It's our great pleasure to welcome Lauren McIntosh (right) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Lauren expects to earn her J.D. degree this year from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York.
During the summer of 2010, she served as an intern in the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. More recently, Lauren interned in Office of the Mayor in New York City at the Commission for the United Nations, Consular Corps, and Protocol. Before entering law school, she earned a B.A. degree at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain, where she majored in Spanish Language and Literature.
As depicted in the photo above, this week Lauren is serving as an American Society of International Law observer at the current session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City. As she describes in her introductory post below, the focus of the session is the empowerment of rural women. The theme is of special interest to Lauren, who spent a summer working with rural indigenous women in Guatemala on behalf of the nongovernmental organization Alliance for International Reforestation.