Max Patel joined the Rule of Law Collaborative (ROLC) in May 2020 as Research Assistant. At ROLC, he assists staff in conducting research related to issues in rule of law and producing web content for a practitioner audience. He is currently pursuing a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he also serves on the editorial staff of the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business and leads the University of South Carolina School of Law Student Division of the Federal Bar Association. He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in History, as well as Peace, War, and Defense with a concentration in International Security and Intelligence. Additionally, he was recognized as a Scholar with the Intelligence Center for Academic Excellence in Intelligence and Security Studies, Triangle Institute for Security Studies, as well as a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.