Associate Editors

The Michigan Journal of Law & Society relies on the tremendous efforts of its Associate Editors to screen papers and edit content. MJLS Associate Editors consist of law students and PhD students /candidates in a variety of disciplines.

Jacob Abudaram is a 2L from New York City and a proud double Wolverine. Before law school, Jacob worked in government consulting and political campaigns and got a master’s degree in Disability Studies. He is on the boards of MLaw ACLU and MLaw’s Disability Rights Organization.

Olivia Bloomhuff is a 2L at the University of Michigan Law School. Olivia will spend summer 2022 as a Summer Associate for Mayer Brown and spent summer 2021 as a judicial extern for Judge Grand for the Eastern District of Michigan. In her free time, Olivia enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, online shopping, and going on leisurely walks listening to podcasts or audiobooks.

Kat Brausch is a PhD Candidate in History and an attorney in the state of Michigan. She studies the carceral state and legal history of the American Left. Her dissertation explores the connections between movement lawyering in Detroit, labor activism, criminal law, and personal injury litigation.

Alex Burnett is a social and political historian of the 20th century United States and a Ph.D. student in the joint History & Women’s & Gender Studies program. Alex’s research explores transgender and queer politics, racial capitalism and labor, disability and psychiatry, and the U.S. carceral state from 1945 to the present. Her award-winning undergraduate thesis, “Fighting Homophobia During The War On Crime: The Rise of Pro-Gay, Pro-Police Liberalism in Los Angeles,” examined battles over policing and gentrification within 1970’s trans and queer social movements. Alex’s writing has appeared in The F Word: Contemporary UK Feminism and The Ivy League Undergraduate Research Journal. Outside of the classroom, she is a steward with the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO), AFT Local 3550, an LGBTQ research assistant with HathiTrust, and a graduate researcher with the Carceral State Project at the University of Michigan. 

Ben Cross is a first generation law student who was born and raised in northern Virginia. I have a passion for political theory and all things sports.

Tim C. Devine is a 2L at the University of Michigan Law School. Tim spent summer 2021 as a Teaching Assistant for the American Indian Law Center’s Pre-Law Summer Institute. Tim enjoys playing guitar, especially at jam sessions.

Asher Dvir-Djerassi is a joint Ph.D. student with Sociology and the Ford School of Public Policy. Asher’s research interests concern the following: fiscal sociology, social demography, simulation methods, comparative historical institutionalism, tax and transfer policy in the United States and Europe, the political economy of post-socialist Eastern Europe & the European Union, and wealth inequality. 

Caroline Farrington is a 3L from South Bend, IN, interested in all things public health – an interest stemming from her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and her time working in local government before law school. Caroline spent her 1L summer at an academic medical center and her 2L summer at a firm in Washington DC. Outside of law school, she enjoys cooking, jigsaw puzzles, and kickboxing. Caroline is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

Born in West Bloomfield, Alex Finkelstein has spent his entire life in the state of Michigan. He is interested in pursuing a career in labor and employment law. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, golfing, and public speaking.

Sarah Gardner is a native of Toledo, Ohio, a graduate of Indiana University, and a former journalist. In addition to her duties as an associate editor for MJLS, she is a Contributing Editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Upon her graduation from Michigan Law in 2022, she will be a law clerk for Judge James Knepp II of the federal Northern District of Ohio.

Rebecca Horwitz is a PhD candidate in Education at Harvard University. Her work explores the historical relationship between race, education, and social policy. Her dissertation project uses archival methods to analyze the relationship between early 20th century child welfare policy, policing, and the development of Black schools in Chicago. In addition to historicizing the contemporary school-to-prison pipeline, this project will develop a conceptual framework for understanding the criminalization of urban, Black education. Rebecca has taught courses on race and equity in education and the history of school segregation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she has worked as a teaching fellow at HGSE and Harvard Law School. She serves as a research advisor for MA Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and is a member of the Chapter 222 Coalition of the MA Education Law Task Force. She holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, a EdM from Harvard University in Education Policy, and a BA from Rutgers University in Political Science.

Caroline Hoskins is a 2L at Michigan Law, and is also pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at Rutgers University. Last summer, Caroline interned with the Michigan Innocence Clinic in Ann Arbor. In her free time, Caroline enjoys doing Pure Barre classes and pretending she can cook. 

Laura Jetter is a 2L at the University of Michigan Law school. She will be spending summer 2022 at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in San Francisco, CA as a corporate summer associate working with  startups and public companies. In her free time, Laura enjoys buying plants and cooking

Thomas Klemm is a PhD candidate in Political Science where he studies race, citizenship and nationalism in Indian Country. He is Turtle Clan Potawatomi and a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.

Zach Kopin is a PhD candidate in the University of Michigan’s Department of History. His research focuses on the relationship between race, class, and early American legal development.

Lucas Koutsoukos-Chalhoub’s research focuses on the intersections between race, fame, law and politics in the Black Atlantic, with a focus on twentieth-century Brazil. Before coming to Michigan I earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Fluminense Federal University Law School in Niterói, Brazil.

Katie LaPlant is a historian of early modern Britain, Europe, and the Atlantic World. Her work focuses on poor and working women who engaged in criminal activity in eighteenth-century London. She is particularly interested in the ways that women’s crime lays bare how social capital operates at the level of the court, policing, community policing, and in everyday social interactions.

Bogyung Lim is a 2L at the University of Michigan Law School. She spent summer 2021 interning at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Civil Legal Services division. In her free time, she enjoys cooking pasta and trying new coffee shops.

Max Lykins is a PhD candidate in political theory at the University of Michigan. My primary interests are (1) ancient political thought, especially the Romans, (2) republicanism and the republican tradition, and (3) the politics of emotion.

Peter Martel is a graduate student in the Ford School’s joint Public Policy & Sociology program. His research interests are law, courts, crime, and punishment.

Erin L. McAuliffe is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan. Drawing on qualitative and comparative-historical methods, Erin explores the ways in which the state and individuals themselves negotiate and verify entitlement to citizenship, especially under conditions of contested family relations and/or ethnic identity. Her work lies at the intersection of immigration law, family law, and child welfare.

Madeline Portzline is a 2L at the University of Michigan Law School. She enjoys reading literary theory and watching Survivor with her cat, Henry.

Deborah Rookey is a 3L who also serves as a Contributing Editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Deb is the law school representative for the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government, and a former legal intern for the United Nations.

Daniela Bohórquez Sheinin is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Michigan, specializing in urban, cultural and oral history. Her dissertation, “Staging Neighborhood: Making Queens in the Construction of New York’s Last Great Park” details the complex histories of material, ethnic, social, and political neighborhood change around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in 20th century Queens, New York. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Transnational American Studies, the Gotham Center for New York City History Blog, and she was co-founder and first host of the historical podcast, Reverb Effect.

Liv Torres is a 2L at the University of Michigan Law School. She spent summer 2021 interning for Judge Nicholas Ranjan in the Western District of Pennsylvania, where she learned very quickly that 12(b)(6) motions are nothing like Civil Procedure led her to believe. Liv has two obsessions: her rescue kittens (Ruth Bader Ginspurr & Sonia Sotomeow) and the Epic of Gilgameš. 

Lauren Ashley Week is a dual Juris Doctor and Master of Urban and Regional Planning student. Prior to attending the University of Michigan, she lived and studied at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India as a Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellow as well as worked as a paralegal in both New York City and Silicon Valley. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies and Political Economy. In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, hip hop dance, and competing in Moth storytelling events.

Anna K. Wood received her BA in English from Yale University in 2009 and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She is currently a doctoral student in the Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan where she studies the ways that organizations use class-based, gendered, and racialized logics to determine their policies and procedures and how organizational decision-making impacts the experiences of people who are dependent on those organizations.

Alec Zatirka is a 3L who will be heading to Milbank, LLP in New York City. Alec also serves as Managing Production Editor for the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law. Alec loves to go on long walks on the beach with his dog, Queso, and also prides himself in his Dungeon Master abilities.