It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure today to welcome 2 new guest bloggers, Kathleen Doty (left) and Megan Knize (right). The problem of counterfeit medicines -- a particular concern in anti-malaria efforts -- and the corresponding lack of legal frameworks to address the issue is the subject of their post above.
Both, I'm proud to say, were my students in intlaw courses at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, last year. (That makes 3 law students who've contributed as guests; the 3d was Deborah Popowski, who wrote on accountability for torture back in December.)
Kathleen is a 3d-year law student at Davis. As coach and oralist on the school's Jessup International Moot Court Team, she was part of the team that, as posted, won the 2008 Pacific Super Region Competition last weekend. She'll be arguing in the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds in Washington D.C. in April 2008. Kathleen is interested in public international law and global health policy. She graduated cum laude from Smith College, where she majored in Latin American Studies and minored in Film Studies. She has traveled extensively in the Hispanic Caribbean and, most notably, studied abroad at La Universidad de la Habana in Cuba. Before entering law school, she worked for Engel Entertainment, where she was a production assistant and sound recordist on adventure, science, and travel documentaries for cable broadcasters.
Megan, also a 3d-year law student at California-Davis, is Editor-in-Chief of the UC Davis Law Review (vol. 41). She's most interested in the intersections of poverty, rurality, and law, and she's spent considerable time living and traveling in Europe and the Middle East. After graduating with honors in American Studies from Stanford University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Daily, Megan worked for a nonprofit in California’s Central Valley and spent a year teaching English in France. She's also worked for the Centre d’Etude de la Vie Politique Française in Paris and the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest. While working for that Centre, she organized a research mission to Istanbul; there she interviewed Roma victims of forced eviction. In the fall Megan will start work as an associate at the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Each dedicates her IntLawGrrls contribution to a transnational foremother. Kathleen's is Queen Lili‘uokalani, the last monarch of Hawai‘i. As for Megan? "In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ll go with Betty Friedan," she says, referring, of course, to the 2d wave feminist and author of The Feminine Mystique (1963), which "detailed the frustrating lives of countless American women who were expected to find fulfillment primarily through the achievements of husbands and children."