C.V. Starr Lecturers
John H. Aycock earned his B.A. with highest honors in English from University of Florida and a J.D. with honors from University of Michigan Law School. While at Michigan, John sat on the Executive Committee of Michigan Journal of International Law, won a best brief award in the school’s flagship moot court, and wrote a successful brief on behalf of an incarcerated appellant. After law school, John clerked for Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena, III of the Superior Court of Guam. Most recently, he served as a Bates Fellow at International Bridges to Justice in Geneva. He also has experience teaching English in China and Japan. John is a member of the Florida Bar.
Jason Buhi joined STL from the University of Hong Kong, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese constitutional law. His doctoral thesis focuses on “one country, two systems” theory, and he spent much of last year as a research associate exploring election mechanisms for the 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive election. He was first introduced to China as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar (2007-2008). He also previously served as law clerk for the Honorable Judge G. Edward Dwyer (MD-6) and worked for Wells Fargo Bank. He earned his LL.M. from the University of Hong Kong, his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Shepherd University. He is a member of the Maryland, Washington D.C., and U.S. Supreme Court bar associations.
Shama Farooq comes to STL from The International Legal Foundation (The ILF) where she served as the Deputy Program Director and trained criminal defense attorneys in Palestine and Tunisia to provide effective representation to indigent clients. Prior to The ILF, she worked for several years as a Deputy Public Defender in Virginia where she represented clients at all trial and state appellate levels and also supervised the trial and appellate work of fellow public defenders. She earned her JD from Tulane Law School and her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Women’s Studies from Newcomb College at Tulane Law School.
Colin Finnegan earned his B.A. with honors in political science from the University of Chicago. He earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Global Teaching Fellow and as Senior Article and Line Editor for the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and was a Staff Writer for the Georgetown Law Weekly. He has volunteered for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, interned with Christo Rey Network, and tutored students in mathematics and science. Prior to joining STL, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Arthur R. Barcinas of the Superior Court of Guam.
Caitlin Grimmer earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Reno, her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School (GW Law), and her MPhil from the University of Cambridge, with distinction. While at GW Law, she served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Public Contract Law Journal (PCLJ). Her Note, “Procuring Protection: Using the False Claims Act to Combat Human Trafficking by Government Contractors,” was selected for publication in the fall 2013 edition of the Public Contract Law Journal and republished in the fall 2014 edition of the Journal of Contract Management. During law school she worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; Superior Court of the District of Columbia; U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs; and U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section. After law school, she attended the University of Cambridge as a Cambridge Commonwealth, European, and International Trust Scholar. While at Cambridge, she served as an editor for the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) as well as working on the Cambridge Innocence Project and the Graduate Law Society. Prior to coming to STL, she clerked at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of Illinois assisting in federal post-conviction relief challenging sentence enhancements under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Caitlin is a member of the Virginia Bar.
Yi Seul Kim earned LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She earned her B.A. from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and J.D. and J.M. from Peking University School of Transnational Law. While at Harvard, she was involved in the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. During law school, she worked for United Nations Register of Damage located in Vienna and Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Center. She was a visiting lecturer in 2016 at Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University, teaching a food safety law and policy seminar. Prior to law school, she worked for Morgan Stanley Capital International in Melbourne and Booz & Co in Seoul.
Christian Pangilinan comes to STL from Asylum Access Tanzania, where he served as a Georgetown Fellow and then Interim Legal Services Manager. Previously, he was a Dean’s Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned his Juris Doctor with honours. At Georgetown Law, he was Managing Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law Annual Review, member of the Jessup Moot Court Team, an International Economic Law Fellow, Global Teaching Fellow, and Human Rights Associate. He was a member of the Street Law and the D.C. Law Students in Court Clinics. He has experience working in prisoners’ rights and disability litigation and in a federal agency with oversight over federal discrimination laws. His research interests include forced migration, human rights, and legal history.