Current Board

Layan Charara

Editor in Chief

Layan graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2015, where she earned a degree in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies. After earning her undergraduate degree, she worked at a civil rights organization and with asylum seekers in the Detroit area. At Michigan Law, Layan was the Policy Director for the International Refugee Assistance Project, President of the Muslim Law Students Association, and Academic Chair of the International Law Society. Layan spent her 1L summer as a legal intern at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut, Lebanon and her 2L summer in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP.


Kaley Hanenkrat

Managing Editor

Kaley serves as the Managing Editor of MJIL. She is also an oralist for the University of Michigan's Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team, the Vice President of the First Generation Law Students, and involved in many other student organizations and pro bono activities. Kaley graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2011, receiving a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Slavic Studies. She was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to study post-Orange Revolution activism and democracy building in Ukraine in 2011-12. After returning to the U.S., Kaley worked in non-profit development in New York City for four years. During her 1L summer, Kaley interned with the New York State Attorney General's Office in the Charities Bureau. She interned with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office in summer 2017.


Nadia Alhadi

Managing Article Editor

Nadia graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in Law, Letters & Society and Romance Languages & Literatures. After graduation, she spent a year in Paris working as an English teacher and playing club-level Ultimate Frisbee. At Michigan, Nadia works as a student attorney in the Human Trafficking Clinic and in the Unemployment Insurance Clinic, often interpreting for French and Spanish-speaking clients. She spent her 1L summer as a Legal Intern in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague and her 2L summer in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.


David Smellie

Managing Executive Editor

David graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and International Studies. He went directly to law school where he has served as a student attorney at the Unemployment Insurance Clinic. In his 1L year, he served as an intern to the Honorable Helene White of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Court. In his 2L year, he served as an extern to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement and an intern to the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division.


Jack Heise

Managing Note Editor

Jack graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a B.A. in History and Spanish. While in college, he rowed on the heavyweight crew team and studied abroad in Madrid. Prior to law school he worked as a high school teacher at a boarding school in Massachusetts and also served an AmeriCorps term with the Red Cross. Jack spent his 1L summer as an intern for Los Angeles County Counsel, and returned to Los Angeles his 2L summer to work for Covington & Burling.


Maya Jacob

Managing Online Editor

Maya graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University in 2013 with a double major in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies. After graduating, Maya worked for three years as a paralegal at the Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein in Boston. While at Michigan Law, Maya has served as a student attorney with the Civil-Criminal Clinic and the International Refugee Assistance Project. She spent her 1L summer interning with Justice Ariane D. Vuono at the Massachusetts Appeals Court and spent her 2L summer at Hughes Hubbard & Reed.


Sara Stappert

Business and Development Editor

Sara graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a double major in Communication Studies and History in 2016. While studying at the Law School, Sara serves as a Student Attorney at the Michigan Innocence Clinic and Treasurer of Wolverine Street Law. She spent her 1L summer with the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President and General Counsel as a law clerk, and spent her 2L summer at the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP.


Han Zhu

Production Editor

Han is a third year law student originally from Wuxi, China. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, and Math, cum laude, in 2012. Prior to Cornell, he studied in Singapore for high school for 4 years. At Michigan, Han is a member of Asia-Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) and of the Environmental Crime Project (ECP). He spent his 1L summer as legal intern at SEA Ltd., a NYSE-listed technology company based in Singapore. He spent his 2L summer at Cleary Gottlieb’s Hong Kong Office.


Erin Hoya

Article Editor

Erin is a third-year law student from Nacogdoches, Texas. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with bachelor’s degrees in History and Human Rights and spent a year teaching ESL in Cairo, Egypt prior to joining the University of Michigan Law School. Erin has worked with Nuala Mole at the AIRE Centre in London on their Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings of the European Union project and spent her second summer as a Dean’s Public Service Fellow at the Office of Public Guardians in Chicago, IL. She has also served as a student attorney for the law school’s Child Advocacy Law Clinic and as the intake director for the Michigan chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project. Her interests are the intersection of child welfare and refugee issues, particularly among Middle Eastern populations.


Robert Kuhn

Article Editor

Robert was born and raised in Metro-Detroit. He proudly attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate, where he majored in History. Robert has spent three summers working at small litigation firms in Detroit and spent a summer working as a law clerk within the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C.. He will be working as a summer associate at Kerr, Russell and Weber in Detroit. His passion for international law stems from his fascination with international trade and investment.


Ian Sander

Article Editor

Ian is a third-year student from Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Political and Social Thought. At Michigan Law, Ian Marshall has served on the executive boards of the International Law Society and the First Year Information (FYI) programs for 1Ls. He spent his 1L summer as an intern at an international arbitration boutique in Rome, Italy and his 2L summer at Sidley Austin LLP.


Sarah Syed

Article Editor

Sarah studied political theory and anthropology at Mount Holyoke College. She is an International Refugee Assistance Project student attorney and political action chair for the Muslim Law Student Association. Sarah interned at the New York State Attorney General’s office during her 1L summer. During her 2L spring she interned at the UN OHCHR Women’s Rights & Gender Section in Geneva as part of the University of Michigan Law Geneva Externship Program. Sarah spent her 2L summer at Holland & Knight law firm in New York City.


Anna Rasmussen

Executive Editor

Anna is a native of Nashville, TN. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she studied Psychology and Anthropology. After graduation, Anna worked as a 9th grade English teacher in Memphis, TN before coming to law school. For her 1L summer Anna worked in the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in Nashville. She returned to Nashville her 2L summer to work in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. After graduation, Anna hopes to return to Nashville to pursue government work.


William Yau

Executive Editor

William is a double Wolverine who spent his undergraduate and post-graduate days in neuroscience research labs before coming to law school. For his 1L summer, he worked as a judicial intern for Judge O'Brien at the Washtenaw County Trial Court. He worked for Desmarais LLP in New York his 2L summer. William has actively participated in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition as a researcher for the past two years. His practice interests are focused on intellectual property and international law.


Hunter Davis

Note Editor

Hunter graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where she majored in Political Science. As a senior, she was awarded the Harvey A. Baker Fellowship to pursue graduate studies. At Michigan, Hunter is a Student Attorney in the Human Trafficking Clinic. She spent her spring break in Dilley, Texas working with detained women and children in the largest immigrant detention center in the United States. Hunter spent her 1L summer at Hinckley Allen and her 2L summer at Hogan Lovells.


Jessica Riley

Note Editor

Jessica is a third-year law student from Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduating with an English degree in 2012, she decided to take off and spend a year living and working in the place she now calls her second home - Santiago, Chile. Following this, she worked for several years as an English teacher and as a social worker in child protection before deciding to begin the adventure of law school. Jessica is currently a student attorney for the Human Trafficking Clinic, a policy director for the International Refugee Assistance Project, and an immigration representative for the Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association.


Elizabeth Heise

Online Editor

Elizabeth is originally from Pottstown, Pennsylvania and graduated from Smith College in 2015, where she majored in government and German Studies, spending her junior year studying abroad in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to law school, she served as an AmeriCorps member for a year in southern West Virginia.


Previous Volumes:

Volume 39

Volume 38

 Volume 37