Sullivan Welcomes New First Year Associates

Press Release
October 18, 2021

Sullivan is proud to welcome five First Year Associates to our Boston office, all of whom participated in our Summer Associate Program in 2020:

Ruoya Burns
Ruoya received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, where she served as Associate Editor of the Northeastern University Law Review and as Teaching Assistant for both the first-year Legal Research and Writing Class and for Contracts Law. She was also the Teaching Assistant for Martha Davis, the University Distinguished Professor of Law, in the upper-level Professional Responsibility class.

While in law school, Ruoya worked as a student attorney in the law school's Community Business Clinic, where she provided legal services to community startups and entrepreneurs. She also completed a judicial internship in the Honorable Indira Talwani’s chambers in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, and an internship at the Massachusetts Securities Division.

Alexander Fung
While attending Columbia Law School, Alexander was a Staff Writer for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law and an officer for the Society for Law, Science & Technology. Alexander has also worked at the Sabin Center for Climate Change in New York City, researching global warming and climate change issues, and reported on a hearing in the case of People of New York v. Exxon Mobil Corporation. While earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, he served as Co-President of the Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence Students’ Association (CASA) and worked as the Lab Manager of the school’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.

Alexander is committed to working to aid survivors of domestic violence. He prosecuted violent misdemeanors with the Queens District Attorney's Office and provided civil legal services through Sanctuary for Families in New York City.

Brian Hurley
While in law school, Brian was the development editor for the UCC Reporter-Digest and also worked as a student attorney in BC’s Civil Litigation Clinic, representing local tenants in landlord-tenant disputes. After graduating from Boston College, Brian worked as a Special Education Assistant Teacher for the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools. While in college, Brian served as the student manager for the Boston College Men’s Hockey team and wrote his Senior Thesis on Western Investment in Post-Nuclear Deal Iran. Brian’s other interests include playing hockey, watching Boston sports teams, and helping run his family-owned bed & breakfast on Martha’s Vineyard.

Chinyere Okogeri
While in law school, Chinyere served as the president of Black Law Students Association, the Head Student Director for LAHANAS, a member of the Boston College Law School Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and a clinic student in the Boston College Innocence Program. She has also held summer internships at Brenda G Levy Law Associates, the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Queens District Attorney’s Office in New York City and the Georgetown Law Criminal Justice Clinic in Washington, DC.

Chinyere received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University, where she was selected to be the Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker, with degrees in Neuroscience and Women’s Studies. She has considerable experience with community service projects and pro bono legal work, having traveled to La Naranja, Nicaragua in 2018 to assist at a medical clinic, and to Houston, Texas in 2019 to participate in the 1L Spring Break Pro Bono Gulf Coast Recovery Trip at The Beacon.

Nicole Seltzer
Nicole earned her law degree from Boston University Law School, where she served as an editor on the Boston University Law Review. She also worked as an intern at a boutique Cambridge law firm. Prior to entering law school, she worked as a litigation paralegal at a New Jersey law firm. She is proficient in Spanish and enjoys skiing, cooking, reading and traveling in her spare time.

About Sullivan
Sullivan & Worcester (Sullivan) is a leading AmLaw 200 law firm with over 200 attorneys in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, DC. Sullivan’s clients, including Fortune 500 companies and emerging businesses, rely on Sullivan’s strategic vision, comfort with complexity and intense focus on results. As a global law firm, Sullivan’s reach extends beyond the United States. Sullivan has represented clients around the world and has a deep bench for working on a variety of matters and issues affecting clients globally.

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