served as a student leader and volunteer at the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project; led an Alternative Spring Break trip to Philadelphia that focused on the issues of hunger and homelessness; and led a community service orientation trip for incoming Bowdoin first years. Last summer, she was awarded a grant through Bowdoin to manage an uncontested divorce clinic at The Legal Project, a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to underprivileged and disenfranchised populations. Diana also greatly enjoys writing, and is involved in the Writing Center and The Bowdoin Orient, Bowdoin’s student-run newspaper. Diana is grateful for the opportunity to join the American Bar Foundation this summer. She looks forward to working with Research Professor Dylan Penningroth.

Ayesha Akbar is a rising senior at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Government, Psychology, Arabic Language and Literature, and an interdisciplinary honors major titled Islam, Politics, and South Asian Development. She is also an Arabic Flagship Scholar and is completing a certificate in human rights and social justice. She was raised primarily in Pakistan and the United States, but spent her high school years in Saudi Arabia. She has been involved in research since her first year at UT, working first in psychology labs researching both mental health and management behavior. She then began researching Islamic family law and reform in the Department of Sociology. She has been awarded numerous scholarships for her writing and serves as an Undergraduate Writing TA and as a consultant at UT’s Undergraduate Writing Center. She has also been involved with Amnesty International throughout college and currently serves as the president of her University’s chapter. She spent last summer researching constitutional reform at the Lahore University of Management Sciences Department of Law and Policy in Pakistan, and is currently working on a mapping foreign aid in collaboration with AidData and UT’s School of Public Affairs. She focuses primarily on South Asia and the Middle East and is interested in researching international law, Islam in politics, poverty, war, and corruption. Additionally, she is interested in disability, mental health policy, and community activism in said regions. She will work with Professor John Hagan this summer.

Kelsey Mollura is a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Law & Society. She is originally from Chino Hills, California. Kelsey is a research assistant in Cornell's Baby Lab of Developmental Psychology studying communication, attention, and learning in infants. She discovered her interest in legal studies last summer as a Hubbard Fellow at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she took introductory law courses, practiced her legal skills, and met with professors, researchers, and lawyers in different areas of law. Kelsey is currently a brother in the pre-professional organization Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity; she is also on the steering committee of Cornell Ambassadors, is a member of the mental health awareness group Cornell Minds Matter, is an Arts & Sciences peer advisor, and is a member of the psychology honors society Psi Chi. She is very excited to study abroad next year at Oxford University where she will be reading for psychology in St. Edmund Hall. Ultimately, Kelsey is interested in either researching the effects of mental illness and adolescence on law and social policy or becoming a practicing attorney. She will work with Research Professor and ABF Director Robert Nelson this summer.

Kimberly Quick, a native of Richmond, VA, is a rising senior at Wake Forest University, majoring in Politics and International Affairs, with minors in English and American Ethnic Studies. At Wake Forest, she currently serves as the Special Events Coordinator for Amnesty International, works as an aide to the University President, sits on a College Advisory Board for the City of Winston-Salem, and works closely with a variety of administrative and academic departments on issues of Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest. In addition, she is a campus tour guide, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society. While in college, Kimberly has had the privilege of studying abroad twice, spending one summer in Accra, Ghana studying politics, culture and economics in post-colonial West Africa, and a semester in London, England, studying the role of the environment in 19th and 20th Century British Literature. Last summer, she interned at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, DC, where she joined attorney teams in collecting evidence and preparing cases against companies engaging in varying forms of fraud or unfair business behavior. At the FTC, Kimberly also researched legislation and litigation regarding fair lending practices and disparate impact arguments, and provided such information to her Division. Beginning during the fall semester, Kimberly will represent Wake Forest as a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, travelling to Washington, DC and conducting independent research on a relevant topic. Kimberly plans to pursue a public-service career in law and public policy, and is particularly interested in finding effective and multifaceted solutions to pervasive inequality and disparity. More specifically, Kimberly is dedicated to seeking reforms within the legal system to assure that each defendant is adequately, accurately, and fairly represented.  She is thrilled to work with Research Professor John Hagan this summer.

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