Compiled by Tonnya Kennedy Kohn
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1st Circuit. Boston College Law School student Rebecca Zeidel aims to address issues of mental health care access as a 2010 Schweitzer Fellow in Boston, Massachusetts. She has partnered with Health Law Advocates to work toward ensuring that health insurance plans for low-income people provide coverage for mental health services equal to that of physical health services. Founded in 1992, the Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program is the oldest of 12 Schweitzer program sites across the United States and supports fellows in creating and carrying out yearlong direct service projects that impact the health of vulnerable communities.
2nd Circuit. Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, a film produced by Daniel Holton-Roth, a student at Brooklyn Law School, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was among the 15 documentaries short-listed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to compete for a 2010 Oscar. Filmed in the war zones of Liberia and Congo, the film interweaves the stories of four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions with limited resources. Holton-Roth was an independent filmmaker for seven years before entering law school.
3rd Circuit. Before the Jonas Brothers took the stage this past summer at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey, they took the softball field against a team that included Villanova University School of Law students Stephen Luttrell, Jarret Hitchings, Laura Sindoni, andRobert Wood. According to Professor Ann Juliano, who also attended the game, Luttrell was asked by a sponsor of the event to help field a team to play the Jonas Brothers’ team, the Road Dogs, as part of a charity event.
4th Circuit. With the help of Washington and Lee University School of Law student editors, the German Law Journal recently published a special issue devoted to the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion on the legality of the Kosovo declaration of independence. The issue includes an essay from Washington and Lee Professor Jim Moliterno and a case note from second-year Washington and Lee law students Hanna Jamar and Mary Katherine Vigness. The German Law Journal’s survey is thought to be the first in-depth scholarly reaction to the opinion.
5th Circuit. St. Thomas University School of Law student Mike Dunlavy was selected by the Casey Foundation to receive the Ruth Massinga Award. Established in 2005 to commemorate former Casey Foundation CEO Ruth Massinga’s distinguished professional work, exceptional leadership, and relentless dedication on behalf of constituents of the foster care system, the award is given annually to recognize foster care constituents who work to provide, improve, or prevent the need for foster care.
6th Circuit. Capital University Law School student Clint Travis has written and recorded a rap about why he chose Capital and his experiences at the school. Created for Capital’s office of admissions, the song “I’m Going to Capital” was released earlier this year to all admitted students via e-mail. Travis is also lead singer of a band called The Restatements.
7th Circuit. Students at the Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis participated in the inaugural Sino-U.S. International Forum for Law School Students on June 6 at the Renmin University of China (RUC) School of Law in Beijing. The forum was organized by IU School of Law–Indianapolis Professor Lloyd T. (Tom) Wilson Jr. and RUC School of Law Professor Ding Xiangshun. It was sponsored by the Joint Center for Asian Law Studies—a partnership of IU School of Law–Indianapolis and the RUC School of Law—and was held in conjunction with IU’s Chinese Law Summer Program. At the forum, six RUC law students and nine U.S. law students made presentations concerning various aspects of their legal education. Eight of the U.S. presenters are students at IU School of Law–Indianapolis: Erin Albert, Michael Carter, Michael Gabelman, Melinda Mains, Jeremy Parker, William Singer, Mark Shope, and James Zinger.
8th Circuit. Sarah Castle, a second-year student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, participated in the 2010 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s World Championships as a member of the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team. The United States won a gold medal by beating Germany 55–53 in the finals this past summer.
9th Circuit. Students from Loyola Law School Los Angeles won first place in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) 15th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition held in San Diego. Loyola also won Best Respondent Brief. Claudia Perez and Gabriela Ramirez of Loyola received first place for Best Oral Advocate and runner-up for Best Oral Advocate, respectively.
10th Circuit. The International Law Society (ILS) at Washburn University School of Law received the Most Improved Chapter for 2009 award from the International Law Students Association (ILSA). The annual ILSA awards recognize chapters that go above and beyond in their efforts to promote the study and understanding of international law. The ILS Chapter at Washburn Law was established in 2008, and in 2009, the Washburn Law chapter increased from 4 to 44 members.
11th Circuit. Second-year Oklahoma City University College of Law student Vu Nguyen was noted by the Law.com’s Legal Blog Watch for his website Legalry.com. Nguyen launched the site last year as an aggregator of headlines from more than 650 legal sources to save him, other law students, and lawyers time from having to visit several different sites or keep up with a collection of RSS feeds. “I created Legalry.com because I was frustrated with the amount of time spent finding law-related articles versus actually reading them,” Nguyen says on the site. “I also needed a better solution than what the regular RSS readers could offer—an integrated, automatic, and well-designed (well, better-designed) interface to keep up with my reading volume. So, I fired up my VIM and cooked up Legalry. Because Legalry ended up working out so well for me, I decided to make it public and share it with the world.”
12th Circuit. Willamette University College of Law student Mark A. Fretta won the men’s Professional Division at the 2010 Life Time Fitness Chicago Triathlon in just under two hours. Taking home a first-place prize of $10,000, Fretta finished the event with a winning time of 1:52:22. About 8,500 people competed in the event, and the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.
13th Circuit. Tulane University School of Law student Roman Griffith argued and won his first case on the first day of his third year of law school in August. A student lawyer in the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, Griffith won the case, which vacated a Lafayette, Louisiana, oil company’s permit to create a saltwater disposal facility. 19th Judicial District Judge Tim Kelley ruled that the state Department of Natural Resource’s Office of Conservation failed to adequately review Toce Energy’s application to redrill a saltwater disposal facility in what had been an abandoned well in the Gueydan Canal Fields.
14th Circuit. Santa Clara University School of Law was named the National Student Chapter of the Year at the 2010 American Constitution Society (ACS) for Law and Policy convention. Selected from 170 chapters, Santa Clara shares the recognition with Yale Law School. Santa Clara was also awarded the title for Best Networking. Also, Santa Clara chapter copresident Jessica Jackson was elected to serve as the student member of the ACS National Board of Directors.
15th Circuit. Melissa Bogden, a third-year student at Arizona State University College of Law, won first prize in the 2010 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Bogden won for her essay, “Fixing Fixation: The Ram Copy Doctrine.” Second prize went to Li-Jen Shen, also an Arizona State 3L, for her essay, “A Duration No More Than Necessary: A Proposed Test for the Duration Requirement of RAM-Copy Fixation.”