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Honors and Awards

Recent Award Winners
Congratulations to the law students listed here who received academic awards during the Winter, Summer, and Fall 2014 semesters. These students were formally recognized at the Law School's annual Honors Convocation on May 8, 2015 or at a previous event.

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.

Rebecca C. Eisenbrey

Thomas E. Kadri

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

Amina L. Kirk
Claire V. Madill

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.

Mary Soo Anderson
Samantha A. Kirby

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

Lee R. Crain

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

Claire V. Madill

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

Eric D. Yff

Clara 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.

Sarah E. Duffy 
Garry D. Hartlieb
Callie F. Heller
Erika G. Kaneko
Amina L. Kirk
Eric R. Merron
Misha E. Ross
Robert C. Staley

Julia K. Toce

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

Andrew M Brown

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

Holly K. Victorson

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

Jonathan L. Backer

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

Emad Ansari

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.

Kate M. FitzGerald

Lee Bollinger Prize
A prize presented to the student who has achieved excellence in the study of the First Amendment.

Charles L. Gerstein

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.

First Place
Hannah S. Swanson

Second Place
Benjamin Reese

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

Winner
Mario J. Carroll

Runners-Up
Shaquari Everson
Eric A. Cox II

Roger A. Cunningham Memorial Property Prize
Awarded for scholastic excellence in the first-year Property Law course, along with outstanding performance in the rest of the first-year core curriculum.

Eric D. Yff

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

Valian Afshar 

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

Rebecca C. Eisenbrey

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.

Kathryn E. Gilbert
Katharine A. Roller
Annalyce Shufelt Herrera
Danica C. Taylor

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.

Claire V. Madill

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

Hannah S. Swanson

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

Mary Soo Anderson

Daniel R. Cellucci

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

Ellen J. Peterson

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

Jack H. Stringfield 

The Jon Henry Kouba Prize
This prize recognizes the best student papers on European Integration and International Peace and Security.

European Integration Winner
Nika Bacic and Chloe Bell

European Integration Runner-Up
Thius A.P. Vogel

International Peace and Security Winner
Ezekiel K. Rediker


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.

Katherine R. Canny

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

Michigan Law Review - Matthew T. McCurdy
University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform - Andrew J. Clopton
Michigan Journal of International Law - Anna Wolonciej

Michigan Journal of Gender & Law - Emily J. Suran
Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review - Holly K. Victorson
Michigan Journal of Race & Law - Maria Litsakis

Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law - Annalyce Shufelt Herrera

Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review - Alyssa D. McAnney

Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution
An award presented to the student who wrote the best note published by each Journal.

Michigan Law Review - Brian D. Howe
University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform - Priyah Kaul
Michigan Journal of International Law - Eric Stein Award - David J. Stute
Michigan Journal of Gender & Law - J. Wyatt Fore
Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review - Daniel K. Yarbrough
Michigan Journal of Race & Law - Noha K. Moustafa

Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review - Zachary C. Robock

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.

Samantha M. Hall

Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Law Student Prize
For outstanding work in courses related to legal history.

Phillip Stadler

Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award

An award presented for outstanding work in courses related to commercial and corporate law.

Ciara I. Foster

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

Sarah H. Fries

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.

C. Elizabeth Bundy

The Rakow Scholarship
Established by the Federal Bar Foundation, this is awarded to the student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in corporations or business law.

Frank E. Freeman

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.

Megan DeMarco
Jessica G. Gingold

Scholarly Writing Awards
Presented for scholarly work of superior quality, prepared without the expectation of publication.

Anjali Biala
Ling Choi Jackie Cheng
J. Kevin O'Connor
Nathan R. Schuur

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

Gregory A. Wilkowski

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.

Rebeca Ontiveros-Chavez 

Joseph Wolfe Memorial Prize
Presented to the writer of the best student paper produced in the field of Trust Law during the last year.

Darren L. Miller

Women Lawyers' Association of Michigan Foundation Award
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.

Kimberly M. Cahill Scholar
Samantha M. Hall

General Motors Scholar
Miriam R.H. Schachter

Women Lawyers 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.

Christine J. Choi

Hessel E. Yntema Award
An award presented to the student who has performed with distinction in courses and seminars in international and comparative law.

Collins C. Belton

Daniel R. Cellucci

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 2014 semesters.
 

 Valian Afshar Andrew N. Knauss
 Andrew C. Alvarez Claire M. Lally
 Brian T. Apel Meghan J. LeFrancois
 John A. Atchley III Amy C. Lishinski
 Amelia H. Bailey Alison B. Lisi
 Evan J. Ballan Maria C. Liu
 Hideki Ben Christopher R. MacColl
 Brendan A. Blase Claire V. Madill
 Don W. Blevins

Andrei F. Malikov

 Scott P. Bloomberg Adam Z. Margulies
 Monet A. Brewerton William H. Martin
 Andrew M. Brown Urs L. Meier
 Joel C. Bryant Joseph X. Michaels
 Jessie Chen  Mary E. Miller
 Ling Choi Jackie Cheng Anna L. Mouw
 Andrew S. Chipouras Sanjana Nafday
 Nicole M. Cleminshaw Evan T. Nichols
 Matthew Crorey J. Kevin O'Connor
 Nicholas I. DeCoster Sean M. O'Neill
 Polina Demina Michael S. Papadopoulos
 Anna G. Dimon Zachary R. Paterick
 Molly E. Dobberke Marissa K. Perry
 Tomer S. Dorfan Kevin J. Petersen
 ​Rebecca C. Eisenbrey Juliana Pino
 Shay M. Elbaum Julia K. Potter
 Michael H. El-Zein Kevin A. Potter
 Kristen N. Escher Alexandra L. Reed
 Matthew D. Evans Benjamin Reese
 Emily S. Fabre David A. Rood
 Jennifer E. Fischell Marcel T. Rosner
 Betsy L. Fisher Patrick N. Ryan
 J. Wyatt Fore Ariel W. Schepers
 Ciara I. Foster Poonam K. Sidhu
 Shomik Ghosh Ryan J. Spille
 Stephanie M. Goldfarb Joshua W. Strazanac
 Jesse Greenwald Jack H. Stringfield
 Kelly M. Hagen Hannah S. Swanson
 Daniel J. Halainen Karima Tawfik
 Rachel L. Hampton Perry I. Teicher
 John T. Hertel Alison K. Toivola
 Katherine M. Hurrelbrink Andrew Q. Tonelli
 Shinyoung Hwang Elena M. Vespoli
 Benjamin J. Imdieke Holly K. Victorson
 Sarah S. Jaward Kaitlyn L. Vitale
 Helen H. Ji Amee R. Vora
 Kurt A. Johnson Eleanor Wilking
 Thomas E. Kadri Daniel K. Yarbrough
 Jeremy Kazzaz Eric D. Yff
 Christopher S. Kendig Abigail T. Zeitlin
 Samantha A. Kirby Jason D. Zolle
 Andrew N. Knauss  
   
 
   
   
   
 

 

 
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