International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Week X: 08/01/2022 - 08/05/2022

During my tenth and final week at IFES, I finished drafting and editing case summaries that I had been working on during the summer. In addition, I completed my comparative research on remunerations for elected officials. Furthermore, I finished formatting reports written in French and Arabic. Finally, I reflect on how my work at IFES could shape my legal career.

Week IX: 07/25/2022 - 07/29/2022

During my ninth week at IFES, I continued to edit and improve case summaries that I have either drafted or received. I also escalated my comparative research on remunerations in various countries by reading laws in English and Spanish. Furthermore, I began to format some IFES report documents in French.

Week VIII: 07/18/2022 - 07/22/2022

During my eighth week at IFES, I finally gained some momentum on a variety of projects from comparative research to video editing. In addition, I continue to edit cases for the case summary database. Furthermore, I make my second, and likely final, visit to the IFES office.

Week VII: 07/11/2022 - 07/15/2022

During my seventh week at IFES, I continued to draft and edit case summaries for the database while helping the team complete a major formatting assignment. I began to draft case summaries on election-related jurisprudence in Kenya and the United Kingdom while editing old case summaries from jurisprudence in Canada and South Korea. However, my primary assignment for the week was a major formatting assignment.

Week VI: 07/04/2022 - 07/08/2022

In my sixth week at IFES, there is a change of pace during this short holiday week. I take a deeper dive into Canadian election jurisprudence while editing old case summaries and completing some formatting assignments. My frustration with technology also continues while editing videos on Adobe Rush.

Week V: 06/27/2022 - 07/01/2022

This week, I continue to write case summaries, perform side research, and edit videos. I also discover Australian and South Korean election-related jurisprudence in greater detail.

Week IV: 06/20/2022 - 06/24/2022

In my fourth week with IFES, I work from the office in Crystal City (Arlington) for the first time. I also continue to edit and draft more case summaries with a dive into jurisprudence surrounding a recent constitutional referendum and municipal elections in Serbia. Furthermore, I continue my comparative research on attorney regulations while starting on election-related research with the Middle-East North Africa (MENA) region. Finally, I continue to work on video editing revolving around election-related procedures in the United States and Indonesia.

Week III: 06/13/2022 - 06/17/2022

I meet the team at the Center for Anti-Corruption and Democratic Trust and IFES Country Directors in person. I lament about the state of public transportation in the United States. I also continue to work on comparative research, election-related case summaries, and video editing projects.

Week II: 06/06/2022 - 06/10/2022

I continue to write summaries on election-related cases around the world and I gain my first exposure to election law in civil-law and customary-law contexts. I also immerse myself into auxiliary research projects on comparative approaches to regulating attorneys and different security risks. I even take up video editing in a video project on election-related jurisprudence in the United States.

Week I: 05/30/2022 - 06/03/2022

I begin my work with the Center for Anti-Corruption and Democratic Trust at the Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) where I meet the team and become acclimated to Washington, D.C. I also begin to brief cases for the "ElectionJudgments" database in addition to comparative research on lawyer regulations and sanctions regimes.