Editorial Staff


Editor-in-Chief

Elena Pruett-Fiederlein

Elena is a 3L at William & Mary and originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia. She graduated from Brown University in 2017 with a BA in International Relations, and taught English at a high school in France before starting law school. In addition to her work on the Comparative Jurist, Elena is the long-form project coordinator for Student Legal Services, and has worked as a research assistant to Professor Evan Criddle. She has interned for both the Legal Aid Society for Eastern Virginia and Blue Ridge Legal Services, and hopes to work in legal aid or public defense after graduation. Elena is interested in the ways the study of comparative law can be used to better understand problems within our own legal system and offer solutions to them.

Managing Editors

Marisa Perfetti

Marisa is a 3L at William and Mary Law School. In addition to being a Co-Managing Editor of the Comparative Jurist blog, she is also a Notes Editor for the William & Mary Business Law Review and a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. Over her 1L summer, Marisa interned with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement. Over her 2L summer, she was a Summer Associate at Buckley LLP, where she will be returning after graduation. Marisa graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with degrees in political science, economics, and public policy.

Rachel Sleiman

Rachel is a 2L at William & Mary Law School.  In addition to being a Managing Editor of the Comparative Jurist blog, she is also a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  Rachel worked for 4.5 years as a paralegal supporting the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Fraud Section prior to law school.  She spent her 2021 summer interning for a federal district judge in Columbia, South Carolina, and is currently supporting Columbia University Professor Jenik Radon’s work with the Human Rights Division of the Estonian government.   These opportunities, along with her education and experiences studying  International Studies and Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University–including a semester abroad in Amman, Jordan–have sparked Rachel’s interest in pursuing a career in litigation and transnational law.

Executive Editors

Trevor Newton

Trevor is a 2L at William and Mary Law School. Before entering law school, Trevor spent five years working for a federal contractor, implementing projects in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State. Trevor supported a regional project that provided technical assistance to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and its member economies and managed bilateral programs in Honduras and the Kyrgyz Republic. Trevor is interested in commercial law and its intersection with international economic development. He has a bachelor’s degree in international political economy from Colorado College.

Nancy Rosen

Nancy is a 2L at William & Mary Law School from Toronto, Canada. In addition to being an Executive Editor for the Comparative Jurist, Nancy is also a 2L Assistant Chair on the Honor Council. Over her 1L summer, Nancy interned for the Constitution-Building Programme at International IDEA in The Hague, Netherlands where she researched and analyzed the constitutional history of Mali as well as the constitutionalization of the environment in Hungry, Kenya, and Tunisia’s Constitutions. Before law school Nancy graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French. While at Goucher, Nancy studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium where she interned as a terrorism analyst at the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center. Upon graduation, she taught English at an elementary school in France. Nancy is currently interested in practicing international law with a focus on human rights, security, and counter-terrorism.

Senior Editors

Valerie Brankovic

Valerie is a 2L at William & Mary Law School, and is excited to serve as a new Senior Editor of the Comparative Jurist Blog! She is also a staff member of the William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Prior to law school, Valerie spent approximately two years in China on a Fulbright Research Grant studying Chinese and conducting research on international economic development, followed by four years in Washington, D.C. working in public interest advocacy. She spent her 1L summer in Prishtine, Kosovo with the Center for Legal Aid and Regional Development (CLARD), and is interested in pursuing a legal career that combines her interests in litigation, transitional justice, and international development.

Christopher Chau

Chris is a 2L at William & Mary coming from Philadelphia, PA. He is also the Communications Chair of William & Mary’s chapter of the American Constitution Society. Before coming to law school, he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Temple University in 2019 with a double major in history and political science and a minor in French literature. While at Temple, he studied abroad in Paris and attended the Sorbonne in its Cours de Civilisation Française program. He was also an editing intern with the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program with Dr. James McGann.  After graduation, he worked as a French translator and language data editor at Comcast. During his 1L summer, he interned at the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability and specialized in its 100% renewable energy initiative. Chris is currently interested in immigration law and environmental law but is also fascinated by the ways comparative law can influence our legal system and the ways it can improve our interpretations of domestic legal issues.

Cameron Krause

Cameron Krause is currently a 2L at William & Mary Law School, and previously graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Accounting and Political Science. Cameron has been assisting in research related to stateless constitutions and is currently working with the Estonian government to facilitate the 2021 Global Media Freedom Conference. Cameron is interested in international law and corporate law, and the intersect between the two.

Allison Lofgren

Allison is a 2L at William and Mary Law School. In addition to being a Senior Editor of the Comparative Jurist Blog, she is a staff member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and a member of the Women’s Law Society. Allison graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Politics (with a concentration in International Law) and a minor in French. During her 1L summer, she interned with the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Foreign Ministry of Estonia. She is interested in international law, international trade, and global governance.

Junior Editors

Cameryn Lonsway

Cammie is a 1L at William and Mary Law School. In addition to serving as a Junior Editor for the Comparative Jurist, she is also a 1L Representative of the International Law Society and a member of the Women’s Law Society. Prior to attending law school, Cammie worked for two years at a global due diligence firm, where she conducted cross-jurisdictional anti-corruption investigations into companies and individuals located in Latin America. She specialized in identifying potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. Cammie graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science in January 2018. Upon graduating, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English for a year at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín. Cammie hopes to someday work in international regulatory compliance.

Rebecca Stekol

Rebecca is a 1L at William & Mary Law School. She graduated from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she studied International History, Journalism, and Jewish Civilization. Throughout undergrad she engaged in interfaith dialogue and faith-centered organizing in D.C. and abroad in Glasgow, Scotland. She has also researched post-atrocity remembrance, the historicization of antisemitism, and Soviet nationality policy. As a daughter of refugees, she hopes to study international law in greater depth.

Jerry Zhang

Jerry (Gongyu) Zhang is currently a 1L at William & Mary Law School. Before going to law school, he worked for the Shanghai office of a U.S consulting firm as a research analyst for one year. Jerry graduated with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in History in 2019 and wrote his thesis on Sino-Soviet relations. He is interested in international law, comparative law, and legal history.

LLM Representative

Ignacio Zabala

Ignacio is an exchange LLM at William and Mary Law School. Ignacio is from Madrid, Spain, where he is studying at IE Law School. Ignacio is a Spanish-qualified lawyer, and also, he is studying to practice in the English and Welsh jurisdiction. His interest in international law comes from the hand of international arbitration and comparative law as tools that help the coexistence of diverse understandings of law in an increasingly internationalized world.

Social Media Coordinator

Rochelle Qin

Rochelle is a 1L at William and Mary Law School. In addition to being a Social Media Coordinator of the Comparative Jurist blog, she is also a Social Media Chair for Comparative Legal Student Scholars and a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. She graduated from Grove City College with an International Law degree in December 2020. She is currently interested in international business law.

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