Fellowship & Research Opportunities


Fellowships with the Duke Center on Law & Technology include a diverse set of opportunities for current students (graduate or undergraduate), recent graduates including post-docs, and practitioners to support interdisciplinary research related to law and technology. Current Scholars, Fellows, and Research Affiliates are listed below.


Research Assistants

Mandy Boltax

Mandy Boltax is a 1L at Duke Law School pursuing a J.D with a Certificate in Public Interest and Public Service Law. Prior to law school, Mandy worked as a full-stack software engineer, developing mobile and web applications. Currently, Mandy works with Professor Ward on the Access Tech Tools Initiative to design and build technology that aims to improve the efficacy and reach of the Duke Legal Clinics.

Jaye HanJaye Han

Jaye Han is a 3L at Duke Law School pursuing a J.D. Prior to law school, Jaye worked in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser. Currently, she works with Professor Ward to develop a module for 1L Criminal law courses that aims to expose 1Ls to the use of AI in law and issues related with its use.

Andrew Hayes

Andrew Hayes studied Economics and Business at Brandeis University, and is pursuing his J.D. at Duke Law. Prior to Duke he spent five years managing Electronic Medical Records projects at academic medical centers, commercial laboratories, and a public mental hospital. His research at DCLT focuses on evolving standards for managing ‘Big Health Data’. He is working with Professor Jeff Ward to write portions of an Artificial Intelligence textbook focused on the utility of AI in the medical context and unique challenges of working with medical data.

Roberto Daniel Lopez Moncayo

Roberto Lopez is an Ecuadorian engineer who is currently pursuing his Master of Engineering Management degree at the Pratt School of Engineering. Roberto has a background in industrial engineering with a specialization in Business Operations and Strategies. Currently, he is working with Professor Jeff Ward to construct the first Engineering Ethics Platform available for the Pratt School of Engineering. The objective of his project is to educate young engineers through exposure to cases studies and framework on how to solve ethical dilemmas. Ultimately, students will be better prepared to face real life ethical challenges and thrive as competent decision-makers.

Meredith Thompson

Meredith Thompson is a 2L at Duke Law School, currently pursuing a J.D. and an LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship. Prior to law school, she studied Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. She is working with Professor Jeff Ward to develop a module for 1L Property courses that covers the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and intellectual property protection. This material will give students exposure to the increasingly important topic of AI, while also prompting them to think about how AI challenges traditional notions of property law.



Graduate Fellows


Elif Nur Kumru

Elif "Nur" Kumru is a '19 Duke Law LLM graduate from Istanbul, Turkey who grew up in Moscow, Russia and earned her LLB from Koc University Law School in Istanbul. As a Fellow at the Center on Law & Tech, Nur works with Prof. Jeff Ward on the privacy implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in an increasingly surveilled and Internet of Things (IoT) connected age of Big Data, Machine Learning and Social Media. Nur specifically explores the challenges that the applications of AI, such as facial recognition, bring to the traditional ways we have protected our privacy through anonymity & consent, and how to respond to and regulate these challenges to ensure a fair and democratic society.
During her LLM at Duke Law, Nur focused on cybersecurity, data protection & privacy. In her research paper, she examined blockchains as databases from data protection and privacy perspectives in light of the California Consumer Privacy Act. 

Undergraduate Fellows


Justin Sherman

Justin Sherman

Justin Sherman is a senior at Duke University double-majoring in computer science and political science, a fellow at the Duke Center on Law & Technology at Duke University’s School of Law, and a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America. Justin co-founded and runs the cyber arm of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, and he is the Co-Founder and President of Ethical Tech, a nonpartisan initiative at Duke University focused on research, education, and policy development on issues of ethics and technology. His writing on technology, ethics, public policy, and international security has been published by The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, WIRED, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many other outlets.

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Research Affiliates


Charlie Giattino

Charlie GiattinoCharlie completed his PhD in Neuroscience at Duke while a DCLT Fellow in 2017-2019. His dissertation research focused on using electroencephalography (EEG) to understand the brain basis of cognitive functions such as attention, working memory, and even our conscious awareness of the world, most recently by applying machine learning (ML) techniques to decode brain activity.

Charlie's fascination with intelligent systems like the brain, coupled with an avid interest in emerging technologies, has led to a particular fascination with artificial intelligence (AI) and its growing impact on our world. Charlie's ultimate goal is to aid in the interdisciplinary effort to ensure that these impacts are as universally beneficial as possible.

As a DCLT Fellow, Charlie worked with Director Jeff Ward to develop legal and policy solutions for mitigating harm from the malicious use of AI, primarly by exploring how public health approaches to dealing with systemic risk (e.g., from infectious disease) can be usefully applied to the AI context.

Charlie completed his BBA in Management from Texas A&M in 2009.

Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald builds governance for technology and technology for governance. Sean is the co-founder of Digital Public, which uses trusts to help communities protect and govern digital assets.  He is a lawyer and the CEO of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning global technology company. He began as a Research Affiliate with the Duke Center on Law & Technology in 2018.

Sean is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, and a former Affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center. Sean is on the Board of the Center for Internet & Society, a member of ICANN'S Rights Protection Mechanism Group. Sean is an advisor to Digital Democracy and the IEEE's Ethics and AI Committee.

Sean is also a researcher and writer whose work has been published by the Review of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Cornell’s Legal Informatics Institute, IRIN, Innovations Journal, among others. He holds a JD/MA from American University, with specializations in international law and alternative dispute resolution.

Keith Porcaro

Keith PorcaroKeith Porcaro is a lawyer and technologist. His work focuses on the formation of legal norms in a digitizing society. He began as a Research Affiliate with the Duke Center on Law & Technology in 2018.

Keith is the co-founder of Digital Public, which uses trusts to help communities protect and govern digital assets. Keith is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, where he teaches a class on Criminal Justice Technology, Policy, and Law; an affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center; and a technology consultant for nonprofits and legal aid organizations.

Previously, Keith was CTO/General Counsel at SIMLab, where he helped governments, legal aid organizations, and other nonprofits use technology to make services more accessible.

Keith has a JD from Duke Law School and a BSFS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is licensed to practice law in California.


Previous Fellows & Scholars

Laia Bertran Manyé (Graduate Fellow, 2017-2018)

Laia Bertran ManyéLaia Bertran Manyé is an experienced European-trained attorney.

As a DCLT Fellow, Laia's research area focused on the new European Union’s Privacy Regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Her main project was within EDRM, the organization that developed the well-known leading standards for e-discovery. EDRM's GDPR new initiative sought to create a set of guidelines for cross border data transfers taking place during e-discovery between EU and US under the GDPR. (for more information on the project please read EDRM Announces Cross-Border E-Discovery Initiative to Help Organizations Comply with GDPR).

Laia graduated from Duke University School of Law in May 2017 (Duke Law scholar), specializing in Privacy, Intellectual Property and New Technologies law. At Duke, she wrote her research paper on the GDPR and consent, exploring the requirements that US companies should fulfill to use an individual’s consent as its basis to process personally identifiable information as defined by the European Union. 

Prior to Duke, she joined the firm J&A Garrigues in Barcelona for three years where she was a member of the litigation and intellectual property team working in a broad range of domestic and international matters.

Laia received her LL.B. in Law from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) and her Masters in Professional Legal Practice from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

Cassi Carley (Graduate Fellow, 2017-2018)

Cassi CarleyCassi finished her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Duke while a DCLT Fellow. Her Ph.D. thesis work was in computer vision and AI, exploring the classification of activities that involve patterns of hand motion and manipulation. She now attends NYU School fo Law and looks forward to a career in tech law and policy. 

As a fellow at the Duke Center on Law & Technology and through her participation in the Bass Connections Moral AI and Adaptive Regulations groups, she founded Ethical Tech, an inclusive, decentralized, online platform to bring together communities focused on the mindful consumption, innovation, and regulation of technology.

Cassi also worked on The Tech Trust, a multi-stakeholder certification process aimed at cultivating responsible technology that positively impacts society, and hosted FUTURE, an event which engaged high school students in a discussion of the potential impacts of technology and to expose them to different career paths and potential roles that they can play in engineering an inclusive, positive future. Duke students from Robotics, Computer Science, Neuroscience & Law led discussion topics on police body cameras, neuro-prosthetics, algorithms in education, etc. The event also featured a robotics lab tour, conversations on the role of tech in our lives, and a keynote from Katherine Manuel, Thomson Reuters’ Senior VP of Innovation, on the importance of diversity in technology.

Cassi graduated from Duke in 2011 with a B.S. in Public Policy and Computer Science.

Eun Young Song (Graduate Fellow, 2017-2019)

EunYoung SongEun Young has a PhD in neuroscience and an MA in Bioethics and Science Policy from Duke. As a DCLT Fellow, her research interest focused on Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technologies, their novel applications for physical and cognitive enhancement, and relevant concerns of privacy and potential health risks. Her projects focused on developing legal and regulatory regimes for disclosure, consent, and privacy in the context of commercial non-therapeutic use of BCI to protect consumers and patients’ interests.

The majority of her PhD work involved a system-level approach to the study of cognitive information processing with methods of in vivo electrophysiology and behavioral training in animal models. She joined the neurobiology department at Duke University School of Medicine as a postdoc researcher, and worked on multiple projects to elucidate neural mechanisms of motor learning in the cerebellum.

While she worked in neuroscience laboratories, she was increasingly drawn toward ethical questions raised by the powerful new tools for altering living tissue and manipulating neural systems that have been made available by advances in biomedical and neuroscience research. These questions led her to the Duke MA program for Bioethics and Science Policy, where she explored diverse aspects of the ethical and legal implications of science, with a focus on FDA regulations to promote public health and to ensure the safety and efficacy of new medical products.

Eun Young received her B.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. In Neuroscience from Ajou University in South Korea.

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith (Reuben Everett Cyber Scholar, 2018-2019)

Jessica Zhanna Malekos SmithJessica ‘Zhanna’ Malekos Smith joined the Duke Center on Law & Technology (DCLT) and the Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security (LENS) as the Law School’s inaugural Reuben Everett Cyber Scholar.

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Carol Wang (Graduate Fellow, Spring 2019)

Carol WangA visiting scholar from National Chiao Tung University Law School, TaiwanYen-Dun 'Carol' Wang focused her research on regulations concerning new technologies. She had experience participating in a project regarding the application of  A.I in judicial proceedings. Furthermore, she is interested in blockchain technology and did some research on how to use blockchain to prevent money laundering. Currently, she is working on a project based on unmanned vehicles including drones and self-driving cars.

Carol's thesis will be researching policy and regulations for drone usages, primarily focused on the commercial use of drones. She plans to outline the potential threats of drones and provide solutions. For example, highly populated areas face greater problems relevant to safety, privacy and property and should have stricter administrative regulations compared to places with low population density.