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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.

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
Andrew 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

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, Summer, and Fall 2017 semesters.

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 - AdamChurch
Criminal Justice: Investigation & Police Practices - Katherine Hurrelbrink CriminalLaw - Christopher Schwartz
Criminal Procedure: Bail to Post Conviction Review - Katherine Hurrelbrink
Critical Race Theory - AuroraMayté Salazar Ordoñez
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
InternationalInvestment 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 and 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 and Estates I - Samantha Voutyras
Use of Force in International Law - John Ramer

Summer 2017
Civil Procedure - Guus Duindam
Torts - Guus Duindam; Leia Gu

Fall 2017
Accounting for Lawyers - David Imhoff
Administrative Law - Michael Abrams
Advanced Topics in International Tax - Lukas Kutilek
Art Law - Thomas Thurman Harward
Bankruptcy - Jonathan Kama; Min Joon Park
Bloodfeuds - Julie Michalski
Chinese Constitutionalism - Jason Zhu
Civil Procedure - Joseph Condon; Andrew Lanham; Sean Magill; Adam Wallstein
Climate Change Law - Wesley Dutton
Comparative Human Rights Law - Marcos Kotlik; Casey Thomson
Computer Crimes - Matthew Miller
Contracts - Thomas Francis Allen; Alexandra Genord; Joshua Raftis
Corporate Lawyer: Law & Ethics - Hunter A. McWinn
Corporate Reorganization - Fiona M. Carmody
Corporate Taxation - Eran Levy; Baihan Li
Criminal Justice: Investigation and Police Practices - Philip Hammersley
Criminal Law - Patrick Balke; Tyler Carroll
Employment Law - Taimi Jacobson
Enterprise Organization - Kyle Olsen
Entertainment Law - Raven N. Lanier
Environmental Crimes - Blair Hotz II
European Union Law -David Smellie
Evidence - Christopher Pollack; James Coatsworth
Federal Antitrust - Andrea Xu
Federal Courts - Jessica Stone
Federal Indian Law - John Petoskey
International IP - Amy Gore
International Refugee Law - Jamila Odeh
International Tax - Lakshmi Gopal
International Trade Law - Joan Campau
Introduction to Income Tax of Business - Han Zhu
Jurisdiction and Choice of Law - Christopher Pollack
Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility - David J. Park
Legislation and Regulation - John Heise
Public Control of Land Use - Eric Koenigsberg
Race and the Law - John Spangler
Sales and Secured Financing - Jarrod Trombley
Securities Regulation - Adam Strayer
Sports Law - Bradley Presant
Taxation of Individual Income - Emily Van Dam
Trademarks and Unfail Competition - Jonathan I. Tietz
Transnational Law - Paul Hoversten
Trusts and Estates I - Maha K. Syed
UN & Other International Organizations - Max Lubin
Water Wars/Great Lakes - Sam Han