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.  Prior to law school, she spent four and a half years in corporate trade compliance, both as an analyst and as a manager.  At Michigan, Lindsay is the Co-President of the law school's board game club, Secretary of the Society for Space Law and Law of the Sea, and a student attorney with the International Transactions Clinic, assisting clients to develop corporate compliance policies.  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.  This year, Lindsay will be competing for a second year as an oralist on the university's Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot team, and she will be spending her 2L summer working on international trade and arbitration matters at Sidley Austin's Washington D.C. office.

 

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 is 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. 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 working as a student attorney in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Michigan Law. He will be spending his 2L summer at Vinson and Elkins.

 

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.

 

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 and spent her 1L summer interning with the Alaska Public Defender Agency. She will spend 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 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 will spend his 2L summer interning 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.

 

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 will be splitting his 2L summer between the New York offices of Weil and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

 

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.

 

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 and processer for St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the US Refugee Admissions Program. At Michigan Law, Chris is the Notes Editor of RefLaw, a student attorney in Michigan's IRAP chapter and the Criminal/Civil Litigation Clinic, and a board member of the Organization for Public Interest Students and the National Lawyers Guild. Outside of law school, he is a board member of Refugees Thrive International and a resident at the Michigan Branch of the Telluride Assocaition. He spent his 1L summer at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and his 2L summer at CAIR Coaltion and his legal interests lie in the intersections of criminal, humanitarian, immigration, and refugee law.

 

Tyler Owen

Online Content Editor

Tyler is a born-and-raised Michigander. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University, summa cum laude, where he played on the golf team. Tyler then spent three years working in research and marketing for a start-up company focused on improving college access and affordability. Tyler has gained an appreciation for international law since beginning law school, spending his 1L summer working for a law firm in New Delhi, India.

 

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 her 2L summer at the Department of Justice.

 

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.