Journal Staff

2014-2015 Executive Board and Article Editors

Executive Board:

Steve Knox | Editor-in-Chief 

Another Detroit retooling project, Steve a earned a social work degree at 41 and started at Wayne Law just weeks later. He has extensive volunteer experience in Detroit and in New Orleans, rebuilding communities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. At Wayne Law, Steve built community as past Chair of the Keith Students for Civil Rights and served on the board of the Wayne Law OUTlaws. He received a Public Interest Law Fellowship both summers, working for Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer and for Michigan Legal Services. Steve enjoys spending time with his kids, his cats, and his freakin' amazing wife.  He is most interested in exploring the intersection of law and social movements to build a just, fair, and inclusive society.

Erica Shell | Managing Editor

Erica graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2010 with an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts focusing on cultural identity and music minor. She completed a Master of Arts in Community Economic Development at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2012. Erica worked as a Summer Associate at Bodman and previously interned for Judge Edmunds in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. While in law school, Erica participated in the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic and helped to establish a holiday Adopt-a-Family program at Wayne in cooperation with Matrix Human Services. Erica also serves as National Team Brief Writer for the Wayne State Moot Court team and a member of the Pace Environmental Moot Court team. In her free time, Erica enjoys yoga, cooking and making her own raw juices, literature, and running. Erica is most interested in improving corporate environmental stewardship and furthering environmental justice initiatives in Detroit. 

Nadine Yousif | Public Relations Director/ Business Editor

Nadine graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a degree in Political Science. Her family founded the International Network for Vocational and Educations Skills Training (INVEST), a not-for-profit educational company serving the ethnic underprivileged communities of metro-Detroit, where she's been a partner since 2010. Nadine worked for the Detroit Public Schools during her first year in law school as a law clerk for the office of Labor Relations and the General Counsel. She is currently an intern for the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, where she recieved a fellowship during the Summer of her 2L year. Nadine enjoys yoga, traveling and reading during her spare time. 

Jill Peterson | Executive Article Editor

Jillian Peterson is a 3L at Wayne State University Law School. She lived in many southeastern Michigan cities during her childhood, but considers Utica, MI to be her hometown. With a family that lived and breathed the auto industry, Detroit has always had a special place in her heart. Ms. Peterson received her Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Michigan in 2012, with a focus on early Americana and Western European Renaissance. The power of history is that those without knowledge of the past are more likely to repeat the mistakes of the past, and so Ms. Peterson focused on studying the past social structures and determining how the present and future are impacted by the past. Ms. Peterson has an interest in criminal law, though she is as yet undetermined as to whether it will be on the prosecution or defense side. She believes that everyone – victims, criminals, the innocent – deserve a fair chance at representation and access to justice. She plans to continue to this work as Chairperson of FLAC, and into her future career. In her spare time (not that there is much), she enjoys kayaking, dance, and playing dress up with her three nephews

Melissa Kliemann | Executive Article Editor

Melissa graduated from Central Michigan University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and English, focusing on child/adolescent development and creative writing. Melissa has previously worked with the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender, the State Appellate Defender Office, and the Federal Defenders Office. She currently serves as the President of the Wayne OUTlaws and the LGBT Chair of the ACLU's Metro Detroit Board. She received a Public Interest Law Fellowship both summers, and also previously served as the Northwest Region 1 Chair of The National LGBT Bar Association. Melissa enjoys hanging out with the love of her life and their dog, composing/playing music, writing, crafting, learning Japanese, and taking Harry Potter very seriously (#Slytherins4Life). Her legal interests include criminal defense, juvenile law, and civil rights litigation. 


2014-2015 Article Editors:

Benjamin Demsky, Mindy Herman, Alexandra Kavieff, Peter Martel, Rachel Myung, Maureen O'Sullivan, Sean Riddell, Ashley Zacharski