March 01, 2016

March 2016

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Business Law Section Spring Meeting: Law Student Event Schedule

Ladies and gentlemen, this year the Business Law Section is taking our Spring Meeting across the border, to Canada!

The 2016 Business Law Section Spring Meeting is taking place in Montréal, QC, Canada, April 7-9. Montréal is the largest city in Québec, Canada, and arguably one of the most beautiful cities you'll ever lay eyes on. You'll fall in love with the rich history the city has to offer, including the French colonial Vieux-Montréal with an imposing Notre Dame Basilica at its heart!

But before you go out to enjoy the city, first, take a look at the wide spread of events the Business Law Section has to offer us! We are kicking things off the evening of Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:30 P.M. with the ever anticipated Diversity Networking Reception. Thursday, April 7th is jam packed with more events for you to attend, ranging from topics such as developing your professional skills, to learning more about training to become a Corporate Counsel. We can't forget the Speed Networking event, followed by an ice-breaker networking reception. Friday and Saturday, the fun continues; we have sessions that address relevant topics very familiar to our generation like the legal issues regarding Fantasy Leagues, to even more traditional topics like how to communicate with different generational colleagues.

Click HERE for the full list of great events just waiting for you. I look forward to seeing you all the Spring Meeting!

César Escovar
Business Law Section, Law Student Liaison
John Marshall Law School, JD Candidate 2018
Chicago, IL

Diversity Clerkship Program Participants

Every summer, the Business Law Section sponsors the Diversity Clerkship Program. This summer program provides business law clerkship placements for nine qualified diverse first or second year law students. Participating clerks receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices that many of them lack. The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low.

The Section received many outstanding applications for the 2016 Diversity Clerkship Program, and filled the nine programs slots. The following students have been selected from over 40 applicants and will be serving as clerks this summer.

  • Sarah Denis, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Zhuo "Sandy" Duan, University of Memphis Law School
  • Sampada Kapoor, University of Mississippi
  • Justin Nalos, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Abby Peretz, Northern Illinois University
  • Abigail Van Hook, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Paige Vankooten, Elon University School of Law
  • Porsha Winters, Valparaiso University Law

Visit the Diversity Clerkship Program webpage for more details.

Mendes Hershman Writing Contest winners

Over 30 high-quality submissions were received for the 2016 Mendes Hershman Writing Contest. Submissions were judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality and contribution to the literature available on the subject.

Congratulations to the following students selected as the top three submissions:

First Place:

Mark Cramer
National Security Letters and Corporate Boards
William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA

Second Place:

Daniel Ritter
Desperate Times Don't Call for Desperate Measures: An Investigation of General Motors' Faulty Ignition Switch Disaster and What Corporate Legal Departments Can Do to Avoid Risky Behavior
Washington University Law, St. Louis, MO

Third Place

Pierce G. Hand
Using the Absurdity Principle & Other Strategies Against Appraisal Arbitrage by Hedge Funds
Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA

Visit the Student Writing Contest website to learn more about the contest.

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