Meet our 2016-2017 ASPIRE Scholars
Cassandra (Cassie) Deskus is a 2L student interested in criminal justice, technology policy, and tax policy. She is currently participating in NYU’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic. She was a student advocate for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project, where she worked on the Uncontested Divorce Project, and is a member of the Women of Color Collective. She spent last summer interning at the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section and will spend next summer at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section. Prior to law school, Cassie worked for three years as a software engineer and analyst. She has B.S. in Math from the University of Chicago and an M.S. from Northwestern University.
Joshua R. Fattal is a 2L student interested in studying the effects new technologies have had on various topics in national security law and criminal procedure. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the IPELS Cyber Law Committee, and is also a student advocate for the International Refugee Assistance Project. He spent this past summer in the Cybersecurity Practice of the NYC office of Steptoe and Johnson LLP, where he worked on issues concerning data breaches and foreign laws on encryption technologies, and has served as a research assistant for Professor Samuel Rascoff at NYU Law, Matthew Waxman at Columbia Law, and Fareed Zakaria at CNN. He previously studied History at Columbia University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.
Leonid Grinberg is a 2L student interested in how rapid technological developments interact with legal and regulatory frameworks. He is an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, serves as a staff editor on the Annual Survey of American Law, and is on the board of the Supreme Court Forum. Last summer, he worked in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division in the Department of Justice. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a software engineer at the New York Times. He graduated with an S.B. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.
Kevin Kirby is a 3L student interested in national security law, renewable energy, and computer programming. He is a board member of the student group SERV (Students for the Education and Representation of Veterans), through which he has helped provide advocacy for veterans in need of fair hearings for government benefits. Prior to law school, Kevin was a business systems project manager at Starbucks, and before that he served five years as an army engineer. He graduated with an honors degree in English and Philosophy from the United States Military Academy.