Washington University Law Students Compete Successfully for the Top Jobs in the World

WashULaw's Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team Tied for the U.S. National Championship 

Washington University’s Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team had another successful year. They won the 2015 South Regional Competition for the third year in a row and advanced to the International Rounds in Washington, D.C. They placed 16th among the 116 teams competing in D.C., out of more than 550 teams competing worldwide, and tied NYU Law School for the U.S. National Championship. The team is coached by Gilbert Sison, JD ’00 and Leila Sadat serves as its faculty advisor.  This year’s team was truly international in composition and included Ryan Baebler (United States), Ben Cohen (United States), Ashley Hammett (Australia), Alice Quinones (France), and Yifei Yang (Australia/Hong Kong).

Alumnus Douglas Pivnichny Selected for Prestigious International Court of Justice University Traineeship Program 

Former Harris Institute Fellow Douglas Pivnichny, JD ’13, currently serves as an International Court of Justice (ICJ) University Trainee for 2015-2016. He has been assigned to Judge James Crawford (Australia) and is responsible for assisting Members of the Court by carrying out research, preparing case files, and drafting various types of documents.  Participation in the ICJ Traineeship Program is open only to a select group of universities around the world.  Pivnichny says that this opportunity would not have been possible without the tremendous assistance of Washington University School of Law and the Harris Institute. As a law student, Pivnichny was on the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court team and served as a research assistant to Professor Sadat. He also received the 2012 Dagen-Legomsky Hague Academy Fellowship award to study public international law at The Hague Academy. After graduating from Washington University, Pivnichny enrolled in the master’s degree program at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (IHEID), in Geneva, Switzerland.

Where are they now? 

Unique experiences during law school help prepare recent graduates to compete successfully for the top jobs in private and public international law


Matthew M. Bunda, JD ’06, is the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of the Regulatory Enforcement Group at Citi Bank in New York City where he is responsible for a broad range of regulatory and internal investigations, sweeps, enforcement and litigation proceedings, and other related inquiries conducted by federal and state regulatory authorities, criminal law enforcement authorities, and self-regulatory agencies.  Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Bunda worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where he represented financial institutions, multinational corporations, and individuals in complex civil litigation and enforcement matters, including securities, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder derivative, bankruptcy, and contractual matters.  To read about his experience as a third year associate in Paris, click here


McCall Carter, JD ’10, works as an Associate Legal Officer at the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) in Arusha, Tanzania. The MICT was established by the United Nations Security Council on 22 December 2010 to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), after the completion of their respective mandates.  Ms. Carter interned at both the ICTY and ICTR during her studies at Washington University. To read more about how her internship experience helped prepare her for her current position, click here.    


Ben Cohen, JD ’15, worked as a Legal Extern in the Office of the Legal Adviser at U.S. Department of State in Chicago prior to joining the team at Shearman & Sterling in New York. During his studies at Washington University, he was on the Jessup International Moot Court Competition team and the Washington University Law Review.  He also worked as a summer associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP and as a summer law clerk at Cook County Law Office of the Public Defender in Chicago.


Gregory Crovo, JD ’04, is Senior In-House Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP in Singapore. Mr. Crovo started his legal career in Singapore in September 2004 with a regional SE Asian law firm handling a range of corporate and commercial matters throughout the Southeast Asia region, with a particular emphasis on investment and doing business in Vietnam. Currently, he works for one of the most reputable firms in the world, Allen & Overy, where he manages the day to day operations of the business acceptance team in the Asia-Pacific region and works on analyzing and resolving professional, legal, regulatory and commercial issues relating to business acceptance and client engagement.



Jing Geng, JD ’11, is currently enrolled in a four year Ph.D. program in International Law at Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal.  Prior to pursuing her graduate studies at Catholic University, she served as a law Clerk for the Honorable Camille R. McMullen at Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in Memphis, Tennessee, and prior to that, as the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute Fellow at Washington University.  During her studies at Washington University, she interned at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as a Research Assistant and as a Summer Law Clerk in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office.  She also has an LLM degree from the University of Utrecht.


Seth Heller, JD '08, served as foreign law clerk to Justice Asher D. Grunis of the Supreme Court of Israel prior to joining Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC. Upon graduating from Washington University where he was an executive editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2010-2011) and law clerk to the Honorable Christine O.C. Miller of the United States Court of Federal Claims (2008-2009). To read about his experience as a clerk in Israel’s Supreme Court, click here.


Imad Khan, JD ’11, is a mid-level associate in the International Arbitration and Litigation groups at White & Case in Washington D.C. He represents clients in investor-State disputes before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank, as well as under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).  He has also represented and advised clients in commercial arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Prior to joining White & Case in Washington, D.C., he was an associate at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas, where he practiced with the firm’s International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation groups. During his studies at Washington University, Mr. Khan interned at the Summer Honors Law Program at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Los Angeles and was a summer associate at Vinson & Elkins.  He also competed on the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team and attended the Public International Law courses at The Hague Academy of International Law. 


Amitis Khojasteh, JD ’08, works at The Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division (JCCD) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. The JCCD includes analysts, international cooperation experts and lawyers who provide advice to the Prosecutor on issues of jurisdiction and admissibility, essential prerequisites for any investigations and prosecutions.  During her studies at Washington University, Ms. Khojasteh interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).  To read more about how her experience at the ICTY helped prepare her for a career at the ICC, click here.  


Debora Rogo, JD ’09, is responsible for the planning, coordinating and implementing the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Enhanced Procurement Reform Capacity Project (EPRCP). She also provides support to the Institute's implementation of technical and advisory projects in the region. In addition, Ms. Rogo supervises the running of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) programme and provides support to the business development component of ILI-ACLE. In 2010, Ms. Rogo coordinated the 2-week International Criminal Law programme at ILI-ACLE.


Marguerite Roy, JD 07, served as the Head of Office for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Area Security Coordinator for all U.N. Agencies working in Mazar-e-Sharif (northern Afghanistan) and in Gardez (southeastern Afghanistan) from 2007-2010.  In this role, she coordinated and managed programs that fostered human rights and prevented conflict, and also facilitated dialogue and cooperation between diverse groups. Ms. Roy graduated from Washington University School of Law in May 2007 and was sworn into the Missouri Bar in September before heading to Afghanistan in October 2007.  To read about how law school prepared her for a very distinguished career at the United Nations, click here. Following her post in Afghanistan, she served as the head of the political affairs division in Cote D'Ivoire and then as principal advisor to the special representative of the secretary general for the United Nations.  Ms. Roy has been teaching at Misericordia University since spring of 2014, after years of a successful international career.  


Mary Anne Schlapprizzi, JD ’13, is an associate in the International Trade practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington D.C. where she also serves as an editor of the “Export Control and Sanctions Developments and Enforcement” sections of the Akin Gump Red Notice newsletter. During her studies at Washington University, she was a Webster Society Scholar, Dagen-Legomsky International Public Interest Fellow, and staff editor for the Washington University Global Studies Law Review.  She also worked as chambers clerk at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Justice in Rome, Italy and Washington, DC, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.  She also worked as a legal intern and public affairs specialist at Solutia Europe, SPRL/BUBA in St. Louis and Brussels, Belgium.  


Jennifer Schwesig, JD '98, partner at Armstrong Teasdale, leads the firm’s International Law Group in St. Louis and Shanghai, China. She counsels both domestic and foreign clients on international corporate compliance issues and business transactions to help facilitate global expansion and management of operations. The office she directs in Shanghai is part of the China Alliance, a partnership among Armstrong Teasdale and several other international law firms, seeking a China presence in a country with significant economical labor and an exploding middle class. Click here to read about how law school help prepare her to transition from a local to a global career.


Brian Shukan, JD ’94, is Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Prior to joining the United States Department of State in Haiti, Mr. Shukan served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca, Morocco from 2011-2014.  To read his about his experience in Morocco, click here.  His other overseas assignments include service at the U.S. Embassies in Ghana, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, and Benin.  He has also served in Washington in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. 


John Smagula, JD '95, is the Director of Tsinghua-Temple LL.M. Program and Associate Professor of the China Rule of Law Program at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Prior to joining Temple University in 2003, he was a Legal Teaching Fellow at the Ford Foundation and the Yale-China Association, where he taught Corporations, Internet law, Criminal Procedure, and other U.S. law courses at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Sichuan University in Chengdu. After graduating law school, he worked with the law firm of Totti & Rodriguez Diaz in San Juan, Puerto Rico, working on a variety of commercial and immigration matters, and after that, practiced corporate law for three years as an associate at the New York and Hong Kong offices of Paul Weiss.