Executive Director

Tres Thompson (’15) is currently serving as the Executive Director of ALEP. Tres graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in History. After graduation he served in the Navy for seven years, first as a submarine officer onboard the USS Norfolk (SSN-714) and later as a submarine tactics instructor. While at Stanford, Tres has been involved in the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and served as a lead article editor on the Stanford Journal of International Law.


Mansi Kothari (’15) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.A. in Global Health and World History. At UPenn, she co-founded the Race Dialogue Project, improving dialogue about racial identity through the arts, and worked on Asian American advocacy, nutrition awareness, and community mentoring. At SLS she is involved in the Stanford Critical Law Society, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, StreetLaw, and Stanford Law Association.

Andrew Lawrence (’15) graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations.  Prior to law school, he worked on national security issues in the federal government.  Now back at Stanford, he serves as the Vice President for Competitions on the Mock Trial Team and as a member of the Submissions Committee for the Stanford Journal of International Law.

Tom Wakefield (’15) graduated from Bowdoin College in 2010 with a B.A. in English.  Before law school, he worked for two years at a legal and economic research institute in Boston.  He is an associate editor with the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

AUAF Relations

Michelle Hillenbrand (’15) graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012, with a B.A. in English and a B.B.A. in Marketing.  There, as a Writing Fellow, she worked with students and professors to promote collaborative learning through editing sessions and individual conferences.  At SLS, she serves as the Community Service Chair of Women of Stanford Law and as an editor on the Stanford Technology Law Review, while also participating in the Housing Pro Bono and Volunteer Attorney Program.

Trevor Kempner (’15) graduated from Yale University in 2010 with a degree in Theater Studies.  After graduation, he worked for two years in the Crime Strategies Unit of the New York District Attorney’s Office.  At Stanford, he is the External Relations Chair of the American Constitution Society and Co-Director of the the Social Committee of the Stanford Law Association.

Ryan Nelson (’15) graduated from Colgate University in June 2012 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science.  While an undergraduate student, Ryan was the president of Colgate’s international debate team and interned at the United States Supreme Court.  He is an associate editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

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 (’09) administered the Bachelors of Law Department at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh from 2010-12 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.