Student Fellows for the 2013-2014 Academic Year included:
Miranda Russell is a University of Baltimore School of Law 2014 J.D. candidate, with a concentration in Public International Law. She holds a B.A. in History from the public honors college, St. Mary's College of Maryland (December 2010). Law school provided Miranda with an opportunity to expand on her previous studies and work in the areas of civil and human rights, African and African diaspora studies, and the reconciliation of war torn societies.
During her collegiate years, Miranda served as an aide at a peace seminar in Beit Jala, Palestine, which aimed to break down the longstanding barriers between Palestinians, Israelis, and Germans. Such work, paired with her studies, motivated Miranda to continue a course of study involving human rights violations, transitional justice, and international culpability at UB.
Her legal studies have also afforded Miranda a chance to expand her international law interests in the areas of national security law, military law, and international criminal culpability. Aside from taking courses in national security law and military law, she studied international criminal law and international legal approaches to terrorism through American Washington College of Law in the Hague, Netherlands.
During her legal studies, Miranda has engaged with the general student body at UB as an executive board member of the International Law Society, a student fellow for the Center for International & Comparative Law, and an executive board editor on the Journal of International Law. Miranda also served as a Rule 16 Student Attorney for UB's Immigrant Rights Clinic, with a focus on asylum and refugee law.
Robert Demirji is third year law student ('14) at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2010, majoring in Government and Politics with a focus on International Relations and Criminal Justice and Criminology. Prior to studying law, he interned at Search for Common Ground in the Partners and Humanity program, focusing primarily Middle Eastern and Western Relations. While there he edited and reviewed articles being published with their organization. During his legal studies, he worked with the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County MD. Currently, he is the Production Editor for the University of Baltimore Journal of International Law and is responsible for overseeing the substantive and technical accuracy of the Associate Editors and Staff Editors corrections. Robert has a great passion for International Law primarily international human rights issues.
Jillian J. Bokey is a fourth-year, part-time evening student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.S. in Business Management with a minor in the Legal Environment of Business. Jillian is the Managing Editor for the University of Baltimore Journal of International Law. While in law school, she was Director of Client Employee Relations at Tidewater Property Management, Inc. However, she has now begun her transition into a legal career, accepting a position as a law clerk at a firm in Annapolis as of January 2014.
For Jillian, studying international law is interesting because it applies across different areas of practice. She is also interested in how various countries view and interpret international law and how that affects the progression of international law.
Maria Surdokas is a third year student at the University of Baltimore School of Law, with a concentration in International and Comparative Law. As a Student Fellow for the Center, Maria has been involved with strengthening ties with UB’s global partner schools and with creating a yearbook chronicling the CICL’s activities. Maria graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2011 with a major in English and a double minor in French and Writing. During her undergraduate studies, she was able to spend her entire junior year studying abroad at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. While in Belgium, Maria volunteered at a local Flemish high school, assisting the English teacher by leading small group activities and discussing both grammar and the differences between the American and Belgian educational systems.
Maria currently serves as Vice President of the International Law Society, Associate Managing Editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review, and Secretary of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. Maria was recently a Rule 16 Student Attorney in the University of Baltimore Immigrant Rights Clinic, where she worked on a cancellation of removal case and a group policy project supporting an amendment to the Maryland theft statute that would lessen the immigration consequences for minor offenses. Maria has had judicial internships in both Circuit Court and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. She spent the summer before her 3L year studying comparative law in Aberdeen, Scotland through UB’s study abroad program.
Anne Adoryan is a joint degree JD/MBA student at the University of Baltimore. She is focusing on business law and finance. In the past she has worked in technology, education, healthcare and commercial media, and she integrates that experience into her current work with the CICL. Anne is a staff editor on the Journal of International Law, and holds board positions on several University of Baltimore student groups involving civil rights and public interest. She is also a teaching assistant for the 1L advocacy writing course. Anne has undergraduate degrees in economics and English from The Ohio State University.
Lindsay Stallings is second year student at the University of Baltimore School of Law, planning to graduate in May 2015 with a J.D. and concentration in International Law. She graduated from The Ohio State University in June of 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science with minors in Sociology and International Studies. She has also studied Spanish and Arabic language and culture extensively.
While at The Ohio State University she was a member of the International Affairs Scholars program, through which she studied abroad in Bulgaria. She was active in the Undergraduate Student Government and was a member of various academic and student life university-level committees.
Her primary interests are international law, national security, and U.S. Military and diplomatic policies. Through her coursework and relationships with our international law faculty she has developed a more focused interest in the policies surrounding international conflict and the capabilities of international courts.
Lindsay currently serves as the Careers Director on the International Law Society and is a Staff Editor on the Journal of International Law. Her legal coursework and extracurricular activities have given her the opportunity to mold her passion for cultural studies and problem solving into an exciting international legal career.
Andres Meraz is a second-year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law with a concentration in Public International Law. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park where he received a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Government and Political Theory. While a student at UB, Andres spent the summer before his 2L year studying comparative Family and Environmental law at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
In addition to being a CICL student fellow, Andres currently serves as a staff-editor for the University of Baltimore Journal of International Law. He is also the current recruitment chair for Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society as well as the Law Scholar for Professor Samuels’ Constitutional Law class. During the summer before his 3L year, Andres will work as law clerk for Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos, Vaughan & Rhoades, a litigation firm in Montgomery County.
Natalie Krajinovic is a University of Baltimore School of Law J.D. candidate ('15), with a concentration in Business Law. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in English and East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto, St. George.
Natalie has always had an interest in international law and policy. While studying at the University of Toronto, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Toronto Globalist, an international relations magazine with chapters across the globe.
She currently serves as a Staff Editor for the Journal of International Law and as the Alumni Relations Director for the International Law Society at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Natalie is also a law clerk for a business law firm in downtown Baltimore.
Rafiq Gharbi is a second year law student (’15) at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He graduated from Salisbury Univerisity in May 2012. While at Salisbury, he majored in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy and was active in the Muslim Student Association. Rafiq is also an avid soccer player and hopes to play for the Tunisian national team in the future.