Carolyn Forstein

Associate
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Fax: 202.775.4510

Education:

J.D., Columbia Law School, 2015

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Head Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

International Semi-Finalist and National Champion Team, Jessup International Law Moot Court

B.A. in International Relations, Stanford University, 2010

Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Honors

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia

New York

Carolyn Forstein is a trial and appellate litigator. Before joining Robbins, Russell in 2018, Carolyn served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Timothy M. Burgess of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska and as a foreign law clerk to Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She also worked as an associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP in its offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

Before law school, Carolyn researched rule of law and civil society development as a Fulbright fellow in Ukraine and studied Russian language, political science, and business on an academic scholarship in Moscow, Russia. Carolyn is proficient in Russian and Spanish.

Professional Activities, Publications, and Honors

  • Member, Younger Generation Leadership Network on Euro-Atlantic Security

  • Challenging Extradition: The Doctrine of Specialty in Customary International Law, Note, 53 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 363 (2015).

  • Bringing Human Rights Home: The Challenge of Enforcing Judicial Rulings in Ukraine and Russia, 24 Ind. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 269 (2014), with Andrey Meleshevich

  • Ukraine’s Justice Deficit, Open Democracy, June 7, 2012

About

Carolyn Forstein is a trial and appellate litigator. Before joining Robbins, Russell in 2018, Carolyn served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Timothy M. Burgess of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska and as a foreign law clerk to Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She also worked as an associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP in its offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

Before law school, Carolyn researched rule of law and civil society development as a Fulbright fellow in Ukraine and studied Russian language, political science, and business on an academic scholarship in Moscow, Russia. Carolyn is proficient in Russian and Spanish.

Professional Activities, Publications, and Honors

  • Member, Younger Generation Leadership Network on Euro-Atlantic Security

  • Challenging Extradition: The Doctrine of Specialty in Customary International Law, Note, 53 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 363 (2015).

  • Bringing Human Rights Home: The Challenge of Enforcing Judicial Rulings in Ukraine and Russia, 24 Ind. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 269 (2014), with Andrey Meleshevich

  • Ukraine’s Justice Deficit, Open Democracy, June 7, 2012