Recent Award WinnersCongratulations to the law students listed here who received academic awards during the Winter 2017, Summer 2016, and Fall 2016 semesters.
Henry M. Bates Memorial ScholarshipWidely held to be the Law School's highest honor, the Bates Scholarship is given to outstanding seniors, with account taken for scholarship in legal studies, personality, character, extracurricular interests, and promise of a distinguished career.
Katherine HurrelbrinkClaire LallyAlexandra Reed
Jane L. Mixer Memorial AwardAn award presented for outstanding contributions to activities designed to advance the cause of social justice.Omar El-HalwagiDana Leib Irving Stenn, Jr. AwardAn award presented to those students who have demonstrated leadership, and contributed through extracurricular activities to the well-being and strength of the Law School or the University.
Erin ChapmanEmma Ellman-GolanDeeva Shah
Daniel H. Grady PrizeAn award presented to the student who has graduated with the highest standing in his or her Law School class.Jennifer FischellClass of 1908 Memorial ScholarshipAwarded to the student who attained the highest scholastic average at the beginning of his or her senior year.
Katherine HurrelbrinkMaurice Weigle Scholarship AwardPresented to the student who attained the highest scholastic average at the end of his or her first year.
Anastassia KolosovaJohn RamerClara Belfield & Henry Bates Overseas FellowshipFellowships presented to students who have completed two or more years of law school to pursue academic or professional projects abroad.
Esai Jesse KalashyanLinda SongABA-BNA Health Law AwardAn award presented to the student who has excelled in the study of health law.
ABA-BNA Intellectual Property AwardAn award presented to the student who has excelled in the study of intellectual property law.Samuel Jacobs
ABA-BNA Labor and Employment Law AwardAn award presented to the student who has excelled in the study of labor law.Schuyler Ferguson
APALSA 1L Public Interest FellowshipA fellowship presented to students who have evidenced an intent to contribute to the Asian Pacific Islander American community and the public interest.Camille DanversGinny Lee
S. Anthony Benton Memorial AwardAn award presented for scholastic excellence in the field of international law.
William W. Bishop, Jr. AwardA prize presented to the student who has performed with distinction in the field of international law and in related Law School activities.Erin Collins
Lee Bollinger PrizeA prize presented to the student who has achieved excellence in the study of the First Amendment.Marissa Perry
The Henry M. Campbell Moot Court CompetitionThe oldest and most prestigious of the various Law School competitions, involving significant hours of preparation throughout the academic year.Joshua Rothenberg - First PlaceBrian Dressel - Second Place
Alden J. "Butch" Carpenter Memorial Scholarship AwardPresented to students evidencing intent to assist economically depressed communities.Edna Turay - WinnerMorgan Brown - Runner-UpPeter McDaniels - Runner-Up
Emmett E. Eagan AwardAn award presented for excellence in the field of corporate law.Erica Berman
Robert S. Feldman Labor Law AwardAwarded for outstanding work in the field of labor law.Sarah Scheinman
Fiske AwardA fellowship awarded to exceptional graduates serving as government employees at the federal, state, or local level, and who have demonstrated a commitment to public service values.Danielle Angeli, '16Sommer Engels, '16Matthew Evans, '15Andrew Sand, '15Ralph M. Freeman ScholarshipA scholarship presented to a second or third year student who has demonstrated true excellence in the fields of criminal law and procedure.
Carl Gussin Memorial PrizeA prize awarded for excellence in the area of trial work.Jennifer ChaeAbraham Matsui
Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy AwardAn award presented for demonstrated potential as an outstanding trial lawyer and advocate.Joanna HarrLauren Snow
International Academy of Trial Lawyers AwardPresented for demonstrated ability in courtroom advocacy.Dana LeibRichard Katcher Senior Tax PrizePresented for outstanding work in courses and seminars in taxation and related areas.
The Jon Henry Kouba PrizeThis prize recognizes the best student papers on (1) European Union and (2) International Peace and Security.Charles Alex Gish - European Union Winner"The Case against Quantitative Easing Remains After Gauweiler: The March 2016 Expansion Violates the Principle of Proportionality”Christine Choi - International Peace and Security Winner"A Framework for Detention During Peace Enforcement Operations”
Jeffrey S. Lehman Legal Practice AwardAn award presented by the faculty to the student deemed the best legal practice student from the previous year.
Award for Exceptional ServiceAn award presented to a student for outstanding all-around contributions to each Journal.Ashley Grolig - Michigan Law ReviewValerie Stacey - University of Michigan Journal of Law ReformYekaterina Reyzis - Michigan Journal of International LawNancy H. Welsh - Michigan Journal of Gender & LawDeeva Shah - Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law ReviewSaeeda Joseph-Charles - Michigan Journal of Race & LawSarah Ladin - Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative LawNatasha Patel - Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review
Award for Outstanding Scholarly ContributionAn award presented to the author who wrote the best note published by each Journal.Alexandra Reed - Michigan Law Review "Reconciling Expectations with Reality: The REAL ID Act’s Corroboration Exception for Otherwise Credible Asylum Applicants"Shannon Seiferth - University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform "No More Quid Pro Quo: Abandoning the Personal Benefit Requirement in Insider Trading Law"Danielle Vera - Michigan Journal of Gender & Law "R-Egg-ulation: A Call for Greater Regulation of the Big Business of Human Egg Harvesting"Kyle Williams - Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review"Plausible Pleading in Patent Suits: Predicting the Effects of the Abrogation of Form 18"Raina Bhatt - Michigan Journal of Race & Law "Pushing an End to Sanctuary Cities: Will It Happen?"Briana Green - Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law "San Manuel’s Second Exception: Identifying Treaty Provisions that Support Tribal Labor Sovereignty"Gabriel Godoy-Dalmau - Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review "Substantial Similarity: Kohus Got It Right"
Dores McCree AwardFor extraordinary devotion to the well-being of students and commitment to a widely inclusive and unified vision of the Law School community.Nicolas Kabat
Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Law Student PrizeFor outstanding work in courses related to legal history.Don Blevins
Saul L. Nadler Memorial AwardAn award presented for outstanding work in courses related to commercial and corporate law.
Yifu ChenJohn HertelChristian HusbyCory SmithNational Association of Women Lawyers AwardAwarded for academic achievement, community service, and the potential for future contributions to the advancement of women.
Jack C. Radcliffe, Jr. AwardAn award presented to a second or third year student who has served as a senior judge in the legal writing program, with account taken for excellence in mentoring first year law students.Gary Fox
Rakow ScholarshipEstablished by the Federal Bar Foundation, this is awarded to the student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in corporations or business law.Joanna Howard
Jenny Runkles Memorial AwardAn annual award presented to second year students who have exhibited a selfless commitment to improving the Law School community, and society as a whole, through devotion to public interest and diversity.Asma HusainMadeleine Jennings
Craig Spangenberg Oral Advocacy AwardAn award to recognize one or more students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in courtroom oral advocacy.Breanna CaldwellMeredith Collier
1L Oral Advocacy CompetitionAn internal competition that serves as an introduction to Moot Court.Kristin Froehle - Winner
Juan Luis Tienda Memorial Scholarship AwardAwarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to working for the advancement of Latinos in the United States.Irma CruzJorge E. Mancillas Women Law Students Association Leadership AwardAn award that honors a Michigan Law student whose extracurricular leadership has substantially contributed to the advancement of women at the Law School.
Women Lawyers' Association of Michigan Foundation AwardsAwarded to women law students who have demonstrated leadership capabilities and served the community in such areas as family law, child advocacy or domestic violence, or displayed potential for advancing the position of women in society.
Ava Morgenstern - Kimberly M. Cahill ScholarEmmanuela Jean-Etienne - General Motors ScholarWomen Lawyers Association of Michigan Julia D. Darlow AwardAwarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the interests of women members of the legal profession and to promoting equity and social justice for all people.
Certificates of Merit are awarded to the students who were recognized for outstanding performance in Law School courses during the Winter, Summer, and Fall 2016 semesters. Winter 2016Accounting for Lawyers - Alexander ReedAdministrative Law - Joseph CelentinoBoundaries of Citizenship - Stephanie BalitzerCivil Procedure - Anna Greve; Adam KlevenCivil Rights and Constitutional Litigation - Ryan O’HollarenConstitutionalism in South Africa - Adrienne BoydContracts - John Turquet Bravard; Matthew Dolloff; Anna GreveCopyright - Kevin RiversCorporate Finance - Emily Hantverk; Elke HellinxCriminal Law - Rachel June-Graber; Anastassia KolosovaCriminal Procedure: Bail to Post Conviction Review - Alison LisiEmployment Discrimination - Emma Ellman-GolanEnterprise Organization - Katherine BaileyEstate and Gift Tax - Mary E. MillerEthics, Responsibility, Character, and Thriving in the Practice of Law - Alexis BaileyEvidence - Evan Ballan; Jennifer FischellFamily Law - Emma Notis-McConartyFederal Courts - Andrew M. BrownFirst Amendment - Andrew PetersFormation of the Common Law - Dylan GlennFourteenth Amendment - Anne YearwoodHabeas Corpus - Lauren TortorellaImmigration and Nationality - Michael DarlingImpact of Human Rights on International Law - Theodora Brooke; Bettina RentschInsurance Law and Policy - Emily GoldingInternational Arbitration - Russell BucherInternational Bankruptcy - Katherine T. LewisIntro to Constitutional Law - Shomik Ghosh; Katherine HurrelbrinkInvestment Banking - Brian ArnfeltJurisdiction and Choice of Law - Anastasiya AntonevichJurisprudence - Andrew T. JordanLabor Law - Rachael WestmorelandLegal Ethics and Professional Responsibility - Jennifer FischellLegislation and Regulation - Matthew MillerMarketing for Lawyers - John MuhsMass Media Law - Martin TopolMergers and Acquisitions - Elizabeth JonesNatural Resources Law - Andrew EberlePartnership Tax - Yifu Chen; Einat ClemerPatent Law - David ChoProperty - Brian JacobsmeyerSecurities Regulation - Jarrett GrossSex Equality - Hagar ShechterTax of Financial Instruments - Einat ClemerTaxation of Individual Income - Damayanti Desai; Sihang ZhangTransnational Law - Nicole Cleminshaw; Peri TenenbaumUN and Other International Organizations - Rachael WestmorelandVoting Rights/Election Law - Jacob FraschWater Law - Adele Daniel
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