Meet the Branch
The Judicial Branch is composed of four Associate Judges and one Chief Judge, nominated by the President, and confirmed by the Senate, to terms that last as long as they are students at the law school. The Court interprets the Constitution and Bylaws and settles other disputes. It may also issue advisory opinions upon request from the Senate.
2018-2019 Branch Membership
Chief Judge Jihad Komis (3L)
Jihad Komis is a 3L who was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. After obtaining his B.S. in Biochemistry and International Studies form the University of Michigan, Jihad worked for a boutique criminal defense law firm in Ann Arbor. He also spent two years working with the American Bar Association Racial Justice Improvement Program implementing reform projects across the country to eliminate racial inequities in the criminal justice system.
Associate Judge Caroline Sessions (2L)
Caroline Sessions is a 2L who grew up in Ocala, Florida. Prior to law school, she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Public Leadership from the University of Florida. During law school, Caroline has interned for a federal district court judge and the United States Sentencing Commission. She plans to pursue a career at the intersection of law and policy.
Associate Judge Kiera Lindsey (2L)
Kiera Lindsey is a 2L who grew up in multiple places around the world as far as Germany with her military parents. She considers Panama City, Florida her hometown. Before law school, Kiera received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Florida. She is planning on pursuing a career in Family Law and Litigation.
Associate Judge Michael Sheehan (3L)
Originally hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Sheehan served five years in the United States Marine Corps as an Arabic Cryptologic Linguist. He received degrees in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute, and in Middle Eastern Studies from American Military University. Since entering law school, Michael has interned at the Pentagon, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ropes & Gray LLP. When he is not in class, he enjoys playing video games and spending time with his husband and cat.
Associate Judge Sarah J. Brown (1L)
Sarah J. Brown is a part-time 1L who grew up outside of Rochester, New York. For the past five years Sarah has live and worked in Washington, DC, holding various positions in congressional and government affairs. Currently, Sarah works full-time as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives while she attends evening classes. Prior to living in DC, Sarah played collegiate soccer in Upstate New York and then transferred to Liberty University to graduate with a B.A. in Politics & Policy.