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Vol. 40 No. 1
Compiled byMatthew Gorney

1st Circuit
Boston College Law School student Cori Phillips was awarded the Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics Award in April. Professor Alan Minuskin nominated Phillips for her work as a student attorney in Boston College Law School’s Civil Litigation Clinic and said Phillips was, “consistently strong, invested, and devoted performance throughout the course of her practice made her a stand-out candidate for this year’s award.” Phillips was the first Boston
College law student to be nominated for the award since 2006.
2nd Circuit
The Trandafir International Business Writing Competition awarded first place to Brooklyn Law Schoolstudent Lindsey Zahn for her essay titled “Australia Corked its Champagne and So Should We: Enforcing Stricter Protection for Semi-Generic Wines in the United States.” Zahn won a $2,000 prize and her essay will be published in the 21st volume of the University of Iowa College of Law’s Journal of Transnational and Contemporary Problems.

3rd Circuit
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania selected Temple University–James E. Beasley School of Law students Divya Vasudevan and Katrina Liu as 2011 Marutani Fellows. Both received $2,000 to supplement their work-study grants and to support their summer internships.

4th Circuit
William Jacobson, Charlotte School of Law student, won the 2011 ELI Writing Competition, a national competition established by the GRAMMY Foundation. His winning article, “The Robot’s Record: Protecting the Value of Intellectual Property in Music When Automation Drives the Marginal Cost of Music Production to Zero,” analyzed how computer-altered or computer-created music could impact intellectual property. Winner of a star-studded weekend in Los Angeles, Jacobson received a $5,000 scholarship and prime seats for February’s GRAMMY Awards.

5th Circuit
The Public Interest Law Society at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School raised more than $10,000 at its second annual PILS Silent Auction. Hosted at the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP, money raised at the auction funds student grants that go to students doing pro bono work in summer 2012. The auction was held in conjunction with the 2011 law school reunion dinner, which had more than 200 people in attendance.

6th Circuit
Six University of Akron School of Law students were recognized for pro bono work in their community last year. Catherine Adinaro, Morena Carter, Sharece Miller, and Iken Sans were recognized as outstanding law student volunteers by the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Also, Ann Marie Sutter and Gregory McCleery were awarded the third-annual Pro Bono Award. Sutter and McCleery accumulated the greatest number of pro bono hours last year. Both received a $500 award.

7th Circuit
In April, Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis student Todd Hassee was named to the inaugural class of Indiana Schweitzer Fellows. Part of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Hassee will join about 260 other Schweitzer Fellows throughout the country. Hassee’s focus will be looking at the legal needs for underserved communities and individuals. His work will be to create a joint legal-medical venture at the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic. After completing his first year, Hassee will be named a Schweitzer Fellow for Life.

8th Circuit
Rui Li, a student at the University of Iowa College of Law, won the National Law Review’s Spring 2011 Legal Writing Contest for his paper titled “Antitrust, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Online Music Industry: An Antitrust Analysis of Apple’s Combination of Services and Products.” Li also won theNational Law Review’s April 2011 contest for his paper titled “Standing and In Pari Delicto Issues Arising in Bankruptcy Cases.” Both of Li’s papers can be read at the National Law Review website.

9th Circuit
Pepperdine University School of Law students Kaden Norton and Ardy Pirnia won the 12th Annual Student Environmental Negotiation Competition in March. The pair beat teams from 28 California law schools at the two-day competition.

10th Circuit
The University of Tulsa College of Law instituted the Dean’s Seminar on the Legal Profession, a course where each class is taught by the law school dean and assistant dean for professional development. A required first-year course, the seminar focuses on ensuring students are prepared once they leave school with the tools necessary for success in their legal careers. The seminar, possibly the first of its kind in the country, has six weekly classroom components, which are followed by four professional development sessions.

11th Circuit
Peter Cockrell, who graduated from George Mason University School of Law in May, was awarded the Burton Award for excellence in legal writing. He won for his student comment, “Subprime Solutions to the Housing Crisis: Constitutional Problems with the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009.” That same piece also won the 2010 Adrian S. Fisher Award for the Best Student Note or Comment. It is the fifth consecutive year a George Mason student won the award. Nominations come from managing partners at the 1,000 top U.S. law firms law school deans. Only 15 law school winners are selected each year.

12th Circuit
Linda Yanti Sulistiawati, a student at the University of Washington School of Law, was published in the JakartaGlobe. Sulistiawati’s article, “Our Learning Curve to Survive is Steep,” focused on climate justice issues in Indonesia.

13th Circuit
Leaders of the Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center Student Bar Association and Chancellor Jack Weiss announced the creation of the LSU Law Student Bar Association Endowed Scholarship on June 14. After it is completely funded, the scholarship will be awarded to a rising 3L who represents the highest standard of service and dedication to fellow students and to the Law Center community, according to a release on the school’s website. The release also said that the SBA has requested an additional consideration be financial need when awarding the scholarship, and that this is the first scholarship of its kind to be donated by current students.

14th Circuit
Golden Gate University School of Law’s Sharon Brenner won Legal Language Service’s first immigration article contest. She won the grand prize of $500 for her article titled “Challenges Facing Unaccompanied Refugee Minors’ Access to Legal Aid.” Brenner’s article addressed challenges faced by refugee children in getting necessary legal services in the United States and discussed what effect a comprehensive approach to legal aid could have.

15th Circuit
What began as a class requirement for University of New Mexico School of Law student Jenny Beare ended with the approval of an ordinance making the village of Corrales, New Mexico, the first no-kill community in the state. For her seminar “Animal Ecosystems: Urban, Rural, Wild,” Beare chose the Friends of Corrales Animal Shelter as part of a class assignment. That is where she began researching and writing the ordinance, which was then sponsored by Village Councilor John Alsobrook. The village council approved the ordinance after three readings.

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