2013 Interns & Fellows
Misam B. Ali was born in Benghazi, Libya and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. Ali credits all of her successes to her parents who have always supported her. She graduated, with Honors and Distinction, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance with a concentration in Banking and Financial Institutions. She also graduated with a minor in Ethnic Studies. Throughout her undergraduate years, Misam assisted with various research projects and published her own work, Debt Relief of Debt Cycle: A Secondary Analysis of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative in African Nations, in November 2011, The McNair Scholars Research Journal, and The Good Life: A Cultural Crossroad. The Changing Demographics in Nebraska, in Sept. /Oct. 2012, in The Nebraska Lawyer. She has a strong interest in African Nations, the World Bank, the IMF, monetary policy, and public policy.
Jessica Allen is a second-year law student at the University of Colorado Law School. Originally from St. Louis, Jessica traveled to California to study Microbiology and Religious Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. After graduating, Jessica moved to Vail, Colorado. For four years, Jessica spent the winters skiing and the summers traveling as much as possible. Motivated by her experiences abroad, Jessica returned to academia and received a Master of Resource Law Studies at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Jessica started the JD program at the University of Colorado in 2012. In addition to her work at SDSG, Jessica has worked as a research assistant with the Getches-Wilkinson Center.
Nurseit Baizhanov is a Doctor of Jurisprudence that he got from Tyumen Law Institute with Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. Also, he has a bachelor degree in Economics. His sphere of interest is problems in the field law and economics, economic and ecological crimes. Now Nurseit is studying at the University of Arizona within its program “Economics, Law, and the Environment” to pursue a dual degree, Master Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics and Jurist Doctor.
After having graduated from his law school with distinction in 1996, he worked as a lawyer in a private company. Then, he worked in central offices of Kazakh law enforcement agencies, at General prosecutor’ office of Kazakhstan, where he was in charge of analytical and legal work for issues related to economics and law. Also, Nurseit was the Associate Chief of Financial Police Academy, and a chief lawyer with the regional government.
Out of 14 years of his law practice, he had to examine and review a variety of issues related to law and economics in my country. He has been rewarded 33 times (including 6 awards from the Heads of Law Enforcement’s agencies) for his diligence, work ethics and results. In 2005, after joining the Academy of Financial Police as the Dean of the Academic Council (the associate director of the Academy), Nurseit became actively engaged in research work in the field of economic crimes and public safety.
Nurseit has published extensively, and all of his publications have been in the area of his interest. He published a monograph, a textbook, 17 articles in scholarly and academic journals, and a collection of works and presentations at scientific conferences.
Nurseit is a co-author of the Action Plan for the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on implementation of concepts to combat economic crimes in 2001 and 2003, as approved by the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on May 30, 2002. He is also one of the co-authors of the government programs to combat crime in the economic sphere in the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2005-2007, approved by the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on December 27, 2004.
During 2008, Nurseit was a member of governmental commission on anti-corruption examination of legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which was devoted to work on the revision of all legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan in order to avoid creating possible pre-conditions for corruption.
Nick Clabbers is a second-year law student at the University of Colorado. Nick grew up outside of Philadelphia, and graduated from Penn State in 2010 with degrees in Political Science and Community, Environment, and Development. During college, Nick worked for the Environmental Policy department in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office, and as a Certification Intern for Pennsylvania Certified Organic. Following his graduation from Penn State, Nick moved across the country to southern Utah, where he worked for two and a half years as a wilderness therapy instructor at Second Nature Entrada. Nick enrolled in law school in August of 2012 with a desire to work on environmental and land use issues, especially as they relate to community participation and involvement. When he is not studying, Nick enjoys riding his bike, cooking, and woodworking.
Felipe Correa Rozo is a Colombian Lawyer (LLB) (first class degree 2008) with specialization in Commercial Law (first class degree 2010). Since 2005 he Joined Baker & McKenzie Colombia. He is currently a candidate for an LL.M. Natural Resources Law and Policy, from the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, in the University of Dundee, Scotland.
Felipe is presently conducting relevant research on indigenous law, social impact assessment and host community relations, and has experience in transactions pertaining the natural resources and extractive industries, providing legal advice on contracts, security of tenure, and surface-rights. He is practiced in land law and servitudes for mining and energy operations; Felipe has also comprehensive experience in dispute resolution. He is practiced in preventive litigation, creating strategies to resolve legal disputes, and amicable methods for dispute settlement. He has been routinely involved in assessment of legal risks and litigation in various areas of law such as: contract law, tort law, constitutional actions (tutela and class actions), corporate law, real estate, debt recovery proceedings, precautionary measures, State’s liability, criminal law, corporate law, commercial agency and distribution agreements, bankruptcy and manufacturer’s liability.
Heidi Ruckriegle is a fourth-year JD & LLM student at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Originally from Colorado, Heidi attended CU Boulder where she studied Spanish and Business. After graduating, Heidi lived in Costa Rica working as a guide for Outward Bound. Her experiences in the beautiful and biologically diverse country, combined with her love of Colorado, lead Heidi to enroll in the JD program at the University of Denver in 2014. The LLM degree allows Heidi to further master the Environmental and Natural Resources issues that Colorado, and the world, increasingly face.
Holly Taylor is a second-year JD student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a staff editor for the University of Denver Water Law Review. Holly received her undergraduate degree from the Metropolitan State University of Denver where studied microbiology and anthropology. Holly interest in environmental law and the protection of biodiversity and local cultural values lead her to pursue a law degree at the University of Denver. Holly is a native of Colorado and enjoys Colorado’s abundant sunshine and spending time camping, hiking, and climbing.