Douglass Fellows: 2019-20

Zachary Buchanan

Harvard Law School

Zach Buchanan is a third-year law student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, Zach spent time researching how to effectively interview children with histories of trauma. At Harvard Law, Zach serves as an editor with the Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review, a producer of the HLS Parody musical, and a Co-President of the Christian Fellowship. He has also done clinical internships with the Suffolk County DA’s Human Trafficking and Child Protection Units, as well as with the Capital Habeas Unit at the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada. He spent his 1L summer with the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and his 2L summer with Paul Hastings LLP in Washington, D.C

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Rachel Geissler

University of North Carolina School of Law

Rachel is a third-year law student at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. After graduating from Indiana University Bloomington with degrees in Spanish and Anthropology, she worked in Mexico for one year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She then joined the staff of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago as a paralegal, providing direct legal services to immigrants seeking humanitarian relief. Since beginning law school, Rachel has interned with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Farmworker Unit and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Youth Justice Project. As a second-year student, she was a staff member on the North Carolina Law Review and the recipient of the ACLU of North Carolina’s Pollitt Fellowship. This coming year, she will represent clients in civil rights and economic justice cases through UNC’s Civil Legal Assistance Clinic.

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Gabrielle McKenzie

Stanford Law School

Gabrielle is a third-year law student at Stanford Law School. She graduated magna cum laude from the California State University at Long Beach in 2016 with a dual degree in Sociology and Linguistics. She then remained at her undergraduate institution for one year to work as an Academic Advising Specialist in the Liberal Arts department. Since starting law school, Gabrielle has been active in the Stanford Black Law Students Association, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Women of Color Collective, Workers’ Rights Pro Bono, International Law Society, Youth and Education Advocates, and Women of Stanford Law. She also fought for human rights last spring in Stanford’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic. Prior to the clinic, she participated in a Human Trafficking Field Study in Thailand, where she learned about human trafficking in the Thai and global contexts. Gabrielle has interned at Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York. She    hopes to continue working with human rights organizations to end human trafficking and similarly heinous human rights abuses around the world.

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Faith Laken

University of Chicago Law School

Faith is a third-year law student at the University of Chicago Law School. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in political science and a focus on international and human rights issues. She then worked in social science research, politics in Wisconsin, and as a paralegal in immigration before returning to the University of Chicago for law school. After her 1L year, Faith interned with the Department of Justice. She spent her 2L summer at the Department of State in the Office of the Legal Adviser in D.C. and with the Legal Counsel to the U.S. Embassy in The Hague in the Netherlands. At the Law School, Faith served as president of the Human Rights Law Society and on the Pro Bono Board, Law Women's Caucus, and the Chicago Journal of International Law. She has also volunteered as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate and worked on projects related to both sex and labor trafficking in Minnesota. After graduation, Faith will be clerking on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then on the California Supreme Court.

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Emmylou Manwill

Boston University School of Law

Emmylou Manwill is a third-year law student at Boston University School of Law, where she is also earning a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Last year, Emmylou assisted survivors of labor and sex trafficking with a range of civil legal needs as a Student Attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking program. She also co-wrote a bill standardizing crime victim certification protocols across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, aimed at assisting survivors of crime and trafficking who would like to apply for U & T non-immigrant status. She has previously interned as a Legal Advocate at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and as an Immigration Legal Fellow at DOVE, a domestic violence agency in the greater Boston area. Passionate about gender-based issues, Emmylou was the President of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice and Alumnae Chair for the Women’s Law Association. Emmylou is also an Article Editor on BU’s International Law Journal and an active member of the Student Planning Committee for BU Law’s annual Public Interest Retreat. Prior to attending law school, Emmylou was the Visitor Services Manager at the Utah State Capitol for nearly three years, where she worked to ensure every person felt welcome in the “People’s House.” She has served on several boards including the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Young Women’s Council of YWCA Utah, and the Salt Lake County Women’s Caucus. Hailing from the base of the Rocky Mountains, Emmylou graduated cum laude with dual undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Honors International Studies and a minor in Economics from the University of Utah.

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Ashleigh Pelto

University of Michigan Law School

Ashleigh is a third-year law student at the University of Michigan Law School. She graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with a degree in secondary English education. While at GVSU, Ashleigh served as the secretary of her campus' International Justice Mission chapter. She also volunteered with The Manasseh Project, a safe house for teenage victims of sex trafficking. While in law school, Ashleigh served as Chair of the law student organization Human Rights Advocates, as an Article Editor on the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and worked on the pro bono Syrian Accountability Project. She has served as a summer intern for both the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan and the Boston Federal Defender Office. Ashleigh hopes to work on human trafficking litigation and policy reform to curb demand, bring about prevention, and facilitate awareness in the public of the realities of this crime.

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