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Honors and Awards

Recent Award Winners

Congratulations to the students who received academic awards during the Winter 2017, Summer 2016, and Fall 2016 semesters. 

Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship
Widely 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 Hurrelbrink
Claire Lally
Alexandra Reed

Jane L. Mixer Memorial Award
An award presented for outstanding contributions to activities designed to advance the cause of social justice.

Omar El-Halwagi
Dana Leib
Irving Stenn, Jr. Award
An 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 Chapman
Emma Ellman-Golan
Deeva Shah

Daniel H. Grady Prize
An award presented to the student who has graduated with the highest standing in his or her Law School class.

Jennifer Fischell

Class of 1908 Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to the student who attained the highest scholastic average at the beginning of his or her senior year.

Katherine Hurrelbrink

Maurice Weigle Scholarship Award
Presented to the student who attained the highest scholastic average at the end of his or her first year.

Anastassia Kolosova
John Ramer

a Belfield & Henry Bates Overseas Fellowship
Fellowships presented to students who have completed two or more years of law school to pursue academic or professional projects abroad.

Esai Jesse Kalashyan
Linda Song

ABA-BNA Health Law Award
An award presented to the student who has excelled in the study of health law.

Sudhana Bajracharya 

ABA-BNA Intellectual Property Award
An award presented to the student who has excelled in the study of intellectual property law.

Samuel Jacobs 

ABA-BNA Labor and Employment Law Award
An award presented to the student who has excelled in the study of labor law.

Schuyler Ferguson 

APALSA 1L Public Interest Fellowship
A fellowship presented to students who have evidenced an intent to contribute to the Asian Pacific Islander American community and the public interest.

Camille Danvers
Ginny Lee

S. Anthony Benton Memorial Award
An award presented for scholastic excellence in the field of international law.

Sachiko Schuricht

William W. Bishop, Jr. Award
A 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 Prize
A prize presented to the student who has achieved excellence in the study of the First Amendment.

Marissa Perry 

The Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition
The oldest and most prestigious of the various Law School competitions, involving significant hours of preparation throughout the academic year.

Joshua Rothenberg - First Place
Brian Dressel - Second Place

Alden J. "Butch" Carpenter Memorial Scholarship Award
Presented to students evidencing intent to assist economically depressed communities.

Edna Turay - Winner
Morgan Brown - Runner-Up
Peter McDaniels - Runner-Up 

Emmett E. Eagan Award
An award presented for excellence in the field of corporate law.

Erica Berman 

Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award
Awarded for outstanding work in the field of labor law.

Sarah Scheinman 

Fiske Award
A 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, '16
Sommer Engels, '16
Matthew Evans, '15
Andrew Sand, '15

Ralph M. Freeman Scholarship
A scholarship presented to a second or third year student who has demonstrated true excellence in the fields of criminal law and procedure.

Raina Bhatt

Carl Gussin Memorial Prize
A prize awarded for excellence in the area of trial work.

Jennifer Chae
Abraham Matsui 

Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy Award
An award presented for demonstrated potential as an outstanding trial lawyer and advocate.

Joanna Harr
Lauren Snow 

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award
Presented for demonstrated ability in courtroom advocacy.

Dana Leib

Richard Katcher Senior Tax Prize
Presented for outstanding work in courses and seminars in taxation and related areas.

Guoyu Tao

The Jon Henry Kouba Prize
This 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 Award
An award presented by the faculty to the student deemed the best legal practice student from the previous year.

John Ramer

Award for Exceptional Service
An award presented to a student for outstanding all-around contributions to each Journal.

Ashley Grolig - Michigan Law Review
Valerie Stacey - University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
Yekaterina Reyzis - Michigan Journal of International Law
Nancy H. Welsh - Michigan Journal of Gender & Law
Deeva Shah - Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
Saeeda Joseph-Charles - Michigan Journal of Race & Law
Sarah Ladin - Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law
Natasha Patel - Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review 

Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution
An 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 Award

For 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 Prize
For outstanding work in courses related to legal history.

Don Blevins 

Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award
An award presented for outstanding work in courses related to commercial and corporate law.

Yifu Chen
John Hertel
Christian Husby
Cory Smith

National A
ssociation of Women Lawyers Award
Awarded for academic achievement, community service, and the potential for future contributions to the advancement of women.

Caroline Bell

Jack C. Radcliffe, Jr. Award
An 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 Scholarship
Established 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 Award
An 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 Husain
Madeleine Jennings 

Craig Spangenberg Oral Advocacy Award
An award to recognize one or more students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in courtroom oral advocacy.

Breanna Caldwell
Meredith Collier

1L Oral Advocacy Competition
An internal competition that serves as an introduction to Moot Court.

Kristin Froehle - Winner

Juan Luis Tienda Memorial Scholarship Award
Awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to working for the advancement of Latinos in the United States.

Irma Cruz
Jorge E. Mancillas  

Women Law Students Association Leadership Award
An award that honors a Michigan Law student whose extracurricular leadership has substantially contributed to the advancement of women at the Law School. 

Deeva Shah

Women Lawyers' Association of Michigan Foundation Awards
Awarded 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 Scholar
Emmanuela Jean-Etienne - General Motors Scholar

Women Law
yers Association of Michigan Julia D. Darlow Award
Awarded 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.

Nessma Bashi

Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award
Awards presented to students and groups who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to pro bono work. 

Elliott Gluck - Outstanding 1L Student
Richard Stockton Bullitt - Outstanding 2L Student
Kathryn DeLong - Outstanding 3L Student
Outlaws LGBTQ Know Your Rights Project - Outstanding Pro Bono Project

Certificate of Merit Winners

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 and the Winter 2017 semester.
Winter 2016
Accounting for Lawyers - Alexander Reed
Administrative Law - Joseph Celentino
Boundaries of Citizenship - Stephanie Balitzer
Civil Procedure - Anna Greve; Adam Kleven
Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation - Ryan O’Hollaren
Constitutionalism in South Africa - Adrienne Boyd
Contracts - John Turquet Bravard; Matthew Dolloff; Anna Greve
Copyright - Kevin Rivers
Corporate Finance - Emily Hantverk; Elke Hellinx
Criminal Law - Rachel June-Graber; Anastassia Kolosova
Criminal Procedure: Bail to Post Conviction Review - Alison Lisi
Employment Discrimination - Emma Ellman-Golan
Enterprise Organization - Katherine Bailey
Estate and Gift Tax - Mary E. Miller
Ethics, Responsibility, Character, and Thriving in the Practice of Law - Alexis Bailey
Evidence - Evan Ballan; Jennifer Fischell
Family Law - Emma Notis-McConarty
Federal Courts - Andrew M. Brown
First Amendment - Andrew Peters
Formation of the Common Law - Dylan Glenn
Fourteenth Amendment - Anne Yearwood
Habeas Corpus - Lauren Tortorella
Immigration and Nationality - Michael Darling
Impact of Human Rights on International Law - Theodora Brooke; Bettina Rentsch
Insurance Law and Policy - Emily Golding
International Arbitration - Russell Bucher
International Bankruptcy - Katherine T. Lewis
Intro to Constitutional Law - Shomik Ghosh; Katherine Hurrelbrink
Investment Banking - Brian Arnfelt
Jurisdiction and Choice of Law - Anastasiya Antonevich
Jurisprudence - Andrew T. Jordan
Labor Law - Rachael Westmoreland
Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility - Jennifer Fischell
Legislation and Regulation - Matthew Miller
Marketing for Lawyers - John Muhs
Mass Media Law - Martin Topol
Mergers and Acquisitions - Elizabeth Jones
Natural Resources Law - Andrew Eberle
Partnership Tax - Yifu Chen; Einat Clemer
Patent Law - David Cho
Property - Brian Jacobsmeyer
Securities Regulation - Jarrett Gross
Sex Equality - Hagar Shechter
Tax of Financial Instruments - Einat Clemer
Taxation of Individual Income - Damayanti Desai; Sihang Zhang
Transnational Law - Nicole Cleminshaw; Peri Tenenbaum
UN and Other International Organizations - Rachael Westmoreland
Voting Rights/Election Law - Jacob Frasch
Water Law - Adele Daniel

Summer 2016
Civil Procedure - Salvatore Mancina
Torts - Julie Aust; Janelle Krummen

Fall 2016
Accounting for Lawyers - Christian Husby
Art Law - Rachel June-Graber
Bloodfeuds - Alexandra Peterson
Business Economics for Lawyers - David Cho
Civil Procedure - Devin Abney; Kristin Froehle; Meredith McPhail; Jonathan Tietz
Climate Change and the Law - Lina Delmastro
Commercial Transactions - Adam Church
Comparative Human Rights Law - Lakshmi Gopal
Contracts - Michael Abrams; David Imhoff; Joseph Moses; Christopher Schwartz
Corporate Compliance: Policy and Practice - Jason Levin
Corporate Criminality - Adam Kleven
Corporate Reorganization - Erica Berman
Corporate Taxation - Christian Husby
Corruption - Adam Rosenberg
Criminal Law - Salvatore Mancina
Criminal Procedure Survey - Claire Lally
Early American Legal History - Michael O'Beirne
Electronic and Class Action Discovery - Brendan Blase
Enterprise Organization - Cory Carone
Evidence - Joshua Rothenberg
FDA Law - Gary Fox
Federal Courts - Anna Gordan
Financial Regulation - Anna Greve
International Litigation - Rachel Hampton
International Refugee Law - Andrew Fletcher
International Tax - Damayanti Desai; Shay Moyal
International Trade Law - Dorian Geisler
Intro to Constitutional Law - Jennifer Elkin; Jeffrey Giancana
Intro to Income Taxation of Business Enterprise - Tyler Replogle
Japanese Law - Gregory Margolis
Patent Law - Anastassia Kolosova
Professionalization of the English Legal System - Arielle Mack
Rules of Play - Peter Hamp
Securities Regulation - Lauren Richards
Taxation of Individual Income - James Mestichelli
Torts - David Imhoff; Hillary John; Derek Reusche; Dustin Womack
Trademarks and Unfair Competition - Rachel June-Graber
Voting Rights/Election Law - Emma Shoucair
Water Wars/Great Lakes - Christopher Balch
Winter 2017
Administrative Law - Patrick Miller

Bankruptcy - Erika Giroux
Complex Litigation - Adam Kleven
Constitutionalism in South Africa - Scott Gallagher
Copyright - Raven Lanier
Corporate Lawyer: Law & Ethics - Adam Church
Criminal Justice: Investigation & Police Practices - Katherine Hurrelbrink
Criminal Law - Christopher Schwartz
Criminal Procedure: Bail to Post Conviction Review - Katherine Hurrelbrink
Critical Race Theory - Aurora Mayte Salazar Ordonez
Economic Analysis of Law - Lukas Kutilek
Enterprise Organization - Christopher Erickson
Environmental Law and Policy - Adele Daniel
Equal Protection: Race, Rights, Remedies - Spencer Klein
Evidence - Russell Bucher; Kristin Froehle
Family Law - Kimberly Goldman
Federal Antitrust - Ethan Stern
Federal Courts - Rachel Hampton
First Amendment - John He
Foreign Affairs - John Charles Treat
Formation of the Common Law - Amanda Rauh-Bieri
Habeas Corpus - Raina Bhatt
Health Law - Jacob Flood
Immigration and Nationality - Alexandra Reed
Impact of Human Rights on International Law - Erin Collins; Francis Tom Temprosa
International Corporate Governance - David Park
International Finance - Adam Church
International Investment Law - Hannah Friedman
International Law Fundamentals - Han Zhu
Introduction to Constitutional Law - Patrick Kennedy; Maria Ricaurte; Christopher Schwartz; Jonathan Tietz
Jurisdiction and Choice of Law - Sachiko Schuricht
Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility - Deeva Shah
Mergers and Acquisitions - Joseph Piligian
Modern American Legal History - Shomik Ghosh
Operations for Lawyers - Cody Conwell; Kensuke Okuno
Persuasion and the Law - Nicholas Karp
Property - Christopher Batdorf-Barnes; John Heise
Sales and Secured Financing - Eric Cole
Securities Regulation - Jessica Opila
Sex Equality - Mercedes Corredor
Taxation of Individual Income - Lauren Flamang
Torts - Christopher Batdorf-Barnes
Trusts & Estates I - Samantha Voutyras
Use of Force in International Law - John Ramer