Congratulations to the students who received academic awards during the 2020-2021 academic year.
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 V. MarkeySophia W. Montgomery
Jane L. Mixer Memorial AwardAn award presented for outstanding contributions to activities designed to advance the cause of social justice.Emily C. TifftHanna Lynn RutkowskiSolomon Furious Worlds
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.
Hilary M. AllenKyle FraserJonathan McKoyNathan C. MoneyElisabeth J. Ng
Daniel H. Grady PrizeAn annual award presented to the student who has graduated with the highest standing in their Law School class after completing the full course of study.
Thomas Matthew Zaino
Class of 1908 Memorial ScholarshipAwarded to the student who attained the highest scholastic average at the beginning of their senior year.
Clara 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.
Kami K. GroomEvan L. HararyElisa K. Jelley
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.
Makayla K. OkamuraMatthew D. Feng
S. Anthony Benton Memorial AwardAn award presented for scholastic excellence in the field of international law.
Xinyue XuAmanda G. Swenson
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.
Emma K. Macfarlane
Lee Bollinger PrizeA prize presented to the student who has achieved excellence in the study of the First Amendment.
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.Victoria Clark (First place)Diane Kee (Second place)
Alden J. "Butch" Carpenter Memorial Scholarship AwardPresented to students evidencing intent to assist economically depressed communities.Abani Rollins (Winner)Dashaya Foreman (Runner-up)Reginald Stewart (Runner-up)
Comunidad FellowshipThe Comunidad Fellowship is given to a student who has demonstrated a sincere commitment to pro bono work and a career in public interest as well as dedication to the Latinx community.
Emmett E. Eagan AwardAn award presented for excellence in the field of corporate law.
Nicholas J. Kalina
Robert S. Feldman Labor Law AwardAwarded for outstanding work in the field of labor law.
Mary I. Book
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.Keerthana NunnaAlexandra GilewiczKatie TelekyBrett M. Palmer
Ralph 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.Anna GandyBrenna Gibbs
Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy AwardAn award presented for demonstrated potential as an outstanding trial lawyer and advocate.Julia DeutschKatherine Gordon
International Academy of Trial Lawyers AwardPresented for demonstrated ability in courtroom advocacy.Dima J. AtiyaRichard Katcher Senior Tax PrizePresented for outstanding work in courses and seminars in taxation and related areas.
Michael Thomas Buiteweg
The Jon Henry Kouba PrizeThis prize recognizes the best student papers on (1) European Union and (2) International Peace and Security.Andrew McCaffrey (European Union Winner)"European (Dis)Union: How Brexit Threatens Mutual Trust in the EU"Amara Lopez (European Union Runner-up) "Digitizing Scent and Flavor: A Copyright Perspective"
Emma K. Macfarlane (International Peace and Security Winner)"Strengthening Sanctions: Solutions to Curtail the Evasion of International Economic Sanctions Through the Use of Cryptocurrency”
Alessandro Storchi (International Peace and Security Runner-up)"Human Dignity in the Language of International Criminal Law"
Howard B. Coblentz PrizeAn annual award presented to a member of the Michigan Law Review editorial staff for outstanding contributions to the Law Review.
Helen L. DeRoy Memorial AwardThe Helen L. DeRoy Memorial Award is an annual award given to the author of the best student contribution to the Michigan Law Review.
Award for Exceptional ServiceAn award presented to a student for outstanding all-around contributions to each Journal.Michigan Law Review: Kat Mail & Diane KeeUniversity of Michigan Journal of Law Reform:
Nathan D. SantoscoyMichigan Journal of International Law:
Ellen L. Aldin & Samantha A. FranksMichigan Journal of Gender & Law:
Rachel V. CzwartackyMichigan Technology Law Review:
Erin K. WallMichigan Journal of Race & Law: Colleen S. Roberts & Courtney J. LissMichigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law:
Evan R. NeustaterMichigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review:
Award for Outstanding Scholarly ContributionAn award presented to the author who wrote the best note published by each Journal.Michigan Law Review: Deborah Won"The Missing Algorithm: Safeguarding Brady Against the Rise of Trade Secrecy in Policing"
University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform:
Meredith Joseph"Conflict Preemption: A Remedy for the Disparate Impact of Crime-Free Nuisance Ordinances"
Michigan Journal of International Law:
Emma K. Macfarlane"Strengthening Sanctions: Solutions to Curtail the Evasion of International Economic Sanctions Through the Use of Cryptocurrency"
Michigan Journal of Gender & Law:
Danielle A. Bernstein"'Reasonableness' in Hostile Work Environment Cases After #MeToo"
Michigan Technology Law Review:
Sabrina K. Glavota"Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy: Let the Science Decide"
Michigan Journal of Race & Law:
Miguel Suarez Medina"Personal Reflection on How Race is Absent from the Law School Curriculum"
Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law:
Keagan Potts"A Solution to the Hard Problem of Soft Law"
Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review: Nicholas A. Worden"Gatekeeping the Gatekeepers: The Need for a Licensing Requirement for Crowdfunding Portals in the Wake of the DreamFunded Decision"
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.
Charles Mahone II
Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Law Student PrizeFor outstanding work in courses related to legal history.
Kami K. Groom
Saul L. Nadler Memorial AwardAn award presented for outstanding work in courses related to commercial and corporate law.
Andrea Lee HofferBoran DingSophie C. SkinnerWalter Allison III
National Association of Women Lawyers AwardAwarded for academic achievement, community service, and the potential for future contributions to the advancement of women.
Samantha A. Franks
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.
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.
Craig Spangenberg Oral Advocacy AwardAn award to recognize one or more students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in courtroom oral advocacy.Mary I. BookDiane Kee
1L Oral Advocacy CompetitionAn internal competition that serves as an introduction to Moot Court.
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.
Juan Luis Tienda Memorial Scholarship AwardAwarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to working for the advancement of Latinos in the United States.Santiago Antonio Diaz-SeijidoKathy JaraCheyenne S. RiveraWomen 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.
Briaunna E. BucknerCourtney J. Liss
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.
Daniela Sanchez (Florence King Patent Law Scholarship)Hanna Lynn Rutkowski (Kimberly M. Cahill Scholar)Imani L. Ivery (General Motors Scholarship)Women 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.
Courtney J. Liss
Myint Zan LLM PrizeAwarded 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.
An annual award presented in recognition of excellence in teaching at the Law School. The recipient is selected by vote of the student body.
Professor Leah Litman
Certificates of Merit are awarded to the students who were recognized for outstanding performance in Law School courses during the Fall 2020 semester.
Fall 2020Civil Procedure: Daniel Cowan, Gabriel Chess, William JankowskiContracts: Lauren Wilson, Rebecca Fisher, Jacob Pearlman, Christina Van WagenenCriminal Law: Henry Altman, Sarah Bender, Sabrina SchulmanIntro to Constitutional Law: Sarah BenderTorts: Scott MacGuidwin, Alexis Franks, William Scarfone, Lara Ryan, Rachel Harrington, Jia Yi (Caroline) ChenRace and the Law: Aiden ParkNational Security and Civil Liberties: Brenna FerrisConstitutional Equality: Sophia MontgomeryProperty (Schneider): Timothy LeakeProperty (Prifogle): Alaina Mary RichertAdministrative Law: Ruby EmberlingCorporate Compliance: Policy and Practice: Sarah ReasonerDisability Rights: Abigail HesterMusic Copyright: Erin WallInternational Law: Robert EisentroutCopyright: Cody WilesWater Wars/Great Lakes: Emma HimesCorporate Finance: Michael S. KreamerIslamophobia and the Law: Hafsa ToutBankruptcy: Jack SwansonCriminal Justice: Investigation and Police Practices: Lily Sawyer-KaplanIntro to Income Tax of Business: Elizabeth RodgersEconomic Analysis of Law: Timothy LeakeCapital Markets Regulation: Xinyue XuEuropean Union Law: Nwamaka Ikenze, Amanda SwensonEvidence (Friedman): Kurt WohlersEvidence (Uhlmann): Ruby EmberlingRules of Play: Gordon LazarFederal Antitrust: Kacyn FujiiFederal Courts: Guus DuindamInternational Finance: Stephan LlerenaEnvironmental Law and Policy: Benjamin LempertFederal Indian Law: Rebecca ConwayInternational Tax: Evan MulbryJurisdiction and Choice of Law: Sophie SkinnerInternational Litigation: Anna SearleInternational Trade Law: Mason GauchLabor Law: Brian RemlingerAfrica in the Global Legal System: Angela CocoLocal Government: Ameya GehiCorporate Lawyer: Law and Ethics: Joshua GoldmanPatent Law: Anna SearleLegal Ethics and Professional Responsibility: Emma MacfarlaneSecurities Regulation: Hannah EllisTaxation of Individual Income: Emily Rose KempaCorporate Reorganization: Yifan CaoAccounting for Lawyers: Brett BonfantiComparative Human Rights Law: Grigg SchneiderFDA Law: Sabrina GlavotaInter-American Human Rights Systems: Nikki MinevichEarly American Legal History: Lauren LibbyVoting Rights/Election Law: Katherine MarkeyCrimes Against Vulnerable Communities: Jack IgoeModel Rules and Beyond: Phillip Washburn
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