Volume 39 Editorial Board

Albi Kocibelli

Editor In Chief

Albi graduated in 2009 from the University of Tirana, Albania, where he earned his first degree in law. He received his Master’s degree in European Studies from Epoka University and is an alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law. Prior to attending the University of Michigan School of Law, Albi spent four years lecturing Public International Law in several universities in Albania. At Michigan, he is a recipient of the Grotius Fellowship, a Cutler Fellow in International Law and the academic chair of the International Law Society. Albi spent his 1L summer as a legal intern for Millennium Management LLC and his 2L summer in the New York office of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.


Alejandra Salmeron

Managing Editor

Alejandra graduated from Indiana University with a double major in International Studies and Political Science and a minor in French. She studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence at Sciences Po during her third year of College. At law school, Alejandra is a Student Attorney at the Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic and the President of the International Law Society. Alejandra spent her 1L and 2L summers at Barnes & Thornburg LLP at their Indianapolis office.


Andrew Fletcher

Production Editor

Andrew earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics and a Master in International Studies from the University of Sydney. Andrew spent the summer of 2016 interning as a student attorney for the Michigan Innocence Project. He serves as the Production Editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law and as the Editor in Chief for RefLaw.org. During his 2L summer, Andrew worked for the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington D.C.


Lauren H. Kimmel

Managing Articles Editor

Lauren came to the University of Michigan Law School after working for an international public policy and human rights organization in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she managed special projects for the organization's global campaigns--including advocacy and negotiations at international summits, as well as several high-level diplomatic visits to the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia after studying Political and Social Thought and Art History in an interdisciplinary honors program. Lauren will be joining an international law firm in New York.


Seema Kassab

Articles Editors

Seema is a third-year law student from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Economics and Political Science. Seema spent her 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona and her 2L summer at the District Attorney' Office in San Diego. She is a student attorney in the Michigan Clinical Law Program.


Stephanie Zable

Articles Editor

Stephanie is pursuing a joint degree with Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. After graduating from Oberlin College with honors, she spent four years living in China and a year traveling, before starting at Michigan in summer 2015. She spent last summer at a firm in Buenos Aires, and over spring break 2016 she did pro bono LGBT rights work in Belize through Lawbreaks.


Lakshmi Gopal

Managing Editor Online

Lakshmi holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from King's College, London, and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University's School of General Studies with distinction in Visual Arts. As a Master's student at Columbia, she specialized in the interdisciplinary study of political movements and produced one of the first academic digital platforms on South Asian, Middle Eastern, and African Studies. She has worked as an investigative intern with the Georgetown University Criminal Justice Clinic, and as a researcher with Solitary Watch. At law school, Lakshmi was Vice-President of the American Constitution Society, a facilitator with Street Law's Parnell Prison Project, and an Articles Editor with the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law. Lakshmi spent her 1L Summer as a Legal Research Associate with the Open Society Justice Initiative, and her 2L Summer working with private sector actors on sustainable development, access to justice, and rule of law initiatives in India and the Middle East.


Ava Morgenstern

Online Editor

Ava (Michigan Law '18) is the Online Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law.  She specializes in immigration, refugee, and asylum law.  Ava has represented clients through the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.  Additionally, she writes for the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, and sits on the boards of the Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association and the campus chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.  Her law school internships include the AIRE Centre in London and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC.  She holds an MA in sociology from the University of Michigan and a BA in sociology from Brandeis University, and is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow.


Rachel Barr

Managing Notes Editor

Rachel is a third-year law student from Cincinnati, Ohio. Rachel graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and Global Politics, and completed her master’s degree with merit in Human Rights at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to law school Rachel worked at a boutique consulting firm in Washington, DC assisting nonprofits and foundations achieve their policy, research, and communications goals. During her 1L summer Rachel worked at the AIRE Centre, a human rights legal charity in London. She split her 2L summer between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Rachel was a Student Attorney in the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic at the law school, the co-chair of the Human Rights Advocates student group, the co-chair of the Organization of Public Interest Students, and a contributor to the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse. After graduation, Rachel will be clerking for a federal district court judge, and then plans to pursue a career in civil rights litigation.


Katrina Fetsch

Notes Editor

Katrina graduated in 2012 from the University of North Dakota with a double major in French and international studies with a focus on human rights issues and a double minor in biology and chemistry. She spent a semester studying abroad in France, then taught English in France and Spain after graduation. She then worked for a year in a small law firm before beginning law school. During her 1L summer, she worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. She spent her 2L summer as an associate at White & Case in New York. She is an ice cream aficionado, and faux connoisseur of reasonably priced wine.


Ignacio Saldana

Notes Editor

Ignacio is a third-year law student at the University of Michigan Law School, where he serves as notes editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law. He is a member of the Michigan Law Latino Law Students Association, the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, and a student member of the American Bar Association. Prior to pursuing a Juris Doctor degree, Ignacio briefly practiced as a litigation attorney at law firm De Castro & Robles, located in Panama City, Panama. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Summa Cum Laude, 2014) at Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University, and pursued Justice, Law, and Society Studies at American University, as a United States Department of State Scholar (2012). In 2014 and 2015, he represented Panama in the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. In 2017, he served as a memorial judge in the Philippine Jessup Cup national rounds. During his 1L summer, Ignacio interned with the Honorable Saliann Scarpulla at the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court. Ignacio spent his 2L summer at law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP's New York City office.


Jessica (Tae Yean) Kim

Business and Development Editor

Jessica Kim is a third-year law student originally from Seoul, Korea. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in psychology and a minor in Asian studies, specializing in Japanese culture and language. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she worked in various public and private organizations. Most recently, she worked as a behavioral therapist at Autism Partnership. During her 1L summer, she worked at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Dai-ichi Life and Nippon Life Insurance Company in Tokyo, Japan. Jessica split her 2L summer between two international law firms in Seoul, Korea. Jessica is a student attorney in the Human Trafficking Clinic at the law school.


Salam Sheikh-Khalil

Contributing Editor

Salam is a proud double Wolverine. She received her B.A. from U-M's Ford School of Public Policy, concentrating in U.S. foreign policy. As an undergraduate, she interned at an international women's NGO in Washington, D.C. She has also since interned in the legal departments of two multinational companies. Salam spent her 2L summer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York.


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