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 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 pursuing that interest at Maurer.
Molly Madden, Managing Fellow, Internal Affairs
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's 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 Prosecutor's Office, and over the summer she will be a summer associate at Faegre Drinker in Indianapolis.
Chris Koester, Editorial Fellow
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 2016–19. 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 Eli Lilly & Company 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.
Michelle Johnston, Burma Team Co-Captain
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.
Michael Osborn, Burma Team Co-Captain
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 dcience 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.
Lucas is from Pittsboro, Indiana and went to Tri-West High School. From 2015 until 2019, He attended Marian University, where he double majored in Political Science and Spanish. Before coming to Maurer, he was an English teacher in Palencia, Spain. His professional interests include immigration law, constitutional law, and foreign affairs.
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.
Courtney Davis received her B.A. from the University of Arkansas, and studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland where she researched international human rights. In 2019, Courtney worked alongside the Army JAG Corps during a summer internship. This summer Courtney is clerking with the Illinois 16th Judicial Circuit. At Maurer, Courtney is a Lawyers Without Borders co-research director, and involved with the International Law Society, the Inmate Legal Assistance Project, and Phi Alpha Delta. Courtney looks to pursue a career in international law, and is specifically interested in humanitarian law.
Conor Delehanty is an Indiana native and earned his undergraduate degree from IU Bloomington in 2012. Following graduation, he spent time living in Chicago and New York City before coming back home for law school in 2020. He plans to spend his time at Maurer learning about the various ways the law affects individuals, especially those without ready access to legal resources. His hobbies include performing stand-up comedy, formulating fake NBA trades, and trying to spend less time on his phone.
Samantha is a JD Fellow.
Caysey Farmer is from Hagerstown, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University East in 2020 with majors in political science and criminal justice and minors in Spanish and international studies. She was president of the Honors Club and active in several student organizations on campus, including Circle K and Student Government Association. She participated in study abroad in Spain during undergrad and also completed a globalization thesis project in Italy and France. As a law student, she has become involved with several pro bono projects, including the Federal Death Row Inmates Project, Lawyers Without Borders, and the Inmate Legal Assistance Project. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and music. She also has three cats.
Robert Gassman was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated as a McConnell Scholar for Political Leadership from the University of Louisville in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts, triple majoring in political science, history, and Asian studies, and double minoring in Mandarin Chinese and Chinese cultural studies. While pursuing undergraduate studies, he interned for the Library of Congress and the Kentucky General Assembly. He also studied abroad in Mainland China and Oxford, England while attending University of Louisville. Upon graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching English in Taiwan from 2018 to 2019. After returning to the United States, he worked for Sazerac Company in customs compliance, before attending Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Alexis Jenkins is a second-year law student who graduated from Indiana University in December 2017. While pursuing her bachelor’s degrees in theatre and drama and communication and 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.
Pooja Patel is originally from Brownsburg, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University–Bloomington with degrees in political science and finance. As an undergraduate student, she spent a semester in Glasgow, Scotland, for an international business exchange program and frequently volunteered around the Bloomington community. After graduating, Pooja interned for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and the Office of Congressman André Carson. She also worked in Seattle, Washington, at a refugee resettlement agency and a non-profit serving people who are unhoused or facing housing insecurity. At Maurer, Pooja has been involved with the International Law Society, Lawyers Without Borders, and the LGBTQ+ Project. She also worked as a research assistant and will be treasurer of the International Law Society for the upcoming academic year. This summer, she will be working (remotely) for Wardyński & Partners in Warsaw, Poland, through the Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program.
Kaylee Perrine will start her second year at the Maurer School of Law this fall. She graduated from IUPUI in 2019 with a degree in global and international studies and minors in religious studies, Spanish, and political science. While at IUPUI, she studied Arabic and served as the president of the Arabic Club. In 2019, Kaylee also studied abroad to Croatia where she worked with community development groups in reconstruction efforts targeting remnants from the War of Independence. After graduating, Kaylee was a staff assistant at a congressional district office in Indiana’s Fifth District. Then, she interned with the IU Foundation, specifically with the IU Center for Global Health/AMPATH, over the summer of 2020. Starting this fall, Kaylee will serve as the director of communications for the Feminist Law Forum at Maurer. She hopes to use her cross-disciplinary experiences to work in an international, governmental capacity.
Brie grew up in Utah and received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Brigham Young University. During her undergraduate degree, she spent one semester studying international relations at Kyung Hee University in South Korea, as well as a semester volunteering at a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Before attending the Maurer School of Law, Brie worked in the donations department of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. She is focusing her law degree on immigration and environmental issues.
JD Fellows of 2020-2021
Annie Garau (Executive Fellow)
Natalia Rivera (Managing Fellow)
Shane Kelly (Editorial Fellow)
JD Fellows of 2019-2020
Carolyn Griffith – Executive Fellow
Christine Walsh – Managing Fellow
Devin Haymond – Editorial Fellow
Gerardo Alvarez Sottil
JD & Graduate Fellows of 2018/19
Alex Rosselli – Executive Fellow
Cody Vaughn – Editorial Fellow
Samantha Lalisan – Managing Fellow
Katie Cutshaw – Managing Fellow
Gerardo Alvarez Sottil
JD & Graduate Fellows of 2017/18
Alexander Thibodeau – Executive Affiliate
Allie Hendrickson – Managing Affiliate
Anasuya Shekhar – Editorial Affiliate
Lisa La Fornara
JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2016/17
Samantha von Ende – Executive Affiliate
James Ruley – Editorial Affiliate
Ashley Lenderman – Managing Affiliate
Lisa La Fornara
JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2015/16
Brittany Shelmon – Executive Affiliate
Alexander Avtgis – Editorial Affiliate
Rafael Macia – Managing Affiliate
Sam von Ende
JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2014/15
Brady Harman – Senior Managing Affiliate
James O’Hollearn – Managing Affiliate
Amy Patton – Managing Affiliate
Iskender (Alex) Bayrak
Jordan Gamble Downham
Priscilla G. Osei-Bonsu
JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2013/14
Brady Harman – Managing Affiliate
Mahja Zeon – Managing Affiliate
Rammy G. Barbari
Priscilla G. Osei-Bonsu
JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2012/13
Tara Paul – Managing Affiliate
Rammy G. Barbari
JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2011/12
Angelus Kocoshis – Managing Affiliate
Erica Oppenheimer – Managing Affiliate
Ezequiel J. Romero
JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2010/11
Mia So – Managing Affiliate
Aaron Aft – Managing Affiliate
Alison L. McCormick
JD & Graduate Affiliates of 2009/10
Christina M. Clark – Managing Affiliate
Peter Giordano – Managing Affiliate
Mia T. So
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