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Ph.D. Candidate Profiles
BJ Ard is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His research focuses on the law’s response to technological change, with particular interests in intellectual property, privacy, and Internet law. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Yale Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to his doctoral studies, BJ served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III of the Eleventh Circuit, an intellectual property litigator at Irell & Manella LLP, and a Thomson Reuters Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project.
Maureen E. “Molly” Brady is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her major areas of interest include property law, land use, state and local government law, intellectual property law, and legal history. She holds an A.B. in History from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. During law school, she served as co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology and was a Coker Fellow in Contract Law. Prior to returning to Yale, Molly served as a clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the First Circuit.
Conor Clarke is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His major research interests are tax law, property, empirical legal studies, organizational law, and law and economics. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Ralph K. Winter Prize in Law and Economics and served as Articles and Essays Editor for the Yale Law Journal. Starting in May of 2016, he will clerk for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, Conor was a Marshall Scholar in the United Kingdom.
Rebecca Crootof is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale. Her work focuses on how international law evolves and its role in American law and policy, with specific consideration of how regulation can channel technological development to promote socially desirable goals. Rebecca earned her B.A., cum laude, at Pomona College and her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an active member of the Center for Global Legal Challenges and served as an Online Editor for the Yale Law Journal and as an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law.
Eric Fish is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His major areas of interest include sentencing law, criminal procedure, professional responsibility, remedies, and legislation. He holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Judge William E. Miller Prize (for best paper on the Bill of Rights) and the Joseph A. Chubb Prize (for best legal draftsmanship).
Alyssa King is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale. Her work in comparative law discusses the intersection of normative systems through mechanisms such as federalism and arbitration. She is particularly interested in the impact of court structure and procedure on substantive law. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the Second Circuit and the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York. She graduated from Yale Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and an Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Kate Klonick is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the Second Circuit and the Honorable Eric N. Vitaliano of the Eastern District of New York. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Senior Editor at The Georgetown Law Journal and the Founding Editor of the The Georgetown Law Journal Online. Her research interests involve applying theoretical and/or empirical cognitive psychology research to the law.
Ryan Mitchell is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Mellon Foundation Humanities Fellow at Yale. His research addresses state sovereignty and international order, the history and theory of international law, and comparative law and politics with a focus on East Asia. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from The New School, and he is a member of the State Bar of California.
Kerry L. Monroe is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale. Her major areas of interest include the First Amendment, telecommunications law, and media law. She holds a B.A. in German from the University of Georgia and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she received the Certificate of Merit in Mass Media Law and was a member of the Executive Board of the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition and a contributing editor of The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Portia Pedro is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her research focuses on civil procedure's long-accepted, but relatively unexamined, practices. Employing behavioral science research, Portia queries whether existing procedural regimes may generate harmful outcomes that thwart procedural purposes. Portia holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. During law school, she served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to her doctoral studies, Portia served as a clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., of the Third Circuit.
Amanda Shanor is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her research focuses on constitutional and administrative law, speech and association, and their intersection with the behavioral sciences. A graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College, Amanda served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cornelia T.L. Pillard and the Honorable Judith W. Rogers of the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York.
Rory Van Loo
Rory Van Loo is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His research draws on commercial law, financial regulation, and bankruptcy, with a focus on how regulatory and corporate institutional design intersect with consumer decision making. Rory holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Pomona College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the Irving Oberman Memorial Prize in Bankruptcy and served as a Senior Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Shelley Welton is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her research focuses on how climate change is transforming U.S. energy law and energy governance, drawing from the fields of energy, environmental, and administrative law. Shelley holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.