National Security Law Brief Editorial Board
Founded in April 2009, the American University National Security Law Brief (NSLB) is the nation’s first student-run law school publication to focus on the rapidly evolving field of national security law. This student-run brief is a biannual print publication and daily blog devoted to examining the legal dimensions of United States national security policy. In addition to analyzing traditional security issues such as counterterrorism, intelligence collection, and nuclear proliferation, the Brief also examines legal matters related to soft power and cybersecurity.
Billy worked on political campaigns from high school through college, ultimately opening up his own consulting firm in his home state of Georgia. He worked on local, state, and national races for several years before joining a market research firm as a project manager. He began his career at WCL in 2010 where he is a member of Moot Court, active with student government, and still making political noise. If he had spare time he would go hiking and rock climbing.
Volume Executive Editor
Shannon is a fourth-year law student in American University’s J.D./M.A. Program. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Shannon graduated from New York University with a degree in European and Mediterranean Studies. Prior to law school, Shannon served as Diplomatic Liaison to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City. While in law school, Shannon has interned for three different offices in both the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security and Criminal Divisions, and for two different judges at both the federal and state level. In addition to her work on the National Security Law Brief, Shannon is a former Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group, a current member of the Administrative Law Review and the Mock Trial Honor Society, and a Dean’s Fellow in Comparative Law.
Issue Executive Editor
Allison is a third-year law student at American University Washington College of Law. Originally from Summerville, SC, Allison graduated from Furman University in 2010 with a degree in political science. At WCL she is the president of the Mock Trial Honor Society, executive editor of the National Security Law Brief, and a member of the International Law Review. She also pursuing a Master’s Degree at American University’s School of International Service and is interested in a career as a criminal trial-lawyer.
Mike is a third-year student at the American University Washington College of Law. Originally from Westchester County just north of New York City, Mike graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2010, where he triple-majored in Business Administration, Political Science, and Economics. He has studied abroad in Valencia, Spain and most recently in Istanbul, Turkey. He interned at a specialized aviation & corporate law firm while in Turkey and has also worked with the Bureau of Economic & Business Affairs at the Department of State. At WCL, he is interested in international law and is consequently pursuing a JD/MA in conjunction with the AU School of International Service. In addition to his work at the National Security Law Brief, Mike is involved in the Moot Court Honor Society and Business Law Review and serves as the Finance Chair with the WCL Student Bar Association. He is currently working as a law clerk in the Office of International Claims & Investment Disputes (L/CID) at the Department of State.
Online Managing Editor
Bijan is a third-year law student at the American University Washington College of Law. Originally from Santa Monica, California, Bijan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy. Prior to law school, Bijan interned with Trilogy Interactive, a California-based political consulting firm. While in law school, Bijan worked at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section and the Senate Judiciary Committee. In addition to his work on the National Security Law Brief, Erin is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Clinic and President of the Intellectual Property Law Society.
Assistant Online Editor
Born in Israel and raised in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Roey is a second year evening law student at American University’s Washington College of Law. He is pursing a concentration in international business and trade, and is especially interested in the national security aspects of foreign direct investment. He graduated from the John Molson School of Business in Montreal, Quebec with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business. He currently divides his professional time between a Vancouver-based business consulting firm and an internship at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has held positions as a Financial Analyst with Bloomberg LP’s New York City headquarters and as an Operations Analyst with Buona Notte Restaurant Group in Montreal.
Adam is a second-year law student at the American University Washington College of Law. He is from Orange County, California and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles with a BA in political science and a minor in Biblical studies. In 2008 he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and served until 2011 when he accepted a commission as a second lieutenant. Upon graduating in 2014 he will go on active duty as a Marine Judge Advocate. Prior to law school Adam was selected to be a Young Delegate to the Orange County Republican Central Committee, worked for the Law Offices of Hanna and Scott as well as interned for Congressman Gary Miller. This summer Adam studied International Criminal Law as well as Counter-Terrorism in The Hague, The Netherlands. In addition to being the President of the WCL Federalist Society, he will compete in the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition on behalf of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Benish Anver is a third year student at the American University Washington College of Law. Originally from Valley Stream, New York, Benish graduated from Northeastern University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Law and Policy. Interested in legislative law and politics, she interned for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and was a law clerk in the Senate Judiciary Committee Office for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). In addition to serving as Symposium Editor for the National Security Law Brief, she is currently President of the South Asian Law Students Association, is a student attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, and is a Dean’s Fellow with the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project.
Louisa Slocum is a second-year law student at the Washington College of Law, originally from Concord, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in political science and minors in economics and French. During college, she was a member of the women’s track and cross country teams and worked in the Office of Admissions. Prior to law school, she interned with Congressman Edward Markey of the Seventh Massachusetts District, as well as the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. This past summer, Louisa was an intern with the Navy JAG Corps Region Legal Service Office in Groton, Connecticut, and she will intern during the spring of 2013 with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In addition to serving as a Content Editor for the National Security Law Brief, Louisa is a member of the Administrative Law Review.
Senior Articles Editors
Stephanie Aguirre is a third-year law student at the American University, Washington College of Law. She is originally from Miami, Florida. Stephanie graduated from Florida International University where she majored in International Business and French Language. After college, she worked for a public relations and marketing firm that specialized in US Hispanic markets for two years. As a law student, Stephanie has worked for the Department of State, Consular Affairs Division; the Department of Justice, National Courts Section; and the General Practice and Immigration Justice Clinics at WCL. In addition to her work with the National Security Law Brief, Stephanie is a Senior Articles Editor for the Arbitration Brief and currently serves as an At-Large Senator with the WCL Student Bar Association.
Leah is a third-year student at the American University Washington College of Law. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Leah graduated with honors from American University, where she received a BA in International Studies, with a focus on International Security, and a minor in Spanish Language. In her last year of undergraduate studies, she interned at the National Defense University, where she also worked following her graduation in 2010. Since entering law school, Leah has participated in the National Security Law Brief and the Human Rights Brief and has interned at a human rights defense organization in Mexico City, Mexico and is currently interning at the Open Society Institute.
Zach Ferriola-Bruckenstein is a second-year law student at American University, Washington College of Law. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Zach graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 with a degree in Journalism. Prior to law school, Zach worked as a programmer and server administrator. This background in Internet technology has led to Zach’s interest in National Security, Criminal Law, and Counterrorism. Zach is also a member of the WCL Society for Dispute Resolution Competition Team.
Michael Becker is a third-year student at WCL from Bethesda, MD. He is a senior staff member of the Administrative Law Review and a classroom Dean’s Fellow for the Legal Rhetoric program. Last summer, Michael worked for the Department of Justice in the Counterespionage Section. Michael has also worked for Judges Reggie B. Walton (D.D.C.), Robert Wilkins (D.D.C.), and C. Philip Nichols (P.G. County Circuit Court), and interned with the Department of Justice in the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism. Michael graduated from Syracuse University in 2006, and worked previously as a sports reporter at The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, Calif., where he covered the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Samina is a third-year part-time law student at American University Washington College of Law. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Samina graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and wrote her senior thesis on Arab public education during independent study at Damascus University in Syria. Prior to law school, Samina tutored in Arabic and Spanish and was senior paralegal at McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway, P.C., where she specialized in matters involving energy regulatory law and administrative litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. While in law school, Samina was a Dean’s Fellow for Professor Angela J. Davis and is currently a full-time law clerk with the US Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, where she specializes in international capacity building. In addition to her work on the National Security Law Brief, Samina is also a member of the American University Administrative Law Review.