Meet the Editors in Chief!
International Law Journal
Kelly is a third-year student at Antonin Scalia Law School. Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in World Politics, and a minor in Financial Management. While at Catholic, Kelly was a member and two-year captain of the varsity field hockey program.
During her time in law school, Kelly has worked for the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for Washington D.C., the Arlington County Circuit Court, and the law offices of Robert B. Fitzpatrick, PLLC. Her article, “21st Century Medicine Versus Anti-Vaccination Myths. Analyzing the World-Wide Resurrection of Measles and Why the United States Should End Religious and Philosophical Vaccination Exemptions” will be published in the forthcoming Volume of the George Mason International Law Journal. In addition to working on ILJ, Kelly is a member of Scalia Law’s Moot Court team, serving as a Co-Chair of the First-Year Competition and as the brief writer for the National’s Team for the upcoming ABA Competition. Kelly recently reached the quarterfinals of the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition, competing with fellow George Mason Law Review Editor-in-Chief, Lea Schild. After graduation, Kelly will have the honor of clerking for the Honorable William T. Newman Jr., in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia located in Arlington, Virginia with fellow Civil Rights Law Journal Editor-in-Chief, Ryanne Wright. After her clerkship, Kelly is interested in pursuing Employment Law.
In her free time, Kelly loves to run and practice yoga. She also enjoys playing piano, practicing field hockey, and spending time with her dogs Max and Chip.
National Security Law Journal
Hannah is a third-year student at Mason and is pursuing the National Security Law & Policy concentration. She graduated from Michigan State University in December of 2016 with her B.A. in Political Science. She has lived in Florida, New York, Michigan, California, and Virginia. She loves the DMV area and considers this to be her home.
During her time in law school, she has worked as a Junior Policy Fellow for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), a Research Assistant for three of her professors, a law clerk for Whitestone Young, and has interned for two different sections of the DOJ’s National Security Division – the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) and the Counterterrorism Section (CTS). Additionally, Hannah has had an article published in National Defense Magazine and her student Comment will be published in an upcoming NSLJ Volume. She is also a contributing author on a collaborative cybersecurity paper and has another publication project underway. She thoroughly enjoys researching, writing, and editing. She is also a member of Mason’s Trial Advocacy Association. After graduation, Hannah hopes to pursue a career in national security.
In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, taking care of her plants, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Journal of Law, Economics & Policy
Rita is a third-year law student pursuing a career in Government Procurement law. After graduation, she will be working at Wiley Rein LLP, a large law firm in Washington, D.C.
After earning a B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and working for a year at a local law firm, Rita chose to return to the D.C. metro area for law school where a myriad of legal internship opportunities abound. In her time at Mason, she has interned at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and won the Arnold and Porter Government Contracts Moot Court Competition. Rita is the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Law, Economics and Policy and a Writing Fellow for the law school’s Legal Research and Writing program.
In her free time, Rita makes the most of any opportunity to be outside and enjoys the bounty of running trails and parks in Arlington. She also enjoys cooking, lingering over a card game, or sitting down with a book, hot cocoa, and her cat, Athena.
George Mason Law Review
Lea Schild, the Editor-in-Chief of the George Mason Law Review, is a third-year law student. She graduated in May 2014 from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Leadership Studies and French. While in law school, she interned at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia for The Honorable Elizabeth C. Wingo and joined Eversheds Sutherland LLP as a summer associate. She is a part of the school’s Innovation Law Clinic, which allows students to counsel entrepreneurs, creators, and inventors. She also serves as the Scoring Chair for the Moot Court Board, and has served on the board of the Business Law Society. After graduation, she will join Eversheds Sutherland LLP as an associate in Washington, DC. Prior to law school, she worked for the Institute of International Finance in Washington, DC. In her spare time, Lea enjoys baking, cycling, and reading.
Ryanne L. Wright
Civil Rights Law Journal
Ryanne is a third-year student at Antonin Scalia Law School and is pursuing Criminal Law. She graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University Honors College in December of 2017 with her B.A. in English with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric. She is passionate about criminal defense and hopes to one day work as a Capital Public Defender.
During her time in law school, she has worked for the Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office, the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia, and currently is at the Northern Virginia Capital Public Defender’s Office. Her article, “Until Death Due Us Part: The Due Process Clause’s Broken Vow to Protect Against Arbitrary and Discriminatory Enforcement of Federal Capital Punishment” will be published in an upcoming CRLJ Volume. In addition to her involvement with CRLJ, Ryanne is the Vice President of Speakers for the Criminal Law Society, an active member of the Trial Advocacy Association, and continues her passion for public interest work with the Pro Bono Society. Following graduation, Ryanne will have the distinguished honor of clerking for the Honorable Daniel S. Fiore, II in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia—right at home in Arlington, Virginia with fellow International Law Journal Editor-in-Chief, Kelly Cousoulis!
In her free time, Ryanne loves to bake and play with her pup, and CRLJ’s unofficial mascot, Eddie. Her favorite place in the world is New Orleans, she loves the art, music, and Cajun food.