2017-2018 Executive Board

Makenzie Way (President)

Bio: Makenzie Way (Eastern Woodland Metis Nation of Nova Scotia) class of 2020, currently serving as NALSA’s President. As a JD student, she is interested in pursuing a career in litigation and academia, however she is also completing a Masters of Liberal Arts Degree in Legal Studies at the Harvard Extension School. At Harvard Makenzie is in the process of publishing a thesis pertaining to the negative effects of mandatory sentences on the Canadian Aboriginal Population. She also received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and has studied abroad in Mexico and China. At Penn, Makenzie also currently serves as a 1L Representative for the Animal Law Society, and is a Penn Law representative for the upcoming Affirmative Justice Workshop at Waseda University in Japan. Makenzie is an active hockey player on the Penn Women’s Ice Hockey Team, and an avid animal advocate.

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Dr. Maggie McKinley (Faculty Advisor)

Maggie McKinley (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) teaches in the areas of constitutional law, federal Indian law, and legislation.  Her research combines empirical, theoretical, and historical methods to examine the structural representation and empowerment of minorities.  Her current project focuses on legislation, petitioning, lobbying, and Federal Indian law.  She is a collaborator with the North American Petition Project in the Harvard Department of Government and she also ran an eleven-month mixed-method field study of federal lobbyists in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining the faculty at Penn, McKinley practiced union-side labor law at Bredhoff & Kaiser.  She also clerked for the Honorable Susan P. Graber for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Chief Judge James Ware of the Northern District of California.  McKinley earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in linguistic anthropology from UCLA.  Prior to entering law school, McKinley worked for a number of years as a social science researcher on large-scale interdisciplinary projects.