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September 2016 - January 2017

Thomas M. Cooley Law School
300 S. Capitol 
Lansing, Michigan 48901
517-371-5140


The HNSLR is extremely proud of our editorial staff that facilitates the continued success of our law review. As you can see below, our staff’s experiences and qualifications are numerous and varied, which gives the law review great perspective and a wide range of expertise to utilize. The HNSLR prides itself on maintaining a strong, well qualified, and diverse editorial staff. 


September 2016 - Present



Director & Faculty Advisor
Brigadier General (ret.) Michael C. H. McDaniel, J.D.

Co-Founder

B.A., St. Bonaventure University, 1979
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1982
MSS, Army War College, 2005
M.A.S.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2007






Faculty Advisor

Jamie Baker, J.D., M.L.I.S.

B.S., Central Michigan University, 2005
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2010
M.L.I.S., Wayne State Univeristy, 2011
Adjunct Professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School


















Editorial Board:

Editor-in-Chief

Captain Samantha Sliney, J.D., LL.M.

B.A., magna cum laude, Methodist University, 2010
J.D., cum laude, North Carolina Central University School of Law, 2013
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2016
United States Air Force JAG Corps, 2013 - Present






Managing Editor



Publications Editor
George V. Motakis, J.D., LL.M.

B.A., New York University, 2001
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2009
LL.M in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
LL.M. in Criminal Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2016
Editor-in-Chief of the Counterterrorism Review, 2016-Present





Executive Articles Editor

Aaron E. Cook, J.D.

B.S., summa cum laude, Western Michigan University, 2011
J.D., cum laude, WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2015
LL.M. in Taxation, WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017
United States Army, 2002-2007






Articles Selection Editor

Inna Volkova

B.A., Lugansk Pedagogical University (Ukraine), 2000
Ph.D. in English Literature, Michigan State University, 2012
J.D., WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2018




Senior Articles Editor

Nneka Nnubia, J.D.

B.S., University of Guelph, 1989
M.S., McMaster University, 1993
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2016







Research Editor



Library Liaisons
Alissa Marie Raasch-Schmidt, J.D., M.L.I.S.

A.S., Delta College, 1998
B.S., Michigan State University, 2001
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2011
M.L.I.S., Wayne State University, 2012



























Executive Advisors
Frank M. Spano, J.D.

Co-Founder

A.A. in Criminal Justice, Valley Forge Military College, 2001
B.S. in Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University, 2007
Citation in Strategic Management, Harvard University, 2010
J.D., cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
Ph.D., Northcentral University, Candidate
U.S. Air Force, 2002-2008

Paul Powers, J.D., LL.M.

B.A., University of Iowa, 2005
J.D., magna cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2015
Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Senior Editor
Associate at Betty, Neuman & McMahon, P.L.C.B.A., University of Iowa, 2005
Homeland & National Security Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2013-2016


James Springer, J.D., LL.M.

B.A., Oakland University, 2008
J.D., cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2012
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2014
Homeland & National Security Law Review, Executive Articles Editor, 2013-2016











Associate Editors

Amin Benhan

B.S., Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 2005
J.D., WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017
Canadian Armed Forces (ret.): 1999-2011






Gisele Bigras

B.A., University of Michigan, 2011
J.D., WMU Cooley Law School, 2014
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, WMU Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017






Keali Lois-Chambers Heileman

B.S. Michigan State University 2010
J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2015
LLM. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate 2017
Member Michigan Air National Guard 




Kate Mortensen, J.D.

B.A., Michigan State University, 2011
J.D.,Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2014







Stephanie Nezam, J.D.

B.A. Anthropology University of Missouri 2006
M .A. Political Science, University Missouri 2009
J.D. Saint Louis University School of Law 2013
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School 2016






Collin J. Overby, J.D.

B.G.S., The University of Michigan, 2000
M.S.W., The University of Michigan, 2003
M.L.R.H.R., Michigan State University, 2005
J.D., The University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law, 2009
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017





John Pickens

A.A.S., Community College of the Air Force, 2008
B.A., American Military University, 2010
J.D., WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2016
United States Air Force, Security Forces Staff Sergeant, E-5 (2002-2008)





Jonathan Russell

United States Marine Corps, 2005-2010
B.A., University of Michigan, 2013
J.D., WMU Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, 
WMU Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017





Debra Berg-Simon

B.A., Ohio State University, 2002
M.S., Capella University, 2006
J.D., WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017








Hardam Tripathi

B.S., University of South Florida, 2012
M.S., University of Florida, 2014
J.D., Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017








Sara Trudgeon

B.A., Northern Michigan University, 2014
J.D., Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017







Luciana Viramontes


B.S., Central Michigan University, 2001
J.D., Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017







Terry White

B.A., cum laude, Wayne State University, 1987 
J.D., Detroit College of Law, 1992 
M.P.A., Oakland University, 2014 
L.L.M. in Homeland & National Security,  WMU Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2017






Senior Advisors













Heidi K. Page, J.D., LL.M.

B.I.S., Murray State University, 2008
J.D., cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2011
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, 2013
Homeland & National Security Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2012-2013






Dan Shawl, J.D.

B.A., Eastern Michigan University, 2002
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
Homeland & National Security Law Review, Business Editor, 2012-2013
United States Navy, 1991-1995
Petty Officer Third Class, E-4






Kate Eaves, J.D., LL.M.

B.A., State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, 2004
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2015







Peter Mommer, J.D.

B.A., cum laude, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2006
M.A., The University of Queensland-Australia, 2009
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
LL.M. in Homeland and National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Candidate, 2015
On the Department of State Federal Register for Diplomatic Appointment, awaiting appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. 



Melissa Winkler, J.D., LL.M.

B.A., Oakland University, 2009
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
LL.M. in Homeland & National Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2015
Associate at Fakhoury Law Group, PLC





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