Student Advisory Board

The Center's Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a group of highly qualified, creative students committed to human rights advocacy. The SAB provides students interested in and committed to human rights the opportunity to participate in the planning and implementation of Center programming, to learn tangible skills beyond the classroom for effective advocacy and activism, and to attend special SAB-only events and receptions.

Apply to the 2021 Student Advisory Board!

Apply to join the 2021 Student Advisory Board! SAB members meet weekly with Center leadership and participate in skills development seminars that focus on topics like grant proposal writing, public speaking, social media, and more. The Board is a year-long February 2021 to February 2022 commitment that continues throughout the spring, summer and fall semesters. All JD and LLM students are welcome to apply!

Interested students should submit a resume and application to afagan@wcl.american.edu with "Student Advisory Board" in the subject. View and download the application here

All applicants will be interviewed; please note that applicants may sign up for an interview slot prior to submitting an application. Interviews will take place between January 27-29, 2021 and are first-come, first-serve and anonymous. Click here to sign up for an interview slot

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 25, 2021, 11:59pm

Meet the 2020-2021 Student Advisory Board

Chris Baumohl is a 1L at American University Washington College of Law.  He graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with a degree in International Relations and Spanish. Following graduation, Chris moved to Amman, Jordan, where he worked for two years as an open source analyst researching a wide range of national security and human rights issues. While in Jordan, he volunteered at a number of organizations working with immigrant and refugee communities including Jesuit Refugee Service and Tamkeen, where he researched arbitrary detention of South Asian migrant domestic workers. Chris is a founding member of Sawiyan, an Amman-based NGO that supports underserved refugee communities through social inclusion programs and advocacy work. He looks forward to using law to advance transparency and accountability within national security.

Madison Bingle is a 1L student in the JD/MA International Affairs program at American University Washington College of Law.  She graduated from Coker University in 2018 with a degree in Sociology and History. While at WCL, she serves as a staff writer for the Human Rights Brief. Before WCL, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam. Madison has also done research and worked for an NGO that provides resources to Vietnamese people affected by the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. Following law school, Madison intends to advocate for peoples affected by war and genocide by practicing international human rights law and international humanitarian law. She enjoys yoga, drinking coffee, playing volleyball, and reading books by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Inka Boehm is a 1L at American University Washington College of Law. She graduated from Trinity University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to WCL, she previously worked at Amnesty International USA as a part of the Government Relations Team. Inka is interested in the intersection of human rights and environmental law. She is an active member of If/When/How and the Women's Law Association. After law school, she hopes to advocate for women impacted by violence, either on a domestic or international level.

Emily Ryann Castleman is a 1L at American University Washington College of Law. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in political science and a concentration in Asian and American comparative politics and law. Ryann studied abroad in China as a student at East China Normal University.  Prior to WCL, she was an intern for a small law firm in Metro Detroit, her home city. As a law student, Emily is particularly interested in human rights education opportunities at the international and domestic levels.

Megan Cox is a 1L at American University Washington College of Law.  She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in politics, Latin American studies, and peace and conflict studies. For five years, her passion has been in conflict transformation and restorative justice. While at Oberlin, Megan crafted research and advocacy projects based in Hawai'i, Nicaragua, D.C., and around the U.S. In the year between undergrad and WCL, she returned to her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, and worked in victim advocacy at the Restorative Justice Center of the Polk County Attorney's Office. Megan also started her own company since graduation, providing bilingual services to local nonprofits, female-owned businesses, and single mothers and families. At WCL, she is a Public Interest Scholar pursuing a JD/MA in international human rights law. In her free time, she loves to swing dance and visit national parks.

Paulina Lucio Maymon is a 1L at American University Washington College of Law. Her research interests focus on gender issues, intersectionality, and criminal defense. Prior to joining WCL, Paulina worked as a research associate at the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide and served as a paralegal for the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University and a B.A. in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. 

Meet Our Former SAB Members