Executive Directors

Sam Jacobson (’14) graduated from the University of Chicago in 2005, with a BA in General Studies in the Humanities.  As an officer in the US Marine Corps, he served as a rifle platoon commander in Anbar Province, Iraq, and as as an embedded adviser to an Afghan National Army infantry unit in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  His writing has appeared in Commentary, Dissent, and Penguin’s Best Spiritual Writing 2012.
Chris Jones (’14) graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008, with a BA in International Relations.  After graduation, Chris worked on national security issues for three years at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  He is an associate editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review and works with Street Law.

Directors of Curriculum

Joy Basu (’14) studied public policy and economics at Duke University. Before coming to SLS, She worked on issues of food security and rural development as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and project manager at the World Economic Forum. She is Co-President of the Women of Stanford Law and Academic Co-Chair of the Stanford Law Association. Joy is pursuing a joint-degree at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Pete DeMarco (’14) graduated from Furman University with a BA in Political Science. He received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies where he researched agricultural policy and food insecurity. He co-founded In Every Story, a nonprofit temporary employment agency serving low-income workers in Charleston, South Carolina.

Directors of Outreach

Ian G. Aucoin (’14) graduated from Louisiana State University in December of 2005 and was Commissioned as an Officer in the Navy the following spring. As a member of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVEN, he conducting disaster relief around the Pacific Rim and served in Al Anbar Province Iraq and Helmand Province Afghanistan. Upon leaving the Navy Ian was accepted to a joint graduate program pursuing a Master’s in International Relations from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School. Ian is on the editorial staff of the Journal of Public and International Affairs and the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance in addition to being an active member of the Stanford Law Veterans Organization.

Tarana Riddick (’14) graduated with Honors from Columbia University in 2009 with a B.A. in History.  Prior to law school, she worked in development at the International Crisis Group in New York City. She is an associate editor of the Stanford Law and Policy Review and is a member of Stanford’s Street Law program where she teaches incarcerated youth about the justice system.

Director of Publications

Arash Aramesh (’14) worked at the Iran Program at The Century Program and at the National Security Network in Washington, D.C., before SLS.  He earned his MSc from the London School of Economic focusing on conflict and terrorism.  His thesis explored the impact of Iran on Shiite political parties in Iraq.  He holds two BAs in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley.  Arash’s articles have been published in a number of publications including the International Herald Tribune/NY Times, the Diplomatic Courier, the Huffington Post, Al-Majalla, and the G20/Seoul Summit.  He is a frequent commentator on Sky World News, BBC Persian, and AlJazeera English on topics such as US-Iran relations and Persian Gulf security.

Faculty Advisors and Fellows

Erik G. Jensen is Director of the Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School and Professor of the Practice of Law; a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law; and Senior Advisor for Governance and Law at The Asia Foundation. Over the last 25 years, he has taught and practiced in the field of law and development in 30 countries, including all of the countries of South Asia. He has been a Fulbright scholar, an advisor to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and a representative of The Asia Foundation. His publications include Beyond Common Knowledge: Empirical Approaches to the Rule of Law (Stanford University Press: 2003) and Law and Economy in India (forthcoming, Oxford University Press: 2010).

Megan Karsh is the Rule of Law Fellow at Stanford Law School. From 2010-12, she administered the Bachelors of Law Department at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh while teaching courses in Legal Ethics and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She simultaneously litigated and undertook restorative justice projects on behalf of survivors at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal through Access to Justice Asia for which she was awarded the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Award from the American Society of International Lawyers. Prior to Cambodia, Megan designed and managed legal and educational programs in East and Southern Africa, Asia, and North America. She holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as a fellow in the Stanford Center for International Conflict Negotiation, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Art History from Oberlin College.