4952 Warner Avenue, Suite 230. Huntington Beach, California 92649, United States
|

(562) 592-5522

WELCOME TO THE JOURNAL OF LAW, POLICY & MILITARY AFFAIRS

2018-2019 JLPMA Editorial Board

Editorial Board Bios

Our Editorial Board is unique in that it does not solely consist of law students.  Rather, our editors represent a diverse set of educational and work backgrounds - with the common thread being a genuine devotion to, and respect for, our service-members and veterans.  We aim to staff our Editorial Board with at least 50% current service members or veterans. 


Editor-in-Chief -  Grant Frazier

Grant graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Grant won several academic, leadership, and athletic-based awards while at Pomona College, including the Pomona College Blair Nixon award (awarded to one senior who best exemplifies scholarship, leadership, and athletic achievement), the SCIAC John Zinda Award (awarded to the one athlete in the SCIAC conference who best exemplifies scholarship, leadership, and athletic achievement), and the Sgt. Scott Studenmund Award (for integrity, leadership, respect among peers, service, and self-sacrifice). Grant was also named one of six national finalists for the Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award (for integrity, commitment, respect, and service).  He continues his involvement at Pomona College serving as an alumni admissions interviewer, member of the Pomona College Alumni Board Athletic Affinity Committee, and chair of the Claremont Colleges Rugby Advisory Board.


Grant has continued his leadership in law school, serving as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA’s Science & Technology journal Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology; Editor-in-chief of the Veteran Legal Institute’s Journal of Law, Policy & Military Affairs; and as a Visiting Editor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Grant previously served as President and Treasurer of the ASU Law Federalist Society, and currently serves as the National Federalist Society Symposium Chair - overseeing the organization and execution of the 2019 Federalist Society Student Symposium, which will be hosted at ASU Law on March 15th and 16th, 2019. He served during his 2L year, and again will serve this year, as the Vice President of the student organization Law Students for Veterans Affairs (LSVA).  He also serves as one of ASU Law's two elected assembly members for the ASU Graduate Professional Student Association (GPSA), as a student liaison for the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Real Estate division, and a member of the Young Professionals Leadership Team for Martha McSally's U.S. Senate Campaign.

During his time in law school, Grant has externed for the California Court of Appeals in Santa Ana and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Litigation Division, was a Summer Associate with a civil litigation and commercial transaction firm in Phoenix, and is currently externing for the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona. 


Grant recently accepted a federal district court clerkship for the 2019-2020 term, after which he will return to Phoenix to practice civil litigation, commercial transactions, and fractional general counsel work.


Attorney Supervisor – Dallis Warshaw

Dallis graduated at the top of her class from Chapman University Fowler School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Chapman Law Review, as well on Chapman Law’s Moot Court Honor Board.  Since graduating from Chapman Law, Dallis has been Of Counsel at Snyder Law, PC.  In addition, Dallis served as a Policy Analyst for the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI), and now serves as Vice President of Policy for the Center for Law and Military Policy (CLMP).  Dallis oversees and coordinates the CLMP’s policy initiatives and research endeavors. She also hosts the A World Apart podcast, an audio series which strives to close the civil-military gap.  Dallis has written a series of articles on the Feres Doctrine.


Senior Articles Editor – Thomas Wheatley

Thomas Wheatley is an attorney, writer, and U.S. Army Judge Advocate. Born and raised in Kansas, Thomas accepted an Army scholarship after high school to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he studied homeland security and international relations. While in college, Thomas discovered his penchant for law and policy after interning in the U.S. Senate and working on Governor Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. After graduating college, Thomas enrolled at The Antonin Scalia Law School in 2014, where he was member of the National Security Law Journal and taught legal writing fundamentals to international LL.M. students. He graduated from law school with honors in 2017.


In the summer of 2017, Thomas was selected to serve as an NGO observer for the U.S. Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, representing Judicial Watch. His duties included attending and reporting on pretrial hearings in two cases, including the prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Thomas's report on the deposition of Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi, a witness in the government's case against alleged al Qaeda commander Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi, was published in the Spring 2018 edition of Syracuse University College of Law's Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis.


As a writer, Thomas is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and has been featured in a wide variety of outlets, including Fox News, The Hill, The New York Post, National Law Journal, the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and American Thinker. He has contributed to the American Conservative Union’s CPAC 365 podcast and has frequently been invited to serve as a guest speaker. An alumnus of the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellowship, Thomas’s work has also been featured in the prestigious Claremont Review of Books.

He lives in Kansas with his wife, Sara, who is also an attorney.


Senior Articles Editor – Nicholas Jaber

Nicolas L. Jaber is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and former Russell Amos Kirk Residential Fellow. Nic presently works in the oil and gas industry and is President of Klymb, an application development consultancy.  Interested in defending the Permanent Things (Eliot), Nic is concurrently engaged in a historical and philosophical diagnosis of those radical trends especially prevalent within institutions of higher learning.


While at Berkeley, Nic earned a degree in Philosophy. He also spent time studying Arabic language, Middle Eastern affairs, and computer science. Applying his interests in classical thought and foreign policy as well as his burgeoning fascination with finance, Nic co-founded the Burke Society - a literary and philosophical colloquium; lived and studied in Amman, Jordan; and served as an Analyst with Capital Investments at Berkeley.


Nic has held positions across fields in the non-profit, government, and finance sectors. Selected as the single K-12 designate to serve on the California School Boards Association Legislative Committee, Nic critically considered public education-related legislation in Sacramento, advocating on behalf of California students. Elected to the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International (SCI), Nic served on the Finance and Development Committees. In this capacity, he managed SCI’s relationships between the international office, its expansive network of nearly 600 cities and 2,000 subnational partnerships, and various institutions and organizations including the US Department of State, the Chinese and Japanese governments, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Following his time with SCI, Nic worked for Karl Rove as research assistant in Washington, contributing to his latest book The Triumph of William McKinley. Nic also served in the financial services industry as a Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst with Harvey & Company, a merchant bank and buy-side advisory firm.


Senior Executive Editor – Aliyah Redic

Aliyah Redic is a 2020 J.D. Candidate at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. At Gould School of Law, Aliyah is the President of Legal Aid Alternative Break (LAAB) and the Community Service Chair for the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).


She earned a B.A in Political Science/ Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), in which she graduated with honors on both the Chancellor’s and Dean’s list. During her time at UCR, Aliyah was the Vice President for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Aliyah also interned for San Diego Congressman, Scott Peters, in his D.C. office during the 2016 Presidential election. 


As a second generation military child, and a beneficiary of the National Naval Officers Association (NN0A) Scholarship Program, Aliyah is passionate about military and veteran issues. Aliyah continues to demonstrate her commitment to public service. She spent her 1L summer clerking for the Children’s Law Center of California. As a rising 2L, she will be clerking for the District Attorney’s Office of Los Angeles County’s Organized Crime Division in the Fall of 2018. 


Executive Editor – Ashley Cheff

Ashley graduated from Daemen College with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Daemen, Ashley was awarded the Top Five Student Athlete Award (awarded to the five student athletes with the highest GPAs), Division II East Region Academic All-District First Team Honors (awarded for high performance in both academics and athletics), and the Charles L. Lumsden Award (awarded to the graduate with the highest GPA in their class). 


At Daemen, Ashley was the captain of the inaugural Women's Triathlon Team and competed on both the Track and Field and Cross Country Teams. She received All-Conference Honors on five occasions for top championship performances in both Cross Country and Track and Field. Ashley also authored three research papers that were published in the Conference for Undergraduate Research Proceedings and presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research on three occasions. 


Ashley currently serves as an Associate Editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology and as an Executive Editor for the Veteran Legal Institute's Journal of Law, Policy, and Military Affairs. Ashley also serves as the 2L Representative for the Government and Public Interest Law Student Association (GPILSA) and the Vice President of Outreach for the Law Students for Veterans' Affairs (LSVA). Ashley continues to compete in triathlon while in law school and recently achieved professional status in the sport. 


Ashley spent this summer externing at the New York State Office of the Attorney General in the Sex Offender Management Bureau. Ashley will extern at the Arizona Center for Disability Law in the Fall of 218. 


Executive Editor – Landon Dial

Landon is a J.D. Candidate at USC Gould School of Law. Landon received his B.A. in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he was a member of the Cal Poly Mock Trial Club Team. He also interned for U.S. Representative Jeff Denham, where he was assigned to research proposed changes to the NDAA. He interned for the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney as well. After graduation, Landon worked for Texas Governor Greg Abbott. During Law School, Landon served as the 1L Representative for both the Business Law Society and International Law & Relations Organization. He is also currently serving as the Vice President to USC's Federalist Society Chapter. This most recent summer, he clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney.


Executive Editor – Zachary Graham

Zach graduated from The University of Arizona with a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2006. Immediately following graduation,  Zach enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a 1391 Bulk Fuel Specialist and graduated from boot camp in August 2006. Zach briefly attended graduate school at Arizona State University before earning a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Zach attended The Basic School and Field Artillery Officer Basic Course in 2008. Zach deployed with Alpha Battery, Battalion Landing Team 2/4 as the Fire Direction Officer in 2009 as part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Zach then deployed as the Fire Support Coordinator with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in 2011 to Helmand Province Afghanistan.  


In 2014, Zach left active duty to pursue a law degree at The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at  Arizona State University. While at ASU, Zach was the president of the Law Students for Veteran’s Legal Issues, secretary of the Federal  Bar Association, Veteran liaison for the Arizona Legal Center, military liaison for the admissions department, and member of the mock trial team.  Zach continues to drill as a Marine Corps reservists as a fire support instructor. 


Zach currently works as a clerk with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. He lives in Phoenix with his wife Kaely and two children.


Executive Editor – Thomas Rinehart

Thomas graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in History and a minor in Justice Studies.


Thomas is currently a J.D. candidate at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. During his 2L year Thomas served as President of the student organization Law Students for Veterans Affairs (LSVA). He has also served as a law extern for Judge Oberbillig on the Maricopa Superior Court and for Arizona State University’s Office of General Counsel. Thomas received the Dan Cracchiolo Scholarship, and was named a Pedrick Scholar for Spring 2018.


Prior to continuing his education, Thomas served on active duty for over eight years in the United States Marine Corps . During his time in the Marine Corps, Thomas served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Specialist with many secondary roles and travelled to more than a dozen countires in service to his country.

During his final year of law school Thomas will work in the Civil Litigation Clinic and will take the 3L early Bar. 


Executive Editor – Carter Taylor

Carter is a rising 2L at Chapman University's Dale E. Fowler School of Law. During undergrad, he majored in American Studies while minoring in Business emphasizing in Marketing. While at California State University, Long Beach, Carter was a member of the men's Division I Water Polo Team: playing as a scholarship athlete while serving as Team Captain his senior year. Upon graduating, he worked for various companies before realizing that helping people would be a priority in pursuing a career. After his first year of law school, Carter served as a law clerk for the Veterans Legal Instutite. 


Executive Editor – Derick Lysene

Derick was born and raised in the Phoenix, Arizona in 1986, and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served as an Electro Optical Ordnance Repairman in the Fifth Marine Regiment - “The Fighting Fifth”, a highly decorated infantry regiment. During his service he did two tours, one in Iraq and another to the Eastern Pacific including trips to Okinawa, the Philippines, and Thailand, from 2005 to 2010. Derick began his college education in 2012 and graduated in 2018 with two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Justice Studies and another in Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.


Derick is happily married and currently lives with his wife in their house in Mesa. He enjoys marksmanship, reading classics such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and board games with his family.


Executive Editor – Grant Autrey

Grant Autrey is a J.D. Candidate at Arizona State University - Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Grant received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University. He was a teaching assistant and tutor in undergraduate World Politics courses and a national level Model United Nations Distinguished Delegate awardee.


Prior to law school, Grant served as an enlisted active duty Coast Guardsman. Grant was deployed on a 270-foot Cutter out of Portsmouth, VA, where he was awarded Seaman of the Patrol, achieved Master Helmsman qualifications and trained at Navy Firefighting and Damage Controlman schools. Grant went on to graduate from Operations Specialist “A” School as Honor Graduate. The majority of his military service was spent in Southeast Alaska as a Search and Rescue Operations Specialist, where he was directly involved in over 50 distress search and rescue cases and more than 200 military operations, some of which have been featured in the Weather Channel’s, “Coast Guard Alaska”.


During Grant’s time in the military and as a civilian before law school, he interned for the CEO and Lead Investor of BRISA Investments, later working for BRISA as a Private Equity Investment Analyst.


While in law school, Grant served as in-house legal extern for Keithly-Williams Seeds, and as a legal extern for Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. Grant was the Carstens Fund Scholarship Recipient as well as having received the Excellence of the Future Award for Moral Leadership. Organizationally, Grant serves as an Executive Editor for the Veteran Legal Institute’s Journal of Law, Policy & Military Affairs and is involved with ASU’s Law Students for Veteran’s Legal Issues (LSVLI). Currently, Grant is writing for the ASU Law Blockchain Interest Group under the Center for Law, Science and Innovation. 


Executive Editor - Ladd Gustafson

Ladd Gustafson is a J.D. candidate at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He has a B.A. from Brigham Young University in both Philosophy and Spanish. He is the President of the Federalist Society at ASU and is a Visiting Editor on the Federalist Society's Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He is also a Vice President of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society at Arizona State. During law school, he has worked as a law clerk for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Goldwater Institute, the Honorable Ronda Fisk at the Maricopa County Superior Court, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.


Executive Editor - Adam Farrell

Adam Farrell is a J.D. candidate at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in Korean. He is a member of Utah Law’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. Since 2017, Adam has worked for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office in the Civil Litigation Division and the Justice Division where he appears as a prosecutor in misdemeanor cases and assists with felony trials. He is currently going through the application process with JAG and hopes to commission as a Judge Advocate after law school.

 

Articles Editor – Adin Dobkin 

Adin is a writer and journalist in New York, NY. His reporting and essays have been featured in publications like New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Foreign Policy, and LA Review of Books, among others. Adin also serves as the president of the Military Writers Guild, an international network of servicemembers, veterans, civilian analysts, and writers dedicated to informing writing on national security and the military. 


Articles Editor – Shawn McFall

Shawn McFall is an M.A. candidate at Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy. Shawn attended Claremont McKenna College, as an undergrad, receiving a degree in government and legal studies. While at CMC, Shawn was a member of the football team, the president of the Claremont Republicans, and a founding board member of the Claremont Government Society. Shawn has previously interned on Capitol Hill and at the National Defense University working for the Center for Complex of Operations. 


Articles Editor – Michael Procopio

Michael Procopio is a J.D. candidate at the Univeristy of Southern California Gould School of Law. Michael attended UCSD for undergrad and majored in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations. While at UCSD Michael was a member of the Track and Field team and Sigma Chi Fraternity. After college, Michael worked for a defense contractor and then began work at the DoD's Space and Missile Systems Center. At the Space and Missile Systems Center, Michael was part of the committee that set up monthly visits to the Long Beach VA Hospital for "Bingo Night" with our veterans.


Articles Editor – Margaret Wang

Margaret Wang has a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. During her MSW program, Margaret led of the CSSW Military Social Work caucus from 2015-2017, advocating for the rights and well-being of student Veterans throughout the various programs at Columbia Univeristy. Margaret was selected to be part of the first class of Cohen Veterans Network fellows at Columbia School of Social Work in 2016. Margaret also worked as a clinical social work intern and a research coordinator at the New York Harbor Health Care System VA . She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New York, and currently resides in southern California working as a policy analyst at the Veterans Legal Institute.


Articles Editor – Derrick Anderson

Derrick Anderson is a J.D. candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center. Derrick attended Virginia Tech for undergrad and majored in Political Science. Derrick spent 11 years on active duty before pursuing a law degree. During that time he was a Special Forces and Infatnry officer, deploying 6 times throughout the world. 


Articles Editor – Zoey Kotzambasis

Zoey graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona Honors College in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science. There, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served as a State Affairs Director for the undergraduate student government and treasurer of her campus Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society chapter. Zoey’s interest in policy and politics drove her to serve in all levels of leadership in her College Republicans chapter, and in her first year of law school at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College Of Law, she served as the Western Regional Vice Chair of the College Republican National Committee.


As a second year law student, Zoey interned at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate on Davis-Monthan AFB, where she assisted the Chief of Military Justice in sexual assault and drug prosecutions. As a 2L, Zoey was selected for the Air Force One Year College program (a highly selective entrance program for law students who enter the JAG Corps after completing a one-year AFROTC program). Zoey was later medically disqualified, but has nonetheless remained committed to advocating for service members and veterans in a civilian capacity. To that end, Zoey participated in her school’s Veterans’ Advocacy law Clinic, where she represented veterans as a limited practice student attorney in veterans’ treatment courts in Tucson, as well as in discharge upgrade cases.


Zoey also served as an Articles Editor for the Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, in which her note about lawfare and terrorism was published in Spring 2018. As a 3L, Zoey served as president of the Federalist Society at her school and received the Dannie Lee Chandler Memorial Award (given to students who are recognized for their dedication to the advancement of First Amendment values). In her last semester of law school, she sat for the Arizona Bar Exam, and was admitted to the Arizona Bar in August 2018. She is now a law clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals and plans to pursue a career in either public interest litigation or prosecution.

 

Articles Editor – Mark Mercer

Mark Mercer is a J.D. candidate at the Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law at Arizona State University. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and a Minor in Public Policy and Public Service.


Prior to his under graduate studies, Mark served in the US Marine Corps from 2009 until 2013, deploying twice to Afghanistan in 2010, and 2012. After graduating from ASU, Mark practiced Real Estate for 2 years, specializing in VA guaranteed home loans.


During his 3L, Mark will be serving as President of the Law Students for Veteran's Legal Issues, and membership chair of the American Constitution Society. Mark is also a Kaplan Bar Review Student Representative. Mark has interned at the Arizona Attorney General's Office in the Child and Family Protection division with Rule 38 certification.


Articles Editor – Megan Zwerling

Megan Zwerling received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2017. While her education and profession are both focused in the medical field, she has a love for political enlightenment. In this vein, she was inspired to co-auther a non-partisan, Father-Daughter creation exploring our past, present and future through our current state of affairs from the perspectives of two generations in the form of a book, Vigilance The Price of Liberty, published in 2014. Following this, her and her father have become involved with the Richard Nixon Foundation in Yorba Linda, CA to put on the Collegiate Forumevent in which California college students are invited to have a panel discussion on the issues facing their generation in our country.


Articles Editor – Ian B. Hatch

Ian Hatch is a J.D. candidate at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He has a B.A from Brigham Young University in Political Science. Ian currently serves as the Finance Chair for the 2019 Federalist Society National Student Symposium. During law school, Ian has worked at Baker McKenzie in Lima, Peru, the Arizona Governor’s Office, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, and the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for Senator Ted Cruz.

image44