Wayne State University

Student Accomplishments

Student Accomplishments Below

Suzanne Quinn
December 1, 2011
Suzanne Quinn is profiled in December 2011 issue of the American Bar Association's Student Lawyer magazine. The article, titled "A Nontraditional Path to Law School," features Quinn's community activism and her work with humanitarian aid organizations before coming to Wayne Law.

Eleanor Ung
November 7, 2011
Eleanor Ung was recently named Law Student of the Year by the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. This award recognizes exceptional student members of NAPALSA demonstrating a commitment to the group's mission, service to his/her local APALSA organization, and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession. She will be honored at the association's National Conference in Atlanta in mid-November.

September 13, 2011
Min Jian Huang led the Disability Law Clinic in receiving a fully favorable decision in one of its cases. The case involved an eight-year-old boy with autism whose mother applied for children's SSI benefits on his behalf in March 2010. The Social Security Administration denied the application, and the child's mother then requested a hearing before an administrative law judge. Min Jian Huang represented the mother and child at the hearing. Min persuaded the judge that the child has marked limitations in the domains of acquiring and using information and interacting and relating to others, and therefore is disabled under Social Security's definition of disability for children. The child will receive past due SSI payments dating back to the month the application was filed, plus monthly SSI payments for the foreseeable future. Eligibility for SSI also means that the child will receive health insurance through Medicaid.

Stephanie Karisny
September 9, 2011
Stephanie Karisny recently won the 2011 Environmental Law Essay Contest sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The title of her essay is "Hydraulic Facturing in Michigan: Reassessing State Regulations in Light of New Drilling in the Collingwood and Utica Shales." According to Karisny, the essay examines the utilization and regulation of the hydraulic fracturing process in Michigan taking into account the new hydraulic fracturing rules issued by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on May 25, 2011. Where necessary, the essay makes suggestions for revision in or addition to the state's hydraulic fracturing regulations.

Margaret Stalker
September 9, 2011
Margaret Stalker recently placed third in the 2011 Environmental Law Essay Contest sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Her paper was titled "The Asian Carp Invasion: The Supreme Court's Failure to Protect the Great Lakes." According to Stalker, in December of 2009 the State of Michigan, supported by numerous other Great Lakes States, filed a lawsuit in the United States Supreme Court (Wisconsin v. Illinois, 130 S. Ct. 2397 (2010)) to force a closure of portions of the the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), a manmade waterway that connects the Mississippi River Basin to the Great Lakes Basin. However, the Supreme Court, without stating the reason for its decision, declined to hear the case. Stalker's paper examined the arguments that Michigan made and the defendants' responses to those arguments. It concluded that because the Asian carp poses a grave threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and the arguments Michigan put forth in support of the Supreme Court setting the dispute concerning the future of the CAWS were compelling and legally sound, the Supreme Court should have taken the case. By declining to do so, the Court has given the Asian carp more time to find its way into the Great Lakes.

Jack Schulz
August 31, 2011
Jack Schulz a second-year student, was elected as a student delegate for the National Supreme Senate of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Jack represented Wayne Law's chapter, the C.B. Warren Senate, at the fraternity's bicentennial conference held at Campbell University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was elected by voting delegates from each Senate, alumni, and past chancellors of the fraternity. Jack worked with several other students last year to reactivate Delta Theta Phi at Wayne Law and was elected dean of the school's senate. As student delegate, Jack will serve a two-year term as the representative for the Midwest, representing all the schools in the area. Delta Theta Phi is currently recruiting for the fall semester. Feel free to contact Jack at jack.schulz@wayne.edu for details.  

August 4, 2011
Jason Pearsall recently completed the sale of an e-commerce company, www.performancepersonalcomputers.com, which he founded and started three years ago.

Kathleen Howard
July 7, 2011
Kathleen Howard has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of a new DPS-authorized charter school, New Paradigm Glazer Academy Glazer. Board members of charter schools are public officials who swear a constitutional oath of office and are appointed by DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts. Charter school board members set policy, maintain the academy's vision and/or mission promote educational excellence through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services as well as ensure that the academy complies with its charter and all applicable laws. They also manage school resources, ensure effective organizational planning, support and review the performance of the school leader and education service provider, and maintain accountability. Click here for more.  

Dan Ringo
July 6, 2011
Dan Ringo has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of a new DPS-authorized charter school, GEE Edmonson Academy. Board members of charter schools are public officials who swear a constitutional oath of office and are appointed by DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts. Click here for more.

Robert Rogosich
May 13, 2011
Robert Rogosich was nominated by the Wayne Law tax faculty, including Professors Beale, McIntyre and Schenk, to be honored at the Michigan Bar Tax Section Annual Meeting lunch at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth on May 12, 2011. Each year the Tax Section of the State Bar gives awards for "Excellence in the Study of Taxation." The recipients are determined by the school, and each school can designate two students that it believes are worthy.

Thomas Fabbri
May 13, 2011
Thomas Fabbri was nominated by the Wayne Law tax faculty, including Professors Beale, McIntyre and Schenk, to be honored at the Michigan Bar Tax Section Annual Meeting lunch at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth on May 12, 2011. Each year the Tax Section of the State Bar gives awards for "Excellence in the Study of Taxation." The recipients are determined by the school, and each school can designate two students that it believes are worthy.

Dan Ringo
April 20, 2011
Dan Ringo was featured in a recent Legal News article.

Erika Riggs
March 4, 2011
Erika Riggs was selected as a Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholar for 2011. She will be honored at an awards reception on March 30.

Samantha Orvis
March 3, 2011
Samantha Orvis was selected to be a Dickinson Wright Women's Network Scholar for 2011. The scholarships come from the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation. Awardees will be honored at an awards reception on March 30. Also, Orvis was featured in the ABA's Student Lawyer magazine in February 2011, Vol. 39, No. 6, in an article titled "Competing for Experience," under the subtitle "Make Your Own Luck," where she offered advice on how to get clinic experience when you're not selected to participate in your school's clinic(s). She talked about the many opportunities available for Wayne Law students to get involved in the Detroit community and gave an account of her positive experience working with Lakeshore Legal Aid's Counsel and Advocacy Law Line, a legal aid hotline.

Dan Ringo
February 22, 2011
Dan Ringo has been appointed to the Detroit Historic District Commission by Mayor David Bing. His term begins immediately and expires in 2013.

Aisa Villarosa
February 22, 2011
Aisa Villarosa was highlighted in a recent Detroit Free Press article.

Dan Ringo
February 18, 2011
Dan Ringo was selected to serve on a national search committee for a new Detroit Public Schools Superintendent. He was selected along with 24 other notable community, business and labor leaders.

Dan Ringo
January 3, 2011
Dan Ringo who serves as a committee member on the Joint Labor Business Task Force along with notable and respected leaders in government, labor and business, contributed to a recent compilation titled "The Positive Story of Michigan's Workforce."  

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