Officers

Co-Presidents: John Palenski & Krishna Patel
Secretary: Abby Riley
Treasurer: Sarah Blackadar
LLM Coordinator: Ross Natividad
Fundraising Chairs: Anu Paulose Caroline Thee
Events Chairs: Meghan Phillips & Chelsea King
Publicity Chair: Taylor Trenchard
Webmaster: Christie Wentworth
Faculty Advisor: Linda Malone & Jennifer Stevenson

Co-President: John Palenski
3L (Class of 2015)

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John Palenski is a 3L from McLean, Virginia.  He graduated from William & Mary in 2010 with a B.A. in Government and German Studies.  Before coming to law school, he worked as an English Teaching Assistant in Hagen, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship.  During his 1L summer, he worked for a human rights NGO in Cape Town, South Africa.  This past summer, John clerked for a judge at the Essen District Court in Essen, Germany.

Co-President: Krishna Patel
2L (Class of 2016)
Krishna Patel
Krishna Patel is a 2L from Alpharetta, Georgia. Last summer, she worked at the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Capetown, South Africa where she researched transitional justice issues in post-conflict Liberia for the AU. In addition to ILS, she is also on the board for the W&M ADR team. She graduated with degrees in International Affairs and Journalism from the University of Georgia in 2013.  During her time there, Krishna spent a summer studying abroad in China and South Korea. She came straight to law school after completing undergraduate studies and has an avid interest in international human rights law.
Secretary: Abby Riley
2L (Class of 2016)
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Abby is a 2L from Adams, Tennessee. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga double majoring in English and Political Science: International and Comparative Studies. During college, she interned with a development-oriented nonprofit in Malawi, Africa, for two summers and also spent a semester abroad at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. This past summer Abby interned at Democracy for Development, a think tank in Pristina, Kosovo, where she worked on a rule of law paper and did research for a European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) judge. Currently, she is an extern at Global Flight Relief, a humanitarian aviation NGO.

Treasurer: Sarah Blackadar
2L (Class of 2016)

Sarah Blackadar

Sarah Blackadar is a 2L from Washington State. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a BA in Economics and French Language and Literature. She spent time living in France and in Guam. Before coming to William & Mary Law, Sarah worked as a fundraiser and administrator for non-profit organizations in Boston and Denver. She spent this past summer working for the International Programs Division of the National Center for State Courts.

LLM Coordinator: Ross Natividad
2L (Class of 2016)
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"Ross Natividad is a 2L from Waco, Texas.  He graduated from Baylor University with bachelor degrees in Spanish and International Studies and a master’s in Spanish.  Before coming to William & Mary, Ross taught English in West Timor, Indonesia.  This past summer, Ross worked with Open Development Cambodia in Phnom Penh, where he conducted research on the laws and policies governing the country's rubber industry and assessed the legal consequences for indigenous communities."
Fundraising Co-Chair: Anu Paulose
3L (Class of 2015)

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Anu Paulose is a 3L from Suffern, New York. She graduated from Lehigh University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and History. During her time at Lehigh, she spent a semester studying abroad in Copenhagen.​ Before coming to law school, she worked as a paralegal for one year. Over the ​past two ​summers, she has worked as an intern at the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County and as a Corporate Responsibility Liaison at Bon Secours Charity Health System.

Fundraising Co-Chair: Caroline Thee
1L (Class of 2017)
Caroline Thee

Caroline Thee is a 1L from Indianapolis, IN. She graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. During her time in undergrad, she worked for European Parliament while studying abroad in Belgium. 

Events Co-Chair: Meghan Phillips
2L (Class of 2016)

Meghan Phillips

Meghan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 where she majored in Political Science and French.  During her time at Notre Dame, she focused her studies on International Relations and studied abroad at Sciences-Po in Paris, France. In the two years following her graduation, she volunteered in the Victim/Witness division of the Montgomery County Ohio's Prosecutor's Office and for the Miami Valley's Catholic Social Services Refugee Resettlement project.  In these two positions, she realized a desire to go to law school and made the decision to come to William and Mary to pursue her J.D.  Following her 1L year, Meghan interned at People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty (PASSOP), a refugee NGO in Cape Town, South Africa.  She is currently in her second year and hopes to focus her legal studies and future career in international law, immigration law, and post-conflict justice.  

Events Co-Chair: Chelsea King
1L (Class of 2017)

Chelsea King

Chelsea is a 1L from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. is Spanish and Japanese. She came to William and Mary after completing her undergraduate studies. In the future, she would like to be in-house counsel for a game development company to merge her interests of law, gaming, and languages.

Publicity Chair: Taylor Trenchard
1L (Class of 2017)

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Taylor is a 1L from Franklin, Massachusetts. She graduated from Fairfield University in 2014 with a B.A. in Politics and Communications. International human rights issues have always been her passion, and in the future she hopes to work for a human rights NGO. 

Webmaster: Christie Wentworth
1L (Class of 2017)

Christie Wentworth

Christie is a 1L from Rochester, New York. She graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in International Studies and studied for a semester in Madrid, Spain. Before starting law school, she spent a year serving with AmeriCorps in Rochester. She has worked with refugees from a domestic social services perspective and is interested in learning more about international human rights law. 

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