2004 SAB Members
2004 Student Advisory Board
Michael graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1995 with a degree in Social Thought and Political Economy and a minor in Afro-American Studies. He worked as a special education teacher in Massachusetts for four years. During that time he also participated in grassroots groups addressing issues ranging from single-payer health care to U.S. foreign policy. In 2002, Michael ran for state representative in Massachusetts as a third party candidate, receiving 38% of the vote. Most recently, he worked as a researcher for the Service Employees International Union in the Building Services Division, researching the residential real estate industry in an effort to discover effective ways to organize workers in apartment buildings and condominiums.
Sapna graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. As an undergraduate, she studied in Copenhagen, Denmark, after which she worked in a law firm in London. Studying and traveling abroad, particularly in Eastern Europe, and witnessing human rights violations led to her commitment to human rights and her decision to come to law school. Her interests focus on international criminal law and the establishment of the International Criminal Court.
Dan graduated from the University of Dayton in 2002 with a degree in International Studies and a minor in International Business. After college, he volunteered for a year with Americorps NCCC serving in the southeastern region of the United States. Projects included home construction in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, prescribed wildfire control in southern Georgia, and working with students in the struggling school systems of South Carolina. His areas of interest include international diplomacy, international war crime prosecution, and reconciling the often competing interests inherent in economic growth while sustaining the vital social and cultural foundations of developing communities.
Amelia graduated from the University of Tennesse, Knoxville in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity and a second major in Italian. She has worked for human rights organizations both at home and abroad. After receiving the Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship, she travelled to Ghana and worked for the Legal Resources Centre, where she researched the right to work of Sierra Leoneon refugees. While in Ghana, she also worked for the Centre for Public Interest Law, researching the effect of the privatization of water on Ghanaians' human rights. Amelia has also volunteered with Amnesty International, serving as the Legislative Coordinator for the State of Tennessee. She has been a dedicated advocate for groups such as TN Coalition Against State Killing, BAMN - the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, and TN Students Against Sweatshops.
After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in 1998, Jennifer served as a Community Health Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Honduras, then worked as the legal intake coordinator for Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) Inc. While in Honduras, Jennifer trained community health workers, assessed local health care priorities, and raised money to support women's and human rights courses and a community youth clinic where she trained peer counselors. At WEAVE, she conducted client intakes, recruited and trained local attorneys to represent domestic violence victims in their family law and immigration cases. She also conducted "Know Your Rights" trainings for Latina women in the DC area. During her first year at WCL, Jennifer began volunteering with the Polaris Project staffing their Spanish language hotline for victims of human trafficking.
Lilah graduated from Vassar College in 1999 and subsequently worked at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). She has worked and studied in countries throughout Latin America, such as Cuba, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Throughout college she worked with immigrant advocacy organizations as well as with migrant farm workers. Her interests include immigrant and workers rights in the United States and U.S.-Latin American policy and its impact on human rights. She alsobe worked at the legal department of the Service Employees International Union (SEUI) in the summer of 2004.
After graduating from Brown University in 2000, Meghan moved to Washington, DC to work with CARE's Office of Public Policy and Government Relations. There she supported both CARE's direct and grasstops lobbying programs, working on a range of issues such as reproductive rights, humanitarian support to Afghanistan and HIV/AIDS awareness. She traveled to Nepal with CARE's Director of Protection and Security to investigate how the Maoist insurgency was affecting CARE's programming. She also led a congressional delegation to Peru to visit reproductive health programs. At WCL she has worked on expanding student health insurance to cover contraceptives as a prescription benefit.