Emily Ortlieb, Editor-in-Chief, is a third-year law student hailing from Algonquin, Illinois. Emily graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. She spent the following three years in Europe with the Fulbright Program and performing as a young concert artist. While abroad, she became involved in supporting refugees in rural areas within education. She also served as a thesis editor for several Masters and Doctoral candidates in multiple disciplines at the University of Vienna.

Upon returning to the United States, Emily worked in refugee resettlement and unaccompanied minors programming with a Chicago nonprofit. She gained valuable insight into the immigration system, ultimately contributing to her decision to attend law school. Throughout her law school career, Emily has been afforded opportunities to work in indigenous and cultural rights with the Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights, as well as international research opportunities in business and human rights, genocide, and Nuremberg jurisprudence. Next August, she will begin a 2-year fellowship with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Protection and Solutions Unit.
As Editor-in-Chief, Emily hopes to continue fostering the sense of community built by her predecessor, Cayla Ebert. She is excited to publish a wide array of dynamic and relevant articles and is committed to publishing alternative forms of writing. She extends heartfelt gratitude to her outstanding editor leadership, Ian, Rebecca, Robby, and Tariq; and to the dedicated editors and staff members.


Robby Dube, Executive Editor, is a third-year law student from Austin, Texas and graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Texas at Dallas in 2016 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Historical Studies and Political Science. He also studied in Washington D.C. as a Archer Fellow while pursuing his undergraduate degrees, where he developed a passion for international events and politics.

Robby became a Staff Member on the Journal during his 2L year, where he wrote a student note which detailed the course of the South Sudan’s civil war and proposed an alternative Constitution, grounded in the theories of consociationalism, i.e. government by ethnic elites, for a post-war South Sudan. This past summer, Robby was a Summer Associate at a construction law firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following graduation, Robby will be serving as a judicial law clerk for Justice Richard Pollack on the Hawaii Supreme Court.

This year, as the Executive Editor, Robby is focused on fostering community among the Journal’s members and improving on the infrastructure of the Journal. Robby has already instituted an Olympic style tournament among the Managing Editor teams and has helped overhaul the handbooks used by the Staff Members and Managing Editors. Robby is very excited to serve as Executive Editor this year. He is excited to work with such a wonderful team of Editors and Staff Members!


Ian Taylor Jr., Lead Articles Editor, is a third-year law student. He chose the journal because of his undergraduate experience studying in Kenya and Zambia. He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities studying African American Studies and English Literature. During his 2L year he wrote a comparative analysis of prisoner voting rights across the world. He is interested in labor and employment law. Last summer, he was a legal intern with the human rights department for the City of St. Paul. As Lead Articles Editor, Ian is seeking articles that are substantively and aesthetically creative.