Wayne State University

Student Accomplishments

Kathleen LaForest and Kevin McQuillan
December 7, 2012
Kathleen LaForest and Kevin McQuillan are winners of the 2012 Arthur Neef Moot Court Competition. The four finalists in this year's competition were second-year students Jake Vorkapich (left) of Canton and Jason Alvarado of Rochester Hills, who argued for the petitioner; and winners LaForest of Ann Arbor and McQuillan of Toledo, Ohio, who argued for the respondent.

Jack Schulz
November 27, 2012
Jack Schulz , Student Bar Association Board of Governors President, received the Bernard Gottfried Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Labor Law from Terry A. Morgan, regional director, Region 7, of the National Labor Relations Board recently. The scholarship is awarded to a student planning to pursue a career in labor and employment law.

Blair Gould
November 14, 2012
Blair Gould was awarded the Erman Teicher Miller Zucker & Freedman PC Annual Scholarship recogonizing scholastic achievement to encourage continued progress and to provide assistance to students in financing their Law School education. Gould, a second-year law student,  works as a law clerk in the law office of Alan Lowenthal and served as a judicial intern to Hon. Mark Randon in U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Michigan.

Ryan Schutte
September 25, 2012
Ryan Schutte received an award from the Michigan State Bar Environmental Law Section for an essay he submitted in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal as a second-year student. His third-place finish is "especially impressive" because he was in competition with third-year students, said Christopher Dunsky, editor of the MELJ. "Ryan's work is superb, well deserved," said Wayne Law Associate Professor Noah Hall, who teaches Environmental Law. He was presented with the $500 award by Anna Maiuri, ELS chair.

Free Legal Aid Clinic student attorneys
September 24, 2012
Free Legal Aid Clinic student attorneys   working at the Detroit Free Legal Aid Clinic were thrilled recently to cut the ribbon and officially move into their brand new digs - right next to the organization's former office on Woodward Avenue. Last winter, the clinic, which operates in conjunction with Lakeshore Legal Aid and with the Elder Law and Advocacy Center, was in trouble. The roof of FLAC's former home office was caving in. The Wayne Law students came up with a possible solution for a new and better office to help them serve FLAC's low-income clients, and the clinic's Executive Board - all students -presented their "case" to Law School Dean Robert Ackerman. He was impressed with their initiative, and that they hadn't asked the university, which helps sponsor the clinic, to solve the problem for them. Ackerman helped the students put their plan into action.  A couple of moves were involved. First, the clinic - run by law students under the supervision of licensed attorneys - had to move lock, stock and law books into temporary office space on the Law School's third floor.  The students found more permanent new office space for FLAC in a building right next door to their old one, but it needed extensive renovations, and the students needed a place to work for their clients while the repairs took place. The students also proposed to the dean a way to fund the renovations for the new office. "We said we could pay a third (through fundraisers), the law school could pay a third and the alumni could pay a third," said FLAC Chairwoman Gabrielle Saitz, a third-year law student. "We wanted to be close to the law school." Ackerman made it happen, and found funds in the law school's budget to provide FLAC with a little extra besides. He is proud of the students, proud of the conscientious manner in which they run FLAC, and proud of the service FLAC has provided to Wayne County's low-income residents since the clinic was founded in 1965 by Wayne Law alumni, students and private donors. And now the student attorneys with FLAC have moved into their new space, which is bigger than their original office space and in a location familiar to their clients. Wherever they work, the students with FLAC share a passion for advocacy and service, and enthusiasm for the clinic's work, whether they're doing it as interns for credit, work-study students for a stipend or as volunteers. "We're helping people who've been in really bad situations," said FLAC Secretary Julie Bland, a third-year law student. "It feels really good to be someone's advocate and help them get out of a bad situation. Ideally, I would like to work in legal aid (after graduation)." Patrick Klida, a second-year law student who works with FLAC, said he, too, would like to work as an attorney after graduation for "the people who need it most and for causes I believe in." "FLAC has a legacy in the community, and that's something I want to contribute to and be a part of," he said. "My heart's really in the mission." The "mission" now has office space at 5425 Woodward Avenue.  Donations are welcome. Visit http://www.detroitflac.com to learn more.  

Environmental law students
April 25, 2012
Environmental law students Three Wayne State University Law School students in the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic have received highly coveted internships this summer. Robert Johns will be working with the Michigan Attorney General's Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division in Lansing. Katie Okonowski has an internship in Atlanta with Environmental Protection Agency. Nick Ranke will intern with the legal staff at the MDEQ, in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, the Attorney General's Office, Administrative Law Judges and the Department of Agriculture.

Journal of Law in Society
April 16, 2012
Journal of Law in Society announces its newly elected board for 2012-13: Editor-in-Chief Victoria Suber, Managing Editor Sorin Borlodan, Reviewing Editor Avery Rose, Symposium Director Kanika Suri, Public Relations Director and Business Editor Maggie Seeger, Senior Note Editor Amanda Skalski, and article editors Ashleigh Weinbrecht and Ryan Paree.

Sarah Barbantini
February 28, 2012
Sarah Barbantini co-wrote an article with Adam Kutinsky, '00, titled "The uniqueness of professional-liability policies" for the Feb. 17 issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Kutinsky is a principal at Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti and Sherbrook with the Commercial Litigation group; Barbantini is a law clerk on his team.

John Zervos
February 22, 2012
John Zervos had an article published in the Huffington Post Detroit titled "Detroit in Transition: The Restructuring of Governance Through Privatization and Corporatization." The article talks about the upcoming Journal of Law in Society symposium to be held on March 23. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-zervos/detroit-privitization_b_1291869.html?ref=detroit

Chelsea Zuzindlak
January 10, 2012
Chelsea Zuzindlak 3L, has accepted an offer of employment from the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honors Program. The two-year program starts in September 2012. Zuzindlak will be working at the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, Detroit Immigration Court, in the McNamara Federal Building downtown.

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