Leah Pardais

Leah Pardais

Junior Editor

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Leah is currently a 2L at American University’s Washington College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of South Florida. She currently works as a Dean’s Fellow for the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and holds the position as secretary for the Intellectual Property Law Society at WCL. During her 1L summer, Leah interned at the American Association for Justice in the state affairs department. In the future, Leah hopes to pursue a legal career in the merging fields of women’s rights, women’s health, and intellectual property.


Tatiana Devia

Tatiana Devia

Social Media Team

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Tatiana Devia is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. Originally from Colombia, Tatiana lived in Florida prior to transferring to WCL. While completing her Masters in Criminal Forensic Studies, she worked at the Medical Examiner’s Office conducting forensic investigations and assisted in cases of human rights violations in Guatemala. She also received an excellence award for her thesis on victims of conflict and trauma patterns during the Colombian armed conflict. Prior to starting law school, Tatiana worked full time as a Human Rights Investigator at the Fair Food Standards Council, where she monitored and advanced the human rights of farmworkers by conducting audits. Tatiana loves to spend time in Colombia and recently completed her summer legal internship at Women’s Link Worldwide in Bogotá. Currently, she is a Dean’s Fellow for the Women and the Law Program. Tatiana is interested in international human rights law, advocacy, and litigation; transitional justice; development; and corporate social responsibility.


Alice Browning

Alice Browning

Junior Staff Writer, Middle East & Africa

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Alice Browning graduated from Houghton College, NY with a B.A. in Political Science and self-designed minors in 1) Community Development and 2) Human Trafficking and Supply Chains. Alice has worked on human rights issues in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Laos, and Eastern Europe, primarily focused on how community development encourages economic empowerment and deters human trafficking. Alice then spent a couple of years in Buffalo, NY at the Hope Refugee Drop-In, a post-resettlement agency through the Jericho Road Community Health Center, first as a AmeriCorps volunteer and then as a manager. Alice is interested in continuing her research on prevention of human rights violations through community development.


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Marina Mekheil

Junior Editor

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Marina is a current 2L. She was born in Egypt. She received a bachelors in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is interested in Arbitration and International Trade.


Matthew Reiter

Matthew Reiter

Junior Staff Writer, Middle East & Africa

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Matthew Reiter is a 1L from Long Island, New York, interested in international human rights law or immigration law, aiming to work in public interest down the road. He graduated from The George Washington University in 2014 with a BA in International Affairs. Before coming to WCL he worked at the International Rescue Committee in New York City, helping to resettle newly-arrived refugees from the Middle East and South Asia, as well as at the Polaris Project in Washington, D.C., one of the nation’s leading anti-human trafficking organizations. Matthew absolutely loves to travel, and has volunteered teaching English and math in Ghana in Sri Lanka, and worked in environment conservation in Botswana. He’s unhealthily obsessed with tennis and probably spends too much time on Twitter and staring at pictures of his dog. Pizza is his one true love.


Shannon Gough

Shannon Gough

Shannon Gough is a 1L who has lived and worked as a human rights professional in D.C. for the past several years. Prior to law school, she assisted a human rights lawyer in complex civil litigation against companies for human rights violations, worked as an advocate to improve the Investor State Dispute Settlement system, contributed to research used to advise the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on their policy on multinationals and human rights and worked as an analyst with the Conflict Risk Network, among other work. After law school she plans to continue pursuing her career in the emerging business and human rights field. Like other HRB staff, she views pizza as an essential ingredient to life and enjoys it weekly.

 

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Jacqueline Studley

Jacqueline Studley

Jacqueline is a 2L at the American University Washington College of Law.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She loves traveling and studied abroad in both Italy and Ireland as an undergraduate student. She volunteers as a responder for the Baltimore County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline. In her free time, she fosters rescue dogs, modifies German cars, and experiments with making ice cream flavors. Jacqueline plans to devote her career to combatting gender-based violence.

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Alan Vogelfanger

Alan Vogelfanger

Alan is an LL.M. student at American University. He is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received his law degree from the University of Buenos Aires. He has been teaching human rights since 2009 and he participated in several competitions such as the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Jean-Pictet Competition in International Humanitarian Law and the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. He has professional experience in Argentinean NGOs, the Judiciary, the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and U.N. Argentina.

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Maggie Strouse

Maggie Strouse

Maggie is currently a 1L.  Originally from Philadelphia, she graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  She hopes to work in consumer protection and women’s rights in the future.

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Sahar Takshi

Sahar Takshi

Sahar is a 1L at American University Washington College of Law. She was born in Tehran, Iran but has lived in Canada and the U.S. for the last sixteen years. Sahar received her bachelor of arts in Psychology at the University of South Florida in 2017. She is interested in disability rights law and has worked with legal offices and non-profits that specialize in this area. In her free time, Sahar enjoys exploring D.C. and cooking.

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Dalya Kefi

Dalya Kefi

Dalya Kefi is a 2L at American University. Born in Buffalo, NY, she was exposed to the refugee and immigrant communities that her parents worked with. After graduating from SUNY Geneseo with a BA in Anthropology, Dalya worked with the Department of State in Port-au-Prince, Haiti as a Political Assistant. Before law school, Dalya worked for 18 months as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Bozeman, Montana serving low-income populations. She hopes to practice international human rights law and public defense after law school. To de-stress, Dalya enjoys salsa dancing, floating down rivers, and classical singing.

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Catherine Perrone

Catherine Perrone

Catherine is currently a 1L. Originally from Queens, NY, Catherine graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2016. After graduation, Catherine worked as a field organizer for Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania through the November election. After a brief cross-country trip, Catherine worked at a juice bar until she moved to DC. With her limited free time, she enjoys cooking, going to museums, and political campaigning.

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Tamara Castro Márquez

Tamara Castro Márquez

Tamara Castro Marquez is a 2L interested in Immigration Law and International Human Rights. Born and raised in Maryland, she got her undergraduate degrees in Government and Politics and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture from the University of Maryland, College Park. Tamara is Spanish-English bilingual and has experience translating and interpreting between the two languages. A child of immigrants, after law school, Tamara hopes to serve the immigrant community.

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Ridhi Shetty

Ridhi Shetty

Ridhi is currently a 2L and is from South Brunswick, New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University-Newark originally intending to pursue a career in graphic design and concept art. However, over almost three years, she worked her way from intern to administrative manager for a nonprofit arts organization in Newark, New Jersey, developing an interest in legal and policy issues immediately affecting communities. She hopes to pursue a career in women’s and children’s rights.

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Aya Badr

Aya Badr

Aya Badr is a 1L at American University’s Washington College of Law.  She received a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Public Relations and a minor in French from the University of Georgia.  In addition to the Human Rights Brief, she is involved with the Equal Justice Foundation, the American Constitution Society, and is interested in human rights and international criminal law.

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Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson

Drew is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. His legal interests include, international human rights law, environmental law, and intellectual property.

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Page Monji

Page Monji

Page Monji is a 1L most recently based out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Vancouver, Canada.  For the last 8 years, she worked in the public and private healthcare sectors.  For the last 5 years, she has worked in the international public health sector.

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Abbey Reynolds

Abbey Reynolds

Abbey is a 1L from South Carolina. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015. Abbey decided to pursue a career in law because she is passionate about bridging the gap between underprivileged groups and justice. She has a special interest in immigration and indigenous rights, but is passionate about minimizing human rights violations in all areas. She enjoys reading, exercising, and listening to music in her spare time.

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Chris Rennie

Chris Rennie

Chris Rennie is a 1L from New Jersey by way of Texas. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in English and has taught ESL and worked as an editor. Chris is interested in areas of the law that improve access to equitable justice for underserved populations.

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Nikki Edmunds

Nikki Edmunds

Nikki is a 2L at American University Washington College of law (WCL). She grew up in Memphis, TN where she also obtained her B.A. in International Studies and Economics at Rhodes College. Her family now resides in Las Vegas, NV. After graduation, she spent her summer studying Human Rights Law at Columbia University in New York before moving to Barcelona Spain to earn her TEFL certification. While at WCL Nikki has traveled to The Hague to study international criminal law and legal approaches to terrorism and she is also a member of WCL’s Alternative Dispute Resolution team. She hopes to study international criminal law and international arbitration and is mainly interested in African affairs since that’s where her family is from.

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Katlyn Barrett

Katlyn Barrett

Katlyn Barrett is a current 2L, originally from Wilmington, DE. She graduated from the University of Michigan in April 2016 with a Bachelor’s in International Studies and Spanish. After her 1L year, she served as a Legislative Law Clerk in the Anti-Defamation League’s Government and National Affairs department. She is passionate both about foreign policy and dance.

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Jacob Hutchens

Jacob Hutchens

Jacob Hutchens is a 2L at WCL. He was born in Wheaton, Illinois, moved to Kentucky when he was three, and then up to Michigan at the age of nine. After Graduating High School, he worked for three years with the Humanitarian Organization GBA Ships, traveling with the organization to around twenty-five countries. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spring Arbor University in 2014 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Political Science. Directly after graduating he moved to Germany to marry his wife who is German. They remained in Germany for two years before returning to the U.S. for Jacob to start law school. Jacob’s legal interests include Immigration Law and International Humanitarian Law.

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Heidi Smucker

Heidi Smucker

Heidi Smucker is a 1L at Washington College of Law and graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and concentrations in political communications and business. She worked as a writer, editor, and content creator both at firms and as a freelance contractor before turning her focus to non-profit communications. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital she partnered with researchers and physicians to produce comprehensive campaign literature, donor appeals, and program materials for their research projects and assisted with project management in the hospital’s fundraising office. Heidi also completed graduate work in conflict transformation through Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, VA. After studying restorative justice there, she began working for Boston City Councilor-At-Large Ayanna Pressley as a senior aide. Her work involved helping Councilor Pressley advance comprehensive local legislation addressing issues specifically impacting women and girls and communities of color. Heidi is interested in pursuing public interest or international law with a gendered focus on helping women and girls.

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Mariela Galeazzi

Mariela Galeazzi

Mariela Galeazzi is an attorney from Argentina, currently an LL.M. student at the American University Washington
College of Law as a fellow of the Disability Rights Scholarship Program of the Open Society Foundations. From 2012 to 2014 she was a member of the Human Rights Law Clinic and the Disability Rights Law Clinic at the University of La Plata. For the past two years, she coordinated the Disability and Human Rights area of ACIJ (Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia), Argentina, and advocated for inclusive education for children with disabilities and for deinstitutionalization for people with psychosocial disabilities. At the regional level, she had an active role in the foundation
of the Regional Network for Inclusive Education – Latin America.
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Achalie Kumarage

Achalie Kumarage

Achalie is a LL.M. student at American University, specializing in International Human Rights and Gender Law. She is a Fulbright junior scholar, and an Attorney at Law in Sri Lanka, where she is originally from. Her undergraduate degree in law is from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she is now a member of the academic staff. She has worked with the United Nations Access to Justice Project, USAID, Ministry of Justice and apprenticed at the Attorney General’s Department, in Sri Lanka.

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