2005 SAB Members
2005 Student Advisory Board
Lauren is director of the Center's Local Human Rights Lawyering Project. From 2008-2011, Lauren worked as a legal services attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in the foreclosure prevention unit. She taught a housing law and policy course at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and served on the board of the ACLU of Louisiana. In 2007, she co-founded the Louisiana Justice Institute, a nonprofit civil rights legal advocacy organization. During law school, Lauren focused on gaining a strong background in international law and human rights. She was an Articles Editor for the Human Rights Brief, participated in a research program in Geneva, Switzerland for the U.N. Committee Against Torture, and was an Executive Board Member of the student group Action for Human Rights. She also served as a summer associate with the group Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before coming to WCL, Lauren worked with non-profit organizations in California, Nepal, Ghana, Bangladesh and India, alongside advocates fighting for social and environmental justice.
Timothy received a B.S. from Syracuse University in Broadcast Journalism. Prior to attending WCL, Tim worked at WCL's War Crimes Research Office where, among other duties, he conducted research on evolving areas of international criminal and humanitarian law and coordinated the student volunteer program. After completing his undergraduate studies, Tim spent several years working in journalism before joining the Peace Corps. As a Public Health/Community Development volunteer in the Republic of Guinea, his work alternated between tackling public health issues-such as HIV/AIDS, maternal-child health, and intestinal disease-and facilitating community development projects to promote girls' education, adult literacy, and the construction of vital community infrastructure. Following his Peace Corps service, Tim stayed in Guinea to work for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in its Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Program. As the program's primary trainer, he traveled to refugee camps throughout the country, training IRC's local staff on how to conduct needs assessments of the camp communities with regard to gender violence issues, how to initiate campaigns, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts. Tim speaks French and has basic facility with several West African languages. He plans to use his law degree to tackle international human rights issues, with particular focus on refugee issues and the international community's response to the consequences of armed conflicts.
Christian graduated from Wesleyan University in 2000 (B.A. in Government and African-American Studies) and received his M.A. in International Relations in 2005 from the London School of Economics and Political Science. After college, Christian worked as a paralegal for a civil rights law firm in New York City, before heading abroad to intern with the Brussels office of Amnesty International, where he was involved in their campaign for ratification of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He has also worked for the Human Sciences Research Council in Durban, South Africa, primarily on projects related to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Christian's areas of interests include international criminal law, transitional justice, and the role (or lack thereof) of human rights in U.S. foreign policy.
Theresa graduated from Florida State University in 1993 with a degree in Anthropology and from the University of Tennessee in 1996 with a graduate degree in Planning. She worked as an urban planner in Florida and Tennessee, assessing the impacts of proposed land developments on affordable housing, transportation, environmental resources, cultural resources, and public services. During that time, she also organized local, statewide, and national actions for Amnesty International. She also volunteered as Amnesty International USA's Middle East Regional Action Network Coordinator. Theresa's main interests in human rights draw from her professional experience in urban development, focusing on community-based land rights and equal access to natural resources and development opportunities.
Craig graduated from Villanova University in May 2001 with a B.A. in Theology and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. After college, he spent over two years in El Salvador working for a Salvadoran micro-credit development agency in conjunction with Catholic Relief Services, where he was granting small loans to community groups, used to create small businesses and foster economic self-sufficiency. He has also lived and worked in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and India. His focus is International Human Rights, specifically in Central America and he hopes to work in public policy, dealing with the systemic problems that create and perpetuate poverty in developing nations.
Olivia was an LLM student at WCL. She holds a B.A. and law degree from the Rhodes University Law School in Grahamstown, South Africa, where she served as a Law Class President as well as published an article on "the 1999 South African Free and Fair Elections" for the Department of Political Science. Since then, she has also served as an Immigration Legal Assistant at Catholic Charities of Washington, DC from January 2004 -January 2005, where she performed various functions ranging from preparing and filing asylum applications to doing research on human rights and helping to write releases for the State Department. She is fluent in French, Swahili and Zulu and proficient in Danish and German. In 2003, she also served as an Official Interpreter at the US Congress, State Department and UN Headquarters in New York for Government delegations of Congo-DRC and South Africa. She has lived in both Africa and Europe and is interested in pursuing a successful legal career either as an International Human Rights Advocate or as an Immigration Law Attorney.