2nd Circuit This past Election Day three Columbia Law School students were a part of a group that monitored polling places on reservations that are part of the Sioux Nation for irregularities. Shawn Watts, Tim Edmonds, and Peter Sheppard, worked in South Dakota with Four Directions, a nonprofit voting rights group. Watts was on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation near the Minnesota border, while Edmonds and Sheppard were across the state in Bennett County, a remote area in the southwestern corner of the state with one of the nation’s lowest per capita incomes.
3rd Circuit Justine Elliot, a third-year student at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, won the 2010 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Legal Writing Competition for her article “Working Above the Law: Why a Legislative Solution to the Hoffman Plastic Compounds Decision is Long Overdue.” The article concerns the intersection of immigration and labor law, and offered Elliot the opportunity to explore “the Hoffman Plastic Compounds case and its detrimental impact on workers’ rights, particularly those of undocumented immigrants.”
4th Circuit Charlotte School of Law second year students Lynna Moen and Bo Caudill, coached by Professor Sheryl Buske, won the University of the Free State Kovsie Moot Court Competition in South Africa. Charlotte School of Law was the only American team to participate in the competition. The competition was based on South African and international law and the fact pattern concerned a family law problem. Students filed Heads of Arguments, similar to American trial briefs, during the summer and made oral arguments during competition. The two-day competition was multilingual with sixteen teams competing in English and eight teams competing in Afrikaans.
5th Circuit Organizers of an International Symposium on Genocide Prevention distributed a white paper written by four Vanderbilt University School of Law students during the symposium held recently in Paris. “The Six Pillars of an Effective Network,” written by Noah Coakley, Steven Haymore, Amber Johns, and Vijnata Trivedi was written as part of Michael A. Newton’s International Law Practice Lab. The students’ white paper reflected months of research, during which the four studied more than 70 international organizations and networks to identify common traits that enabled the networks to work effectively.
6th Circuit Chase College of Law’s National Trial Team recently won the Kentucky Mock Trial Competition hosted by the University of Louisville. The team of Lawrence Hilton, John Milligan, Sean Pharr, and Danielle Reesor won the competition, defeating teams from the University of Kentucky College of Law and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. This is the third victory for Chase’s National Trial Team in this competition since 2005. Third-year law student Hilton won the award for Best Advocate making this the second year in a row that a Chase student has won the award.
7th Circuit Chris Stewart, a first-year student at the University of Notre Dame School of Law, played Offensive Guard for the Notre Dame Football team this season. Stewart, an offensive guard, juggles football practices, football games, and the academic rigors of law school. He has started more games than any Notre Dame Football player on the offensive side of the ball. He has greater than a 22-game starting streak. In October, he was recognized as a National Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Association, and received an $18,000 post-graduate grant.
8th Circuit The Creighton University Criminal Mock Trial team won first place in the Buffalo-Niagara Criminal Mock Trial Competition at the University at Buffalo Law School. Creighton’s team, won all seven of their trials. The winning team members are third-year law students Kayla Coleman, Jacquie Clement, Bonnie Moore, and Julie Roberts. This is the second time that Creighton Law has won the Buffalo-Niagara Tournament. The first win was in 2005.
9th Circuit Whittier Law School received the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) Best Affiliate of the Year Award and $500 at the 2010 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) convention in Los Angeles. The NAPALSA Student of the Year Awards, including $1,500 awards from BarBri to be discounted from a bar review course, were presented to Whittier’s Patrick Soon, Jennifer Kishimizu of University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and Anna Lam of Suffolk University Law School. The NAPALSA Board Member of the Year Award, also a $1,500 BarBri award, was presented to University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law student Smrithi Mohan, NAPALSA’s outgoing Conference Chair.
10th Circuit The University of Kansas School of Law has chosen eight second- and third-year law students to be on the Dean’s Fellows program for the current school year. The Dean’s Fellows program, which is in its fourth year at KU Law, selects students to serve as mentors to the incoming first-year class. James Carter, Rachel Sherck, Bree Gorynski, Josh Williamson, Ellen O’Leary, T.J. Trum, Erin Slinker Tomasic, and Ganesh Nair will share their first-year experience insight with KU Law’s class of 2013, while seeking to ease the transition into law school. “The purpose of the program is to provide a peer connection for new students and strengthen connections among the classes,” said Wendy Rohleder-Sook, associate dean for student affairs.
11th Circuit Georgetown University graduate and law student, Joseph Graziano is one of nine George J. Mitchell Scholarship recipients selected nationally for the 2010–11 academic year. The annual scholarship links future American leaders to Ireland with a year of graduate study at one of Ireland’s academic institutions. Graziano, Georgetown University Law Center class of 2012, plans to pursue a Masters in Political Science in Sociology at the National University of Ireland, NUI Gallway.
12th Circuit Priya Aggarwal, a third-year student at Seattle University School of Law, was one of two students in the country to receive a UPS/NLF (NAPABA Law Foundation) Gold Mountain Scholarship from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation. The $2,500 scholarships go to law students who are the first in their family to attend law school and who are dedicated to the Asian Pacific American Community.
13th Circuit A paper written by Soji John, an evening student at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, was selected by the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and Brooklyn Law School as one of the winners of the Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition. Entitled “Improper Seizures by Sovereigns at Customs—Limiting EC 1383/2003 Through the Effects Principle,” the paper takes an innovative and persuasive approach to customs seizures through the effects principle of extraterritorial jurisdiction.
14th Circuit Ravi Mohan, a third-year law student at Santa Clara University School of Law, was named a winner in the inaugural Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize Competition for his submission entitled “Analysis of the Entire Market Value Rule in Complex Technology Litigation.” Applicants were asked to submit a précis of their new work on patent remedies. Prizes were awarded to nine précis for academics, lawyers, and other professionals, and seven précis for law students. The winners are invited to participate in a conference on patent remedies at Stanford Law School in February.
15th Circuit The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Arizona College of Law recently released its inaugural issue. The objective of the journal, which is completely online, is to provide a blend of expertise on environmental and legal issues by bringing together students from various fields. Priya Sundareshan, a third-year law student and natural and resource economics graduate student, is the journal’s editor-in-chief.