Nick is a third year law student who hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In high school, Nick was nominated by his teachers to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in New York City and Washington, D.C. There, he collaborated with students from around the world to address various geopolitical challenges. Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a double major in history and political science. Before graduating, he traveled across Japan to research samurai history. He spent the following year working for U.S. Senator Carl Levin on environmental, fiscal, and military issues in Washington, D.C. In law school, Nick competes on the moot court team and was a committee organizer for the International Law Review’s 2012 symposium. He also served as the teaching assistant for Professor Bruce Bean’s multicultural workshop, the “Global Law Colloquium.” During the last two summers, Nick clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Denenfeld and for the Federal Public Defender Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduation, Nick hopes to continue his work in the public sector.
Victoria is a third year law student from Cherry, Minnesota. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statesmanship and a Master of Education degree. She has worked as a high school government and leadership teacher, a public seminar speaker, and she started a non-profit organization devoted to empowering American Indian youth. She resided in Warsaw, Poland from 1998 to 2000 and in Munich, Germany from 2000 to 2001. She also spent a month in Panama in 2007 as a cultural liaison, residing with indigenous tribes throughout the country and exchanging tribal teachings while learning about current concerns. Since starting law school, she has been the recipient of the 2011 MSU College of Law’s Outstanding Woman Law Student Scholarship from the Michigan Women Lawyer’s Association, was an area representative for the National Native American Law Student’s Association, board member of the Modern Abolitionist Legal Society, and competed at the NNALSA Moot Court. She worked for the White Earth Tribal Court during the summer of 2011, was the Lewis Fellow at the Indian Law Resource Center during the summer of 2012, and is currently the research assistant for Professor Matthew Fletcher. She plans to work in the areas of Federal Indian Law and International Indigenous Human Rights.
Hazel is a third year law student from Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and in international studies with concentrations in international politics and Western Europe/European Union. She also minored in Spanish. Upon graduation, she worked as a Program Associate for the International Affairs Council, a non-profit organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she planned and coordinated professional visits for international visitors participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program (sponsored by the US Department of State), programs sponsored by USAID, the Open World Leadership Center, and the German Marshall Fund. While in law school, Hazel has served as president of the International Law Society and the law library liaison during her time on the M.S.U. Student Bar Association. In addition to her current position on the Editorial Board, Hazel is a law clerk at Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton, and McIntyre, P.C., and is a student member of both the American Bar Association and the Michigan Association for Justice. In her spare time, Hazel enjoys reading, cooking, discovering new music, keeping up with politics, British comedies, and dark chocolate.
Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, Sana moved to the United Kingdom to study law and earned a LLB from University of Kent at Canterbury. After college, she worked as a paralegal for the 7/7 London tube bombing case before entering Michigan State University College of Law. Sana has worked as an intern at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, The Federal Public Defender Office in Houston, TX and most recently with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands. While at law school, Sana is working as a student attorney through the Law College’s Plea and Sentencing Clinic. She is also a member of the Moot Court and Trial and Advocacy Board and president of the International Law Society. Upon graduation, she hopes to work as a criminal defense attorney in Houston, Texas and specializing in capital cases. She enjoys yoga, traveling, spending time with her family, and watching movies and musicals.
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Pat graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and political science. While in college, Pat was the captain of the Notre Dame Boxing Team (Bengal Bouts) and studied internationally in London, England, Madrid, Spain, and Tijuana, Mexico. Pat also received his Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 while becoming a high school teacher in Phoenix, Arizona as part of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education Service in Teaching Program. In law school, Pat is mainly interested in labor and immigration law. His recent work can be found in “NEXO: The Official Publication of the Julian Samora Research Institute is available at http://www.jsri.msu.edu/pdfs/nexo/Spring%202012%20NEXO.pdf. Pat currently clerks at Thrun Law Firm in East Lansing, Michigan.
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Kate grew up in Northville, Michigan and went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her undergraduate degree. She majored in English and minored in art history. After college, she coached the Northville High School cross country and track team, each for one season. During law school, Kate has clerked for both Fuksa Khorshid, LLC in Chicago, Illinois, and Judge Lawless of the Ingham County Circuit Court, Family Division in Lansing, Michigan. She has also worked as a student attorney with the MSU College of Law Legal Housing Clinic and as a Summer Associate for Husch Blackwell, LLP in the firm’s Kansas City office. Kate enjoys running, reading, and playing with her dogs, Ginny and Cody.
Stephanie is a third year law student originally from Mount Kisco, New York. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a minor in French. Prior to law school, Stephanie worked as a paralegal in the litigation department of the law firm Smith, Buss and Jacobs, LLP in Yonkers, New York. Since beginning law school, she has interned with the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department. She has also interned with the Honorable Kathie E. Davidson in the Family Court Division of Westchester County in New York. Upon graduation, Stephanie aspires to become an adoption attorney. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Alexander P. Dobyan, from Kansas City, Missouri, graduated from the University of Richmond with Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and history in 2010. During college, Alexander interned with United States Senator, Clair McCaskill and with a local circuit court judge, Weldon Judah. His main area of interest at Michigan State College of Law centers on tax, corporate, and property Law. Alexander is a member of the Business Law Society and is the former vice-president and founding member of the MSU Tax Law Society. Currently, he is a student clinician at the M.S.U Tax Clinic, a clinic which provides legal representation and counsel to the indigent in matters pertaining to both domestic and international taxation. During his tenure on the International Law Review, Alexander has taken an interest in international trade, taxation, and corporate planning. He has also served as a coordinator for the International Law Review’s 2012 symposium. He enjoys traveling, fine wine and playing golf, tennis, and soccer.
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Lindsey Schuler is currently a third year law student at Michigan State University College of Law. She grew up and went to high school in Treynor, Iowa, and then received a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Kansas. Lindsey plans on graduating from M.S.U Law in the Spring of 2013 with a certificate from the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. Her legal interests include indigenous and intellectual property Law. For the past two summers Lindsey has worked at Lamson, Dugan and Murray Law Office in Omaha, Nebraska. In her limited free time, Lindsey likes to watch movies, visit art exhibits, and travel.
Amanda is a third-year law student and grew up near Toronto in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY in 2007, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and double-minored in French and sociology. During her time at St. Francis, Amanda was a member of the school’s softball team. After graduation, Amanda went to work for the New York County District Attorney’s Office in New York, New York. In addition to her work on the International Law Review, Amanda is a member of the Italian-American Legal Society, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and participates in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute program.
Paul Umlauf is a third year law student from St. Clair, Michigan. He obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and Spanish from Eastern Michigan University in 2010 while writing a senior thesis entitled “The Literature of the Pinochet Regime.” While in law school, Paul has worked for Rhoades McKee in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Honorable Judge Gerald Lostracco in Corunna, Michigan. International affairs are of particular interest to Paul, as he has lived abroad in both Spain and Chile. In his spare time he enjoys reading, sports, and playing guitar.
Zadora M. Hightower grew up in an army family and was raised in Stuttgart, Germany. She resided thereided there until her family relocated to Oklahoma in 2001. Upon graduating from the University of Tulsa in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in international business and German, Zadora moved to Houston, Texas to work for the German American Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as the Black Law Student Association Secretary and the Federal Practice Association’s Events Coordinator. Zadora has worked as a Summer Associate for Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone, P.L.C. and Steelcase, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her free time Zadora loves to go for runs, read, watch movies, eat ice cream, and go to museums.
Chelsey is a second year law student from Sacramento, California. In high school, she participated in the National and Global Youth Leadership Programs. She attended the University of Washington and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in international studies and Spanish. After graduating, she moved to New York City and worked for Eleanor’s Legacy, a non-profit organization that helps women run for public office. Chelsey’s interest in law school centers on environmental, contractual, and international law. Besides working on the International Law Review, Chelsey participates in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute and is a member of M.S.U Law’s Niagara International Moot Court Team. Throughout her educational career, Chelsey has studied abroad in Italy, Spain, and Poland, and she has traveled to twelve different countries. She enjoys traveling, running, watching Albert Hitchcock films, and playing with her dog, Harry.
Leona is a second year law student from Toronto, Canada. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in criminology with a double minor in psychology and political science. She spent most of her childhood in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and in 2010 she travelled to Nicaragua as a student volunteer. She recently interned at the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel with the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada. While at law school, Leona is also a member of the Jessup Team and the student liaison on the Faculty Curriculum Committee. Leona has competed internationally in dragonboat racing and currently enjoys beach volleyball and snowboarding.