We believe in fostering the future generation of lawyers and actively do so through our unique litigation fellowship, a program designed for recent college graduates interested in pursuing law school.
Litigation fellows receive broad exposure to the practice of law while working under the direct supervision of firm lawyers. They provide important procedural and substantive support on a broad range of matters—from trial court proceedings all the way to U.S. Supreme Court. They learn what it is like working in a fast-paced and elite litigation practice.
Ideal candidates are smart, detail-oriented, and highly motivated, with stellar academic credentials. Excellent written and oral communication skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, are a must. No certifications or experience is otherwise necessary.
Recruiting takes place in spring, with fellowship classes (lasting two years) beginning in summer. Fellows earn a salary and work in the firm’s Los Angeles or New York offices.
Active fellows are profiled on the firm’s Our Team page, and fellowship alumni are profiled below. If you are interested in being considered and would like to learn more, email your resume and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zachary EdelmanYale, B.A. (2016)
Harvard (J.D. Candidate)
Zachary Edelman joined Stris & Maher after graduating from Yale University in 2016 with distinction in history. He was accepted to Harvard Law School and enrolled in Fall 2017 following his fellowship.
Mr. Edelman joined the firm to learn about the inner workings of a complex trial and appellate firm. He brought to the firm a love of research and writing. Prior to his fellowship, Mr. Edelman wrote on topics ranging from federal regulation of kosher food fraud to the symbolism of the beaver since the French settlement of Canada. In 2015, he interned at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where he drafted materials for use in trial and grand jury proceedings.
While at Yale, Mr. Edelman served as the Vice President of Operations for the Yale Political Union and as a health educator in the New Haven public schools, for which he also developed curricula and trained other teachers.
Wardah BariPrinceton, B.A. (2016)
LSE, MSc (2018)
Wardah Bari was a fellow of the firm from summer 2016 to summer 2017. After her fellowship, she studied at the The London School of Economics and Political Science and obtained an MSc in International Migration and Public Policy.
Ms. Bari joined Stris & Maher after graduating from Princeton University, where she studied at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her thesis addressed the historical, legal and ethical frameworks of refugee and humanitarian protection.
While at Princeton, Ms. Bari received the Davis Projects for Peace award and implemented a program for Syrian youth in Jordan with the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD)-Legal Aid, an organization that provides legal aid and other resources for refugee and migrant communities. Ms. Bari also worked for the U.S. Department of State at the Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration.
Benjamin SeymourBrown, B.A. (2017)
Yale (J.D. Candidate)
Benjamin Seymour was a fellow of the firm from summer 2017 to summer 2018.
Prior to his fellowship, Mr. Seymour graduated with honors from Brown University in 2017. Double majoring in Philosophy and English, Mr. Seymour developed his knowledge of ethics and political theory through his thesis on Immanuel Kant’s conception of freedom. At Brown, Mr. Seymour received numerous awards recognizing his academic achievement—including his induction into Phi Beta Kappa and the conferring of his degree magna cum laude—and was the founder and editor-in-chief of A Priori, Brown’s first philosophy journal.
Beyond the classroom, Mr. Seymour served the Providence community by performing research on housing discrimination on behalf of Rhode Island Legal Services. After presenting his findings to the Rhode Island Housing Board of Commissioners, the Board adopted several of Mr. Seymour’s recommendations, most notably ending the automatic rejection of public housing applicants with criminal backgrounds.
Jonathan AroneUChicago, A.B. (2017)
Jonathan Arone joined Stris & Maher in 2017 after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Chicago in three years.
His thesis, which examined how economic conditions influenced the enfranchisement of immigrants in the United States, earned Mr. Arone departmental honors in History. He has also written on topics such as state cooptation of social movements, the unenforceability of Section Two of the Fourteenth Amendment, and how misogyny emboldened the KKK during Reconstruction.
While at school, Mr. Arone sprinted on the track and field team for one season, then worked nearly full-time throughout his second and third years. In 2016, he also interned in the Solicitor’s Office of the United States Department of the Interior.
Mr. Arone plans to attend law school or to pursue graduate-level studies in American legal history.
Nick MiglioriBrown, B.A. (2017)
Nick Migliori joined Stris & Maher in 2018 after receiving a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University, with a concentration in International and Comparative Politics.
While at Brown, Nick spent his time working part time at Motley Rice LLC, a large plaintiff’s litigation firm, producing short films, and working as a youth hockey coach. During the summers, he focused his attention on criminal justice reform, interning at the Bronx Defenders and the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights in Providence, Rhode Island.
Nick plans to attend law school or to pursue graduate-level studies in Political Science.
John SchultzUChicago, A.B. (2018)
John Schultz joined Stris & Maher in 2018 after graduating as an Odyssey Scholar from the University of Chicago. His thesis, which studied the impact of domestic economic interests on state autonomous vehicle regulations, earned Mr. Schultz departmental honors in Political Science.
While at school, Mr. Schultz competed as a pole-vaulter for the Varsity Track and Field team, earning recognition as one of the top-10 pole-vaulters in University of Chicago history. His studies also provided him with funded research opportunities in China and across Europe.
In 2016, Mr. Schultz served for the final five months of the Obama Administration, working on technology policy in the White House National Economic Council. He has also worked as an intern for the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, and is an avid entrepreneur, having started three companies. His most recent business received funding from the National Science Foundation and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Following his fellowship, Mr. Schultz took on a managerial position at Geo Impact, the environmental city planning company that he founded in 2018.
Clara RobertsonYale, B.A. (2017)
Clara Robertson was a litigation fellow of the firm from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2019.
Clara joined Stris & Maher after graduating from Yale University with a B.A. and honors in Cultural History. She wrote her thesis on investigative social research in London at the turn of the twentieth century and focused on the work of Beatrice Potter Webb, one of the founders of the Fabian Society and the London School of Economics.
While at Yale, Clara competed for the Varsity Sailing Team and led one of the undergraduate choral societies. She was awarded Crew of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association in 2017 and was selected to the All-American and the Academic All-American teams in 2016 and 2017.
Susan WhaleySwarthmore, B.A. (2018)
Susan Whaley joined Stris & Maher in 2019 after graduating from Swarthmore College with high honors. She accepted admission to Harvard Law School and will begin in Fall 2020, following her fellowship.
At Swarthmore, Susan focused on American religious history and the 19th century American West. She played ultimate frisbee, served on the College’s budgeting committee, and volunteered as a tutor and peer health educator. During college she also volunteered and worked at several international NGOs, focusing mostly on international public health and post-conflict reconstruction work.
After graduating from Swarthmore, Susan completed a Fulbright fellowship in West Africa. She speaks fluent French.
Ariel MurphyYale (2018)
Berkeley (J.D. Candidate)
Ariel Murphy joined Stris & Maher in 2018 after receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Yale University. She accepted admission to Berkeley Law School and will begin in Fall 2021.
At Yale, Ariel split her time between engineering courses and political work. She served as President of the Yale Political Union, chaired a political discussion group, and volunteered with local, statewide, and national political campaigns. In 2017, Ariel interned in two Congressional offices. For her thesis, Ariel created a device to allow the School of Forestry to safely set off controlled forest burns. Ariel also worked as a cafe manager, physics tutor, and web developer throughout her time at school.
Shayra BantaBryn Mawr (2019)
Shayra Banta joined Stris & Maher in 2019 after graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Psychology and International Studies focusing on Development. She received Honors for her senior thesis on the political form of state and its effect on development in modern Asia.
At Bryn Mawr, Shayra was part of a contemporary Bollywood dance group, taught at a local preschool and volunteered to help file domestic and international taxes for low income groups. She spent her junior year studying abroad in Milan, Italy.
Shayra has always been interested in languages as a native speaker of English, Hindi and Urdu while having studied French, Italian and Arabic.
Shayra plans to attend law school and work in international policy.