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: Layla Abi-Falah
Layla Abi-Falah is a third-year law student at William & Mary Law School earning her J.D. with a concentration in International Law. She graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in human rights in the Middle East and Africa. She is committed to a future as a human rights lawyer. Layla had the opportunity as an undergraduate student to conduct policy-relevant research as a part of the Project on International Peace and Security and Center for African Development, and continues such research and work goals today in her comparative legal work for USAID Jordan CITIES, international criminal law internship with the UN's International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, and legal fellowship with Syria Justice & Accountability Centre.
Vice President: Sarah Peck
Sarah Peck is a third-year law student focusing on International Law and Criminal Justice at William & Mary Law School. She graduated with her Bachelor's from Utah State University with degrees in Economics and International Studies, where she traveled to and studied on three continents and eight countries. She spent her 1L summer internship in Dhaka, Bangladesh with Winrock International, working on a Counter Human Trafficking project. She spent her 2L summer in Richmond, VA with the Indigent Public Defenders. She is part of the Moot Court Team, and has been involved with CLSS since day one of law school. She enjoys traveling and hiking with her dog.
Symposium Chair: Kate Hall
Kate Hall is a third-year law student at William & Mary Law School. She graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University in 2013 with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. Although she originally planned to attend graduate school to study behavioral neuroscience, she ultimately decided to go to law school with the hope of becoming a lawyer who could have a more direct impact on the lives of others. She spent her 1L summer interning at Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers in Beijing in the Beijing Children's Legal Aid and Research Center and her 2L summer as a law clerk at Waters Law Firm, working in the field of admiralty law. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in the international law field.
Kate also serves as a staff editor for the Comparative Jurist.
Events Chair: Ryan Lohrengel
Ryan Lohrengel is a second-year law student at William & Mary. He is from Tallahassee, Florida, and received his bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he majored in Philosophy and Classics. In his free time, Ryan enjoys traveling, bicycling, and cooking. During his first-year summer, Ryan worked at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in IDEA's Constitution Building Processes Programme at the Hague. There, he engaged in comparative analyses of different legal systems to aid post-conflict countries in developing democratic systems tailored to their unique culture and needs.
Secretary: Jamie Seibert
Jamie Seibert is a second-year law student at William & Mary. She is from Kansas City, Missouri, and earned her Bachelor's in English from the University of Missouri in 2018. Jamie spent her 1L summer at International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Geneva, Switzerland. During her time there, she filed international trademark applications and reviewed intellectual property agreements.
Treasurer: Adriana Roach
Adriana Roach is a 2L at William & Mary Law School. She graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State University with a major in Political Science. During her time as an undergraduate, Adriana focused much of her studies on comparative politics and international relations. She spent her 1L summer working at the National Center for State Courts, International Programs Division. While there, she worked on various rule of law projects that focused on providing research, technology, and technical assistance to justice sectors around the world.
Comparative Jurist Editor-in-Chief: Delia Root
Delia Root is a J.D. Candidate at William &Mary Law School. She is from Madisonville, Kentucky, and graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College at Murray State University. At Murray State, Delia obtained a bachelor's degree in International Studies with a minor in Chinese. Her studies and internships have been focused on international and business law. She spent her 1L summer working in Beijing, China for Beijing Children's Legal Aid and Research Center, and her 2L summer working for Professor Dwyer on international children's rights research. Upon graduation, she will be moving to and pursuing a career in the New England area.
Comparative Jurist Managing Editor: Alexandra M. Smith
Alexandra is a 2L at William & Mary Law School, where she is also the Managing Editor of the Comparative Jurist blog and Events Chair of the American Constitution Society. Over the summer, Alexandra interned for International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. During her internship, Alexandra implemented a UNDEF grant promoting universal representation through a smartphone app that connects those accused of crimes with attorneys. She has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and a Bachelor’s degree from Bard College. Before law school, Alexandra worked in the fields of international education and human rights, holding positions at the Institute for International Liberal Education and National Security Archive. In the future, Alexandra hopes to practice law internationally, with a focus on juvenile law.
1L Representative: Luke Miller
Luke Miller is a first-year law student at William & Mary. He is from Strasburg, Pennsylvania, and studied English and Planetary Science at Penn State. Before attending law school, he pursued a career in acting for a time and then worked in science education and outreach. He enjoys spending his free time with family & friends.
1L Representative: Damon Miller
Damon Miller is a first-year law student at William & Mary Law School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2019 with a major in English Literature. Prior to law school, he worked for several years as a paralegal for an ERISA and IDI disability law firm in Chattanooga, TN. He studied abroad in Australia through the International Scholars Laureate Program (ISLP). Over the past couple of years, he has served on mission trips to Jordan, Israel, and Haiti, which helped spark his interest in international law.
Symposium Coordinator: Lilly Potter
Lilly Potter is a 1L at William & Mary Law School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hollins University with a double major in English and International Studies and a certificate from the Batten Leadership Institute. Before coming to William & Mary she interned at the London Civil Service College, where she supervised delegations of civil servants from India and Pakistan, and at Peace Boat US, where she researched grants and attended United Nations conferences on behalf of the nonprofit. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in international human rights law.