Lakshmi Gopal

Managing Digital Content Editor

Lakshmi holds a bachelors degree in Philosophy from King’s College, London, and graduated magna cum laude  from Columbia University with distinction in Visual Arts. As a Master’s student at Columbia, she specialized in inter-disciplinary study of political movements, and produced the first academic digital platform for Area Studies. She has worked as an investigative intern with the Georgetown University Criminal Justice Clinic, and as a researcher with Solitary Watch. At law school, Lakshmi was Vice-President of the American Constitution Society and Executive Board Member of the National Lawyer’s Guild. She is a facilitator with Street Law’s Parnell Prison Project, and an Associate Editor with the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law. Lakshmi spent the summer of 2016 as a legal research intern with the Open Society Justice Initiative.


Stephanie Zable

Articles Editors

Stephanie is pursuing a joint degree with Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. After graduating from Oberlin College with honors, she spent four years living in China and a year traveling, before starting at Michigan in summer 2015. She spent last summer at a firm in Buenos Aires, and over spring break 2016 she did pro bono LGBT rights work in Belize through Lawbreaks.


Katrina Fetsch

Notes Editor

Katrina graduated in 2012 from the University of North Dakota with a double major in French and international studies with a focus on human rights issues and a double minor in biology and chemistry. She spent a semester studying abroad in France, then taught English in France and Spain after graduation. She then worked for a year in a small law firm before beginning law school. In her 1L summer she worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. She will be spending her 2L summer as an associate at White & Case in New York. She is an ice cream aficionado, and faux connoisseur of reasonably priced wine.

Andrew Fletcher

Production Editor

Andrew is a second-year student at the University of Michigan Law School. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a MSc in International History from the London School of Economics and a Master in International Studies from the University of Sydney. Andrew spent the summer of 2016 interning as a student attorney for the Michigan Innocence Project. He currently serves as the Production Editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law and as the Editor in Chief for RefLaw.org This summer Andrew plans to work for the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington D.C.


Jose-Ignacio Saldana

Notes Editor

Jose Ignacio is a second-year law student at the University of Michigan Law School, where he serves as notes editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law. He is a member of the Michigan Law Latino Law Students Association, the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, and student member of the American Bar Association.

Prior to pursuing a Juris Doctor degree, he briefly practiced as a litigation attorney at law firm De Castro & Robles, located in Panama City, Panama. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Summa Cum Laude, 2014) at Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University, and pursued Justice, Law, and Society Studies at American University, as a United States Department of State Scholar (2012). Jose Ignacio has been involved in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition for many years. In 2014 and 2015, he represented Panama in the international rounds in Washington, D.C., and in 2017 he was a memorial judge in the Philippine national rounds.

Jose Ignacio is fluent in English, Spanish, and has basic proficiency in Portuguese.

During the summer of 2016, he interned with the Honorable Saliann Scarpulla at the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.


Seema Kassab

Articles Editors

Seema is a second-year law student from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Political Science. Seema spent her 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona and will spend her 2L summer at the District Attorney’ Office in San Diego. She is currently a student attorney in the Michigan Clinical Law Program.


Ava Morgenstern

Online Content Editor

Ava (Michigan Law ’18) is the Online Content Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law.  She specializes in immigration, refugee, and asylum law.  Ava has represented clients through the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Additionally, she sits on the boards of the Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association and the campus chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Finally, Ava’s law school internships include the AIRE Centre in London and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC.


Lauren H. Kimmel

Managing Articles Editor

Lauren came to the University of Michigan Law School after working for an international public policy and human rights organization in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she managed special projects for the organization’s global campaigns–including advocacy and negotiations at international summits, as well as several high-level diplomatic visits to the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia after studying Political and Social Thought and Art History in an interdisciplinary honors program. This summer, Lauren will be joining an international law firm in New York.


Alejandra Salmeron

Managing Editor:

Alejandra graduated from Indiana University with a double major in International Studies and Political Science and a minor in French. She studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence at Sciences Po during her third year of College. In law school Alejandra is a Student Attorney at the Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic and the President of the International Law Society. Alejandra spent her 1L summer at Barnes & Thornburg LLP at their Indianapolis office and will be returning there for her 2L summer.


Rachel Barr

Managing Notes Editor

Rachel is a second year law student from Cincinnati, Ohio. Rachel graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and Global Politics, and completed her master’s degree with merit in Human Rights at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to law school Rachel worked at a boutique consulting firm in Washington, DC assisting nonprofits and foundations achieve their policy, research, and communications goals. During her 1L summer Rachel worked at the AIRE Centre, a human rights legal charity in London. She will be splitting her 2L summer between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Rachel is a Student Attorney in the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic at the law school, the co-chair of the Human Rights Advocates student group, and a contributor to the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse.