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Student awarded Medal of Excellency in Bankruptcy
June 04, 2012
DETROIT — Wayne State University law student Valerie Jackson has been awarded the 2012 American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence in Bankruptcy.
Jackson, as a second-year student, made the highest grade in Professor Laura Bartell’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights class last fall. Jackson also scored highly in oral arguments representing Wayne Law during last year’s Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition at Tulane University Law School.
She said she chose Wayne for law school based on its “stellar reputation in the area.”
“Also, I liked the idea of being on an urban campus,” said Jackson, who plans to practice in bankruptcy and commercial litigation after passing the bar.
And she has advice for beginning law students.
“Remember that you are more than just a law student,” Jackson said. “You are also a son or daughter, a friend, possibly a sister or brother, and maybe a mother or father. Make time to fulfill those roles and to do things that you enjoy. Reading and preparing for classes is important, but if you manage your time wisely, you should be able to adequately prepare for classes and enjoy the non-law school parts of your life.”
ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. The group gives the medal annually to one student at each participating law school nationally. The medal honors top law students for their achievements in the field of bankruptcy. Winning students are selected by bankruptcy law faculty and deans, and also receive a one-year membership in ABI and a certificate.