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Vol. 40 No. 2
Compiled byMatthew Gorney

1st Circuit
Sarah Chervinsky from Yale Law School won the Baylor Law School National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition in June, taking away the $10,000 prize. The competition is by invitation only where advocates from the ’ top 18 competitive schools individually face each other head-to-head instead of in the usual teams of two.
2nd Circuit
In summer 2011, New York University School of Law student Greger Calhan recorded a podcast describing events he saw while at Sylvio Canto Stadium in . Calhan, who spent the summer working at Haiti’s Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), witnessed and reported on the July 18 government destruction of a camp for victims of the 2010 earthquake that struck . Calhan worked for BAI and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in as part of an internship with the Center for Constitutional Rights.

3rd Circuit
Rutgers of Law– Newark received a $500,000 grant from Alan and Deborah Cohen and Goldman Sachs Gives in July.  The grant will go toward need-based scholarships for full-time students and will be called the Alan and Deborah Cohen Goldman Sachs Scholars Fund. Recipients will be known as Goldman Sachs Scholars.

4th Circuit
The North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of Wake Forest University School of Law’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic in Haas v. Jugis.  In Haas, then-Wake student Megan Curranargued to a panel of Court of Appeals judges in fall 2010.  Curran was only the second law student to have argued in the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  The Appellate Advocacy Clinic represents low-income individuals and nonprofit corporations in all sorts of appeals, criminal and civil, in federal and state courts.

5th Circuit
In May 2011, Georgia State College of Law graduate Sam Gunnison competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Nationals in .  won ribbons in her two events, over fences and equitation on the flat. Additionally, she won her first national-level gold-medal ride. In a press release, said: “School just always has to come first. But I also think having something else to do for fun can make the time you put in at school more worthwhile. It’s all about balance.”

6th Circuit
In March, the Michigan State University College of Law Public Interest Law Society introduced a new scholarship that will be awarded each year to a law student who is pursuing a public interest law career.  The scholarship is designed to help cover the student’s living costs during a summer internship.

7th Circuit
On July 23, DePaul University College of Law students participated in the first summer Donate-A-Day.  The service day was a collaboration between the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative and DePaul’s University Ministry in ’s . Deemed a successful day, students who volunteered had the option of participating in either a morning or an afternoon shift.

8th Circuit
In early June, 19 students and staff from Saint Louis University School of Law and staff from the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry traveled to tornado ravaged , to assist with cleanup efforts following an EF-5 tornado that was responsible for 160 deaths. Additionally, the students, staff, and faculty raised more than $1,000 in gift cards and supplies that were donated to the branch of Catholic Charities.

9th Circuit
The University of California at Los Angeles School of Law announced the largest monetary gift in the school’s history in August. The $10 million gift from alum Lowell Milken pushed the school past its fundraising goal of $100 million and establishes the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy.

10th Circuit
In August, Oklahoma University School of Law began operating its Oklahoma Innocence Project. The initial class has eight law students who, along with attorneys, work to identify and remedy wrongful convictions in , according to a press release on Oklahoma University School of Law’s website. Before the semester began, the project had already received more than 100 requests for case reviews, the release noted.

11th Circuit
As part of a collaboration with the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, American University Washington College of Law organized the first training course on the Inter-American Human Rights System.  From July 18–22, 26 participants from 13 countries took part in the course that was built for government officials who specifically work “in the capacity of representing the State in its use of international human rights mechanisms,” according to a press release.

12th Circuit
In August, the gave the University of Idaho College of Law the go ahead to establish a third-year program in ’s capital of .  Classes began in late August with about 27 students this year. “The third-year program in Boise will enhance opportunities for our students and will enable our faculty to provide more direct service to state government, the legal profession, the business community and the public,” said College Dean Don Burnett in a press release posted on the college’s website.

13th Circuit
Former senior investigator for the FBI’s of Priceless. The lecture, titled “Pursuing the Priceless: Stolen Art, Investigation, and the Law,” was presented in part by the along with other entities.

14th Circuit
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law’s Allison Hartry won the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.  Written as part of her reproductive rights class in fall 2010, Hartry won the $750 top prize for her article “Birthright Justice: Birthright Citizenship and Reproductive Justice in Immigration Detention Centers.” As part of the prize, Hartry’s article will be published in the New York University Review of Law and Social Change.

15th Circuit
Arizona State University–Sandra Day O’Connor student Michael Payne won the National Law Review’s Spring 2011 Student Legal Writing contest. Payne, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, won for his article, “Selling the Main Street Fairness Act: A Viable Solution to the Internet Sales Tax Problem.”

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