Angelina Sophonpanich

Loyola Genocide Justice Clinic

Angelina Sophonpanich
Angelina Sophonpanich, Loyola Genocide Justice Clinic

Throughout three semesters and a summer internship with the LGJC, Angelina has consistently excelled in her clinic project work. Asked by international prosecutors to provide complex legal research assistance in a case involving genocide and widespread atrocity crimes, Angie dove into a challenge that required her to locate and identify relevant statutes from dozens of jurisdictions around the world. Not only was her research thorough and exactly on point, her analysis helped the prosecutors refine their arguments and was quoted directly in their briefing to the tribunal. In other projects, she spearheaded groundbreaking research on issues of vital importance to the administration of international criminal justice, pulling together a wide range of material in a practical, easily digestible format that the requesting attorneys urged her team to publish. Finally, thanks to her solid grounding in public international law, Angie acted as senior team leader on a project examining difficult questions driving at the heart of state sovereignty in the international system relating to a live, active conflict.

In all of this work, Angie was detailed, deliberate, and thorough as she worked through each problem, often raising questions that could easily have been overlooked. With supervisors and teammates she was a pleasure to work with, generous with her time and knowledge, prompt, and always dependable. Over the course of her time in the LGJC, Angie challenged herself to improve her mentoring and time-management skills, exploring these areas with openness and humility in class sessions, self-reflection exercises, and one-on-one feedback sessions.

Angie’s commitment to the LGJC has carried through to assisting with recruitment and volunteering to act as an alumni mentor to future LGJC colleagues. She has left a strong mark on the LGJC and will be sorely missed.