C.V. Starr Lecturers
Lecturers in Law
Caleb Christian attended The University of Alabama School of Law, where he received a J.D. with a Certificate in Public Interest Law and was awarded the Order of the Samaritan. During law school, he spent two years working with The University of Alabama Civil Law Clinic, providing legal representation to underserved communities in West Alabama. Before joining the faculty at STL, he practiced law in Illinois and Missouri, representing banks and creditors as a member of his firm’s litigation team. Before entering practice, Caleb worked as a Clinton Fellow for Service in India, joining the American India Foundation’s Learning and Migration Program to increase educational opportunities and protections for the children of migrant workers.
Leigha Crout is an international legal scholar from Chicago, Illinois. She earned her Masters of Professional Studies in International Development summa cum laude from Cornell University, and received her J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Notre Dame. In her professional practice, she has worked with Kentucky Legal Aid of the Bluegrass to represent victims of domestic violence and wrongful evictions, as a researcher with the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, and the Cornell Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic as an assistant immigration attorney and featured panelist for the Berger International Legal Studies Program.
Ma Ji earned his LL.M. from Yale Law School. He earned his J.D. and J.M. from Peking University School of Transnational Law. He has also attended the Xiamen Academy of International Law and the Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law (PRAIA). While at Yale, he was a research assistant for Prof. Henry Hansmann, Oona Hathaway, and Abbe Gluck; he was also a student fellow for the Yale Cyber Leadership Forum. Following his LL.M. at Yale, he was a resident fellow for the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and a lead instructor for the Yale Young Global Scholars. His interests are in multinational corporations, international investment law, international trade law, national security, and international intellectual property. His articles have appeared or will appear in the Michigan State International Law Review, Transnational Dispute Management, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and as a book chapter published by Springer.
Sean Lee Coffin earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School where he was an editor of the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law and participated in GW Law School’s New York Corporate Law Program (GWNY). He earned his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego where he participated in community law projects, including work with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego and the San Diego Superior Courts. Most recently he has worked for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and IHS Markit. He has also interned with the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Labor and has worked as an English language instructor in Japan and South Korea.
Yue, LIU has a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a B.A. in English from Fudan University. Liu Yue is a passionate and active advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, human trafficking and violent crimes, as well as for asylum seekers fleeing persecution. He was a Volunteer Legal Advocate for urban refugees with Asylum Access Thailand in Bangkok prior to joining STL.
Research and Writing Specialist
Dina Yehia earned her M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago where she focused on the application of Shari’a in the Egyptian legal system. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Dina worked as a legal analyst at Thebes Consultancy, a company specialized in providing legal information and training in Egypt and the Arab world. Dina also worked with the global Pro Bono law firm PILPG on comparative and constitutional law as a Public International Law Fellow. She is a member of Sheraa’s Board of Directors, an NGO that advocates for legal reform in Egypt and she chaired a session in IDEA’s expert meeting on the draft Egyptian Constitution as Sheraa’s representative. Dina worked as a UNICEF consultant on juvenile justice reform issues. Dina’s research interests include Islamic law, comparative constitutional law, and legislative reform and education.