Max Schoening is a human rights lawyer, researcher, and advocate. He previously worked as a researcher for Human Rights Watch, where he conducted investigations and wrote about issues ranging from extrajudicial killings and forced displacement in Colombia to climate-related migration from Guatemala to the United States.
A member of the California state bar, he clerked for the Honorable Myron H. Thompson, in the Middle District of Alabama. Max also defended the indigent accused as a trial attorney for the Federal Defenders of San Diego. He has co-edited an oral history book and authored reports and op-eds on diverse human rights issues. Max graduated from Stanford Law School and Brown University.