JDS is now calling for applications for summer 2021. Read more about this year’s program and how to apply here.
The JURIST Digital Scholars Program is JURIST’s first incubator program, designed to identify, cultivate and promote rising interdisciplinary talent at the crossroads of law, technology and public policy. JURIST piloted the program in the summer of 2020 as part of its ongoing commitment to connecting students for the greater good. We intend to develop it into a longer-term initiative that links law students and other students engaged in this and other critical public policy areas, nurturing their interests and encouraging them to share their research with a broad public at an early stage of their intellectual careers.
Soliciting junior scholars in the initial round, we received high-quality applications from students at 16 top schools across the US. We invited the applicants to use JURIST’s extensive archive and Google Analytics data to formulate and test their research proposals, and encouraged them to think broadly about how the projects they proposed could benefit the public and contribute to ongoing conversations in law, technology, and policy.
Based on the quality of those proposals, we selected an inaugural class of 15 JURIST Digital Scholars representing a wide range of technical skills and law and policy interests. This summer the JURIST Digital Scholars hailed from:
- Harvard Law School
- South Dakota State University
- Stony Brook University
- University of Utah
- University of Texas at Austin
- Yale University
Each member of the entering class of JURIST Digital Scholars designed their own research projects and received mentoring in their chosen specialties. They built meaningful relationships with other Scholars doing complementary work under JURIST’s auspices, are already sharing the results of their investigations with JURIST’s global audience.
Scholars doing more quantitative work used their technical skills to creatively answer complex questions at the intersection of law and policy. Their research explored algorithmic bias, modeled the effectiveness of police reforms, analyzed reader engagement with legal articles, and used analytics to study the public’s understanding of the US Supreme Court. Scholars engaged in more qualitative research explored questions related to data governance and AI, use data and analytics to support research related to competition law, sustainability and trends in media coverage and public support for LGBTQ+ rights.
The JURIST Digital Scholars Program would not be possible without the generous support of our dedicated team of external program mentors, who have had work and internship experience at Two Sigma, Datadog, Spotify, Facebook, JP Morgan and the US House of Representatives. Inside JURIST, support for the Digital Scholars Program has been provided by JURIST Executive Director Megan McKee and JURIST founder and Editor-in-Chief Professor Bernard Hibbitts of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The JURIST Digital Scholars Program Managing Director is Xiaoli Jin, Harvard Law School Class of 2024.
If you are interested in partnering with the JURIST Digital Scholars Program, would like to learn more about it or are interested in participating in a future round of the program as a JURIST Digital Scholar, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
JURIST is committed to a policy of non-discrimination. We encourage diversity in background and thought and are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that fosters a range of thought. The ideas and views reflected in the program’s research do not necessarily reflect those of JURIST, its staff, or its donors.
Meet the JURIST Digital Scholars
Catherine Chang recently graduated from Yale University, where she studied Economics and Statistics & Data Science.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Catherine’s ultimate goal is to broaden public understanding of legal change, expand access to primary sources and encourage civic engagement. To this end, she will analyze JURIST’s most-read and least read articles, writing functions that extract information related to article length, topic, author, and national focus and merging that dataset with Google Analytics. Through her research, she hopes to better understand the attributes that make certain articles more widely read than others and that her findings promote publishing practices that make legal issues and developments more accessible to the public.
Catherine loves singing and studying architecture/urban studies. Lately, she has been reading Haruki Murakami and drinking way too much coffee. She is really excited to be a part of the JURIST Digital Scholars Program, and is looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Michael Chau is a rising senior at Yale, majoring in Statistics and Economics.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Michael will use machine learning (word embeddings and clustering) to generate news timelines from a search term. This model will take a broad subject (Ex. FCC) and break it down into several subcategories (Ex. Robocalls, Net Neutrality, etc.) to generate timelines using JURIST articles about these subcategories. Readers will then be able to interact with and adjust these timelines to suit their needs. Anyone who wishes to explore more can simply click on an event in the timeline and be taken directly to the JURIST article. The goal of this project is to facilitate the reader’s understanding of various news and legal topics through a visual and clean representation. Too often, anyone who wants to understand the development of a particular topic has to go through multiple news articles to connect the dots. This project aims to streamline this process for readers.
Michael grew up in Laredo, Texas, located just a few minutes away from the Mexican border. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching basketball, reading biographies, and eating dried mangos! He is so excited to be part of the JURIST Digital Scholars Program and can’t wait to meet everyone else.
Alex Chen is a rising sophomore at Yale, double majoring in Computer Science and Ethics, Politics & Economics.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Alex will focus his research on how agent-based models (ABMs) can be used in policing reform efforts.
Alex first discovered ABMs, a class of computational models used to simulate the actions of autonomous agents, in high school, when he created a community-building simulator. It was very ugly, but he thought it was super cool. Excited by their potential to illuminate complex social dynamics, Alex was nevertheless wary. He noticed that many police organizations used ABMs to fight crime, but that few to none acknowledged the risk they posed of perpetuating oppression and inequality, embodying a callousness that he is, frankly, really tired of.
Alex realized that ABMs could help to explain why some police reforms work and others do not, particularly because ABMs excel at identifying underlying micro-processes within systems. So he has decided to create an ABM framework for modeling police reform efforts! He hopes to engage in meticulous scientific analysis without losing sight of the deep human impact of such an important issue.
Alex is from NYC, his favorite color is traffic-cone orange, and his favorite animal is the pigeon!
Everest Fang graduated this May from Yale University with a BA in Economics and Mathematics. He was admitted to Harvard Law School through its Junior Deferral Program and plans to begin his studies in the fall of 2022. In August, Everest will begin working at Deloitte’s Government/Public Services Consulting Office in Washington. DC.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Everest will study the recent evolution of antitrust issues in the US, and their consequences in the COVID age. He seeks to describe the consequences of consolidation in various industries, particularly in the context of today’s crisis. He also intends to understand how public attention to antitrust issues has developed in recent years by analyzing data on JURIST readership. Everest hopes to spark more interest in competition law by articulating how it has shaped the society we live in today, and how individuals can make an impact in this arena.
On campus at Yale, Everest worked with a student publication called the Yale Herald and a volunteer group called the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project. He has also worked as a research assistant for the Yale Department of Political Science and the Yale Program on Financial Stability. He is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Arka hopes to leverage technology to make public policy more accessible. His research will analyze sentiment towards medical marijuana legislation over time in the context of the opioid epidemic. With overdose deaths steadily progressing since the early 2000s, Arka will investigate to what extent a public health crisis influences sentiments towards public policy, especially given marijuana’s history of criminalization. In particular, he seeks to examine whether growing support for medical marijuana can be attributed to an increased focus on criminal justice reform, its use as a tool in palliative care, or other factors. Using natural language processing, Arka hopes to extract keywords and trends in medical marijuana legislation and package this information into a format accessible to all.
Arka’s interests span drug policy, criminal justice, and the intersection of law and technology. He is a former Institute for Social and Policy Studies fellow at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and Liman fellow at the Legal Action Center. He also founded a non-profit, Dose of Justice, to make stories from the opioid epidemic more accessible. In his free time, Arka is an avid runner and developed a new, quarantine-induced hobby playing guitar.
Connor Haaland graduated from South Dakota State University in 2019, earning degrees in Spanish and Global Studies with minors in Economics and French. Most recently, Connor has been a research assistant at The Mercatus Center, where his primary research was on the intersection of law and emerging technology, publishing numerous articles and working papers on the subject. Connor will attend Harvard Law School this fall.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Connor will research data governance paradigms, focusing specifically on China, the US, and Europe. These three entities have unique data governance structures and illustrate well the various paths down which countries may proceed. Moreover, for countries like the US that lack a clear governance strategy, analyzing existing regimes can inform future legislation and policy goals. Creating successful data governance structures is of paramount importance today because there is an intimate link between data and AI, which is where the most exciting technological breakthroughs are happening. For instance, driverless vehicles alone could reduce vehicular accidents so much so that it might well be the greatest public health breakthrough in our lifetimes. Likewise, AI could be used to complement healthcare workers and create superior patient outcomes. The realization of these groundbreaking applications, however, relies on data aggregation. The link between AI and data and the benefits it may allow must be understood. But, these benefits must be tempered by the understanding that data is sensitive and ought to be governed with the utmost care. Striking a balance between the aggregation of data, using it to power groundbreaking technologies, and the very real privacy concerns that accompany that aggregation is what Connor’s research will flesh out.
At South Dakota State, Connor ran for the track & field and cross-country teams, worked as an English teacher to migrant farmworkers, and as a legal assistant to asylum seekers. Connor was also a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2019. In the future, he hopes to practice law and ultimately make his way into the policy space in whatever capacity he can make the biggest impact.
Alissa Ji is a recent graduate from Yale University, where she received a BA in Statistics & Data Science and Economics.
Hailing from the suburbs of Atlanta, she is interested in technology policy, data journalism, and affordable housing. Alissa has interned for the National Center for Health Statistics, a federal statistical agency, and Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. She has also conducted independent research on federal housing programs for AAPI Data, an organization that publishes policy research and demographic data on AAPI communities. In her free time, Alissa enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, doing miniature crosswords, and re-watching Studio Ghibli movies.
Samantha is interested in the ethical and legal ramifications of AI and is passionate about the role of government and public policy in maximizing its benefits while mitigating its long-term risks. In her previous role as a correspondent, Samantha authored the inaugural US-China AI Tech Summit report and covered technology policy in Washington. DC, She worked for Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company and conducted AI policy research while in Melbourne to start an interdisciplinary AI task force in the city.
Alissa and Samantha have teamed up. Their research as JURIST Digital Scholars will seek to understand the public’s perception of the US Supreme Court. The news media play a critical role in shaping the public’s knowledge of the court, but studies demonstrate that press coverage is oftentimes limited in scope and quality. Because JURIST serves as a unique non-mass media source of legal news, Samantha and Alissa hope to use the past two decades of its Supreme Court coverage to gauge trends in reporting and reader interest in and engagement with articles related to the court. Using natural language processing methods, they will investigate changes in Supreme Court coverage in the following areas: case salience, coverage language in reference to partisanship and ‘game-frame,’ and reader engagement. The final product will be a digital visual essay that relies on a combination of data visualizations and written analysis to inform legal scholars, professionals, and members of the public of their findings.
Philos Kim is a rising sophomore at Yale, studying Mathematics.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Philos will examine the extent of algorithmic bias in deep learning models by using JURIST articles as testing data. In particular, he will design sentiment classification networks with both convolutional and recurrent architectures in PyTorch, using Captum to interpret and visualize their parameters and results. He also plans to use statistical methods to draw conclusions about the significance of his results, as well as to compare the performance and bias of complex deep learning models to simpler statistical ones. Ultimately, he wants to draw conclusions about the extent of demographic and ideological bias in cutting-edge artificial intelligence models, and how that manifests when legal news and commentary articles are the test data. Although his project is on the technical side, Philos wants to make the tools he creates and the results of his research accessible to people with primarily qualitative backgrounds. To that end, he will delve into the political and philosophical implications of his research as much as its mathematical implications. And, if time permits, he will also try to make a user-friendly library in Python with the tools he has made.
Philos is passionate about the intersection of philosophy and math, which is why he is excited to be studying algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence models at JURIST this summer. His previous experience has been in expository projects in abstract algebra and complex analysis, as well as research in astrophysics. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, playing the piano, and watching Netflix.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Brent will research how solar technology can be further incentivized in the US, for individuals, businesses, and utility companies. He plans to use data from the Energy Information Administration and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, among other sources, to investigate the effects of implementing Renewable Portfolio Standards on emissions and economies of different states. Using this data, I hope to identify and advocate for the best method of improving these Renewable Portfolio Standards.
Brent enjoys playing guitar, reading fantasy novels, and birdwatching.
Agnes Poplawski is a fourth-year student studying Political Science and Economics at Stony Brook University.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Agnes will focus her research on the evolution of sex and sexual orientation as a protected class in the US, particularly examining the behavior of consumers and producers of the news. She will analyze JURIST’s archive and Google Analytics data, as well as outside sources, to better understand the public’s interest in and media representation of LGBTQ+ rights at moments leading up to milestone achievements in the struggle for greater recognition of LGBTQ+ rights in the courts and legislation.
Agnes serves as a Teaching Assistant for American Government and also works as an Intramural Coordinator at the Stony Brook Recreation Center. She has spent previous summers working in real estate law and has interned in the Department of Economic Development with former NYC Queensborough President Melinda Katz. Agnes enjoys Pink Gloves boxing, crosswords, and fighting for racial justice.
Agasha Ratam is a rising senior at Yale, primarily studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Agasha aims to study how readability and other related factors affect the accessibility of legal articles. Popular websites often emphasize the readability of articles as a means to reach a wider audience. Especially for legal news articles where field-specific terminologies are ubiquitous, improving readability may be important to ensure that an article is accessible to the general public.
The goal of this project is to extract insights from JURIST’s historical articles and Google Analytics data and to inform legal-news writers of possible writing strategies they can implement in their articles to reach a broader audience. The first step of this project is establishing a scale that captures how accessible a legal news or commentary article is to the general public. This scale will likely take into account user engagement metrics, including page views, time spent on the page, and exit rate. Afterward, predictors related to readability will be used to predict the accessibility of articles. This project will also explore the use of neural nets in the prediction process.
Agasha’s academic interests include neural nets and data visualization. Last summer, he interned at Vaillant in Remscheid, Germany, where he used neural nets to predict the remaining useful life of heating devices. Agasha grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is currently located in Boston. Outside of academics, this summer he intends to keep himself busy with long-distance running, cooking, and playing guitar.
Imad Rizvi is a rising junior at Yale University, studying Computer Science and Economics.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Imad aims to gain a better understanding of how legal news and commentary content varies by country and region and article type. He plans to explore the different topics focused on at the national and regional levels, as well as how language and rhetoric used to discuss countries and regions might change. Imad will use different forms of sentiment analysis including positive/negative analyses, subjectivity/objectivity analyses, and feature/aspect identification to facilitate comparisons, and will use various Python libraries to create deep learning models to conduct much of the sentiment analysis. He also plans to produce visualizations to demonstrate his findings.
Outside of computer science, Imad is interested in politics and languages. He is currently learning Portuguese and Dutch. And he is also passionate about soccer and stand-up comedy. He is a huge Manchester City fan and loves watching Kumail Nanjiani and Trevor Noah! Imad is excited to be a JURIST Digital Scholar this summer!
Kaitlyn Sandor is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science at Yale University.
As a JURIST Digital Scholar, Kaitlyn will research the relationship between key historic events and related legal action. For example, after the George Floyd protests, how long will it take to see an uptick in news articles featuring legal action stemming from police brutality and racism? Her goal is to determine if clusters of legal action predictably follow historic events. She hopes this will help researchers, lawyers, and anyone interested, to find important articles and primary source documents by giving them a more precise time frame to research within. She plans to accomplish this by looking for clusters of cases within topics and mapping them to historic events related to that topic. If she discovers a predictable pattern, this correlation, she plans to create a neural network that, given the event topic, type, and size, predicts how long until legal action will be seen.
Kaitlyn’s interests lie in machine learning and understanding the social implications of cutting edge technology. She is a member of the Yale Women in Computer Science board and is currently working for an AI health care start-up.
- Not just “a few bad apples”: Building agent-based models to expose underlying micro-processes within American police organizations and their implications for police reforms (Alex Chen, JURIST Digital Scholars Proposal, 2020).
- Legal News Coverage and Public Understanding of the U.S. Supreme Court (Alissa Ji and Samantha Thorne, JURIST Digital Scholars Proposal, 2020).
- Using Sentiment Analysis to Detect Bias in Legal News (Philos Kim, JURIST Digital Scholars Proposal, 2020).
- Data Governance and Its Existing and Future Paradigms (Connor Haaland, JURIST Digital Scholars Proposal, 2020).
- Assessing Whether and How Readability Affects the Accessibility of Legal Articles (Agasha Ratam, JURIST Digital Scholars Proposal, 2020).
- Everest Fang, Antitrust and the People, (JURIST April 8, 2021).
- Brent Mobbs, The Effectiveness of Promoting Renewable Technology: Regression Analysis of Emissions, (JURIST, March 19, 2021).
- Connor Haaland, An American Data Governance System: In Support of Information Fiduciaries, (JURIST, March 2, 2021).
- Arka Gupta, Tracking Medical Marijuana Policies over Time Using Tf-idf, (JDS 2020 cohort).
- Imad Rizvi, Analyzing Sentiment and Detecting Potential Bias in News Articles, (JDS 2020 cohort).
- Alissa Ji & Samantha Thorne, JURIST v. Supreme Court Database: Using NLP to Identify Salience, Language, and Viewership Trends in Legal News Coverage (JDS 2020 cohort).
- Alex Chen, Modeling Systemic Inequality in Law Enforcement (JDS 2020 cohort).
- Connor Haaland, China and Europe Govern Their Data. Why Doesn’t the United States? (JURIST, September 30, 2020).
- Agasha Ratam, Using Writing Style to Predict Reader Engagement, A JURIST Digital Scholars Project (GitHub, September 27, 2020)
- Michael Chau, A JURIST Digital Scholar Reflects on Improving News Access with Technology (Medium, September 23, 2020)
- Everest Fang, Medication, Collusion, and the Pandemic (JURIST, September 18, 2020).
- Connor Haaland, Understanding the GDPR through the Lens of COVID-19 (JURIST, August 27, 2020).
- Everest Fang, Examining Airline Market Power in Light of COVID-19 Bailouts (JURIST, August 19, 2020).
- Connor Haaland, The TikTok Controversy Should Be a Catalyst for a Deeper Look at China’s Data Governance Policies (JURIST, August 7, 2020).
- Everest Fang, The Tipping Point in Antitrust Law (JURIST, July 30, 2020).
Follow the JDS Speaker Series
The JDS Speaker Series was organized by our JURIST Digital Scholars to bring professionals and students together in the interdisciplinary spirit of the JDS program. Throughout the series, we’re exploring a variety of topics at the nexus of the law, policy, and technology in order to promote the public good. All events are open to the public and free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please find more information about our previous and upcoming episodes below!
Episode One: How to Study Law and Technology in Graduate School
On July 14th, 2020, JURIST hosted its first episode of the JURIST Digital Scholars Speaker Series. To launch the series, we invited three recent graduates to discuss how they navigated the intersection between law and technology in law school. This mission captures the essence of the Digital Scholars, who take an interdisciplinary approach to the world through their research and studies.
Shili Shao (Yale Law Class of 2020) was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology in his 3L year. He graduated from Beijing International Studies University wtih a degree in Interpreting and Translation in 2017. At Yale Law, Shili specialized in studying technology, business, and competition law. Shili also spent time working for a judge in the Northern District of California, for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and for Cooley LLP.
Rebecca Weires (Stanford Law Class of 2020) was Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Law and Technology in her 3L year. She graduated from Vanderbilt in the class of 2017 with a degree in Bioengineering. At Stanford, she pursued a dual degree, receiving her MS in Bioengineering along her with JD. She specialized in studying technology, healthcare, and bioengineering. In addition, she a member of the Stanford Law School Musical. Rebecca spent time working for a Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and for Fish and Richardson LLP.
King Xia (Harvard law Class of 2020) was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology in his 3L year. He graduated from the University of Washington’s Class of 2015 with degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. Prior to his time at Harvard, King was a software engineer at Google. While at Harvard King also spent time working for Hogan Lovells LLP.
Episode Two: How Technology Impacts Access to Justice
In Episode Two, our speakers discuss their work related to technology and justice. Drawing from their experiences, they expand on how technology can improve access to justice in the modern world, as well as challenges that they’ve faced with equity as technology advances.
Dr. Anna Hoffman is an Assistant Professor with The Information School at the University of Washington working at the intersections of data, technology, culture, and ethics. Her work centers on issues in information, data, and ethics, paying specific attention to the ways discourse, design, and uses of information technology promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice.
Eduardo Gonzales is a Project Manager at the Self-represented Litigation Network in Washington, DC. A Northeastern University Law alumnus, he has created innovative projects to help ensure that pro-se (self-represented) defendants can attain equitable access to the courts. One of his projects involved making an interactive video game to explain the court process. Gonzalez also spent time at the Georgetown University Law Center as an Access to Justice Technology Fellow.
Episode Three: Race, Technology, and Justice
In Episode Three, our guest speakers explore the intersection of race, technology, and access to justice, including how digital advocacy has affected racial justice movements such as Black Lives Matter. Our guests also discuss big tech companies and the role that they place in racial inequality and inequity.
Dr. Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research covers two major areas of scholarship: 1) political expression through digital media and 2) data science and computational methods for analyzing large digital datasets. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 journal articles, book chapters and public reports, in addition to co-editing one scholarly book. He has served as principal investigator on grants from the Knight Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and the US Institute of Peace. He has written research-grade software to calculate intercoder reliability for content analysis (ReCal), analyze large-scale network data from social media (TSM), and collect data from Facebook (fb_scrape_public). He formerly taught at American University in Washington, DC.
Cierra Robson is an alumna of Princeton University and a current doctoral student in sociology and social policy at Harvard University. Prior to beginning her Ph.D program, Cierra worked with Facebook on their Digital Rights Operations team and Intellectual Property Operations team. Robson has also spent time at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University as an Assembly Fellow. Robson’s research interests include the ways in which technological advancements impact the American racial order. She aims to use her research to conceptualize what meaningful regulation of Big Tech looks like.
Episode Four: Big Data and Misrepresentation
In Episode Four, our guest speaker argued that “as we grow more reliant on data, a greater level of technical and digital baseline knowledge is imperative for navigating the world. Without it, we run the risk of letting the data lie to us.”
“Empirical evidence and data are regarded among the highest orders of evidence in science and industry alike. However, with new data analysis techniques come new and more sophisticated ways of misleading or misdirecting data. The rise of big data has created a world where analytics can be presented truthfully but still be misleading because of underlying flaws in methodologies.
Jennifer Shin possesses a deep background in economics, mathematics, and statistics. Ms. Shin holds a BA in Economics, Math and Writing from Columbia University and a MA in Mathematical Statistics, also from Columbia University. Ms. Shin applied her skills to create her own company, 8 Path Solutions, a data science consulting firm, among many other endeavors. Ms. Shin is an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business, a Board Member at Coin Genius, active with her own company (8 Path Solution) and a Product Director at NBC Universal Media.
Episode Five: Big Tech and Antitrust
In Episode Five, our guest speakers discuss how the rise of big tech has affected the application of antitrust laws in the United States, as well as their unprecedented growth during the pandemic. They also touch on issues outside of big business competition, such as misinformation and current politics.
Dr. Joshua Wright holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and both a JD and PhD in Economics from UCLA. He was appointed as FTC Commissioner by President Barack Obama in 2013, and has served on the faculty of George Mason University for 17 years. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, co-authoring a leading antitrust casebook and several volumes on these issues. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director for the Global Antitrust Institute.
Dr. Fiona Scott Morton holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and a PhD in Economics from MIT. She is the Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management, where she has been on the faculty since 1999. She specializes in industrial organization with a focus on empirical studies of competition, with published articles ranging from magazines to pharmaceuticals, and she maintains editing roles at various academic journals. From 2011 to 2012, she served as Deputy Assistant AG for Economics in the Antitrust Division of the DOJ.
Meet the JURIST Digital Scholars Leadership Team
Ruth Wang is the Director of the JURIST Digital Scholars Program. She graduated from Nanjing University with a BS in Computer Science and from Columbia University with an MS in Computer Science. She is currently a software engineer at Hudson River Trading, where she works on achieving ultra-low latency in trading infrastructure. Ruth is particularly interested in how old law applies to new technology and has done research on the evolution of First and Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in the digital world. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys learning new things. She is a beginner at violin playing and ballet.
Xiaoli Jin is the co-founder of the JURIST Digital Scholars Program. Her interests lie at the intersection of technology, law and public policy, and her writings have appeared in YaleGlobal, the Columbia Journal of International Affairs, the Columbia Public Policy Review and other peer-reviewed journals. Xiaoli has also developed two iOS apps, both aimed at bringing high-quality news coverage to a broad public. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College with a dual degree in Computer Science and Political Science and will enroll at Harvard Law School in 2021.
Megan McKee is the Executive Director of JURIST and the co-founder of the JURIST Digital Scholars Program. She graduated with first-class honors from McGill University with a BA (Hons.) in Hispanic Studies and International Development Studies. She studied law at the University of Pittsburgh before returning to McGill for an MA in History. She was admitted to the practice of law in New York and pursued doctoral studies in History at the University of Maryland as a Flagship Fellow before coming to JURIST.
Cameron Yick is a Mentor for the JURIST Digital Scholars Program. He is a software engineer and data visualization specialist based in New York. He is an active open-source contributor and presenter at meetups and conferences. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale and wishes he could have taken more cognitive science/design courses. He has built dashboards and visual analytics for the Yale Data-Driven EnviroLab and Rocky Mountain Institute’s Urban Mobility Lab and is always interested in building applications that let domain experts intuitively explore data. Presently, he works on tools for understanding the health of cloud applications at Datadog and co-maintains the public data mashup site covidcommitment.org. You can find his writing at serendipidata.com.
Alice Chen is a Mentor for the JURIST Digital Scholars Program. She graduated from Cornell Engineering summa cum laude in May 2019. Born and raised in China with little exposure to computer science prior to college, Alice managed to intern at Facebook, exchange at Oxford, and receive admission to Harvard Law School. She is currently coding happily at Two Sigma, a financial sciences company, and is grateful for the abundance of encouragement and help from her family, friends, and people at school and work. She is always seeking ways to give back and volunteers with Invisible Hands Deliver and serves as the Alumni Board Professional Development Chair for Rewriting the Code, a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering college, graduate, and early-career women in tech. Outside of work, Alice enjoys singing and doing Wushu, a Chinese martial art.
Andy Gu is a Mentor for the JURIST Digital Scholars Program. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Computer Science and BA in Philosophy from the University of Southern California. Andy is currently a security engineer at Spotify, where he focuses on intrusion detection and incident response. He cares deeply about policy issues related to privacy and security and technical applications of civic technology. In his free time, Andy has contributed to open source technology at CiviCRM and also worked on security tooling at Action Network. Andy likes reading, playing with crackmes, and playing with his cat, Peanut. He wishes he could visit Los Angeles more often.