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JD Fellows of 2020-2021

Annie Garau (Executive Fellow)

Originally from Indianapolis, Annie graduated from Indiana University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in Journalism, International Studies, and French. As an undergraduate, Annie was the Region Editor for the Indiana Daily Student and wrote an award-winning thesis on how Eurocentrism influences media coverage of Muslim women. Following graduation, Annie worked at Esquire magazine and then for VGIF, a United Nations partner foundation dedicated to women’s empowerment. Annie has spent time working with the homeless community in Indianapolis, refugees in Boston, hospital patients in Kenya, and prison reform activists in New York. She recently completed a summer internship at Brooklyn Defender Services, where she focused on how interactions with the criminal system can impact one’s ability to attain or retain employment. This year, in addition to working with the CCD, Annie will be a Bradley Fellow in Criminal Law and Procedure and a policy intern at the Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana.

Natalia Rivera (Managing Fellow)

Natalia is from Florida and graduated from Florida International University in Miami. After graduating with her B.A., Natalia worked as a researcher for two years assessing the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan and other countries in Africa. Natalia is looking forward to practicing international law in some capacity.

Shane Kelly (Editorial Fellow)

Rachel Myers

Rachel J. Myers is pursuing an MA in Russian and East European area studies and a JD from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Her studies in Russian language and the region will support her work with governments and NGOs in Eurasia on access to justice, court reform, and tax and labor law. Myers has worked in international legal education and reform with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa regions. Myers also lived and worked in Izhevsk, Russia as a university teaching assistant with the Fulbright Program.

Dane Kirchoff-Foster

Dane Foster is a native Hoosier from Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with distinction and honors. He double majored in Political Science and Philosophy, with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Political and Civic Engagement (PACE). He wrote his honors thesis on the morality of warfare.
Prior to starting law school, Dane spent six months in Amman, Jordan, learning Arabic and teaching English. Currently, he is President of the Christian Legal Society, and participates in the Inmate Legal Assistance Project. He is also Vice President of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at IU. Last summer, Dane interned with Student Legal Services in Bloomington as well as with Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) in Indianapolis. He is passionate about international humanitarian law, and especially conflict resolution and refugee policy. He hopes to have a career pursuing these passions professionally in the Middle East.

Kelsey Daugherty

Kelsey graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Journalism and minors in German and Business. Kelsey is currently interning at Wardyński & Partners law firm in Poland as a Stewart Fellow. Before starting law school Kelsey was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, Germany. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a student reporter and magazine writer, photographer, and designer. Kelsey is also on the 2019-2020 Executive Board for the Protective Order Project and is a Practice Group Advisor for the upcoming year. She hopes to work with international law in the future and is especially passionate about human rights. Kelsey was born in Sacramento, CA and raised in Vacaville, CA.

Molly Madden

Molly graduated Summa Cum Laude from DePauw University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Environmental Biology. She went straight to Maurer where she is a Bradley Fellow, a volunteer with the Protective Order Project, and a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation. She is also pursuing her Master in Public Affairs with a concentration in Policy Analysis at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Last semester, she served as an extern clerk for Justice Goff of the Indiana Supreme Court. Currently, she is working on homicide cases at the Marion County Prosecutors Office, and over the summer she will be a summer associate at Faegre Baker Daniels in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Hayley Sears

Hayley Sears is currently participating in a judicial externship for former Chief Justice Shepard where she is learning from his work on the Indiana Court of Appeals. At Maurer, Hayley is president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, a 2019 Moot Court finalist, and a J.D. Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Democracy. This past summer, Hayley was a legal clerk for the Chief Counsel in the Office of the Vice-President of the United States and this Fall she will clerk for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Samira Suleiman

Samira is Vice President of the International Law Society, on the Executive Board of the Women’s Law Caucus, and a J.D. Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Democracy. Before moving to Bloomington, she worked in Silicon Valley as a paralegal and legal writer for business immigration law firms with a focus on startup and entrepreneur clients. Samira received her B.A. in International Relations in 2016 from Stanford University, where she specialized in international security and the Middle East/North Africa region. This summer Samira is working at the Indiana Office of the Attorney General in their Data Privacy and Identity Theft Unit, and after law school she hopes to continue pursuing a career in public service. She was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI.

Luis Torres

Liam Williams

Liam is originally from Connecticut where he received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut and graduated in the Honors Program. He was a double major in Political Science and English with minors in Computer Science and Economics. During his senior year in undergrad, he wrote his Honors thesis on American constitutional law and the relationship between the Christian right and the development of gay rights. This summer, he is spending six weeks at Wardyński & Partners in Warsaw, Poland through the Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program, which is his first experience abroad. As part of the law school, he is the 2019-2020 Program Manager for the Black Law Students Association and the Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Latinx Law Students Association.

Alexis Jenkins

Alexis Jenkins is a second-year law student who graduated from Indiana University in December 2017. While pursuing her bachelor’s degrees in Theatre & Drama and Communication & Culture, Alexis interned at the IU Center for the Study for Global Change and spent one month in Guatemala producing a documentary to assist the fundraising efforts of a local school. She has also worked as a news editor at a “good news” media company and a legal assistant at a firm in South Bend, Indiana. In addition to being a new member of the CCD, Alexis currently works as a Legal Intern at the Office of Assistant Chief Counsel for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and she is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Public Interest Law Foundation.

Christopher Koester

Chris Koester is a 2L student at the Maurer School of Law. Before coming to law school, he worked as a Full-Time Instructor in the Department of English at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, from 2016-2019. While there, he taught early modern literature courses (including Shakespeare) to undergraduates. In addition to teaching, he also conducted research. He has published two peer-reviewed articles on seventeenth-century poetry, with a third one on the way. He holds a Ph.D. (2015) in English from Indiana University and a B.A. (2008) in English from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Since enrolling in law school, he has interned at Indiana Legal Services in Bloomington and the Eli Lilly Corporation in Indianapolis. Outside of school, he is a husband to his wife, Maureen, and a treat-giver to his two standard poodles, Clarence and Lola.

Keanna Cohen

Keanna Cohen is originally from Northern New Mexico. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied abroad in Cape Town and volunteered in rural Kenya. Prior to law school she served as a Peace Corps in Morocco for 27 months where she worked on girls’ empowerment programming and served as a cultural liaison for well and bridge-building initiatives. This summer Keanna took part in the Maurer-Miami internship program where she interned part-time with Maurer alum Judge Jose Rodriguez, and part-time with a private firm. To date, Keanna’s educational and career focus has been on international relations and development, but now she’s thinking of returning to the Southwest and focusing on issues in her own backyard. In her free time, you can find Keanna at Cup & Kettle or Switchyard.

Michelle Johnston

Michelle will start her second year of law school this fall after having spent a year away, participating in the SKKU JD/MBA fellowship program in Korea. Before Maurer, Michelle studied Global Politics and Business Economics at Miami University (OH). While there, she interned for a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland, for a semester and an international law firm in Manila, Philippines, for a summer. She also raised four service dogs-in-training and played club quidditch. After graduating from Miami, Michelle worked for a consulting firm and specialized in government consulting. At Maurer, she is involved with the Protective Order Project, the Inmate Legal Assistance Project, and the International Law Society. She was also a 2019 Stewart Fellow for a maritime law firm in Tokyo, Japan. Michelle hopes to work with government and international law in the future.

Kyle Kopchak

Kyle Kopchak graduated from DePauw University in 2019 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science and minors in Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict. While at DePauw, he played soccer for four years and served as the news director for DePauw’s student-run radio station. As a part of DePauw’s Media Fellows Program, he served as a press intern in the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office. Additionally, while working for a small government relations firm, LNE Group, he traveled to Cuba to assist in promoting partnerships between American and Cuban business and helped establish a medical collaboration between American and Cuban hospitals. Kyle spent this past summer working in the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development, and he will serve as Events Coordinator for the Public Interest Law Foundation this fall.

Hussein Mohamed

Hussein is currently a second-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is an Egyptian-American who was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Biology and English. As an undergraduate student, he focused on literary theory and presented his senior paper on far-right hate groups at Butler’s Undergraduate Research Conference. At Maurer, Hussein is the President of the Middle Eastern Law Association, the Treasurer of the Latinx Law Student Association, a Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition competitor , and the Diversity and Inclusion Fellow. Hussein has an interest in international law and comparative law and looks forward to pursing that interest at Maurer.

Michael Osborn

Michael is a rising 2L JD/MBA student who has recently returned from studying at Sungkyunkwan Graduate School of Business in Seoul, South Korea. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Akron with degrees in International Business and Political Science as well as a minor in French. Studying business and politics in a city plagued by the effects of industrial decline such as Akron made Michael interested in the intersection of government and business and the societal benefits that can be achieved if that intersection is managed ethically. While at Akron, Michael travelled to Ouanaminthe, Haiti to study the impacts of constitutional changes on foreign direct investment and business development. Following his 1L year, he interned with The U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Submarine Base New London where he assisted with Trial and Command Legal Services. Upon graduation, Michael hopes to join the Navy JAG Corps and pursue a career in Operational and International Trade Law.

JD Fellows of 2019-2020

  • Carolyn Griffith – Executive Fellow
  • Christine Walsh – Managing Fellow
  • Devin Haymond – Editorial Fellow
  • Gerardo Alvarez Sottil
  • Aaron Hurd
  • Emma Ivory-Ganja
  • Joseph Leonard
  • Siyu Li
  • Alexus McNally
  • Rachel Myers
  • Harrison Schafer
  • Shane Kelly
  • Annie Garau
  • Natalia Rivera
  • Rachel Myers
  • Dane Kirchoff-Foster
  • Kelsey Daugherty
  • Molly Madden
  • Hayley Sears
  • Samira Suleiman
  • Luis Torres
  • Liam Williams

JD & Graduate Fellows of 2018/19

  • Alex Rosselli – Executive Fellow
  • Cody Vaughn – Editorial Fellow
  • Samantha Lalisan – Managing Fellow
  • Katie Cutshaw – Managing Fellow
  • Patrick Welsh
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Chris Erickson
  • Mary Christie
  • Sabienne Brutus
  • Devin Haymond
  • Carolyn Griffith
  • Christine Walsh
  • Gerardo Alvarez Sottil
  • Aaron Hurd
  • Emma Ivory-Ganja
  • Joseph Leonard
  • Siyu Li
  • Alexus McNally
  • Rachel Myers
  • Harrison Schafer

JD & Graduate Fellows of 2017/18

  • Alexander Thibodeau – Executive Affiliate
  • Allie Hendrickson – Managing Affiliate
  • Anasuya Shekhar – Editorial Affiliate
  • Jackie Brooks
  • Brooke Harwood
  • Lisa La Fornara
  • Allison O’Brien
  • Chase Stoddard
  • Cody Vaughn
  • Alex Rosselli
  • Samantha Lalisan
  • Katie Cutshaw
  • Patrick Welsh
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Chris Erickson
  • Mary Christie
  • Sabienne Brutus

JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2016/17

  • Samantha von Ende – Executive Affiliate
  • James Ruley – Editorial Affiliate
  • Ashley Lenderman – Managing Affiliate
  • Anastasiia Allen
  • Jackie Brooks
  • Brooke Harwood
  • Allie Hendrickson
  • Victoria Hicks
  • Christopher Komari
  • Lisa La Fornara
  • Brian Micic
  • Allison O’Brien
  • Anasuya Shekhar
  • Jamal Sowell
  • Chase Stoddard
  • Alex Thibodeau

JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2015/16

  • Brittany Shelmon – Executive Affiliate
  • Alexander Avtgis – Editorial Affiliate
  • Rafael Macia – Managing Affiliate
  • Anastasiia Allen
  • Christopher Komari
  • Cory Kopitzke
  • Ashley Lenderman
  • Brian Micic
  • James Ruley
  • Sunrita Sen
  • Jamal Sowell
  • Sam von Ende

JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2014/15

  • Brady Harman – Senior Managing Affiliate
  • James O’Hollearn – Managing Affiliate
  • Amy Patton – Managing Affiliate
  • Farah Alkayed
  • Alexander Avtgis
  • Sarah Bauer
  • Iskender (Alex) Bayrak
  • Becky Boyle
  • Elyssa Campodonico
  • Jordan Gamble Downham
  • Eldin Hasic
  • Rafael Macia
  • Zardasht Mohammed
  • Priscilla G. Osei-Bonsu
  • John Pence
  • Brittany Shelmon
  • Trevor Woolf

JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2013/14

  • Brady Harman – Managing Affiliate
  • Mahja Zeon – Managing Affiliate
  • Rammy G. Barbari
  • Adam Doerr
  • Eldin Hasic
  • Adesuwa Ighile
  • Erin Jansen
  • Saranya Kalai
  • Zardasht Mohammed
  • James O’Hollearn
  • Priscilla G. Osei-Bonsu
  • Amy Patton
  • Tara Paul
  • John Pence
  • Trevor Woolf

JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2012/13

  • Tara Paul – Managing Affiliate
  • Jordan Baker
  • Rammy G. Barbari
  • Megan Boelstler
  • Adam Doerr
  • Brady Harman
  • Adesuwa Ighile
  • Saranya Kalaiselvan
  • Mahja Zeon
  • Ian Watterson
  • Nicole Tuttle

JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2011/12

  • Angelus Kocoshis – Managing Affiliate
  • Erica Oppenheimer – Managing Affiliate
  • Omar Martinez
  • Daniel Buigas
  • Erin Mihalik
  • Aaron Corn
  • Michael Roose
  • Louise Barrett
  • Aaron Bonar
  • Jason Howard
  • Jennifer Lorentz
  • Tara Paul
  • Cheyenne Riker
  • Ezequiel J. Romero
  • Danny Thiemann
  • Nicole Tuttle
  • Ian Watterson

JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2010/11

  • Mia So – Managing Affiliate
  • Aaron Aft – Managing Affiliate
  • Omar Martinez
  • Daniel Buigas
  • Angelus Kocoshis
  • Erica Oppenheimer
  • Erin Mihalik
  • Aaron Corn
  • Erin McAdams
  • Sarah Kellogg
  • Alison L. McCormick
  • Jalil Dozier
  • Michael Roose

JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2009/10

  • Christina M. Clark – Managing Affiliate
  • Peter Giordano – Managing Affiliate
  • Allison McCormick
  • April Wilson
  • Brandon Elkins-Barkley
  • Onika Williams
  • Aster Allen-Brown
  • Aaron Craft
  • Shane Hageman
  • Andrei Marks
  • Mia T. So
  • Omar Martinez
  • Jeffrey Block
  • Jeremiah Williamson
  • Aaron Aft
  • Aditi Banerjee
  • Elaisa Vahnie
  • Neineh Plo