Garth Meintjes, Esq., Executive Director
Garth came to ISLP in March 2011 from the International Legal Foundation, an organization that develops legal aid programs in post-conflict countries, where he had served as chief operating officer and oversaw the expansion of their programs in Afghanistan and Nepal. Garth was born and raised in South Africa and received his B.A. from the University of Stellenbosch and an LL.B. from the University of Cape Town. As a conscientious objector to compulsory service in the South African Defence Force, he was effectively barred from entering professional legal practice. While teaching constitutional law and criminal law at the University of the Western Cape, he received a scholarship to study international human rights at the Notre Dame Law School. He ended up spending 14 years at Notre Dame, where, as Associate Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, he built the Center into an internationally recognized human rights institution that brings lawyers from around the world to learn about international human rights and helps them secure jobs or internships in the field after completing the program. At Notre Dame, Garth also wrote and taught in the areas of international law and human rights, particularly on accountability for gross violations of human rights and human rights practice, and received both LL.M and doctorate degrees. Returning to New York, Garth joined the JEHT Foundation to develop and manage its International Justice Program.
Jean Berman, Esq., Senior Executive Advisor
Jean Berman, ISLP Executive Director from September 2001-March 2012, remains on staff as Senior Executive Advisor. Prior to joining ISLP, Jean was a Senior Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York, where for nearly 18 years she represented nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities, specializing in issues related to nonprofit organizations and the development of affordable housing. Earlier in her legal career, Jean was associated with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Berle, Butzel, Kass & Case, a New York law firm specializing in environmental law. A graduate of Harvard University and the New York University School of Law, Jean spent the year 1970-71 in Yugoslavia (Belgrade and Novi Sad) on a Fulbright Scholarship, and spent a year in Switzerland and a year in Russia as a child and teenager.
Katerina Drisi, Esq., Economic Development Program Officer
Katerina joined ISLP in December 2010 to support its Economic Development Program. Katerina is both a civil law and common law trained attorney. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Athens and Master Degrees (L.LMs) from the Sorbonne – Paris I, on Comparative Public Law of the European countries (D.E.A. Droit Public Comparé des États Européens) and from Fordham University, New York, on International Business and Trade Law. Prior to joining ISLP, she worked as an attorney, specializing in public procurement, privatization contracts, government contracts and concessions of large infrastructure projects, in Greece and Eastern Europe. Katerina is responsible for developing ISLP’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) focus area and ISLP’s international trade and food security programs.
Heather Eisenlord, Esq., Human Rights Program Director
Prior to joining ISLP in 2011, Heather was a senior associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP, where she represented corporate clients and leading financial institutions in connection with complex domestic and cross-border transactions. In 2009, during a sabbatical from her firm, she provided onsite pro bono legal support to an anti-human trafficking NGO in Cambodia and a community-based organization in Uganda that provides quality schooling and other support to children and young people in the Kabale District. As ISLP’s Human Rights Program Director, she has managed projects in over twenty-five countries spanning Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. Those projects have addressed wide-ranging issues such as statelessness, gender-based violence, anti-corruption, corporate accountability, media freedom, land grabbing, and legal aid for indigent persons. She received her J.D., with Highest Honors, from the George Washington University Law School and earned a B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University. She also participated in a program on post-Soviet legal transition at the Law School of Moscow State University and a program in political theory and race relations at the University of Cambridge.
Julia Grégoire, Esq., Human Rights Program Associate
Julia joined ISLP in January 2013. Born in France and raised in the U.S., she is fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian. During college at Brown University, Julia interned at the Legal Aid Society of Brooklyn and the Rhode Island Public Defenders Office, fueling her passion for public defense. After college, Julia spent two years teaching high school in Paris and in Providence, RI before enrolling in law school at Boston University. While at B.U., she spent a semester studying law in Spanish at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas-Madrid and solidified her passion for international development while traveling to Haiti with PeaceTones, an organization that promotes music and musicians' rights to advance social justice in post-conflict countries. Prior to joining ISLP, Julia served as a judicial clerk to four judges on the Rhode Island Superior Court, where she drafted decisions on a variety of criminal and civil motions.
Andra Moss, Director, Communications and Volunteer Development
Andra has been with ISLP since June 2007 and is responsible for volunteer outreach to senior lawyers and law firms, for pairing volunteers with international pro bono opportunities, and for disseminating information about the work of ISLP and its clients, partners and volunteers. She came to ISLP from the Institute of Management Administration, where she directed programming related to best practices in law firm management. During a three month sabbatical in 2006, she led a course on volunteerism for the Japanese government-sponsored Ship for World Youth in Kenya and India. She has also headed the volunteer efforts for the Uptown Habitat for Humanity and The Hague Appeal for Peace world peace conference of 1999. Andra has a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University and an MS in Human Service Administration and Nonprofit Management.
Lindsay Novis, Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in Missoula, Montana, Lindsay Novis made her way to Fordham University in New York City, where she received a B.A. in Middle East Studies, minoring in French and Arabic. In Spring 2009, Lindsay studied abroad in Tunis, Tunisia and spent 2011 interning with the Clinton Global Initiative.
Anna Shakarova, Economic Development Program Director
Anna Shakarova joined ISLP in December 2007. She previously served as a Senior Program Officer at the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC), where she was responsible for a diverse portfolio of technical assistance projects centered on small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) lending for financial services institutions in transition and emerging market countries. During her nine years at FSVC, she held a number of positions managing FSVC’s technical assistance programs with a focus on improving banking systems, capital markets, and legal and regulatory frameworks in Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), Middle East, and Asia. Anna earned her M.A. from the Samarkand State University and a B.A. from the Marymount Manhattan College.
Lisa Sweat, Esq., Myanmar Program Officer
Lisa joined ISLP as a legal fellow in the human rights program in November 2012 following her graduation from New York University School of Law. She now serves as the Myanmar Program Officer. Prior to joining ISLP, Lisa served as a legal intern with the Burma Lawyers' Council in Mae Sot, Thailand and in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her experience also includes research assistance for The Center for Law and Security, for a law firm representing victims' rights at the International Criminal Court and for NGOs working in the areas of international economic development, security and human rights. Lisa earned her B.A. in International Affairs from Emory University.
Benjamin Bartz, Esq. NYU-ISLP Legal Fellow
Ben joined ISLP in September as an NYU-ISLP Legal Fellow after graduating from NYU School of Law. Ben attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a B.A. in History. He discovered ISLP through the NYU Public Interest Law Center, which is co-sponsoring the one-year fellowship. During his time at NYU, Ben did public interest work at the New York Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and WNET New York Public Media and participated in a tax clinic that provided legal assistance to low-income taxpayers who had cases before the U.S. Tax Court.
Susan Hazledine, Esq., Director, ISLP-UK
Susan is an accomplished litigator and pro bono advocate, with more than 20 years’ experience, including 14 years as a partner. She most recently headed Allen & Overy’s Social Investment program globally. Under her leadership, the firm undertook several award-winning global initiatives relating to pro bono, community, diversity and the environment. Throughout her career as a commercial litigator in both the UK and Hong Kong, Susan has been actively engaged in pro bono work, including obtaining the acquittal of a prisoner on death row in Trinidad, pursuing a pro bono case to the Court of Appeal and acting as a pro bono legal advisor at the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau for more than a decade. Susan joined the Board of ISLP-UK as a Trustee in 2010 and was officially appointed Director of the ISLP-UK office by the Board in September. Since early 2013 she has, as an ISLP volunteer, been working with Oxfam International on global legal management issues.
James Reynolds, Esq., Bertha Human Rights Fellow, ISLP-UK
An experienced corporate tax lawyer, human rights lawyer and volunteer, James graduated from Cambridge University, studied law at the College of Law in Guildford and spent several years at Allen & Overy as an Associate and Senior Professional Support Lawyer. More recently, James worked with the AIRE Centre, a UK charity that promotes awareness and respect for the rights of marginalized individuals in Europe and those in vulnerable circumstances. His work included litigation on behalf of vulnerable migrants and a range of human rights projects in the Balkans. He has also devoted himself to school mentoring programs, hospice care and has volunteered with young offenders. James' fellowship with ISLP-UK is made possible through the generous support of the Bertha Foundation.
Michele O'Brien, Esq., Director, ISLP-Europe
Michele came to ISLP in 2008 from the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. She previously practiced in the litigation departments at leading law firms in Boston. During her time in private practice, she served pro bono clients in cases before state and federal courts and was a teacher in for the Boston Citizen Schools Mock Trial Program. Before obtaining her law degree, she worked in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and as a student assistant district attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Michele received a J.D. from Boston College Law School, an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Dublin, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College. She was a non-degree student in International Law at the University of Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne).