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AG Honors Program Bios

AG Honors Program Bios

Meet the Current Honors Program Members

Launched in 2018, the NJOAG Honors Program welcomed its first class in 2019. Information about current Honors Program classes is available through the drop-down menu – we encourage interested applicants to learn about each class’ diversity in experience, education, and background.

2020 Honors Program Class

Shireen Farahani is spending her first year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Affirmative Civil Rights & Labor Section, which investigates civil rights, labor and workplace violations and brings appropriate actions to combat those violations. In 2020, she graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was on the Harvard Women’s Law Association Executive Board and was a member of the Harvard Law School Immigration Project. In 2014, she graduated summa cum laude with Departmental Honors in Linguistics from the University of Oregon.

Monica Finke is spending her first year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Consumer Fraud Prosecution Section, which provides legal representation to the Division of Consumer Affairs and Office of Consumer Protection. In 2020, she graduated from New York University School of Law, magna cum laude, where she was a Florence Allen Scholar and served as an Executive Editor of the New York University Law Review. In 2015, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science, and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago, where she received the John F. Grant Award for Bioethics.

Deepta Janardhan is spending her first year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Consumer Fraud Prosecution, which provides legal representation to the Division of Consumer Affairs and Office of Consumer Protection. In 2019, she graduated from Rutgers Law School- Newark, where she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Rutgers Race and the Law Review. After graduating law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Lorraine M. Augostini in the Superior Court, Family Part of Sussex County. In 2014, she graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers University.

James Matthew Novak is spending his first year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Environmental Enforcement & Environmental Justice Sections, which provides representation to the Department of Environmental Protection and administrative litigation to enforce a wide range of federal and State environmental laws. In 2020, he graduated from the New York University School of Law, where he served as an Executive Editor of the Environmental Law Journal and was a McKay Scholar. In 2017 he received a M.A. in Regional Studies from Columbia University. He graduated in 2016 from Haverford College with Departmental High Honors in Political Science.

John-Paul Proctor is spending his first year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Affirmative Civil Rights & Labor Section, which investigates civil rights, labor and workplace violations and brings appropriate actions to combat those violations. A 2020 graduate from Howard University School of Law, he interned at the World Bank Group’s Peer Review Services Unit, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Civil Rights. He competed on the Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team during his 2L year and served as a student coach his 3L year. In 2015, he graduated from Howard University with a B.B.A. in Business Management, where he was an Executive Leadership Foundation Scholar.

Noemi Schor is spending her first year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division on Civil Rights, which is responsible for combatting discrimination in New Jersey. In 2020, she graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and was a Public Interest Fellow. In 2012, she graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in American Studies.

Samantha Thoma is spending her first year of the Honors Program assigned to the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, Conviction Review Unit, which reviews claims of actual innocence from incarcerated people across New Jersey. In 2020, she graduated from UVA School of Law, where she served as the Co-President of the Program in Law & Public Service and interned for Public Defender Offices in Worcester, MA and Alexandria, VA. In 2014, she graduated from Villanova University, where she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Turkey.

Micauri Vargas is spending her first year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Affirmative Civil Rights & Labor Section, which investigates civil rights, labor and workplace violations and brings appropriate actions to combat those violations. In 2020, she graduated from Rutgers Law School Newark, where she served as the Business Editor of the Race and the Law Review and was Co-Chair of the American Constitution Society. In 2014, she graduated with a B.A. in Economics from New York University.

2019 Honors Program Class

Adam Gerken is spending his second year of the Honors Program assigned to the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, Public Integrity Bureau, which investigates and prosecutes criminal abuses of the public trust. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an Executive Editor for the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. In 2016, he graduated from the University of Colorado Denver, where he was on the Dean’s List; University Honors and Leadership Program and Dean’s Student Advisory Council.

Erin Hodge is spending her second year of the Honors Program assigned to Division of Law, Environmental Enforcement & Environmental Justice Sections, which provides representation to the Department of Environmental Protection and administrative litigation to enforce a wide range of federal and State environmental laws. She joined the program after completing a clerkship with the Middlesex County Superior Court Criminal Division. In 2018, she graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School, where she served as the Head Notes Editor for the Vermont Law Review. In 2015, she graduated from Boston College, where she received a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience and minored in History and Asian Studies.

Joanna Loomis is spending her second year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Affirmative Civil Rights & Labor Section, which investigates civil rights, labor and workplace violations and brings appropriate actions to combat those violations. In 2019, she graduated from New York University School of Law, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Review of Law & Social Change and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Barbara Moses in the U.S. District Court S.D.N.Y. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Delaware, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology, B.A. in Linguistics and a Minor in Spanish.

Domenico Stockton-Rossini is spending his second year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Environmental Enforcement & Environmental Justice Sections, which provides representation to the Department of Environmental Protection and administrative litigation to enforce a wide range of federal and State environmental laws. Prior to joining the Honors Program, Dom was a law clerk for the Honorable Jessica Mayer in the Superior Court, Appellate Division. In 2018, he graduated from Rutgers Law School, Camden, where he was Senior Editor for the Rutgers University Law Review and received the Neil Wise Environmental Law Award. In 2015, he graduated from William Paterson University, where he graduated magna cum laude, awarded Best Senior Thesis and was a NCAA Football Academic All-American.

Emily Wanger is spending her second year of the Honors Program assigned to the Division of Law, Affirmative Civil Rights & Labor Enforcement Section, which investigates civil rights, labor and workplace violations and brings appropriate actions to combat those violations. Prior to joining the Honors Program, she clerked for the Honorable Sidney H. Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In 2018, she graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation and was a member of the Housing Clinic, the Rule of Law Clinic, the International Refugee Assistance Program, and the Yale Law Women Executive Board. In 2013, she graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science and English.

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