Current Board

Lindsay Bernsen Wardlaw

Editor-in-Chief

Lindsay graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2012 with a major in International Political Economy and a minor in Political Science. She then spent four and a half years analyzing U.S. trade regulations as a corporate trade compliance manager. At Michigan, Lindsay is a student attorney with the International Transactions Clinic, assisting clients in the development of their corporate compliance policies, and she coaches the university's Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot team. She spent her 1L summer as an intern at the Department of Justice's National Courts Section, where she was able to work on cases before the Court of International Trade, Court of Federal Claims, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. After graduation, Lindsay will return to Sidley Austin's Washington D.C. office to work in the firm's Global Arbitration, Trade, and Advocacy practice.

 

Alexia Jansen

Managing Editor

Alexia graduated from American University with a double major in Political Science and CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government). After graduation she spent three years working as a paralegal for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Criminal Division's Fraud Section.  At Michigan, Alexia has worked as a student attorney in the Human Trafficking Clinic and the Unemployment Insurance Clinic. She also assisted Michigan's Jessup International Moot Court Team, has served on the Board of the Campbell Moot Court Competition, and is an E-Board Coordinator for the Gender Violence Project. Alexia spent her 1L summer interning on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and will spend her 2L summer at Sidley Austin in Washington, DC.

 

Ali N. Habhab

Business & Development Editor

Ali graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in 2017, where he was the Editor in Chief of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs. Ali was President of the International Law Society and was a Student Attorney with the Michigan Entrepreneurship Clinic. He is also a research assistant to Professor Gabriel Rauterberg at the Law School and Professor Jeremy Kress at the Business School. During his 1L summer, Ali was an intern with the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Ali is currently a Graduate Student Instructor in the University of Michigan Psychology Department. He spent his 2L summer at the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

 

Hening Zhang

Production Editor

Hening graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College with a double major in Economics and History in 2016. Prior to law school, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as an auditor. At Michigan, Hening has worked as a student attorney in the Community and Economic Development Clinic. She spent her 1L summer working for the Environmental Law Clinic at Michigan Law.

 

Roberta (Robby) Turner

Managing Articles Editor

Robby got her undergraduate degree from Converse College with a double major in Biology and German. She went on to get her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Wake Forest University and spent a couple of years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia before coming to law school. Robby worked in the IP department at Kim & Chang in Seoul, South Korea for her 1L summer. She will be spending her 2L summer at Baker McKenzie in Dallas, TX.

 

Mostafa Al Khonaizi

Managing Executive Editor

Mostafa graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston, where he majored in Business Administration. While earning his business degree, he interned at PwC in Boston. He joined Saudi Aramco for a year prior to attending Michigan Law where he worked as a procurement planner in the company’s headquarters. He spent his 1L summer as a student attorney in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Michigan Law and his 2L summer as a summer associate at Vinson and Elkins in Houston and New York. Post-graduation, Mostafa will return to Vinson and Elkins in New York.

 

Annemarie Smith-Morris

Managing Notes Editor

Annemarie received her B.A. in History from St. Olaf College and her M.A. in Ancient History from Yale University. Before attending law school, she worked as a Senior Programs Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action, an NGO that evaluates and consults on the effectiveness of global poverty relief programs. She also worked as a journalist at a Connecticut newspaper. At Michigan Law, Annemarie is a Senior Judge; a board member of the Trial Advocacy Society and the Arts, Museum, and Cultural Heritage Law Society; and a competing member of the Mock Trial Team. Annemarie spent her 1L summer at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and her 2L summer at the Boston Office of Ropes & Gray.

 

Colleen Devine

Managing Online Content Editor

Colleen graduated from the University of Michigan in December 2016, where she majored in Women’s Studies and minored in Medical Anthropology. While completing her degree, Colleen studied abroad in Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentinian. At law school, Colleen co-lead a LAWBreak’s trip to volunteer in Belize focusing on LGBTQ rights issues and served as a board member of the Syrian Accountability Pro Bono Project. Colleen spent her 1L summer interning at the Law Reform and Development Commission in Windhoek, Namibia and her 2L summer in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher focusing on International Arbitration and White Collar Crime. She will be externing during her final semester of law school in Geneva, Switzerland at UNHR with the Afghan Mission to the Human Rights Council.

 

Nichollas Dawson

Articles Editor

Nick graduated from Cornell University with a double major in Economics and Government, with a minor in International Relations. Before attending law school, he spent a year working as an educator in Osan, South Korea and also worked as a legal assistant in a Boston area real estate law firm. In law school Nick is currently a student attorney with the Michigan Entrepreneurship Clinic. Nick spent his 1L summer as a judicial intern for Judge Dein in the US District Court of Massachusetts and will be spending his 2L summer with Proskauer Rose LLP in Boston.

 

Christa-Gaye Kerr

Articles Editor

Christa-Gaye Kerr was born and raised in Jamaica. Before law school, she received her undergraduate degree in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought from Amherst College. She also worked as an in-court clerk for the Broward County Clerk’s Office for a year before law school. At Michigan, Christa has been a student attorney in the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic. She has also served on the board of the Black Law School Association and has acted as a leader for the Michigan Access Program.  Christa spent her 1L summer as an intern with the Office of the State Attorney in Broward County, Florida, and she will spend her 2L summer at Johnson Pope in Tampa, Florida.

 

Allie Ladwig

Articles Editor

Allie was born and raised in Midland, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a B.A. in political science. Prior to law school, she worked for a clean energy advisory firm in Washington, D.C. At Michigan Law, she has participated in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, served on the executive board of the Gender Violence Project, and participated in the Geneva Externship Program as an intern with the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Allie plans to pursue a career in public defense. She spent her 1L summer interning with the Alaska Public Defender Agency and her 2L summer at the Mecklenburg County Public Defender's Office in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Andrew McCaffrey

Articles Editor

Andrew graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2013 with a major in foreign language education and a minor in history.  He spent the next couple years as an educator, teaching American government and Latin.  In 2015, he moved to Michigan and spent a year working at the Ann Arbor City Attorney's Office.  He then attended the University of Michigan to complete his M.A. in Latin Literature.  Andrew began law school the next year.  He spent his first summer working for the University of Michigan Veterans Legal Clinic, and he will spend his second summer working for the Air Force JAG Corps.

 

Christian Neumeister

Articles Editor

Christian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College with a dual major in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy, Politics & Economics. Before law school, he served as the Regional Business Development Officer for INJAZ Al-Arab, an NGO based in Amman, Jordan. At Michigan Law, Christian has worked with the Unemployment Insurance and Criminal Appellate Practice clinics. He spent his 1L summer as an intern at the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and his 2L summer in the Chicago office of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

 

Jeff Xu

Articles Editor

Jeff graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a major in History and a minor in Statistics. Before coming to Michigan Law, he earned an MPhil in History from Cambridge (St Johns College), and interned with a financial services consulting firm in London. He spent his 1L summer with Lee & Li in Taipei and his 2L summer with US Corporate Finance Group of Allen & Overy LLP in London. He is interested in the international law aspects of global finance, trade, and investment, and is writing on Chinese resource development investment in Sub-Saharan Africa and the future of the "rules-based" framework of sovereign finance.

 

Samantha Franks

Executive Editor

Samantha Franks graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri with degrees in Political Science and English. Prior to law school, she received an MSC in International Conflict Prevention from Durham University in the United Kingdom as a Fulbright postgraduate scholar and worked as a Fellow at the American Constitution Society. In law school, she has competed as an oralist in the Jessup Moot Court Competition, served as the Programming Officer of the Women’s Law Student Association, and chaired the Student Funded Fellowships Auction. She is currently an extern for the UNHR Geneva program, helping to represent Moldova before the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. Samantha spent her first summer in Belgrade, Serbia, doing international arbitration work at Mikijelj Jankovic & Bogdanovic. She will spend her second summer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw in Washington, D.C.

 

Michael Goodyear

Executive Editor

Michael graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016, where he earned a degree with honors in History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, specializing in Byzantine history. After earning his undergraduate degree, he worked for Professor Lori Andrews at Chicago-Kent College of Law, researching issues related to Internet privacy and genetics law. At Michigan Law, Michael has served on eight student organization boards and is the current Editor-in-Chief for the Michigan Technology Law Review. Michael spent his 1L summer as a summer associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, and split his 2L summer between the New York offices of Weil and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

 

Alessandro Storchi

Executive Editor

Alessandro was born and raised in Italy, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Venice. He studied abroad twice, in Belgium and California, and participated in the 2017 Harvard Summer School. He earned a master’s degree in Management from the University of Manchester Business School (UK). After his first year of law school, he spent the summer in The Hague, as an intern in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (formerly International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia). Alessandro will be spending his second semester of 2L in Geneva, as an extern at the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development. He will spend his 2L summer working for Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York.

 

Matthew Thornburg

Executive Editor

Matt graduated from Michigan State University in 2016 with a double major in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Political Science. After graduation, he spent one year working with a boutique law firm specializing in casino-gaming. Since entering Michigan law school, Matt has participated in Jessup International Law Moot Court, the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court, and the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court and served as the President of the Bankruptcy Law Society. Matt spent his 1L summer interning at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona and will spend his 2L summer at Shulte Roth and Zabel in New York, NY.

 

Sara Watson

Executive Editor

Sara Watson graduated from Grinnell College with a double major in Economics and Political Science and a concentration in Latin American Studies. Prior to law school, she worked in executive compensation consulting. At Michigan Law, she works as a Senior Judge and serves as an Advisor to the Jessup International Moot Court team. She spent her 1L summer as a judicial extern for Judge Sara Ellis in the Northern District of Illinois and will be spending her 2L summer at Cleary Gottlieb in New York.

 

Eric Wendorf

Executive Editor

Eric graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California in 2015, where he earned two bachelor's degrees in English Literature and Philosophy. After graduating, he served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines, where he taught English and wrote small project grants in collaboration with the Filipino Commission on Higher Education. Eric has worked as a student attorney in the Michigan Law Civil/Criminal Litigation Clinic and was a semifinalist in the 2019 Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition. He spent his 1L summer interning for Judge William M. Conley in the Western District of Wisconsin, and he will spend his 2L summer at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Chris Opila

Notes Editor

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College and a certificate in Arabic Language and Literature from the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) Program at the American University of Cairo. Prior to law school, he worked in Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia as a refugee resettlement advocate, caseworker, and officer for St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, the International Refugee Assistance Project, the UNHCR, and the US Refugee Admissions Program. At Michigan Law, Chris is the Notes Editor of RefLaw, serves on the boards of the National Lawyers Guild and the Organization for Public Interest Students, and is a resident of the Michigan Branch of the Teluride Association. His academic interests lie in the intersections of criminal, humanitarian, immigration, and refugee law. He spent his summers at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coaltion and will be clerking for the Honorable Gregory Wormuth at the U.S. District Court of New Mexico in Las Cruces, NM after graduation.

 

Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin

Notes Editor

Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an S.J.D. student at the University of Michigan Law School. Farshad got his first degree in law from the University of Tabriz (Iran) in 2013. There he co-authored a treaty on international sale contracts, which is a standard reference book for master and Ph.D. students in Iran. The second edition of the book was published in 2016. Thereafter, he acquired a Master's degree in International Business Transactions from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he was awarded a prestigious "global scholarship." In 2017, Farshad obtained his second master from the University of Michigan Law School, specializing in international investment and financial law. At Michigan, he was granted a famous Michigan Grotius Fellowship covering his tuition and living expenses. Farshad has worked in both government and private sectors. He has worked for almost a year in the Securities and Exchange Organization of Iran as a legal counsel. He has also been a legal counsel at Parthian Investment Advisors where he was focused on projects in the capital market and international finance. At the same time, Farshad worked in Sabeti & Khatami law firm as a legal associate where he was engaged in complicated cases dealing with, among others, damages claim, doing due diligence in the context of foreign direct investment, and corporate-related issues. He has extensively published in top tiers domestic and international law reviews, such as Virginia Journal of International Law, American Society of International Law Insights, Florida Journal of International Law, Uniform Law Review (Oxford), and the Cambridge Journal of International Law (online). His most recent paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Securities Quarterly (Iran), which is expected to make a significant contribution to the development of the capital market in Iran.

 

Tyler Owen

Online Content Editor

Tyler’s interest in international law springs from his 1L internship, where he worked for a commercial litigation and international arbitration firm in New Delhi, India. A life-long Michigander, Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Political Economy and Psychology from Spring Arbor University, where he also played on the golf team. Prior to law school, Tyler spent three years working in research and marketing for a start-up with a mission to improve college access and affordability. Upon graduating later this spring, Tyler plans to join the litigation department at Honigman, LLP in Detroit.

 

Josh Raftis

Online Content Editor

Josh serves as an Online-Content Editor for MJIL. Josh's strong interest in international law is further reflected in his positions as the Vice-President of the University of Michigan Society for Space Law and Law of the Sea and as a research assistant to international law Professor Kristina Daugridas. Josh represented the University of Michigan as an oralist in the 2018 Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C. Josh graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he studied directly under several former U.S. foreign policy makers, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. During his time at Georgetown Josh studied Spanish in Ecuador and was certified as a proficient Spanish speaker by the School of Foreign Service. After graduating from Georgetown Josh worked as a legal assistant to the Chief of Staff of Draken International, the world's largest private air force. During his 1L summer Josh served as a legal intern to the Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation office of the Department of Justice, where he assisted in the defense of Federal Officials who were accused of violating the constitutional rights of both U.S. and foreign citizens.

 

Camille Valdes Reyes

Online Content Editor

Camille Valdes was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Before law school, she received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Masters Degree in Management and Prevention of International Crisis from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid . She also worked as a Legal Assistant at Dechert LLP for three years. At MLaw, Camille works as a student attorney in the Unemployment Insurance Clinic. She has also been involved with the Philip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the Latino Law School Association.  Camille spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern for Judge Jay García-Gregory in the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico, and spent 2L summer at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

 

Kaley Hanenkrat

Historian

Kaley serves as the Historian of MJIL. She is also the Skills Development Officer and an oralist for the University of Michigan's Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team and helps chair the Michigan European Law Organization, among other activities. Kaley graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2011, receiving a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Slavic Studies, and was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to study post-Orange Revolution activism and democracy building in Ukraine in 2011-12. Kaley is currently developing her M.A. thesis on anti-corruption reforms and rule of law in Ukraine and will complete her J.D. and M.A. programs in May 2020. Before coming to law school, she worked in non-profit development for four years in New York City. During law school, she has interned with the New York State Attorney General's Office Charities Bureau in 2017, Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney's Office Appeals Bureau 2018, as well as Transparency International - Ukraine and the DEJURE Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2019.