The Stanford International Law Society is led by the following Stanford Law School students:



Ryan Harper is second year JD/MBA student at Stanford Law School. Previously, he worked as Special Assistant to the Administrator at USAID focusing primarily on the response to the Haiti earthquake, Sudan, the “Arab Spring”, and the QDDR report. Prior to that, he was the Domestic Director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, where he was part of a team managing political appointments for five domestic cabinet agencies. He also previously worked on the Obama campaign and as a paralegal at the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Ryan obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross.

Katherine Hubbard is a second year law student at Stanford Law School. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she graduated with honors with a BA in French and political science and a certificate in African studies. She was an avid student of languages and won the Outstanding Swahili Student of the Year award (2008). After receiving her undergraduate degree, she worked for the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. She then moved to France where she worked as a journalist and submitted a proposal to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction for training African journalists on prevention and response to disasters. She has also spent time living and working abroad in Italy and Uganda. Her interests include international finance, Italian cooking, and ballet.



Joe Casey is a second year law student at Stanford Law School.  He has a B.A. from Wesleyan University (2001) and an A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard University (2005). Joe is also a graduate of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and speaks, reads and writes Chinese fluently. Prior to Stanford, Joe worked in intellectual property investigations and enforcement. Joe was the manager of CBI Consulting in Shanghai and Guangzhou from 2005-2008, and worked as the Regional Global Security Manager for Apple Computers in Shenzhen from 2009-2010, before serving as a Research Fellow at the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission, where he authored reports on intellectual property trends in China and on U.S.-China trade. Last summer, Joe worked as a Summer Associate for Paul Hastings LLP with a focus on technology transactions. Joe is also Co-President of the Stanford Law School China Law and Policy Association and the Older Wiser Law Students association. Joe’s career interests include international business, intellectual property, and emerging markets.

Zachary Kruth is a JD/MBA candidate at Stanford Law School. He is a member of the Student Law Association and is on the board of a number of organizations including the International Law Society. He spent the past summer working at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Before Stanford, he worked in New York as the Co-Founder and Principal of an early-stage investing and consulting firm, and spent time working on a e-commerce data extraction startup. He is also a former Analyst at Audax Group, a private equity firm based in Boston. He graduated in 2007 from the University of California Berkeley, where he worked for the Institute for International Studies and studied abroad in Spain.

Board Members:

Joey Alemán is a second year law student at Stanford Law School. His interests lie at the intersection of law, public policy, and economic development. He is also the Senior Submissions Editor at the Stanford Journal of International Law. Prior to law school, he spent two years in his hometown, San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he led a public affairs project at a non-profit organization and worked for a hospitality consulting firm. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009 with a BA with Honors in Political Science and a Minor in Philosophy. During his junior year abroad at the University of Oxford, Joey put together career workshops for the 2008 Oxford Forum for International Development (OxFID). The following summer, he was an InStep Intern at Infosys Technologies in Bangalore, India, where he developed an interest in the role of global entrepreneurship as an engine for job creation and economic growth.

Zachery Morris is a second year law student at Stanford Law School. He graduated from Stanford in 2011 with a BA in philosophy, focusing on political theory and metaphysics. As an undergraduate Zachery conducted research on the development of malaria vaccines, coordinated efforts to combat hunger and homelessness in the Bay Area, and studied jurisprudence and international law at Oxford and the London School of Economics. Zachery is interested in international human rights law, and spent the past summer working at Human Rights Watch, and looks forward to participating in the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic this year. His other interests include the various intersections of art and international business.

Mary Van Houten is a second year law student at Stanford Law School.  She focuses on issues such as women’s rights, freedom of expression, and criminal accountability, while connecting students to pro bono opportunities within human rights. She recently completed work with the International Human Rights Law Association at Stanford Law School. Last summer, she interned for Ambassador Donahoe at the U.S. Mission to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where she supported U.S. implementation of various legal and policy decisions.  Before law school, Mary worked briefly in management consulting after focusing in International Strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (2010).

Yijia Lu is a second year law student at Stanford Law School. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Yale University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Princeton University.

Cary McClelland is a first year law student at Stanford Law School. He has focused his work and studies at the intersection of human rights and media. Cary is the co-producer of the documentary, “Without Shepherds,” which looks inside the real lives of those who are fighting for a different tomorrow in todays Pakistan. He also previously worked at Google and WITNESS as the Human Rights Channel Program Manager. Cary received a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

Alex Kasner is a first year law student at Stanford Law School. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science, where he wrote his thesis on dissent in the national security context. His thesis received the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Social Science Thesis Writing. He also has interned in a variety of local government offices, including for the Mayor of Sacramento.

Lisa Li is a first year law student at Stanford Law School. She previously worked at White & Case LLP as a legal assistant where she performed various legal research duties. She graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and studied abroad at the American University Center of Provence.

Elissa Hanson is a first year law student at Stanford Law School. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics.

Em Warren is a JD/PHD student at Stanford Law School. She previously worked as a Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on a nuclear security initiative. She received an MSc in Economics as a Marshall Scholar from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in Economics.

Varsha Iyengar is a JSM student at Stanford Law School. She is also a research associate for the Centre for Law and Policy Research in Bangalore and has published work on price controls on patented drugs in India. She received her B.A.L. and LL.B. from University Law College at Bangalore University.

Olivia Jackson is a LL.M. student in Corporate Governance and Practice at Stanford Law School. She previously worked as an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski in London and at Herbert Smith LLP in London. She also previously worked at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in jurisprudence.