Current Students

Dana Busgang
Dana Busgang

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Dana is a rising 4L evening student at AUWCL, interested in civil and human rights litigation, and international criminal law. Dana graduated from Goucher College in 2015 with a BA in Political Science and International Relations. While at Goucher, they studied abroad in Israel and Jordan, and spent a summer doing an internship in Palestine. Prior to AUWCL, Dana worked as a Project Coordinator for the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and as a Pro Bono Administrative Coordinator at Covington & Burling. During law school, Dana worked as a Litigation Law Clerk at The Employment Law Group, and has completed internships with Human Rights Watch and the American Bar Association’s Atrocity Crimes Initiative. Dana serves as an Articles Editor on the American University Law Review and is Co-President of the Evening Law Student Association. 

Miranda Carnes
Miranda Carnes

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Miranda is a 2L law student focusing on international criminal law and women's rights with a particular interest in the Latin American region. In 2019, she graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in International Politics and a minor in Latin American Studies. Prior to law school, she worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Jalisco, Mexico where she taught English to high-school students and promoted cross-cultural communication. At AUWCL, Miranda is a staff writer for the Human Rights Brief Regional Systems Team and she volunteers to help with Spanish translation projects at the War Crimes Research Office. Miranda is excited to join the Kovler Project team in advocating against torture and holding states accountable for human rights violations.

Jared Green
Jared Green

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Jared Green is currently a 2L JD student at AUWCL. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he pursued a Bachelor's of Arts degree in International Studies and Spanish. After graduating from UNCC, he worked in Mexico City as an ESL teacher and also interned with the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH). Currently, Jared serves on the E-board of the American University International Law Review as the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Book Editor. His main areas of focus are human rights law, public international law, and government law. He is interested in work that strengthens protections for indigenous communities, migrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons.

Eleanor Holloway
Eleanor Holloway

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Eleanor graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2015 with a Bachelor's in International Relations. She then moved to Taipei, Taiwan to study Mandarin at National Taiwan Normal University and matriculated to AUWCL in 2019. At AUWCL, she has served on the boards of the Arbitration Brief and the Civil-Military Society. In the fall, she will join the Gender Justice Clinic as a student attorney. She is pursuing a career in foreign policy, transitional justice, and international criminal prosecution. 

Arielle Kafker
Arielle Kafker

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Arielle is a 3L with a passion for public interest. Prior to law school, she worked with pro se ICE detainees at CAIR Coalition, helping them navigate the immigration system to avoid deportation. She returned to CAIR Coalition during the fall of her 2L year to litigate an asylum claim for a client with an unjust Interpol red notice who was detained during the COVID-19 pandemic. She continued working in Interpol defense at Grossman Young & Hammond in the spring. Arielle is eager to combat systemic inequities. She has spent time at the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, as well as at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on their Criminal Justice Project. At AUWCL, Arielle is a Note & Comment Editor on the Administrative Law Review, a Compass Fellow, and on the board of the Jewish Law Students' Association.

Sidney Larsen
Sidney Larsen

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Sidney is a 2L at AUWCL pursuing a dual degree in Human Rights at the Université Paris Nanterre. Prior to AUWCL, she completed her BA at Luther College and graduated from the American University School of International Service with a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Sidney worked as a Research Assistant for AUWCL's Lawyering Peace Program and PILPG's Negotiating Justice Lab, where she conducted research on reparations for transitional justice in Libya and the "peace-first" approach to peace processes. She also interned at the Collectif des Associations Contre l'Impunité au Togo, a Togolese civil society organization, working on projects regarding local election monitoring and detainee reintegration. She is currently a Co-Podcast Editor for the Human Rights Brief and a Writing Fellow for the Legal Rhetoric Program. Sidney is excited to work with her peers and to learn to effectively advocate against torture and human rights violations with her peers through the Kovler Project Against Torture.

Nicole Ledesma
Nicole Ledesma

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Nicole Ledesma is a rising 2L at WCL interested in promoting human rights and anti-corruption efforts. Prior to law school, Ms. Ledesma worked on international development projects and anti-corruption investigations. Through her international development work, which focused both on migration and the rule of law, Ms. Ledesma provided financial management and implementation support for projects in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and Kosovo. Her work has ranged from working with banks to increase financial inclusion to interviewing refugees at Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua. Additionally, Ms. Ledesma has worked on international criminal investigations for the Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit and as a consultant promoting anti-corruption efforts for Searby LLP.

Jordan Luber
Jordan Luber

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Jordan is a 2L focusing on civil rights, human rights, and international law. He has lived in Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Poland. Jordan’s main interests are genocide, crimes against humanity, and violations of civil and social rights in dictatorships, especially in Latin America, Syria, and Eastern Europe. At AUWCL, Jordan is involved with the Latin American Law Student Association, the Student Bar Association, and the War Crimes Research Office. 

Fee Pauwels
Fee Pauwels

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Fee is a rising 2L at AUWCL interested in international human rights law, particularly gender violence and international criminal law. Originally from Belgium, Fee is fluent in both Flemish and French. She graduated from the University of Missouri with dual Bachelor of Arts in International Peace Studies and Psychology. Prior to law school, Fee studied abroad in Bosnia & Herzegovina and interned with the Immigration & Asylum department at Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Fee looks forward to collaborating with peers on the Kovler Project Against Torture and is excited to learn from those equally passionate about international law and accountability. 

Lena Raxter
Lena Raxter

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Lena Raxter is a 3L dual-degree student at American University Washington College of Law and the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Lena attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she graduated with a BS in Biology and a minor in International Relations. Before law school, Lena worked with the United Nations MY World 2030 Campaign to help implement the Sustainable Development Goals by mobilizing civil society. Lena aspires to work in International Law after graduating.

Abigail Rosenthal
Abigail Rosenthal

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Abigail is a 3L specializing in international human rights law and reproductive justice. She received her B.A. in sociocultural anthropology from Amherst College. Prior to law school, she worked as a legal assistant advocating for survivors of domestic violence. At AUWCL, she is the Podcast Editor for the Human Rights Brief, Vice President of Organizing and Community Outreach for If/When/How, and a Dean’s Fellow for the Immigrant Justice Clinic. She looks forward to learning to ably navigate international mechanisms for justice and to more effectively advocate for underserved populations through the Kovler Project Against Torture.

Samantha Sloane
Samantha Sloane

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Sam Sloane is a JD/MA student in International Affairs at AUWCL and AU's School of International Service. Sam graduated from Colgate University in 2016 with a degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern and Islamic Civilization Studies. Before attending law school, Sam directed a canvassing office for the Human Rights Campaign, served as Finance Director for Brad Levin for Colorado Attorney General, and clerked at a law firm specializing in plaintiff's bad faith insurance claims. At AUWCL, Sam was a research assistant with the Lawyering Peace Program and worked on a transitional justice agreement for Yemen on behalf of the Public International Law and Policy Group. Sam plans on pursuing a career in public interest and public service to advocate for the protection and advancement of human and civil rights.