Editorial Staff


Lauren Acker 

Lauren Acker is a J.D. Candidate 2019 at William and Mary Law School. Lauren graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Washington and Lee University in 2012. She lived and worked in Oregon, exploring the Pacific Northwest, before returning to Virginia to attend law school. Her studies, internships, and externships while at William & Mary Law School have focused on international and environmental law. She spent her 1L summer working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for Open Development Mekong, and her 2L summer working in San Francisco, CA for Tetra Tech DPK. Upon graduation, she will be moving to and pursuing a career in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Managing Editor

Delia Root

Delia Root is a 2L at William and Mary Law School. She is from Madisonville, Kentucky, and graduated magma cum laude from the Honors College at Murray State University. At Murray State, Delia obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in Chinese.  Her studies and internships have been focused on international and business law. She spent her 1L summer working in Beijing, China for Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center.


Staff Editors

Melanie Allen 

Melanie Allen is a first year law student at William & Mary School of Law. She is from Houston, Texas and graduated with a BA in Government from Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Before attending law school, she spent ten years living and working in Stockholm, Sweden and in the The Hague, Netherlands. She was a program officer at an inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting democratic reform processes worldwide. She worked in the constitution building unit, contributing to comparative knowledge resources for national-level democratic reformers, with a special focus on women in constitution building processes and in the design of gender-responsive constitutions. She is also interested in comparative labor and employment law.

Kate Hall

Kate Hall is a 2L at William & Mary Law School. She graduated with a degree in psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is interested in globalization and comparative law and hopes to pursue a career in one of those fields after law school.

Ally Smith

Ally Smith is a 1L at William & Mary Law School. She has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and a Bachelor’s degree from Bard College. She has worked in the fields of international education and human rights, holding positions at the Institute for International Liberal Education and National Security Archive. She most recently spent a year as an AmeriCorps member doing restorative justice work with middle- and high-school students in rural New York, where she is from. Ally hopes to practice law in the field of international human rights following law school, while continuing to contribute to her home community.



Junior Editors

Adriana Roach  

Adriana Roach is a 1L at William and Mary Law School. She graduated summa cum laude at Missouri State University with a B.S. in Political Science. She focused much of her undergraduate studies on comparative politics and international relations. In particular, she has extensively researched Nigeria’s electoral reform, and for her senior research project she conducted a study on the correlation between ethnic conflict and economic instability in African nations. She hopes to work in the field of Comparative Constitutional Law.

Patton Solowey

Patton Solowey is a 1L at William & Mary Law School. Prior to law school, Patton graduated summa cum laude from Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, with a B.S. in Business Studies with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics.

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