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JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2016/17

Samantha von Ende (Executive Affiliate)

In the fourth year of a combined JD/PhD program, Samantha von Ende is the product of two vibrant Jewish communities, in Overland Park, KS and Greensboro, NC, where she played competitive basketball and developed a passion for journalism, travel, and social justice. Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from Oglethorpe University in 2011, where she served as a student ambassador at the school’s Center for Civic Engagement, and with a Master of Arts degree in Bioethics from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where she authored a master’s thesis entitled “The Civil Right to Health Care.” Before coming to Indiana University, Sam spent a year in Washington, D.C. working for advocacy and social entrepreneurship organizations. Since beginning her studies at the Maurer School of Law, Sam has served as the President of the school’s American Constitution Society Chapter, as the Executive Articles Editor of the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality, as a research assistant to several professors, and as an intern in the chambers of Judge David Hamilton, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She spent her 2L summer interning at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City and will spend the summer of 2016 in New Delhi working directly with noted human rights attorney Vrinda Grover as a Milton Stewart Fellow. Passionate about science, technology, ethics, and law, Sam is primarily interested in exploring how advancements in social science and technology can illuminate the constitutional and legislative drafting processes and enable the social dialogues required by each such practice. She is especially interested in evaluating the dynamic relationship between culture and law, with an eye toward determining how a sound constitutional framework can simultaneously facilitate stability, protect essential civil liberties, and promote the reciprocal positive impacts of societal investment in human capital. At present, her research concentrates on the roles played by federalism, constitutional processes, and rights to expression in achieving social, economic, and political stability within plural societies, and has focused, thus far, on both the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

James Ruley (Editorial Affiliate)

James Ruley is a third-year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He completed his undergraduate degree in 2014 from Bob Jones University with a major in History and a minor in French. While he has not had the privilege of traveling abroad, his fascination with history gave him the opportunity to study different cultures and countries from around the world in his undergraduate program. James is particularly interested in the implementation of democratic and constitutional reform in the Middle East consistent with the various cultural, religious, and ideological groups in the region.

Ashley Lenderman (Managing Affiliate)

Ashley Lenderman is a third-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in both Political Science and Global Studies and a minor in French. While volunteering at refugee resettlement centers in Tennessee, she became interested in international human rights. Her interest in refugees only grew while taking classes in her undergraduate career, culminating in her writing a senior honors thesis on the refugee crisis in North Africa following the Arab Spring. While at the University of Tennessee, Ashley studied abroad in Paris. Since coming to Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Ashley has continued to explore her interest in international human rights by joining the Center for Constitutional Democracy and the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. Ashley is primarily interested in increases in the refugee population after a change in political regime.

Anastasiia Allen

Anastasiia Allen is a third-year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She was born in Ukraine and attended the Kriviy Rih Institute of Economics, where she majored in International Economics and English. While an undergraduate she worked with members of the United States Peace Corps in Ukraine to develop an English and Leadership camp for university students across Ukraine. She first came to the United States in 2010 for a student work and travel program, where she worked in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She moved to Tampa, Florida in 2011, before moving to Bloomington to attend Maurer School of Law. She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English. Anastasiia is especially interested in the effect international law has on developing democracies.

Jackie Brooks

Jackie Brooks is a second-year student at Maurer School of Law. As an undergraduate student at Indiana University, she pursued a double major in Russian Literature and Language and International Studies. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts degree, Jackie moved to New York City where she worked as a legal assistant for a criminal defense attorney in the heart of Manhattan. The year and a half she spent there cultivated her desire to learn more about the rule of law and its role in American society. Prior to coming to law school, she lived in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia for a year and St. Petersburg, Russia for six months. She later lived on a commune in Belgium for several months during her undergraduate years; backpacked around India independently for three months after her graduation; and has traveled to Israel, Germany, Norway, Estonia and around the United States as well. She is most interested in exploring cultural development as a result of applied political ideology and legal infrastructure. She is the 2016-17 president of the Maurer chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, a member of the Feminist Law Forum, and a dedicated part-time farmhand on an organic food farm located just outside of Bloomington.

Brooke Harwood

Brooke Harwood is a second-year student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She received her B.A. from Cornell University with a double major in Government and Near Eastern Studies. She originally became interested in international affairs while studying at Richmond American International University in London, and subsequently interning for a Member of Parliament in London. After graduating from Cornell, Brooke worked as a litigation paralegal. Her interest in the law grew quickly, and she is eager to build on her international studies experience at the Center for Constitutional Democracy. She is most interested in the impact of constitutional design on gender issues and ensuring the political representation of women.

Allie Hendrickson

Allie is a second-year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in 2015 from Indiana University with a major in English and a minor in French. Her English and French courses gave her a passion for the power of language and the importance of different perspectives, and she is excited to build upon and utilize this passion at the Center for Constitutional Democracy. She is most interested in constitutional design as it relates to ensuring the perspectives of women and ethnic minorities.

Victoria Hicks

Victoria is a second year J.D. student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She was born in Mexico, and moved to the United States at the age of 11. Ever since then, she has considered herself a somewhat native Bloomington resident. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. Her undergraduate thesis studied the effects of public opinion on immigration policies in Great Britain and Spain. Currently, she leads the Latino Outreach Initiative in the Low Income Tax Clinic at Indiana Legal Services.

Victoria’s passion for international matters developed when she moved to the United States. The rich contrast in cultures fascinated her, made her want to experience and learn more about other cultures. Earlier on, she satisfied her curiosity by learning languages, but her undergraduate education extended her fascination to cover different forms of governance and international politics. She decided to attend law school as a way to better understand governance, and hopes to become an immigration attorney in the near future.

Christopher Komari

Christopher is a third-year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Although born in Boston, Massachusetts, Christopher spent most of his life growing up in Greenwood, Indiana. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2013 from Indiana University Bloomington with a major in Spanish and a minor in Political Science. Coming from a multi-cultural background, Christopher has always had the desire to learn more about other cultures and communities. He has lived in Central America, South America, Europe, and spent extensive time in the Middle East. Living abroad allowed Christopher to learn Spanish, Portuguese, and Levantine Arabic. Christopher’s interest in government began when he was chosen to represent his High School in Indiana Hoosier Boys State where he was elected as Keynote Speaker of the Nationalist party. After that experience, he began to study how effective governments function and the flaws of those governments that had failed. It was not until his entrance to Maurer School of Law that he discovered the CCD and its global impact. After his first-year at Maurer, Christopher was chosen to participate in the Milton Stewart Fellowship in São Paulo, Brazil where he worked as a legal intern at the International law firm Demarest and International Company Votorantim. Christopher’s primary interest is keeping newly created governments accountable by implementing effective anti-corruption laws.

Lisa La Fornara

Lisa La Fornara is a second-year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. As the daughter of an Italian immigrant, Lisa has always taken an eager interest in international events and politics. While at Canisius, Lisa extensively studied human rights abroad, including women’s rights in Italy and the treatment and rights of detainees during the War on Terror, and studied abroad in Florence. After her first year at Maurer, Lisa was selected to be a Milton Stewart Fellow and interned in the chambers of Vrinda Grover, a leading women’s rights attorney in New Delhi, India. Passionate about the intersection between law and social equality, Lisa is especially interested in how the development and implementation of an operative constitution can protect the most vulnerable portions of the population.

Brian Micic

Brian Micic, a third-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, received his B.A. from DePaul University in Political Science and English, graduating summa cum laude. Coming from a diverse, multicultural background, where his family emigrated from South Africa to the United States, Brian was exposed to many of the struggles faced by various immigrant groups. To help quell these difficulties, he worked for over four years with the Bluhm Legal Clinic on international and immigration cases. While in undergraduate and law school, Brian joined various organizations and dedicated a portion of his studies in an effort to better understand political, social, and economic issues plaguing various regions of the world. After his first year of law school, Brian continued to expand his cultural boundaries by being one of two students chosen for the Eric T. Werner Global Cyber Security Policy Advancement Fellowship. Through this Fellowship, Brian worked in China with Microsoft’s Legal Department in Beijing and field experts at Xi’an Jiao Tong University School of Law on issues relating to international cybersecurity, and he researched methods for enhancing China’s cybersecurity laws to promote cohesive economic relations between the U.S. and China. Brian’s unique background, education, and work experience has developed within him an interest in assisting developing and post-conflict nations create and cultivate a functional constitutional framework.

Allison O’Brien

Allison is a second-year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne and her LL.M. in Human Rights Law and International Criminal Justice from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is currently a legal intern at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania. She is primarily interested in the role of law in armed conflict and the peace building process.

Sunrita Sen

Sunrita Sen is a third-year, international student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Growing up in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, Sunrita began working with non-profits during her teenage years and the struggles she witnessed among the impoverished sections of her community turned her towards humanitarian work. While attending Drake University, Sunrita studied abroad at the University of Nottingham in England where she focused on International Economics and South Asian Economies. A comparative course on international law turned Sunrita towards the idea that the rule of law could be an invaluable tool for addressing the plight of poverty. Sunrita became deeply invested in discovering the value of constitutions and democracy in war-ridden and post-revolutionary countries in the Middle East and South Asia and completed two separate theses on this topic while completing her undergraduate studies in Political Science and International Relations. The possibility of working with the Center for Constitutional Democracy was a significant factor in Sunrita’s decision to attend Maurer and being selected as a J.D. Affiliate is “a dream come true” for her. Sunrita has spent the summer after her first year of law school working as a law clerk in the Antitrust Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Sunrita is particularly interested in successful implementation of the rule of law in post-conflict nations in the Middle East and South Asia, keeping in mind the cultural, religious, and ethnic divides that plague these countries.

Anasuya Shekhar

Anasuya Shekhar is a second year J.D. student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is an Indianapolis native. She received her B.A., with a double major in Law and Society and French, from Oberlin College. At Oberlin, Anasuya became interested in Constitutional law and international social justice. She was an intern translator at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2013. Her senior capstone examined the possibility of setting up an international criminal tribunal in Burma to investigate crimes against the country’s Rohingya ethnic minority. During the summer of 2016, she was a legal intern for the Migrant Farmworker Law Center, a branch of Indiana Legal Services, where she worked in immigration and labor law.

Jamal Sowell

Jamal is a Pat Tillman Military Scholar with research interests in the Middle East and Africa. During law school he has worked for U.S. Representative Todd Young, the San Diego District Attorney (juvenile human trafficking), and in Israel for Shurat HaDin, a NGO that uses legal action to assist in bankrupting terror groups and grinding their activity to a halt. In addition, he has served as a member of the Jeb Bush 2016 national veterans’ coalition, founding member of the Jeb Bush 2016 young professional outreach team (Mission Next), served as the National Vice Chairman of the National Black Law Students Association, and was selected for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs New Leaders program. In 2006, Jamal enlisted as Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and in 2007 after obtaining his masters degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he went on to serve active duty including combat operations in Afghanistan, eventually obtaining the rank of Captain while in the reserves. In 2016, Indiana Governor Mike Pence appointed Jamal to serve on the State Board of Health Facility Administrators.

Chase Stoddard

Chase Stoddard is a second year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He received his B.A. from Tulane University with majors in Political Science and English and a minor in Economics. While studying abroad in Cuba, Chase became interested in the role that nationalism and other cultural forces play in shaping politics, which guided his undergraduate work. Chase will be spending Summer 2016 in New Delhi working with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative as a Milton Stewart Fellow. He will also be serving as the President of the school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society this coming year.

Alex Thibodeau

Alex Thibodeau is a second year law student at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law. He graduated from DePaul University in 2012 with degrees in Journalism and Political Science, with a focus on Middle East politics. His work on that topic has been published by Fair Observer and his analysis of the “Arab Spring” received recognition by the Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. After college, he worked as a radio journalist for Chicago Public Media (Vocalo/WBEZ) on a show called Practically Speaking, which discusses issues of race, culture, class, and society. At the same time, he taught a journalism class for “at-risk” high school students on Chicago’s West Side.
Before coming to law school, he worked as a senior consultant for a healthcare technology firm focused on helping public health entities adopt the fiscal and procedural policies implemented by the Affordable Care Act.
A Detroit native, Thibodeau spent part of his summer working as a judicial intern to Chief Justice Robert Young on the Michigan Supreme Court. As a Milton Stewart Fellow, he also spent the latter half of the summer in New Delhi working with a senior advocate to the Supreme Court of India. As a legal scholar, Thibodeau seeks to positively impact global policy and provide support for holistic constitutional reform.

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