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JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2017/18

Alexander Thibodeau (Executive Affiliate)

Alex Thibodeau is a third-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.

Allie Hendrickson (Managing Affiliate)

Allie is a third-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.

Anasuya Shekhar (Editorial Affiliate)

Anasuya Shekhar is a third-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.

Jackie Brooks

Jackie Brooks is a third-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 third-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.

Victoria Hicks

Victoria is a third-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.

Lisa La Fornara

Lisa La Fornara is a third-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.

Allison O’Brien

Allison is a third-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.

Chase Stoddard

Chase Stoddard is a third-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.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith is a seccond-year JD Affiliate at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude and with honors from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. Jennifer is a volunteer with the Protective Order Project at Maurer and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. In the summer of 2017, Jennifer interned with the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she worked on compliance with the Fair Housing Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Jennifer joined the Center for Constitutional Democracy in 2017. Her main interests include civil liberties, human rights, and women’s rights.

Patrick Welch

Patrick Welch is a second-year JD Affiliate from Chicago, Illinois, and attended Wheaton Academy. He then went on to earn a BA and MA in International Affairs (Gordon College ’10, Boston University ’13). He has worked with the Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US State Department, and several members of Congress. He speaks Spanish, French, and Catalan. During the Summer of 2017,
he worked for the State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois and as a Stewart Fellow in India, working for the civil litigation firms Kuora and Novus. He is interested in how constitutional construction impacts intra-state conflict.

Chris Erickson

Chris is a second-year student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He received a B.A. in History and a minor in Anthropology from Indiana University. After graduating, he spent two years in Tanzania as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. Chris later obtained an M.S. in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. His work in forestry and responsible land management took him to Maine, Afghanistan, Kansas, and back to Arizona. He is interested in the integration of semi-autonomous communities into governmental structures, and the incorporation of underrepresented populations into representative governments. Additionally, he is fascinated by issues related to the intersection of the environment and constitutional rights.

Sabienne Brutus

Sabienne Brutus is a Brooklyn native who grew up in Haiti. Before attending law school, she earned her B.A from Tufts University where she majored in Political Science and International Relations, and worked briefly in big law. She enjoys off the beaten path travels, extremely spicy food, and learning about the different ways she can be a better global citizen.

Katie Cutshaw

Katie Cutshaw is a second-year JD Affiliate at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in International Relations & Diplomacy and with Minors in Italian and Dance. During college, Katie developed a passion for working with refugees and asylum seekers after interning in an Immigration Law office that served the large Somali refugee population in Columbus, OH.
After college, Katie spent three years working with Teach For America, teaching students between the ages of 9 and 14 in a variety of subjects in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood. Throughout this time, she remained committed to her undergraduate degree and passion for immigration, volunteering abroad in Argentina and Italy. In Rome, she witnessed the refugee crisis first-hand while volunteering at a Refugee Center in the city. During her first year at Maurer, Katie participated in a number of students organizations including Outreach for Legal Literacy, Public Interest Law Foundation and International Law Society. She spent her 1L summer as a Milton Stewart Fellow, working with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in New Delhi, researching prison reform policies in India and other countries. She hopes to use her law degree to give back to communities like those of her former students, many of whom came from immigrant families. She also hopes to pursue her passion for helping refugees and asylum seekers through the law.

Alex Rosselli

Alex Rosselli is a second-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Before starting law school, Alex worked on a variety of political campaigns, including campaigns for mayor, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, as well as a presidential campaign. During the summer of 2017, he interned with Senator Al Franken on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. He is the 2017-18 president of the Maurer chapter of the American Constitution Society. Alex has traveled extensively throughout Europe, as well as Africa and Central America. He is a native of Columbus, IN.

Mary Christie

Mary Christie is a second-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She graduated with highest distinction from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.A. in History of Art, minoring in French and African Studies. She completed a graduate program at the University of Edinburgh (UK), earning an MSc in Global Health and Public Policy. As part of her studies there, she completed her dissertation on incentive mechanisms to encourage pharmaceutical companies to develop new and innovative treatments for neglected diseases, specifically looking at human African trypanosomiasis. Mary became interested in global issues following a service trip she took in high school to Mutare, Zimbabwe. Most recently, she has come to focus on human rights issues and had the opportunity to intern with the Prison Reforms Program at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in New Delhi, India, as a Milton Stewart Fellow. She is particularly interested in policy analysis, development, and advocacy in the areas of health systems, constitutional design, and human rights on the African continent.

Samantha Lalisan

Samantha is a rising second-year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School Law. A Los Angeles, CA native, she graduated cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2016 with a B.A. in History and Philosophy. Sam interned and served as an ambassador at the Public History Initiative and helped students at the School of History and Dramatic Arts through project-based learning and individual tutoring in History. As an undergraduate, she worked at the Kumon Learning Center teaching non-English speaking adults how to read, write, and speak English. Many of her students were from China, India, and Mexico. After her first year at Maurer, Sam was selected to be a Milton and Judi Stewart Fellow and interned in São Paulo, Brazil, where she worked as a legal intern at the international company Votorantim Cimentos and international law firm Demarest Advogados. At Votorantim, Sam worked for the labor law department on an international comparison of labor standards, presented her findings in Portuguese, and participated in discussions about the 2017 Brazilian labor law reform. After living in Brazil, she learned how to speak Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish. During her 2L year, Sam will serve as the president of the Latinx Law Student Association at Maurer. Coming from a Salvadorean, Filipino, and Japanese background, Sam is passionate about diversity and inclusion issues, refugee and immigration law, and is primarily interested in exploring how constitutions impact emerging economies.

Cody Vaughn

Cody is a second-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. At Indiana University-Bloomington earned his degrees in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics with departmental honors in each. In the course of earning his degrees he has researched and written about Jurisprudence, bankruptcy, tax policy, and the economics of crime. His interest in constitutional design led him to study Swahili and spend two months in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The first summer of law school was spent interning for the Honorable Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker. He was born and raised a Hoosier in Henry County, Indiana.

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