Current Freedman Fellows

Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat (2012-2014)

Klein Hall, Room 505
tel: 215-204-4893
fax: 215-204-1185

Noura Erakat comes to Temple University's Beasley School of Law from Georgetown University Law Center, where she completed her LLM in National Security with distinction. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa) and Berkeley Law School (J.D.), where she received the Francine Diaz Memorial Award Scholarship. She spent the Spring 2010 semester as a Visiting Researcher at the American University of Beirut.

Prior to joining Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Ms. Erakat served as Legal Counsel for the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives where she led twelve investigative hearings aimed at reform of federal policies ranging from healthcare to emergency preparedness and access to quality credit. She has represented the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights among United Nations human rights treaty bodies as well as diplomatic missions based in New York. Ms. Erakat has taught "International Human Rights Law in the Middle East" at Georgetown University since the Spring 2009. She is a co-founding and contributing editor of Jadaliyya.

Ms. Erakat's research interests include the laws of war, human rights law, refugee legal regimes, and international law. Her articles include, U.S. versus ICRC: Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction (forthcoming in Denver Journal of International Law & Policy); Operation Cast Lead: The Elusive Quest for Self-Defense in International Law, 36 RUTGERS L. REC. 164 (2009); Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courtrooms, 2 BERKELEY J. MID. EAST & ISLAMIC L. 27 (2009); and It’s not wrong, it’s illegal: Situating the Gaza Blockade between International Law and the UN Response, 11 UCLA J. ISLAMIC & NEAR E.L. 37 (2012). Ms. Erakat has appeared on Fox’s “The O’ Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Politically Incorrect,” MSNBC, and Al-Jazeera Arabic and English and her publications have been featured on Foreign Policy, Al Jazeerea, the, The Interdependent, and the Huffington Post.

Elizabeth Kukura

Elizabeth Kukura (2013-2015)

Klein Hall, Room 507
tel: 215-204-2651
fax: 215-204-1185
» Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Elizabeth Kukura came to Temple University’s Beasley School of Law from the New York office of Bryan Cave LLP, where she litigated a variety of securities, employment, and commercial matters and also served as pro bono counsel to several national LGBT rights organizations. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law (J.D.), the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in Human Rights), and Yale University (B.A. cum laude).

Elizabeth previously served as Legal Fellow with Law Students for Reproductive Justice and was the inaugural Public Policy Fellow with the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law. She has also worked with National Advocates for Pregnant Women, the Global Justice Center, and the Committee for the Protection and Promotion of Child Rights in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Elizabeth’s scholarly interests include health care, family law, reproductive justice, and gender and sexuality. Her article Choice in Birth: Preserving Access to VBAC appeared in the Penn State Law Review (114 Penn St. L. Rev. 955 (2010)). Her writing has also been published in the Human Rights Brief and the Peace Review. She served as editor-in-chief of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change.

Brian Murray

Brian Murray (2014-2016)

Klein Hall, Room 506
tel: 215-204-6311
fax: 215-204-1185

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Brian Murray came to Temple University’s Beasley School of Law after practicing criminal defense at the Chester County Public Defender’s Office. Prior to practicing as a public defender, Brian practiced employment law at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS), where he represented low-income clients in different venues in Philadelphia.

He is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School (J.D.), magna cum laude, where he received the inaugural Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellowship and the Harold Weber Academic Legal Writing Award. While at Notre Dame, Brian served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Prior to studying law, Brian attended Villanova University, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Brian’s scholarly interests include criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure, employment discrimination, the First Amendment, and professional responsibility. He is also interested in exploring the intersection of employment law and criminal law as it relates to his prior practice as a legal aid attorney and public defender. Brian has published three articles, including in Confronting Religion: Veiled Muslim Witness and the Confrontation Clause, 85 Notre Dame Law Review 1727 (2010) and The Elephant in Hosanna-Tabor, 10 Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 493 (2012).

Kerrin Wolf

Kerrin Wolf (2012-2014)

Klein Hall, Room 506
tel: 215-204-6311
fax: 215-204-1185

Kerrin Wolf joined Temple after receiving a doctorate in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, where he also served as a Public Policy Teaching Fellow. His dissertation, which was awarded the University of Delaware’s Dan Rich Dissertation Prize, analyzed the nature and practice of arresting students in public schools. He also completed course work on teaching in higher education offered by the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Kerrin practiced at White and Williams LLP in Philadelphia. His work consisted of a variety of civil litigation matters, including construction disputes, products liability, and medical malpractice.

Kerrin received his J.D and B.A. from the College of William and Mary. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

Kerrin’s legal scholarship focuses on children’s rights, education law, and juvenile justice. His current research explores the arrest decision making of school resource officers and the application of Miranda in the school setting. Kerrin’s prior publications include The Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Pipeline in Delaware, in DELAWARE HOUSING COALITION, THE REALITIES OF POVERTY IN DELAWARE 37-42 (2009-2010), and Making an Impact on Juvenile Delinquents: An Approach to Victim Impact Statements that Everyone Can Embrace, 55 JUVENILE AND FAMILY CT. J. 39 (Fall 2004).