Editorial Staff


Alexandra M. Smith

Alexandra is a 3L at William & Mary Law School. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of the Comparative Jurist blog, she is also President of the American Constitution Society. Over her 2L summer, Alexandra interned for the Juvenile & Domestic Relations section of the Public Defender’s Office in Richmond, Virginia. Over her 1L summer, she interned for International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and a Bachelor’s degree from Bard College. Before law school, Alexandra worked in the fields of international education and human rights, holding positions at the Institute for International Liberal Education and National Security Archive. In the future, Alexandra hopes to practice law internationally, with a focus on juvenile law.


Managing Editor

Alicia Muir

Alicia is a 2L at William and Mary Law School. At William and Mary, she is a staff member of the Environmental Law and Policy Review Journal and vice president of the Comparative Legal Student Scholars. In addition, she is a student admissions ambassador and the fundraising chair for the George Wythe Society. During her 1L summer, she interned for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel to the Department of Environmental Protection and was a research assistant for Professor Warren. She is from Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at George Mason University. At George Mason University, Alicia obtained a bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance. While at George Mason, Alicia studied international security studies at the University of Fribourg and public international law at the University of Oxford. She is interested in international law, environmental law, and transitional justice.


Executive Editors

Marisa Perfetti

Marisa is a 2L at William and Mary Law School. In addition to being a Senior Editor of the Comparative Jurist blog, she is also a member of the William & Mary Business Law Review and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. Over her 1L summer, Marisa interned with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement. She is currently interested in pursuing a career in international or finance law. 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.

Elena Pruett-Fiederlein

Elena is a 2L at William & Mary Law School, originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to her work for CJ, she is a board member of both the Immigration Law and Service Society and Student Legal Services. Elena graduated from Brown University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and taught English at a high school in France before beginning law school. Over her 1L summer, she split her time between interning at the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia and working as a research assistant for Professor Criddle. She is interested in international and comparative law, human rights, and access to justice issues.

Senior Editors

Claire Gardner

Claire is a 2L at William & Mary, and originally from Virginia. She also is an Assistant Articles Editor on the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review. She attended undergrad at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she majored in International Studies and German Studies, and minored in European Studies. She studied abroad in England and in Germany, and remains an avid traveler. Over her 1L summer, she spent half the summer interning at Byrnes Gould in Danville, Virginia, and the other half interning with Justice Chafin on the Virginia Supreme Court. She is interested in international and comparative law, and hopes to practice internationally in the future.

Cameron Krause

Cameron is a 1L at William & Mary Law School. He recently graduated from Rutgers University, where he studied Accounting and Political Science. At Rutgers, Cameron was heavily involved with the Institute for Domestic & International Affairs, a nonprofit organization aimed at educating students about international relations in a simulation format. He also took part in the European Summer Institute located in Kassel, Germany, where he learned about the dynamics of the European Union and the trend of euroscepticism. Cameron is currently interested in international law and business law, as well as the intersect between the two.  

Trevor Newton

Trevor is a 1L at William and Mary Law School. Before entering law school, Trevor spent five years working for Nathan Associates, 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.

Rachel Sleiman

Rachel is a 1L at William & Mary Law School.  Before pursuing her legal education, Rachel worked for 4.5 years as a paralegal specialist supporting the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Fraud Section, where she mainly handled health care fraud litigation.  This opportunity sparked Rachel’s interest in criminal law, and her education and experiences studying International Studies and Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, including a semester abroad in Amman, Jordan, helped cultivate her desire to one day pursue a career that involves international law.

Junior Editors

Sylvanna Gross

Sylvanna is a 1L at William and Mary Law School and is a Junior Editor for the Comparative Jurist. Sylvanna graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 majoring in International Studies with a focus on Human Security and Norms. She was a columnist and reporter for The Michigan Daily. Sylvanna subsequently received her MSc. from the University of Edinburgh in Marine Systems and Policies. She has completed independent research associated with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association, worked as a legislative assistant for a New York State Senator, interned for a New York supervising judge directing an alternative drug court, studied abroad in Spain, and conducted coral reef research in the Maldives. Sylvanna hopes to practice environmental law, with a focus on adapting marine science into international and domestic legislative frameworks.

Allison Lofgren

Allison is a 1L at William and Mary Law School. In addition to being a Junior Editor of the Comparative Jurist Blog, she is also a member of the International Law Society and the Women’s Law Society. She graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. At Georgetown University, Allison obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Politics (with a concentration in International Law) and a minor in French. Before law school, she interned for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and a U.S. District Court Judge. She is interested in international law, international trade, and global governance.

Michalis Polygiannis

Michalis is a 1L student at the William and Mary Law School. He graduated in May of 2020 from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he double-majored in International Affairs (concentrating on Europe and Eurasia) and Russian Language and Literature. Before entering law school, Michalis has completed his military service in the Cyprus military. He has also worked at the European and International Treaties Department of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, the Embassy of Cyprus in Washington, DC, the Institute of World Politics, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Michalis has done a great deal of research focusing on European politics, the international affairs of Eastern European countries, and Russia’s influence on the West. He is fluent in Russian, Greek, Ukrainian, and English. Michalis is interested in corporate law in the context of the US-Russian relations.

Nancy Rosen

Nancy is a 1L at William & Mary Law School. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College with degrees 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. Through these opportunities, Nancy became interested in international law and hopes to practice in international law with a focus on human rights, security, or terrorism.

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