Justin L. Simard, Director
Armando J. Barcena, Editor
Armando J Barcena is currently a third-year law student at Michigan State University College of Law. He has a B.A. in History, and a Minor in Political Science, from California State University Fullerton, located in his home state of California. Armando is interested in a wide array of legal topics such as Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Environmental Law. Armando has previously researched freedom suits and their prevalence in the American Confluence. Armando is currently researching slave cases from the state of Alabama. He can be reached at
Jessica Hollan, Editor
Jessica Hollan is a rising 3L at Michigan State University College of Law with a B.C.J. in Forensic Psychology from Tiffin University. Jessica is originally from South Texas and the proud granddaughter of immigrants. Her legal interests include criminal justice reform, housing reform, immigration and refugee reform, and legal history. Jessica has worked on multiple research projects regarding criminal justice reform at her undergraduate institution. She is honored to be a part of Citing Slavery and to be able to lead discussions in the field regarding the importance of recognizing how deeply engrained the legal system is in racism. Jessica is currently researching cases from Texas. She can be reached at
Clark Johnson, Editor
Clark Johnson is a rising 3L, JD-MBA candidate at Michigan State University. He has a B.A. in Political Science and History from The University of Connecticut. His legal interests are Constitutional and Administrative Law, as well as Human Rights Law and Corporate Law. He decided to work on this project because he thinks it is important to try and reconcile the institution of slavery with our own legal institutions and that tracking the still applicable law through that is a highly effective way of pursuing the reconciliation. Further, Clark believes it is important to humanize the victims of the institution, to reveal the scale of this inhuman enterprise, and to help people get in touch with their history. Clark’s background would revolve around American Imperial History and its current Imperial predicaments, and consequences of its Imperialism. Clark is not an imperialist. Clark is working on the slave cases from Washington D.C. He can be reached at
Samuel Jones, Editor
Samuel Jones is a rising 3L at Michigan State University. He has a B.S. from Grand Valley State University, in Allendale Michigan. He is interested in Family and Criminal Law, especially child custody and capital punishment cases. Sam’s undergraduate degree was in History with an emphasis on the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and he is working on the Citing Slavery project because he thinks it is important to better understand the interactions of African Americans with the legal system during and after slavery. Sam is working on the slave cases from Georgia, his home state. He can be reached at
Hannah Robinson, Editor
Hannah Robinson is a rising 3L at Michigan State University College of Law, with a B.S. in History and Government from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. She grew up in Georgia, and now calls Mississippi home when not in Michigan. Hannah has an interest in International Human Rights, especially Immigration and Refugee issues, and she hopes to work in policymaking and advocacy after obtaining her J.D. Her interest in the work of Citing Slavery has roots in her time spent in the rural south, where the history of slavery runs deep, and her time spent studying racism both current and historical while at her undergraduate institution. Hannah worked on various projects as a student, including a capstone research project on slavery and the Second Seminole War. Hannah is working on cases from Mississippi. She can be reached at
Dustin Reed Solt, Editor
Dustin Reed Solt is a 3L at Michigan State University College of Law. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is from Maryville, Tennessee and is interested in public policy and government relations law. This project interests him because he believes that understanding the role that slavery played in the development of law in America lends a perspective through which to consider contemporary legal problems that have been historically neglected. He is currently working on cases from Tennessee. He can be reached at