Rachel Platin is a 3L at Gonzaga University School of Law. A Washington native, Rachel grew up just outside of Seattle and attended University of Washington. While at UW, Rachel double majored in Economics and Political Science and took a variety of courses in international politics, macroeconomics, global trade, and conflicts in the Middle East. She also studied abroad through the Jackson School of International Studies at the Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies. While in Greece, Rachel furthered her education about migrants, refugees, and travelers by conducting interviews with local citizens and government officials, visiting Roma and refugee camps, and studying the law and policy in the classroom. Rachel also was a fellow in the Slade Gorton Global Leaders Fellowship Program at the National Bureau of Asian Research, which she credits for much of her interest in international practice.
While at Gonzaga, Rachel participated in the month long Gonzaga Law-In-Florence program and studied comparative criminal procedure, international sports law, and international human rights while in Italy. She also had the opportunity to compete in the International Mediation Competition hosted by the University of Florence, competing against students from Italy, France, and Lebanon. Her coursework at Gonzaga has been focused on international topics, such as international human rights, immigration law, and forced migration policy.
Rachel has an extensive academic background in international law, politics, and economics and is excited to be a Huneke Fellow and learn more about international practice. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
This summer Rachel was a legal extern at the Spokane office of the Unemployment Law Project. In these unprecedented times, the need for unemployment benefits has been astounding and in addition to representing clients in administrative hearings, Rachel worked on a large lawsuit helping to provide Washington workers with the unemployment benefits they deserve. She also worked on a comparative research project that will hopefully improve the Washington State unemployment insurance tax structure to be more manageable in the future.