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Honors and Awards

Recent Award Winners

Congratulations to the students who received academic awards during the Winter 2018 and Fall 2018 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.

Damayanti Desai
John He
John Ramer

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

Samantha Jaffe
Madeleine Jennings
Änna Jones
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.

Selena Alonzo
Hannah Rubashkin
Ian Williams

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

Katherine Hurrelbrink

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

John Ramer

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.

Nessma Bashi
Nathan Hembree
Jesse Hogin
Victoria Ellen Horne
Liliya Paraketsova
Meridith Roy
Jason Schau
Jessica Stone

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

Anastassia Kolosova 

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

Michael Jespersen 

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

Sara Posner 

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.

Jasmine Wang

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

Lakshmi Gopal

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.

Allison Hight 

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

Philip Hammersley 

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.

Johannah Walker - First Place
John He - Second Place

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

Jennifer Hill - Winner
McKenzie Southworth - Runner-Up
Kara Crutcher - Runner-Up 

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

Adam Gregory 

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

Omar El-Halwagi 

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.

David Hamstra, '15
Jessica Kraft, '15
Sarah Podrygula, '18
David Saraceno, '18

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.

Scott A. Gallagher

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

Andrea Frailey
Änna Jones 

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

Damayanti Desai
James Mestichelli 

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

Margaret Abernethy

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

Elizabeth Peterkort

The Jon Henry Kouba Prize
This prize recognizes the best student papers on (1) European Union and (2) International Peace and Security.

Varun K. Aery - European Union Winner
"European Law and General Principles: Recognizing a Fundamental Right to Water in the European Union”
Beiming Liu - European Union Runner-up                                                     "Towards a More Coherent EU Human Rights Protection Regime: Divergences and Convergences of Human Rights Protection Approaches by the CJEU and the ECTHR in the Mass Data Surveillance Era"

Francis Tom Temprosa - International Peace and Security Winner
"Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: Experssion of Lex Lata or De Lega Ferenda? Status in International Law and Implications on the Law on International Peace and Security”                                                                                                               Bridget Carr - International Peace and Security Runner-up                       "Refugees Without Borders: Legal Implications of the Refugee Crisis in the Schengen Zone”

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.

Jonathan Tietz

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

Z Zheng - Michigan Law Review
Liliya Paraketsova - University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
Alejandra Salmeron Alfaro - Michigan Journal of International Law
Meridith Hoover - Michigan Journal of Gender & Law
Kevin Weehunt - Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
Madeleine Jennings - Michigan Journal of Race & Law
Kate Peterson - Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law
Arielle Mack - 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.

Adam Kleven - Michigan Law Review
"Minimum Virtual Contacts: A Framework for Specific Jurisdiction in Cyberspace"
Joshua Rothenberg - University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
"Criminal Certification: Restoring Comity in the Categorical Approach"
Katie Reineck - Michigan Journal of Gender & Law
"Running from the Gender Police: Reconceptualizing Gender To Ensure Protection for Non-Binary People"
Deeva V. Shah - Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
"The Oversimplification of Deregulation: A Case Study on Clinical Decision Support Software"
Tara Patel - Michigan Journal of Race & Law
"Distant Voices Then and Now: The Impact of Isolation on the Courtroom Narratives of Slave Ship Captives and Asylum Seekers"
Andrea Xu - Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law
"Brexit and the WTO: What Happens Next"
Christian H. Robertson II - Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review "Defective Construction CGL Coverage: The Subcontractor Exception D"

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.

Asma Husain 

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

Adam Kennedy 

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

Richard Bullitt
Arielle Mack
Maria Ricaurte
Maha Syed

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

Aurora Mayté Salazar Ordoñez 

Outlaw Public Service Fellowship

Awarded to a student who demonstrates a commitment to the LGBTQ+ community at Michigan Law, and to LGBTQ+ legal issues as shown through academics, stated career interests, volunteer work, and extracurricular involvement.

Alexandra Moody

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.

Travis Miller 

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

Jessica Opila 

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 Giles
Anna Hall 

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

Amanda Blau
Sarah Harper

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

Donya Khadem - 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.

Amara Lopez
Alessandra Rosales  

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. 

Meridith Hoover

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.

Hira Baig - Kimberly M. Cahill 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.

Emma Shoucair

Myint Zan LL.M. Prize
Awarded to an exemplary student with interdisciplinary interests, a commitment to social justice, and an understanding of the role law can play in easing the plight of disadvantaged members of society.  

Ciaron Murnane

Howard B. Coblentz Prize
Awarded to a member of the Michigan Law Review editorial staff for outstanding contribution to the Law Review. 

Helen Marie Sevier Berg

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

Outstanding 1L Student - Donya Khadem; Chloe Roddy
Outstanding 2L Student - Rana Ayazi
Outstanding 3L Student - Austin Blake Perry; Medeleine McKay Jennings
Outstanding Pro Bono Project - LAW Breaks

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 2018 and Summer and Fall 2017 semesters.

Winter 2018 
Accounting for Lawyers - Michael Chryssos
Administrative Law - Emily Kim
Capital Markets Regulation - William Brady Randall 
Chinese Law - Morgan S. Aveni
Complex Litigation - Virginia Weeks 
Constitutionalism in South Africa - Kathleen Craddock
Copyright - Bethany Felder
Corporate Finance - Michael Chryssos
Crim Pro: Bail to Post Con Review - Brent Winslow
Critical Issues in Law & Development - Taylor Daily
Enterprise Organization - Robert Kuhn
Environmental Law and Policy - Julie Michalski
Estate and Gift Tax - David C. Howe
Evidence - Patrick Miller 
Family Law - Amanda Bowman
Federal Courts - Emerson Bursis
Federal Criminal Law - Alison Ambrose Doyle
Financial Regulation - David Imhoff
First Amendment - Arianna Demas
Formation of the Common Law - Hillary John
Habeas Corpus - Ryan Rones
Immigration and Nationality - Anna T. Jones
Insurance Law and Policy - Jonathan Snavely
International Corporate Governance - Maria Ricaurte
International Investment Law - Stacia Lee
International Law - Joshua Raftis
International Litigation - Christopher Schwartz
Introduction to Constitutional Law - Brian Barmettler; Faraz Shahidpour; Jackson Erpenbach
K-12 Education Law - Hetali Lodaya
Labor Law - Anne Steen
Law and Public Health - Leia Gu
Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility - Janelle Krummen
Legislation and Regulation - Jackson Erpenbach
Making of Civil Law - Emma Shoucair
Marketing for Lawyers - Charles M. King
Mergers and Acquisitions - Marques Winick
National Security and Civil Liberties - Andrew Lanham
Partnership Tax - Adam Strayer
Patent Law - Christine Umbright
Philosophy of Law - Guus Duindam
Property - Faraz Shahidpour
Race Law Stories - Sarah Smith
Secured Transactions-Brandon Warrington
Securities Regulation-Taimi Jacobson
Taxation of Individual Income-Joseph D. Benedetto
Tax of Financial Instruments-Adam Strayer
Title IX and Higher Education-Iris Micklavzina
Torts-Faraz Shahidpour; Alexandra R. Genord

Fall 2018
Accounting for Lawyers - Ian Lee
Administrative Law - Adam Wallstein
Advanced Topics in International Tax - Hunter McWinn
Africa in the Global Legal System- Jingwei Xu
Bankruptcy - Adam Strayer
Boundaries of Citizenship - Jasmine Wang
Civil Procedure - Alexandros Ehrlich; Emily Kempa; Julie Moroney; Jeremy Shur
Comparative Human Rights Law-Shrutanjaya Bhardwaj
Consumption Taxes - Lauren Grace Smith 
Contracts - Renee Marie Griffin; Elizabeth Rodgers; Xinyue Xu
Corporate Compliance: Policy and Practice-Joan Campau
Corporate Lawyer: Law & Ethics - Thomas Zaino
Corporate Reorganization - Leslie Kan
Corporate Taxation - Adam Strayer
Criminal Justice: Investigation and Police Practices - Brenna Twohy
Criminal Law - Benjamin Perloff Lempert; Ingrid Yin
Disability Rights-Adam Gerken
Enterprise Organization - Andrew Bulovsky
Evidence - Patrick Balke; Hallie Lipsey
Federal Antitrust - Jonathan Edelman
First Amendment - Micah Telegen
Habeas Corpus - Brent Winslow
Human Rights: Themes and Variations - Alan Baldridge
Immigration and Nationality - Samantha Kulhanek
International Refugee Law- Drew Kramer
International Tax - Samuel Parks
International Trade Law - Yuzuki Nagakoshi
Introduction to Constitutional Law - Audrey Springer-Wilson
Introduction to the Income Taxation of Business Enterprise - Yingchun Ni
Law of the Internet - Sara Stappert
Legislation and Regulation - Hayato Watanabe
Management and Orgs for Lawyers - Ewan J.S. Hamilton-Short
National Security and Civil Liberties - Adrian Vallens
Operations for Lawyers - Charlotte McEwen
Patent Law - Taimi Jacobson
Sales and Secured Financing - Robert Jacobson
Securities Regulation - David Feigenbaum
Taxation of Individual Income - Blair Hotz
Torts - Anna Ver Beek; Alexandros Ehrlich; Hanna Rutkowski
Transnational Law - Annemarie Smith-Morris
Water Wars: Law and Policy to Save the Great Lakes - Connor Rubin