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Wayne Law student wins prize in national writing contest

August 8, 2013

Wayne Law student Yunjoo Goze has been awarded third prize in a national writing contest sponsored by two committees of the American Bar Association.

Her paper, “Unexpected Hurdle for Decoupling in Michigan,” originally was written for Assistant Professor Brandon Hofmeister’s Energy Law class at Wayne Law, where Goze is a rising third-year student. Hofmeister encouraged her to submit the paper in the 2012-13 Energy Law Student Writing Competition sponsored by the association’s Renewable, Alternative & Distributed Energy Resources Committee and the Energy & Environment Markets and Finance Committee.

Goze’s prize-winning paper will be published in an upcoming committee newsletter.

Her work discusses an April 2012 opinion from the Michigan Court of Appeals stating that the Michigan Public Service Commission exceeded its authority in 2010 when it authorized Detroit Edison to adopt a revenue decoupling mechanism (rate adjustments separated from sales volume) under the state’s 2008 Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act.

Goze’s paper delves into the details of the issue and concludes that the appellate court’s decision is “a harsh blow to the effort to implement effective energy-efficient policies.” She originally learned about the case in Hofmeister’s class, she said.

“I wanted to explore more about it,” said Goze via email from Andong, Korea, her hometown where she’s visiting family before continuing classes at Wayne Law this fall semester.

She spent most of this summer in New Delhi, India, working with the Dalit Foundation to help end discrimination against India’s Dalits, often referred to as “untouchables.” Goze was there as a recipient of a Wayne Law International Public Law Fellowship, which awards winning students a stipend for travel and living expenses so they can work overseas with human rights advocacy groups.

Goze also has worked with Wayne Law’s Transnational Environmental Law Clinic.

Her law school experiences continue to inspire her aspirations for the future.

“I am still interested in international environmental law,” Goze said. “However, the internship in India made me think about world poverty a lot. Something related to eradication of extreme poverty, in terms of changing international institutional arrangements, would be a great area in which to work.”

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Wayne State University Law School student Yunjoo Goze admires a panoramic view of Jaipur, India, where she worked with the Dalit Foundation in New Delhi this summer as recipient of an International Public Law Fellowship.