Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Class Notes

Emily Aguirre ’12 has won both a Fulbright-Schuman Grant and a Knox Fellowship.  As a Fulbright Fellow, she will study food and health regulations in several European countries. Her project will assess the impact of EU Common Agricultural Policy on small-scale farming and obesity incidence in the United Kingdom. She will analyze how macro regulatory schemes affect local agricultural structures, individual behavior, and nutrition. Ultimately, the project aims to propose innovative improvements for local food and agriculture laws and policies to address critical global health concerns.

“So much of my project proposal was influenced by what I learned in my negotiation coursework and clinical work. I am so grateful to have been involved with negotiation at HLS and, unlike many of the other courses I pursued in law school, I know I will continually apply the concepts and principles I learned in negotiation both professionally and personally.”

Ashley Nyquist ’12 is finishing her clerkship with Judge Diane Sykes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and will start at Covington & Burling LLP in D.C. in the fall.






Kate Van Akin ’11 has recently started a new job as the Regional Manager of the Transformational Change practice at McKinsey & Co. In this role, she will work with McKinsey leadership and teams in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on the topics of performance transformations, organizational health, leadership development, and capability-building. After graduating from HLS, Kate began her career with McKinsey as an associate. Based in Dubai, she has most recently supported clients in Saudi Arabia and Qatar on large scale capability-building and transformation programs.


Adam Kinon ’10 spent the past semester at Yale University teaching a seminar entitled “Theory and Practice of Negotiation.” Adam, who is currently an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, designed the course for a program at Yale that seeks to expose college students to “innovative courses that fall outside [the College’s] departmental structures”.

“It was such a gratifying experience to see college students react so strongly and so positively to the material,” said Adam. “As an instructor, it was especially interesting to discover how a student’s background or professional goal influenced his/her perspective on the concepts of the course. I look forward to one of my students dropping a casual ZOPA or BATNA into conversation with a very confused friend or co-worker.”


On December 7, 2012, Maggie O’Grady ’09 and her wife Bonnie-Jeanne welcomed their son Thomas into the world. He’s now six months old and doing fabulously. Maggie is a litigation associate at WilmerHale in Boston.



Amy Cohen ’02 has been named a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for 2013–2014. She will be working on “Markets, Supermarkets, and the Law and Politics of Food in India.”