Summer Associates

PILPG’s Summer Associate Program is designed to expose law students to the field of public international law.  Summer Associates spend ten weeks working in PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office and typically serve on two project teams.  In addition to honing their legal research and writing skills, Summer Associates receive an in-depth introduction to the Washington international law community through weekly seminars and visits to government agencies and prominent NGOs.  The Summer Associate program is open to students who have completed one or two years of law school.

“PILPG is the most exciting, intellectually-invigorating, and congenial firm that I’ve ever encountered and I am grateful to have had such a superb experience here.  I very much intend to stay involved as an alum.”

2014 SUMMER ASSOCIATES (Photo Album)

Erin BloomErin Bloom, Harvard Law School.  Erin is a Senior Editor for the National Security Journal at Harvard Law School, and leads a team project for the Law and International Development Society.  She previously worked for the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, assisting Senior Research Fellows with topics including the Syrian conflict, the Iranian nuclear program, and U.S. drone use. Before attending law school, Erin served as an Operational Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Air Force.



Laura GaultLaura Gault, Harvard Law School.  Laura is simultaneously pursuing a J.D. from Harvard and an M.P.A. at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  Previously, she was a Program Associate for CAMRIS International, and has also worked with State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor as well as Search for Common Ground.  Laura was a Davis Projects for Peace Foundation Grant recipient, where she secured funding to support income-generating projects for women in Tanzania.



Daniel Loevinsohn [SA]Daniel Loevinsohn, Berkeley School of Law.  Daniel is the Articles Editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law.  Prior to law school, he worked in Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Office, in the Brussels office of the U.S. State Department, and also with Physicians for Human Rights, focusing on regions including Egypt, Turkey, and Syria.




EnriqueMolinaEnrique Molina, Stanford Law School.  Enrique is a Member-Editor for the Stanford Journal of International Law, and volunteers for the Immigration Pro-Bono Project. Previously, Enrique worked for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. He was also previously stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco.




Danae PatersonCourtney “Danae” Paterson, Harvard Law School. Danae also has her M.S. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Danae joins PILPG as a recipient of both the Chayes Fellowship and the Harvard Program on Negotiations Fellowship. She is a Literary Analyst for the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and a Board Member of the Harvard Women’s Law Association Public Interest Committee.  She is a charter member of a university-funded anti-human trafficking initiative called the “Thinking Big” Project.  Prior to law school, Danae was stationed in Rwanda as a Peace Corps Volunteer, focusing on projects that supported women and youth populations.


2013 SUMMER ASSOCIATES (Photo Album)

Catherine Cooper

Catherine Cooper

Harvard Law School

Chayes International Public Service Fellowship recipient

 - Peace Negotiations in Syria



Morgan DavisMorgan Davis

Harvard Law School

-Transitional Justice in Libya

- Legal and Policy issues for the Syrian Opposition




Rich FreemanRichard Freeman

Stanford Law School

Harvard Kennedy School

 - Treaty Obligations for the Syrian Opposition

- Constitutional Drafting for Libya


Megan O'Neill

Megan O’Neill

University of Chicago Law School

University of Chicago Committee on International Relations

-Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Syria

- Legislative Drafting in Egypt


Will RothWilliam Roth

University of Michigan Law School

University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Reparations and Truth and Reconciliation in Syria

- Freedom of Worship in Egypt


Nicole Abi-Esber

Nicole Abi-Esber

Harvard University

Presidential Public Service Fellowship recipient



George BogdenGeorge Bogden

University of Oxford

-Assisted with ongoing political analysis on Syria, Turkey, and Burma.

-Researched transitional justice and constitutional reform measures for multiple country-specific projects.




Priya Bhanu, University of Michigan Law School

John Butler, Stanford Law School, London School of Economics

Aman George, Harvard Law School (Chayes International Public Service Fellowship recipient)

Stevie Kelly, Berkeley Law School, Indiana University

Alisa Shekhtman, Yale Law School

Jessica Wirth, Columbia Law School

2011 SUMMER ASSOCIATES (Photo Album)

Madison Condon, Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Chayes International Public Service Fellowship recipient)

Reena Mittelman, Harvard Law School

Innokenty (Kenny) Pyetranker, Harvard Law School (Chayes International Public Service Fellowship recipient)

Daniel Scher, University of Michigan Law School

Amy Sennett, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School

Avery White, Yale Law School

2010 SUMMER ASSOCIATES (Photo Album)

Ifetoluwadayo (Dayo) Fashoro, Stanford Law School

Joshua Gardner, Harvard Law School

Jason Gelbort, Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Chayes International Public Service Fellowship recipient)

Jennifer Holmes, Stanford Law School (Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship recipient)

Emilie Miller, University of Michigan Law School

Katherine Mitroka, University of Michigan Law School

Andrea Steinberg, Harvard Law School

Elinor Stevenson, Washington College of Law


Testimonials from PILPG Summer Associates

“Executive Director Paul Williams’ professional development assistance was fantastic!  It was immeasurably helpful, timely, and probably the best career counseling I have ever received.”

“I felt immediately included and part of the team.  The office has a good vibe and practices good communication.  This made it easy to jump right in and feel comfortable.”

“The work was very interesting, the people were great, the training on legal writing was helpful, and the brown bag lunches and site visits were fun and informative.  I would (and will) recommend the program to other people.”

“The program was fantastic.  It was very organized, yet relaxed.  And I appreciated the interesting substantive work and the freedom we had to work at our own pace.”

“No better place to spend a summer.”

“I was really lucky to join PILPG for the summer and I plan to stay active as an alumni of the firm.  Thank you for everything!”

“The very best summer experience if you are interested in international law!”

“A substantive and thoughtful summer associate program! A great place for any aspiring international lawyer.”

“Never before, in my professional life, have I been surrounded by a group of people as talented, passionate, hard-working, and professional as those with whom I spent my summer at PILPG. I’m proud to call myself a PILPG alum, and look forward to being part of this organization for many years to come.”