Global Externs Share Their Experiences
Web Editor - Published: June 19, 2012

Tiffany Coleman


Kevin Krauss


Stephanie Stotler

Three accomplished Widener Law students recently began their summer global externship placements as part of Widener Law’s Global Law Externship program under the direction of Visiting Distinguished Professor Michele D. Forzley. The three students will be sharing their experiences via the Global Externs Blog.

Initially developed through Widener Law’s Health Law Institute in 2010 to afford students interested in global health law the opportunity to gain practical experience working with companies, organizations, or firms working in that area, the program broadened to include all international law disciplines in 2011.

The three students participating for 2012 are:

Third year student Tiffany D. Coleman, who will be the 2012-2013 President of the Health Law Society and has an interest in pursuing a career in global health law, is working with Medical Tourism Training, LLC in Boston, Massachusetts. Working closely with the President of Medical Tourism Training, LLC, Attorney Elizabeth Ziemba, Tiffany will identify the legal issues surrounding the Medical Tourism Sector.

"I am looking forward to learning the intricacies of the Medical Tourism world. I have become extremely intrigued with the entire process and legal complications that can arise in this arena as I develop the foundation for my work," says Tiffany, continuing, "The people of the company that I am working for are extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about the issues."

Fellow third year student Stephanie Stotler, who plans to pursue a career in international human resources and employment law, is currently an extern at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“WHO does an amazing job giving the interns access to everything that they would need to make the experience very valuable and educational,” says Stephanie, adding, “I have had the opportunity to attend department meetings, educational sessions, town hall meetings, and the World Health Assembly. I participated in a focus group with the Assistant Director General and even got the opportunity to meet the Director General. I look forward to attending the ILO Tribunal Judgments of the 113th Session to see first-hand the completion of the whole appeals process for international civil servants.”

The final global extern is third-year law student Kevin Krauss. The inaugural recipient of the Craig C. Eisendrath Student Peace Award, he is a two-time Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition competitor and served as President of Widener’s Chapter of the International Law Society for the 2011-12 academic year. Kevin has a particular interest in nuclear nonproliferation, and he was instrumental in bringing former U.S. Ambassador, Thomas Graham, Jr. to Widener Law’s Delaware campus for a discussion on the subject. This summer, Kevin will serve as an extern for two separate civil society organizations on arms control and disarmament: The Global Security Institute and the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy.

The externs have already begun sharing their experiences on the blog. Tiffany wrote about the issues surrounding cut-rate plastic surgery in Phuket, Thailand, while Kevin offered some background on how he ended up as a global extern with the organizations he is working for this summer.