Comparative Legal Student Scholars (CLSS) is the student division of William & Mary Law School’s Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (CLS/PCP). It is dedicated to offering law students a wide range of academic and real-world professional experiences in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding. CLSS was formed in September 2014 by a group of students to provide direct student assistance to the CLS/PCP Center.
CLSS helps organize the Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series, which has hosted Justices Anthony Kennedy and Richard Goldstone, Albie Sachs, Ambassador David Scheffer, and a number of academics and activists from around the world. CLSS also organizes and participates in research programs that provide direct assistance to legal projects in developing and post-conflict countries. Research has been provided to organizations such as the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance at the Hague, Democracy for Development in Kosovo, and the Open Development Cambodia Initiative.
Our Board Members
President: Anthony Jordan
Anthony is a 2L at William & Mary Law School and is originally from Hendersonville, North Carolina. He came to William & Mary because of their “citizen lawyer” ethos and to study international law. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in History and Philosophy. After graduation, he worked for a start-up company in San Francisco, California whose mission was to introduce young Chinese students to the Design Thinking methodology. He also tutored local children part-time on the weekends.
During his 1L summer, Anthony interned for Democracy for Development, a civil society organization in Pristina, Kosovo. While there, he worked alongside his coworkers to monitor the national elections for fraud and corruption. He also participated in public discussion panels and wrote an opinion piece on Kosovo’s future that was published in a national newspaper. In addition, he researched about the bottlenecks that women in Kosovo face in the labor force, as well as the issues surrounding shared parental leave in Kosovo.
Vice President: Kelsey Thwaits
Kelsey Thwaits is a 2L at William and Mary Law School. She attended the University of New Mexico, where she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Communication and Psychology. During her 1L summer and into the 2017 school year, Kelsey worked for a local law firm and gained experience in both criminal and family law. She also worked with a law professor editing an Environmental Law Treatise and assisted with multiple research topics that involved environmental law, policy making, and international law. Currently, Kelsey is on the Environmental Law and Policy Review, and is looking at international environmental issues and proposing solutions.
Symposium Coordinator: Zhuoyan Lu
Zhuoyan Lu is a second year law student at William and Mary. She is original from China. Before entering law school, she studied foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. She is strongly interested in human rights and post conflict peace-building. In 2014, she interned with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development NGO. The IRC responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. During her internship, Zhuoyan assisted refugees from all over the world with their immigration applications and new life adjustment in the U.S. By closely communicating with her refugee clients, Zhuoyan discovered her passion of providing legal support to those who suffered various injustices. With an international background, she is always eager to learn about laws and social issues in different countries.
Comparative Jurist Editor-in-Chief: Dorronda Bordley
Dorronda Bordley is a second year student at William & Mary Law School. She is interested in public international law, human rights, and international business. Prior to law school, Dorronda attended Wake Forest University where she majored in Sociology with minors in Linguistics and Chinese language and culture. After graduation, Dorronda worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Taitung, Taiwan. During her 1L summer, Dorronda interned for Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers, a public interest law firm in Beijing, China.
Comparitive Jurist Managing Editor: Kelsey Abell
Kelsey Abell is a 1L at William and Mary Law School. She is from Alva, Florida, and graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at Florida Gulf Coast University. Kelsey has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in creative writing, and she served as an editor for Mangrove Review, Florida Gulf Coast University’s student-edited literary and arts magazine. Kelsey has also served in many volunteer programs catering to children of all ages, and she would like to continue this service through a career in public interest law.