2016 – 2017 Editorial Board

Stefan Ducich

Stefan Ducich

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Stefan lived in Vienna, Austria for several years while completing his Masters in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Since returning to the United States in 2010, he has held numerous positions including Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group.   A rising 3L, Stefan is focusing on the application of international human rights and humanitarian law to the US national security context, as well as an examination of the complexities and relationship between established bodies of law and the cyber domain.

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Blake Paradis

Blake Paradis

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Blake is a 3L combining her Washington College of Law degree with a Master’s in International Relations from the School of International Service.  She is currently a Research Associate for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) and is interested in finding effective ways to promote human rights both at home and abroad. Blake is also a staff member on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, a Dean’s Fellow with the Office of Public Interest and just generally involved with anything that has the word “public interest” in the title.

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Hannah Nallo

Hannah Nallo

Managing Editor

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Hannah is currently a 2L at American University. Originally from Emmaus, PA, Hannah attended Franklin & Marshall College for her undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Spanish. Her interests include human rights and litigation. In her limited free time, Hannah likes to bake and attempt to find the best restaurants in DC.

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Antonia Bird

Antonia Bird

Senior Articles Editor

Antonia graduated from the University of Mississippi with a major in political science and minors in Arabic and English. Before attending American University Washington College of Law to pursue public interest law, Antonia worked for a mid-size law firm in Nashville, TN. Currently, Antonia is a senior staff member on American University International Law Review and a member of UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic along with her position as Senior Articles Editor on the Human Rights Brief.

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Allison Hein

Allison Hein

Editor in Chief

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Allison Hein was born into a military family and spent her formative years moving around the world. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2015 with a B.S. in Management and Business and a B.A. in International Affairs. During her undergraduate studies, she competed in multiple Model United Nations and Model European Union conferences in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands. Her legal interests include international human rights with a focus on gender equality.  She will graduate from WCL with a JD and AU SIS with a MA in 2018.

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Liz Leman

Liz Leman

Senior Column Editor

Liz is a 3L at WCL planning to go into civil legal aid in the western United States. She has experience in civil, criminal, and international human rights law. After graduating from Elon University with a degree in History and International Studies, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in St. Louis, MO and Helena, MT before moving to DC for law school. In her time at WCL, Liz has worked with the United Nations Committee Against Torture, been a student attorney with the Criminal Defense Clinic, studied international humanitarian law in The Hague, coordinated criminal record expungement intakes with the Homeless Persons Representation Project, interned with the ACLU-Maryland and Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and sang and danced in the cast of Law Revue. Liz enjoys road trips, hiking, adventurous cooking, musicals, and inserting Mean Girls references into everyday conversation (she’s still trying to make “fetch” happen).

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Kali Friedmann

Kali Friedmann

Partnership Manager

Kali is a 3L pursuing a joint degree in Law and International Affairs at American University Washington College of Law and the School of International Service. She is interested in exploring global strategies for conflict prevention and transitional justice. Kali is currently a Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group. From 2010 to 2014, she served as Operations Manager for Windhorse International, Inc., a platform for launching new social impact initiatives in water, health, energy, and education that aim to bring affordable products and services to families living on less than two dollars a day. Kali received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tufts University.

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Meghan Monahan

Meghan Monahan

Special Coverage Editor

Meghan Monahan is the Special Coverage editor for the Human Rights Brief for the 2016-2017 school year. Meghan is an alumna of St. Norbert College and a 3L at American University Washington College of Law. She hopes to pursue a career in public interest law with a focus on domestic human rights in the United States. Meghan is currently a student attorney for AUWCL’s Domestic Violence Clinic.  Meghan is a pug enthusiast, doting aunt, and French fry connoisseur. In her (very limited) free time, Meghan enjoys reading historical fiction and watching BBC adaptations of Jane Austen novels.

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Noah O’Connor

Noah O’Connor

Year-in-Review Editor

Noah is from Gardnerville, Nevada and received his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Saint Mary’s College of California. During undergrad Noah was described as “The coolest kid on the Debate Team” and spent a semester doing research on female voices within the Sri Lankan civil war. He is currently a 3L and this is his third year on the Brief.  Noah is currently interning at the Center for Justice and International Law and is interested in post conflict transitional justice and international human rights standards. When he’s not school or work Noah enjoys reading, watching hockey, and avidly following Bob Saget’s acting career.

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2017-2018 Editorial Board

Todd Hull

Todd Hull

Symposium Co-Chair

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Todd Hull was born and raised in a small town in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. Todd graduated from West Virginia University in August 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an area of emphasis in Pre-Law and Legal Studies, alongside two minors in Philosophy and Theatre. Todd is thrilled to be a Washington College of Law J.D. candidate for the class of 2019; throughout his education at WCL, he plans to focus his studies in the field of Human Rights/Humanitarian Law with hopes to learn and prepare to help preserve the rights of people throughout the world.

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Alex Mehner

Alex Mehner

Deputy Managing Editor

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Alex comes from Las Vegas, Nevada. He worked at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Special Victims Bureau before coming to WCL. He is interested in Human Rights law, criminal law, as well as the intersection of science and the law. After law school he hopes to work in human rights law.


Maria Thompson

Maria Thompson

Senior Column Editor

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Maria is currently a 2L. She is originally from South Carolina, where she attended Clemson University. After college, Maria worked at a litigation law firm in Charleston, then moved to Central America, where she taught school and worked with a girls’ non-profit organization. Maria is focusing on international and criminal law studies while in law school.


Audrey Mulholland

Audrey Mulholland

Special Coverage Editor

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Audrey is currently a 1L at American University. Originally from Indiana, she graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014, and moved to Bangalore, India to work with non-profit International Justice Mission on their bonded labor trafficking project. Upon moving back to the United States, Audrey began volunteering with the Immigrant Justice Program at a local pro bono legal clinic before coming to law school. She is planning to study both international human rights law and immigration law. Audrey enjoys running, Bollywood films, and exploring the crazy city that is DC!

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Dolores Sinistaj

Dolores Sinistaj

Symposium Co-Chair

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Dolores Sinistaj is a rising 2L. She was born in Podgorica, Montenegro, but grew up in Michigan, where she graduated from Michigan State University. Before law school she interned for the homicide unit at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in Detroit, and then interned at The White House. Dolores plans to pursue international/criminal law at AUWCL. She was a Junior Staff Writer, for Europe, Asia, and Oceana as a 1L.


Ericha Penzien

Ericha Penzien

Senior Articles & Partnership Editor

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Ericha is from Nashville, Tennessee. Between undergrad and law school, she spent 6 years working and traveling in preparation for law school. In 2012, Ericha worked on an independent documentary in Guatemala City, Guatemala titled Becoming Fools. She also spent two years teaching English and working in Shanghai, China. She plans to study international trade and investment law.


Christina Canalizo

Christina Canalizo

Social Media Editor

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Christina is from Ormond Beach, Florida, where she was active in many women’s rights organizations. She plans to study human rights in law school, and she hopes to one day work in the public interest field.

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Hannah Nallo

Hannah Nallo

Managing Editor

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Hannah is currently a 2L at American University. Originally from Emmaus, PA, Hannah attended Franklin & Marshall College for her undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Spanish. Her interests include human rights and litigation. In her limited free time, Hannah likes to bake and attempt to find the best restaurants in DC.

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Allison Hein

Allison Hein

Editor in Chief

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Allison Hein was born into a military family and spent her formative years moving around the world. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2015 with a B.S. in Management and Business and a B.A. in International Affairs. During her undergraduate studies, she competed in multiple Model United Nations and Model European Union conferences in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands. Her legal interests include international human rights with a focus on gender equality.  She will graduate from WCL with a JD and AU SIS with a MA in 2018.

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2016 – 2017 Senior Staff

Claudia Bingham

Claudia Bingham

Deputy Editor

Claudia is an experienced public interest lawyer who is pursuing dual LLMs in International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and Advocacy, specializing in Criminal Trial Advocacy at American University Washington College of Law (WCL). Before returning to law school, she founded and operated her own law firm for three years, primarily focusing on criminal defense. While pursuing her LLMs, Claudia has had the opportunity to be a Graduate Fellow at the Human Rights Law Division of the Department of Homeland Security, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, and the Gender Jurisprudence Project, a collaborative project between the War Crimes Research Office and the Women in Law Program at WCL War Crimes Research Office as well as serving as a Dean’s Fellow to the Honorable Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Her interests include the intersection between international criminal law, international humanitarian law and US national security law.


David Weinstein

David Weinstein

Deputy Editor

A noted mustache enthusiast, David Weinstein is a Research Associate at the Public International Law and Policy Group, working on peace negotiations and post-conflict constitutions.  He also assisted the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in drafting the Observations Report submitted to the Human Rights Council in March 2016.  He is highly proficient in Arabic, French, and Spanish, and has performed extensive translation and interpretation in each language. 

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Hareesha Sannareddy

Hareesha Sannareddy

Deputy Articles Editor

Hareesha is a 2L interested in international human rights and criminal defense. She interned at the Office of the Public Defender in Prince George’s county, Maryland for summer 2016 and will be interning at the DC Public Defender Service in fall 2016 and the spring 2017. She is also very passionate about juvenile justice and is the Mentorship Director for the Juvenile Justice Society at WCL. Hareesha has lived in India and Singapore and spent some time in Europe during her semester abroad. In the little free time she has, she loves watching comedy tv shows, going to live music events, and walking around different DC neighborhoods.

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Stefania Butoi-Varga

Stefania Butoi-Varga

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Editor

Stefania, a third year part-time student at Washington College of Law, is committed to an education and to a career centered on international law and human rights. This commitment prompted her to become involved not only with the Human Rights Brief, but also with American University’s International Law Review and with UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic. Alongside these ongoing responsibilities, Stefania is employed full time as a litigation paralegal. She often foregoes sleep for adventures with her friends and family, for creatively stimulating art and fashion events, and to dance salsa.

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2017-2018 Senior Staff

Stephen Shepherdson

Stephen Shepherdson

Year-in-Review/Newsletter Editor

Stephen Shepherdson obtained a B.A. in English and Political Science from Umass Lowell. Currently, he is serving as the Year in Review and Newsletter Senior Editor of the Human Rights Law Brief, the Vice President of the European Law Association, the Public Relations Officer of the Tax Law Society.

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2016-2017 Junior Staff

Todd Hull

Todd Hull

Symposium Co-Chair

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Todd Hull was born and raised in a small town in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. Todd graduated from West Virginia University in August 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an area of emphasis in Pre-Law and Legal Studies, alongside two minors in Philosophy and Theatre. Todd is thrilled to be a Washington College of Law J.D. candidate for the class of 2019; throughout his education at WCL, he plans to focus his studies in the field of Human Rights/Humanitarian Law with hopes to learn and prepare to help preserve the rights of people throughout the world.

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Shahab Shaghaghi

Shahab Shaghaghi

Junior Editor

Shahab is from the Washington, DC metropolitan area and is interested in human rights and U.S. policy towards Iran, which has been undergoing a dynamic shift recently. He graduated with a degree in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania and is interested in tax law.


Cathleen Carlson

Cathleen Carlson

Junior Editor

Cathleen is currently a 1L at AUWCL. She grew up in Virginia and graduated from James Madison University for undergrad where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with a minor in Chinese. While in Undergrad she spent a semester in Beijing, China where she studied Mandarin. Now at American University Washington College of Law, Cathleen is interested in pursuing International Human Rights Law.


Alex Mehner

Alex Mehner

Deputy Managing Editor

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Alex comes from Las Vegas, Nevada. He worked at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Special Victims Bureau before coming to WCL. He is interested in Human Rights law, criminal law, as well as the intersection of science and the law. After law school he hopes to work in human rights law.


Leah Pardais

Leah Pardais

Junior Editor

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

Junior Editor

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.


Maria Thompson

Maria Thompson

Senior Column Editor

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Maria is currently a 2L. She is originally from South Carolina, where she attended Clemson University. After college, Maria worked at a litigation law firm in Charleston, then moved to Central America, where she taught school and worked with a girls’ non-profit organization. Maria is focusing on international and criminal law studies while in law school.


Alice Browning

Alice Browning

Junior Staff Writer, Middle East & Africa

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 Staff Writer, Middle East & Africa

Marina is a current 1L. 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

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.


Stephanie MacInnes

Stephanie MacInnes

Junior Staff Writer, Middle East & Africa

Stephanie MacInnes is a 1L from South Florida and she completed undergrad at Stetson University in 2013. For the last three years Stephanie has worked in Louisville, Kentucky at The Center For Women and Families, which is the local center serving survivors intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. During her time at the Center, she staffed the shelter, answered the crisis line, and advocated for clients during Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE). Stephanie also provided legal advocacy when clients sought protective orders against their perpetrators, and during the process of police investigation and criminal prosecution. She would like to continue to focus on seeking justice for survivors of gender-based violence.


Arielle Chapnick

Arielle Chapnick

Junior Staff Writer, Americas

Arielle is a 1L from Massachusetts. She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2014 with degrees in Government and Spanish. After graduation, she spent two years working as an Immigration Paralegal at Maggio + Kattar, PC, an immigration law firm in Washington, DC. Arielle is the Volunteer Activities Committee Co-Chair for the Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. She looks forward to studying immigration law and would like to be an immigration attorney.


Haaris Pasha

Haaris Pasha

Junior Staff Writer, Americas

Haaris is a 1L from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Political Science in 2012. After graduating, he worked at the Travelers Insurance Company for 4 years most recently as a manger in the Bond & Specialty Insurance product development department. He also on served on the board of AYNAH (recently merged with the Co-operative Youth Council) an educational 501(c)(3) that encourages young people to engage in fair economic co-operative development projects within their communities. He also was a member of the Minneapolis NAACP and served on its Legal Redress Committee. He is generally interested in civil rights law, criminal law and human rights law.


Chelsea Lalancette

Chelsea Lalancette

Junior Staff Writer, Americas

Chelsea is originally from California and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of San Francisco, where she studied International Studies and focused on Latin America and China. Prior to coming to law school, she worked in immigration law at a non-profit in San Francisco and as a researcher for an academic project on Traditional Chinese Medicine. She hopes to work in international migration and refugee policy in the future.


Audrey Mulholland

Audrey Mulholland

Special Coverage Editor

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Audrey is currently a 1L at American University. Originally from Indiana, she graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014, and moved to Bangalore, India to work with non-profit International Justice Mission on their bonded labor trafficking project. Upon moving back to the United States, Audrey began volunteering with the Immigrant Justice Program at a local pro bono legal clinic before coming to law school. She is planning to study both international human rights law and immigration law. Audrey enjoys running, Bollywood films, and exploring the crazy city that is DC!

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Powell Wright

Powell Wright

Junior Staff Writer, Europe, Asia, Oceana

Powell Wright grew up in Rochester, NY and graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY in 2013.  After graduating from college, Powell worked for Nixon Peabody LLP’s Affordable Housing Group and garnered an interest in housing law. Outside of law school, Powell enjoys movies, football, and Huluing all the TV shows he misses while studying during the week.  Powell is also a junior staffer for American University’s International Law Review and an intern with the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County.


Dolores Sinistaj

Dolores Sinistaj

Symposium Co-Chair

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Dolores Sinistaj is a rising 2L. She was born in Podgorica, Montenegro, but grew up in Michigan, where she graduated from Michigan State University. Before law school she interned for the homicide unit at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in Detroit, and then interned at The White House. Dolores plans to pursue international/criminal law at AUWCL. She was a Junior Staff Writer, for Europe, Asia, and Oceana as a 1L.



Ericha Penzien

Ericha Penzien

Senior Articles & Partnership Editor

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Ericha is from Nashville, Tennessee. Between undergrad and law school, she spent 6 years working and traveling in preparation for law school. In 2012, Ericha worked on an independent documentary in Guatemala City, Guatemala titled Becoming Fools. She also spent two years teaching English and working in Shanghai, China. She plans to study international trade and investment law.


Christina Canalizo

Christina Canalizo

Social Media Editor

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Christina is from Ormond Beach, Florida, where she was active in many women’s rights organizations. She plans to study human rights in law school, and she hopes to one day work in the public interest field.

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Laura Collins

Laura Collins

Junior Staff Writer & Editor, Special Coverage Team

Laura is a 2L who writes and edits for the Human Rights Brief Special Coverage team. In her first year at WCL, Laura was a staff writer for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. She also worked as a research assistant with Professor Claudia Martin of the Academy for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law during which time she conducted research for the GQUAL campaign that focused on gender parity initiatives in the UN Human Rights Committee special mandate holders selection process. This year, Laura is on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team, is on the junior staff of the American University Law Review, and is a Legal Rhetoric Dean’s Fellow. Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Laura graduated from Villanova University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies.

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Wilson Melbostad

Wilson Melbostad

Staff Writer Europe, Asia, Oceana

A San Francisco Bay area native, Wilson graduated from University of California Los Angeles in 2012 with degrees in Political Science and World Arts and Cultures. Upon graduating, Wilson spent two engaging and gratifying years teaching English, learning the local vernacular, and working with various international communities in Gwangju, South Korea. Wilson returned to the states in 2014 to begin his studies at WCL and pursue prospective careers in international human rights with focuses on international labor issues and stateless indigenous communities. In addition to his staff writer duties for the Human Rights Brief, Wilson is a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and the Center for Human Rights Student Advisory Board.

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2015 – 2016 Junior Staff




Jazmin Chavez

Jazmin Chavez

Staff Writer

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At the age of twelve, Jazmin Chavez came to the United States from Peru. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her B.A. in Political Science in 2012. At American University Washington College of Law, Jazmin’s particular interests are immigration and human rights law. She is a dean’s fellow for the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Last summer, she worked for the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration and had the opportunity to interact directly with immigrants detained in jails and prisons throughout the United States. Jazmin was a Staff Writer from 2015-2016.






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Michael Poupore

Former Senior Column Editor

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Prior to coming to law school, Mike ran heavy construction equipment for three years in and around the city of Detroit as a member of the Operating Engineers, Local 324. Before that, Mike was a student at James Madison University where he graduated in May of 2011. In addition to his favorite organization at WCL, Human Rights Brief, Mike is a member of AULR and Moot Court. Mike is also Managing Editor of the AU Labor and Employment Law Forum and a Legal Rhetoric Dean’s Fellow. Mike enjoys cooking, fantasy football, and the musical stylings of Young Jeezy. Mike was a Junior Editor and then Senior Column Editor, he was active on the Human Rights Brief from 2014-2016.


Rebecca Levine

Rebecca Levine

News Team

Rebecca is a 1L from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in sociology.  She hopes to pursue a career in public interest law, or working with nonprofit organizations.  When she’s not writing for the Brief’s news team or surviving her first year of law school, Rebecca is either taking accidental naps, making pasta, or watching panda documentaries…and of course educating herself on Human Rights.



Stephanie Poucher

Stephanie Poucher

Staff Editor

A graduate of James Madison University, Stephanie Poucher is a former Marshall-Brennan Fellow and currently Dean Lia Epperson’s Research Assistant, president of both Action for Human Rights and the Disability Law Society, and Editor-in-Chief of the American University Law Review. She is interested in Criminal Defense and Special Education Law, working last summer at the Alexandria Public Defender Service and this summer for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. Upon graduation, Stephanie will clerk for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Advisory Board

David Hunter

David Hunter

David Hunter is Professor of Law, Director of the International Legal Studies Program and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he researches and teaches international environmental and human rights law. Prof. Hunter was formerly Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, an environmental consultant to the Czech and Slovak environmental ministries, Executive Director of WaterWatch of Oregon and an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He has consulted on the development of environmental and social standards and associated accountability mechanisms at several international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, the Adaptation Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Bank Information Center, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US, EarthRights International, and the Project on Government Oversight (chair). He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in economics and political science, and a 1986 graduate of the Harvard Law School. Mr. Hunter is author of many articles and books on international environmental law and associated topics and is a co-author of textbooks on International Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press) and Climate Change and the Law (Lexis Nexis Publishing).


Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman

Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman

Claudio Grossman is Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus of American University Washington College of Law (WCL) and the Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law. He is the author of numerous publications regarding international law and human rights (see wcl.american.edu/dean/cv.cfm). In April 2008, Dean Grossman was elected Chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture, where he has been a member since 2003 and previously served as Vice Chair (2003-2008). He is also a member of the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (since February 2005) as well as Chair of the Committee on International Cooperation of the Association of American Law Schools. Dean Grossman served as President of the College of the Americas (COLAM), an organization of colleges and universities in the Western Hemisphere, from November 2003-November 2007. He was also a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) from 1993-2001. He was twice elected its President, first in 1996 and again in 2001. He also served twice as the IACHR’s First Vice President (2000-2001, 1995-1996) and Second Vice President (1999-2000). He was the IACHR’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women (1996-2000), Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Populations (2000-2001), and Observer of the AMIA Trial (2001-2005). Representing the IACHR, Dean Grossman participated in missions to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru, among others. On behalf of international and non-governmental organizations, he has also chaired or participated in missions to observe elections in Nepal, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Romania, Surinam, and the Middle East.

He has also received numerous awards for his work with human rights and international law, including the René Cassin Award from B’nai B’rith International in Chile and the Harry LeRoy Jones Award from the Washington Foreign Law Society. In October 2000, Dean Grossman was named Outstanding Dean of the Year by the National Association of Public Interest Law (now known as Equal Justice Works). In addition, the Inter American Press Association named Dean Grossman as the recipient of the Chapultepec Grand Prize 2002 for his achievements in the field of human rights and his work and commitment to promoting and protecting the freedom of expression and of the press for all people. In 2007, Dean Grossman received the Simón Bolívar Award from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in recognition of his lifetime achievements in promoting human rights, and the Charles Norberg International Lawyer of the Year Award from the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Inter-American Bar Association. Dean Grossman is a member of numerous associations, including the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, for which he is a member of the Board of Directors.


Diane Orentlicher

Diane Orentlicher

Diane Orentlicher is co-director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; professor of international law. She holds expertise in Public international law; United Nations law; International Criminal Court and other war crimes tribunals. Orentlicher is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Society of International Law, and American Society for Political & Legal Philosophy. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors or Advisory Council of several organizations, including Open Society Justice Initiative of the Open Society Institute, and Coalition for International Justice as well as on the Advisory Council of Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and International Human Rights Law Group. In September 2004, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Diane Orentlicher as an independent expert on combating impunity.


Herman Schwartz

Herman Schwartz

Professor Herman Schwartz has worked for human rights both in the United States and abroad for over four decades. He is currently advising numerous former Soviet bloc countries on constitutional and human rights reform; he has recently analyzed proposed revisions of the Armenian and Georgian constitutions. In February and March of 1994 and 1995, he was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the 50th and 51st Sessions of the UN Human Rights Commission, and in June, 1993, he was one of four public members of the U.S. Delegation to the UN World Human Rights Conference in Vienna. In 1983, he founded and now administers the US/Israel Civil Liberties Law program, which is designed to train and develop a human rights bar in Israel; in recent years the program has been expanded to include lawyers from Central and East Europe and has been replicated at Columbia University Law School with his assistance. In 1987, he organized and chaired a Human Rights Watch Committee project on prisons throughout the world and has personally visited and reported on prison conditions in East Europe and Latin America. He is a Co-Director of the Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and a member of the boards of the Foundation for a Civil Society, Helsinki Watch, and other domestic and foreign public interest organizations.


Juan E. Méndez

Juan E. Méndez

Juan E. Méndez is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment and is a Visiting Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. In 2009 and 2010, he was the Special Advisor on Crime Prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He is also Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. Until May 2009, he was President of the International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ), and in the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York. Concurrent with his duties at ICTJ, the Honorable Kofi Annan named Mr. Méndez his Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007.


Macarena Saez

Macarena Saez

Macarena Saez is the Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. She is a Fellow in the International Legal Studies Program and teaches at WCL in the areas of Family Law, Comparative Law, and International Human Rights. Her main areas of research are gender discrimination in Latin America, and comparative family law. Professor Sáez is also the Faculty Director of WCL’s Impact Litigation Project. She is member of the Executive Committee of the Network of Latin American Scholars on Gender, Sexuality and LegalEducation ALAS, organization that provides trainings to law professors in Latin America on mainstreaming gender and sexuality perspectives in legal education. She is also member of Libertades Públicas, an organization that promotes civil liberties in Latin America. With this organization she was one of the lead counsels for the victims in the first case on sexual orientation before the Inter American System of Human Rights Atala and daughters v. Chile. Before coming to WCL Macarena Saez was a faculty member at the University of Chile Law School where she taught jurisprudence and worked actively in the law school’s curriculum reform. She has also taught feminist jurisprudence and human rights in different universities of Latin America and Europe.


Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

The consistent focus of Professor Richard Wilson’s scholarly work has been the tension between the “haves” and the “have-nots” of the law, whether they are individuals, countries, or entire legal cultures. Professor Wilson seeks to improve access to justice by improving legal training of public interest advocates, including public interest and clinical offerings in law school curricula, opposition to the death penalty, developing models of legal representation of the poor, and effective use of international human rights law in domestic and international law. Professor Wilson is active in the development of legal aid, public defense, public interest NGOs and law school clinics throughout the world. He recently co-authored a report for the International Human Rights Law Group entitled Promoting Justice: A Practical Guide to Strategic Human Rights Lawyering (2001), which draws from regional meetings of human rights NGO lawyers from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Professor Wilson is also interested in new developments in the law, procedures and structures for providing appointed defense counsel in international war crimes trials and international criminal tribunals. He recently completed a book chapter on that subject, Will History Repeat Itself? Case Studies of Systemic Constraints on Defense Counsel in International War Crimes Trials and the Need for Resource Parity, in Effective Strategies for Protecting Human Rights: Economic Sanctions, Use of National Courts and International Fora, and Coercive Power (David Barnhizer, ed.).


Robert Goldman

Robert Goldman

Robert K. Goldman is Louis C. James Scholar; co-director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; faculty director, the War Crimes Research Office; and professor of law. He holds expertise in international and human rights law; U.S. foreign policy; terrorism; and law of armed conflict. From 1996 to 2004 he was a member of the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and its president in 1999. From July 2004 to July 2005, Goldman was the UN Human Rights Commission’s Independent Expert on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. In October 2005, the International Commission of Jurists named him one of the eight jurists on the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. He is author of The Protection of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (1972); coauthor of Middle East Watch’s book, Needless Deaths in the Gulf War, a 1991 publication that assessed civilian casualties during the 39-day air campaign and assigned responsibility for violations of the laws of war; and coauthor of The International Dimension of Human Rights: A Guide For Application in Domestic Law (2001). He is also the author of scores of reports, papers and articles on human rights and humanitarian law related issues.


Contributors

Armis Sadri

Armis Sadri

2016 Summer Staff Writer

Armis is an LLM student specializing in International Human Rights. She graduated with LLB degree from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. While she was doing her Masters in International Law at SBU, as the best oralist of the Iranian champion team, she competed in international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition in Washington DC in 2015. Armis is a summer staff writer for the Human Rights Brief, and Dean’s Fellow for Dean Claudio Grossman’s Committee against Torture project as well as for the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Her interests are human rights in the Middle East, the politics of human rights,and Islam and human rights.

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Jacob Smyth

Jacob is a law student at London Metropolitan University.


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Andrea Gittleman

Andrea Gittleman is an Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellow at the Burma Lawyers’ Council in Mae Sot, Thailand, where she is advocating for criminal accountability in Burma and researching gender-based violence in the region.


Eric Tardif

Eric Tardif

Contributing Author

Eric Tardif LL.D., LL.M. (UNAM), LL.L. (Ottawa), is a Tenured Lecturer in International Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Law School.

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Christian Jorgensen

Christian Jorgensen

Contributing Author

Christian Jorgensen is currently a graduate student at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois studying to receive an MSc in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies.  He has written and published various articles regarding refugee law and human rights.  He was an intern for the Rights in Exile Programme and assistant to Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond OBE in Oxford UK, where he worked with lawyers and scholars to assist with asylum seekers’ cases.

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Zuleika Rivera

Zuleika Rivera

Contributing Author & Spanish Translator

Zuleika is a 2L from Puerto Rico and is pursuing a joint degree in Law and International Affairs at the Washington College of Law and the School of International Service. She is currently interning at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and is a Junior Staff Member on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law (JGSPL). She is interested in working on behalf of human rights in Latin America, particularly women’s rights. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Policy Studies from Syracuse University.

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Robert Dinerstein

Robert Dinerstein

Professor of Law Associate Dean for Experiential Education

Robert Dinerstein is professor of law, director of the clinical program (1988-96 and 2008-present), associate dean for experiential education (2012-present) and director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic (2005-present) at AU’s Washington College of Law, where he has taught since 1983. He was the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1997-2004. He specializes in the fields of clinical education and disability law, especially mental disabilities law (including issues of consent/choice, capacity and guardianship), the Americans with Disabilities Act, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, legal representation of clients with mental disabilities, and disability and international human rights.

Dinerstein has made numerous presentations on clinical legal education and disability law, among other topics, and has published a number of books, articles, chapters and other writing on these subjects. Among his recent publications in the disability law area, he is the author of “Implementing Legal Capacity Under Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The Difficult Road from Guardianship to Supported Decision-Making” (Human Rights Brief, 2012); “On Torture, Ill-Treatment and People with Psychosocial and Intellectual Disabilities: Some Thoughts About the Report of the Special Rapporteur,” in TORTURE IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS: REFLECTIONS ON THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE’S 2013 THEMATIC REPORT 219-226 (Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Anti-Torture Initiative) (2014); “Emerging International Practices in Guardianship Law for People with Disabilities,” 22 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 435 (Winter 2016)(with Martinis & Grewal); and “The Olmstead Imperative: The Right to Live in the Community and Beyond,” 4 (1) Inclusion 16 (Winter 2016).

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Ginna Anderson

Ginna Anderson

Deputy Director, American Bar Association Center for Human Rights

Ginna Anderson is the Deputy Director for the American Bar Association, Center for Human Rights. Prior to joining the Center, she was a Georgetown Women in Law and Public Policy Fellow. She served as a legal hfellow with the International Community of Women Living with HIV, where she advocated for the rights of women living with HIV and AIDS in global policy and practice. As a legal fellow at the DC-based Center for Health and Gender Equity, she analyzed U.S. foreign policy and legislation in the context of women’s reproductive health rights. Ginna clerked for the Honorable Thad Heartfield, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. She received her JD from Georgetown University and a BA in Law, Letters, and Society from the University of Chicago.

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Maria Corina Muskus Toro

Maria Corina Muskus Toro

Contributing Author

Maria Corina Muskus Toro holds a Master Degree in International Legal Studies at American University Washington College of Law. She specialized in Human Rights and Gender. As a Master student at WCL, she worked with the Anti-Torture Initiative and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law as a research assistant for Professor Juan E. Mendez. She worked on the issues of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent’s right to nationality in the Dominican Republic at the Center for Justice and International Law. In Venezuela, she worked at a law firm where she prepared documents that supported litigation process before the UN Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She was also a professor of the Human Rights Law Clinic at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, where she graduated from Law School. As a Professor, she developed strategies for addressing human rights abuses of migrants, refugees, and the LGBTI community in Venezuela. She is committed to work as a human rights lawyer specializing in issues of women inside of prison and gender equality in Venezuela and the Americas.

You can watch Maria’s Ted Talk on conditions that women face in Venezuelan prisons here.

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Mair D. McCafferty

Former Editor-in-Chief

Mair was Editor-in-Chief from 1998-1999 and Senior Articles Editor from 1997-1998.


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Austin Shangraw

Former News Editor

Austin is a former Deputy Editor and News Editor. He served on the Human Rights Brief from 2013-2016.


Chris Keeler

Chris Keeler

Former Co-Editor-in-Chief

Chris served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights Brief from 2015-2016.


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Angela Chen

Former Year-in-Review Editor

Angela Chen Served as the Year-in-Review Editor from 2015-2016.

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Andrea Flynn-Schneider

Andrea Flynn-Schneider

Former Staff Writer

Andrea is a former Staff Writer and Senior Social Media Editor.  She worked with the Human Rights Brief from 2013-2016.

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Jazmin Chavez

Jazmin Chavez

Staff Writer

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At the age of twelve, Jazmin Chavez came to the United States from Peru. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her B.A. in Political Science in 2012. At American University Washington College of Law, Jazmin’s particular interests are immigration and human rights law. She is a dean’s fellow for the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Last summer, she worked for the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration and had the opportunity to interact directly with immigrants detained in jails and prisons throughout the United States. Jazmin was a Staff Writer from 2015-2016.



Janie Williams

Janie Williams

Former Community Outreach Co-Chair

Janie was on the junior staff as a member of the Social Media Team as well as the Community Outreach Co-Chair.  She worked with the Human Rights Brief from 2014-2016.


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Kevin Whitman

Former Community Outreach Co-Chair

Kevin was a junior staff writer as well as the Community Outreach Co-Chair.  He was active with the Human Rights Brief from 2014-2016.


Marie Durane

Marie Durane

Former Staff Writer

Marie is a former staff writer. She was active with the Human Rights Brief from 2013-2016.


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Megan Clark-Kevan

Former Interactive Content Editor

Megan is a former junior staffer, as well as Interactive Content Editor.  She was active with the Human Rights Brief  from 2013-2016.


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Michael Poupore

Former Senior Column Editor

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Prior to coming to law school, Mike ran heavy construction equipment for three years in and around the city of Detroit as a member of the Operating Engineers, Local 324. Before that, Mike was a student at James Madison University where he graduated in May of 2011. In addition to his favorite organization at WCL, Human Rights Brief, Mike is a member of AULR and Moot Court. Mike is also Managing Editor of the AU Labor and Employment Law Forum and a Legal Rhetoric Dean’s Fellow. Mike enjoys cooking, fantasy football, and the musical stylings of Young Jeezy. Mike was a Junior Editor and then Senior Column Editor, he was active on the Human Rights Brief from 2014-2016.


Shayan Davoudi

Shayan Davoudi

Former Deputy Staff Editor

Shayan is a former Deputy Staff Editor.  He was active with the Human Rights Brief from 2015-2016.


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Shereen Kajouee

Former Senior Articles Editor

Shereen is a former junior staffer, as well as Senior Articles Editor.  She was active with the Human Rights Brief from 2013-2016.


Whitney-Ann Mulhauser

Whitney-Ann Mulhauser

Former Co-Editor-in-Chief

Whitney-Ann served as a junior and senior staffer, as well as Co-Editor-in-Chief. She was active with the Human Rights Brief from 2013-2016.