Wayne Law students awarded international internships, fellowship

DETROIT — Three Wayne State University Law School students are studying and working abroad this summer through fellowships and internships sponsored by the Law School’s Program for International Legal Studies.Photo of Vera Hansen

The 2018 internship and fellowship winners and their organizations are:

  • Vera Hansen of Karlsruhe, Germany, rising second-year student  – Internship at the General Counsel’s Office at Tata Motors in Pune, India
  • Chelsea Kozar of Caro, rising third-year student – Internship working at WilmerHale’s International Arbitration Practice Group in London
  • Layla Zarkesh of Detroit, rising third-year student  – Freeman Fellowship studying for three weeks at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands

Hansen is currently vice president of the International Law Students Association at Wayne Law and will be a student attorney for the Disability Law Clinic in the fall. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Tuebingen in Germany and studied for a year at the University of Michigan.

Prior to starting law school, Kozar worked at the German American Law Center, then interned at Mellon Pries, an insurancePhoto of Chelsea Kozar defense firm, during her first and second year at Wayne Law. She is review editor of The Journal of Law in Society, president of the Italian American Law Student Association and a representative for Kaplan Bar. Kozar also participated in Mock Trial and as an oralist and brief writer for Moot Court. She earned her bachelor’s from Central Michigan University.

During her first year at Wayne Law, Zarkesh worked as a volunteer legal intern at the Executive Office of Immigration Review in Detroit. She is a member of Wayne Law’s Jessup International Law Moot Court program; Last year she was a researcher and oralist and this year she will serve as the team’s chancellor. In addition to her Freeman Fellowship, Zarkesh is working as a summer legal intern at the Executive Office of Immigration Review in New York City. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

Tata Motors is the largest auto manufacturer in India and a global Fortune 500 company with offices and facilities throughout India and the world. The International Arbitration Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in London routinely handles some of the most challenging investment disputes in the Photo of Layla Zarkesh world. The Freeman Fellowship allows a Wayne Law student to study public or private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law, which is the academic wing of the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court.

Photos (click on name to download high-resolution photo):

Vera Hansen

Chelsea Kozar

Layla Zarkesh

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Contact: Kaylee Place

Phone: 313-577-4629

Email: kaylee.place@wayne.edu

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