Resident Student Bloggers



Meet the current bloggers!

Mohamed Khelifi-LLM Student

I have graduated from the faculty of Juridical Sciences of Tunis with an M.A in Law, to work in several organizations ( I Watch Organization, The World Organization Against Torture, Soliya..), I had the experience of writing in several journals in my country, abroad and on online blogs tackling human rights law and international relations subjects, I published after my first novel “Escape” which was awarded the Rambourg Award for Art and Culture in 2016, I also had the honor to represent my country in the One Young World as a delegate speaker.

Now, I am pursuing an LLM degree at Penn State Law and I am the external relations officer of an NGO in Tunisia called ” Youth Can”.

Heidi Egeland

Heidi is a Norwegian LL.M student from Oslo. She holds a B.A of Law and is part of the M.A of Law class of 2019 at the University of Oslo. During her years as a student in Oslo she was an intern for several different corporate lawyer firms. She has always been engaged and interested in international relations and interdisciplinary issues. For the future she hopes to work with emerging technologies and law with an international perspective.

Hojae Chung

Third year J.D. student, Penn State Law, Pennsylvania State University

University of South Carolina, Columbia (Economics and Finance, B.S. 2015)


Patrick L. Opran

Third year J.D. student, Penn State Law, Pennsylvania State University

University of Massachusetts Amherst (Political Science, B.A. 2015)


Pooja Toor

Third year J.D. student, Penn State Law, Pennsylvania State University

University of Windsor, Odette School of Business (Marketing, B.Com. 2015)


Victoria Wunder
Third year J.D. student, The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law
The University of Connecticut (B.A. Communication, 2016; B.A. Political Science, 2016)

Jordan Leonard

Jordan Leonard is a native of Scranton Pennsylvania and received his bachelors degree from the University of Scranton in 2011. Between 2012 and 2016 he served on active duty as a logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps. He expects to earn his law degree in 2019. Jordan Leonard resides in State College Pennsylvania with his wife Brooke.

Joe Beard

Joe Beard is a native of central Pennsylvania and rising 3L at Penn State Law, who previously completed his undergraduate studies in criminology and political science at Penn State.  He worked for the City Court of Buffalo; Beard Legal Group; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employee (AFSCME); United States’ Attorney’s Office; and currently works for the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  He additionally served as a research assistant and continues to pursue independent political science research.  He maintains research interest in a myriad of academic disciplines, with an emphasis upon labor law, constitutional law, comparative politics, and several areas of international affairs.

Lexi Thiel

I am a third-year J.D. student at Penn State Law, The Pennsylvania State University

I have a B.S. in Psychology from Keystone College in 2016

Addison Murray

Second year J.D. student, Penn State Law, The Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State University (Philosophy and Psychology, B.A. 2017)

Tracy Wong (Hin Ton)
Second Year J.D. Student, Penn State Law, Pennsylvania State University
Stony Brook University (Political Science/History with minors in Japanese Studies/Writing and Rhetoric, B.A., 2015)

Yousra Jouglaf

Yousra is a Moroccan immigrant who grew up in the city of Chicago with both her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Political Science. She is formally certified in statistical programming and batched data analysis, and is a member of the National Science Foundation. She holds a deep affinity for issues concerning the public interest, and hopes to one day secure a position as an ambassador to the United Nations. She is trilingual and enjoys delving into international politics, with an interest in domestic relations as well.

Erich Greiner

Erich Greiner is a current 2L at Penn State Law. Originally from Bluffton, South Carolina, he is a 2017 graduate of the University of South Carolina-Columbia, with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a minor in Political Science. He is externing in Spring of 2019 with the Lycoming County Office of the Public Defender, and has worked in the past for the Public Defender’s Office for South Carolina’s 14th Circuit, the Office of US Senator Timothy Scott, and is a veteran of the United States Army. In addition to being a Resident Student Blogger for the Journal of Law and International Affairs, he currently sits on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Student Bar Association and the executive boards of the Criminal Law Society and the Penn State Chapter of the Federalist Society.

Haeyeon Kim
Second-year law student at Penn State Law | Class of 2020

Matthew Detrick 

Matthew is a 2nd year student in the School of International Affairs focusing on International Security and the Middle East. Matthew received his undergraduate degree in International Politics in 2015. During the Summer of 2018, Matthew interned at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) researching the targets of terrorist attacks and updating the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). In 2016, Matthew interned at the Carter Center in Atlanta where he worked on the Syria Conflict Mapping Project, assisting program staff in creating a dynamic, interactive, and real-time map of front-line changes associated with the Syrian civil war. Additionally, Matthew has conducted research on think tanks in Western Europe and the Middle East and North Africa for the Lauder Institute’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Matthew’s academic and career interests include counter-terrorism, security, and the Middle East with the goal of working for the federal government. During the Fall semester 2018, Matthew will be blogging from Jordan where he is studying Arabic and Middle Eastern politics.