IRLS Program Welcomes New Cohort of IRLS Fellows

The IRLS program welcomes a new cohort of IRLS Fellows. Fellows are ASU Law JD, MLS, and LLM students with a keen interest in international rule of law, good governance, and international development issues. 

The following students are Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year:

Matthew Adler (JD ’23): My primary interest in the domain of international security and the rule of law is how to effectively foster strong alliances among nations through which we can more successfully navigate the various risks of the world. I look forward to meeting and learning from the various students and faculty that compose the IRLS Fellows program. After graduation, I intend to work in Washington D.C., work in the foreign service or military, or remain in Arizona to pursue a legal career here.

Kaeden Bauman (JD ’21): I am a 3L currently participating in the IRLS and Washington, D.C. programs. I aspire to conduct business internationally in my post-graduation career. As an IRLS Fellow, I am looking forward to networking opportunities and to learning from our esteemed professors in the program.

Brent Bihr (JD ’21): The IRLS program was an integral part of my desire to come to Washington, D.C. because I hope to build a career building rule of law capacity and combating transnational criminal networks in the Western Hemisphere. As an IRLS Fellow, I most look forward to interacting with the wealth of subject-matter experts in the IRLS program, in a way that promises to enrich my externships and classes. I hope to apply the lessons I learn in my post-grad clerkship in Puerto Rico with a Judge who has a passion for building rule of law capacity in Latin America.

Riddhi Dalal (JD ’23): I am from southern California and I attended the University of California, Berkeley where I got a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy with a concentration in International Trade. Through this course of study, I grew interested in international trade and international development, justice and good governance, human rights, and national and international security. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to explore these topics through the legal lens as an IRLS Fellow.

Emily Davies (MLS): As I majored in International Relations in college, I became most interested in Latin American countries and cultures, which led me to travel to El Salvador and Ecuador. Now I am a Subsidy Counselor for a nonprofit called Catalyst Community, in which I assist low-income families in accessing subsidized child care. I am looking forward to connecting with other students who are engaged in international matters and using my experiences as an IRLS Fellow to better engage with my clients who are immigrants.

Sharon Foster (JD ’22): My interests in IRLS relate to state practices implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; the right to self-determination of indigenous people, especially Native Hawaiians; and protections for refugees. As an IRLS Fellow, I am excited for the opportunity to network with professionals and scholars who can mentor me on my academic and professional interests. After graduation, I would love to join the United Nations Young Professionals Program or work for a human rights non-governmental organization.

Emilio Giuliani (JD ’23): I have five years of education management experience from my time in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and I hope to pursue international law while at ASU. I previously interned at the Embassy of Iraq, and the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. I am excited for the opportunity to connect with leaders in the international law community, and am looking beyond Arizona for my future career plans.

Scott Goldner (JD ’21): I am a third-year law student from Portland, Oregon. I am interested in national security law and foreign policy, especially as applied to China and Hong Kong. I look forward to learning from experienced IRLS practitioners through the IRLS Fellows program.

Freeman Halle (JD ’23): I am interested in immigration, development, and foreign assistance. I look forward to learning more about the role of legal professionals in shaping international law and norms, and to exploring opportunities though the IRLS program in Washington, D.C. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in international development through the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Maxine Hart (JD ’22): I am interested in the international legal structures that bring together people of diverse cultures and histories and how they can best operate to protect democratic principles and human rights. I hope to learn from the experiences of my IRLS peers and faculty mentors and discover career possibilities that I have not yet considered.

Robert Heins (JD ’21): I am an Executive Editor for Jurimetrics and an advocate for the Vis International Arbitration Moot team. As an IRLS Fellow, I am looking forward to interacting with students and professional who share similar interests. I am primarily interested in foreign policy and national security and intend to pursue a career in public interest after graduation. 

Maria Hodge (JD ’21): I am a 3rd year law student pursuing a career in international human rights law, foreign affairs, and domestic legislative policy. I have interned for the Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines, where I researched climate change litigation and legislation;, and worked for ASU Professor Aaron Fellmeth, with whom I researched state of emergency declarations in Africa and their derogative effect on human rights. 

Laetitia Hua (JD ’22): As a Taiwanese-American born in France, I grew up with a global mindset and a strong interest in international affairs. I obtained a law degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center, where I primarily focused on national security law and international law. As an IRLS Fellow, I look forward to working on timely international issues and gaining the skills I need to serve a global community.

John-Tyler Iacovetta (JD ’23): After completing ten years of service in the US Navy in nuclear operations, I attended the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Nuclear Engineering with a focus in Detections and Nuclear Non-Proliferation. I have worked in several facets of nuclear security and am eager to contribute further upon graduation.

Joanna Jandali (JD ’23): My primary interests are in armed conflict management and transitional justice policy. After graduation, I hope to establish a career as either a human rights advocate or working on policy in this field. As an IRLS Fellow, I am looking forward to the exceptional opportunities for externships with international organizations that work directly on pressing transitional justice and human rights matters.

Tomas Kerr (JD ’22): I am interested in how modern technology can be used in developing states to stabilize institutions and assist vulnerable populations in democratic participation. After law school, I would like to serve as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department.

Kristina Kidd Roman (MLS): I am currently completing my first semester of the Master of Legal Studies program. My post-graduation goals are to work in the area of elections, either on a national or international level. I am excited to complete a semester in D.C., and I am looking forward to networking with like-minded IRLS Fellows and taking advantage of the mentorship opportunities the program offers.

Noah Livingston (MLS): I am extremely excited to be an IRLS Fellow as I hope to participate in the growing field of international human rights law and international rule of law throughout my career. I am also very much looking forward to meeting and networking with professionals and students who share these desired focus areas.

Hunter Luber (JD ’23): I am extremely honored to be an IRLS Fellow. I am excited to be able to meet and learn from leaders in the fields of international law and national security. My experiences in politics and the law enforcement fields have motivated me, and solidified my desire to study criminal and international law here at ASU Law. After graduation, I am excited to one day pursue a career in federal law enforcement, and I hope to help do right by my community for years to come.

Maria McCabe (JD ’23): I am a first-year law student from Massachusetts interested in immigration law and international refugee law. I am a graduate of Northeastern University, where I studied political science and international affairs. I worked as a career coach with refugees and immigrants in Boston in between college and law school. I am looking forward to participating in ASU Law’s Washington, D.C. program and taking IRLS classes in the future.

Brianna Pachuilo (JD ’22): My primary interest is in international human rights law. As an IRLS Fellow, I am excited to connect with law students who have similar legal interests and engage with professionals in the IRLS field. 

Theo Pirone-Aufrichtig (JD ’22): Prior to becoming a J.D. candidate, I studied National Security Policy and Democratic Political Theory at the University of New Mexico. I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to continue my studies here at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. After I graduate, I want to dedicate my life to the preservation of American democracy and fight for a more egalitarian world. Eventually, I hope to consult a new generation of American and foreign leaders in intranational governance and international diplomacy.

Isabella Ruggeri (JD ’21): I am interested in international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and how these areas intersect with race, gender, and sexuality. As an IRLS Fellow, I am looking forward to meeting other like-minded individuals, having a platform to write about issues I care about, and getting mentorship from experienced professionals. After graduation I want to work in public international law monitoring and researching human rights either within an intergovernmental organization like the United Nations or a non-governmental organizational like Human Rights Watch. 

Bryan Shapiro (JD ’21): A major reason I chose ASU law was the IRLS program. I aspire to be an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and believe that the IRLS program offers classes and experiences that will help me in my career. I look forward to learning more about international law. 

Emelia Stephan (JD ’23): My primary interest in IRLS is to study topics of international human rights, international security, and international sustainable development. I am excited for the opportunity to meet and build relationships with people who are also interested in these issues.

Priyal Thakkar (JD ’22): I am a poet from India who decided to use her words more immediately in service of building equal communities. I am interested in comparative international jurisprudence as it builds on demonstratively successful subversive strategies to create a common social justice toolkit and want to learn more about how this global give-and-take effectuates change more locally. I am very excited to embark on this journey with a passionate cohort and to learn from them!



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