Wayne State University

Student Accomplishments

Alex Szypa
December 3, 2013
Alex Szypa was awarded the Edward H. Rakow Scholarship Award by the Federal Bar Association. The $1,500 award is given each fall to one student at each of Michigan's five law schools. Winning students must demonstrate outstanding scholarly achievement in securities, operations or business law, as determined by the dean of the law school. Szypa is a third-year student.    

John Scott Buell
November 6, 2013
John Scott Buell and Frank Moran won the final round of Wayne Law's 2013 Arthur Neef Moot Court Competition, judged this year by Professor Anthony Dillof, and the Hon. Gerald Rosen, chief judge of U.S. District Court in Detroit; Nancy Edmunds, U.S. District Court and a 1976 alumna; Edward Ewell, U.S. Circuit Court and a 1985 alumnus; and Jennie Barkey, chief judge of Genesee County Probate Court. Buell and Moran defeated finalists Fatima Mansour and Qamar Enayah. The competition starts with four in-house rounds with 18 teams of two participating until the field is honed to the final two teams. Buell and Moran also were named for Best Team Briefs. Nick McIntyre was named for Best Individual Briefs, Enayah and Mansour were named Best Oral Advocacy Team, and Moran was named as Best Oral Advocacy Individual. All of the students are in their second year.

Paul Alonzo Turner III
November 5, 2013
Paul Alonzo Turner III competed in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition's collegiate division in fall 2013. Only 25 entries out of more than hundreds are accepted into the competition. Turner's startup idea, Mygotonumber Inc., is for an app that will manage all those stored contacts in your smartphone and back them up in the cloud for easy access, even if you don't have your phone with you. Turner, a second-year student, is a part-time consultant through his Pontiac-based marketing business, GPS Community Consulting Inc. He also formed a new company with five friends; that company's entry was the one accepted into the competition.  

Nathan Inks
September 26, 2013
Nathan Inks won first place in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal writing competition in September. He was awarded $2,000 for his first-place essay, "Wetland Mitigation in Michigan: Working Toward the Goal of No Net Loss of Wetlands." Inks, a second-year student, has been interested in the environment for many years.  

Yunjoo Goze
August 8, 2013
Yunjoo Goze was awarded third prize in a national writing contest sponsored by two committees of the American Bar Association in August. Her paper, "Unexpected Hurdle for Decoupling in Michigan," originally was written for Assistant Professor Brandon Hofmeister's Energy Law class. The professor 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 was to be published in a committee newsletter. She is a third-year student.  

Freyja Harris
August 2, 2013
Freyja Harris has been awarded a two-year fellowship by the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program for the Farmington-based Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, where Harris is employed as program officer. Detroit Revitalization fellows work at chosen organizations while the program provides them with executive-style education opportunities, coaching and leadership development. Harris, a Farmington Hills resident, was one of 21 fellows chosen for the 2013-15 initiative from 430 applicants. She is a second-year law student in the evening program and holds master's degrees in public administration, as well as urban and regional planning.

Ardiola Sinaj
May 28, 2013
Ardiola Sinaj is the incoming editor-in-chief for The Journal of Law in Society. Other students selected are Sarah Douglas-Siegel, managing editor; Meera Patel, reviewing editor; Eric Shovein, symposium director; Ariella Morrison, public relations/business editor, Erica Lemanski, senior note editor; Klaudia Nikolli, note editor; Kate Beson, executive article editor; and Brittany Bradshaw, executive article editor.  

Rachael Kohl
May 26, 2013
Rachael Kohl has been chosen as chancellor of the 2013-2014 Executive Board for Moot Court. Other officers are Vice Chancellor Bonsitu Kitaba, Junior Member Advisor Allison Bars, Senior Member Advisor Klaudia Nikolli, Director of Outside Competitions Stephanie Eisenburg, Co-Editors in Chief Jordan Barke and Christina Bertrand.    

Mary Hennessey and Jordan Summers
May 24, 2013
Mary Hennessey and Jordan Summers were awarded Excellence in Tax Awards by the Council of the Tax Section of the State Bar of Michigan on May 23. The honorees were selected by the tax faculty of Wayne Law -- Professors Linda Beale, Michael McIntyre and Alan Schenk. Shown here are alumnus Mary Hennessey with her husband alumnus Paul Mardirsosian (left), Professor Linda Beale, Jordan Summers, his father Michael Summers, and Professor Alan Schenk.

Joseph Nunez
May 21, 2013
Joseph Nunez was selected as one of two 2013 recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students given by Banner & Witcoff Ltd., a national intellectual property law firm. The scholarship program will provide Núñez, a rising second-year Wayne Law student who earned a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from the University of California-Irvine and a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with $5,000 for the upcoming fall semester of law school. The scholarship is open to all law students who are members of a minority group (including any group traditionally underrepresented in the field of intellectual property law) and who meet the following criteria: current enrollment in an American Bar Association-accredited law school in the U.S., commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law, strong communication and writing skills and demonstrated leadership qualities and community involvement. For more information, visit the Banner & Witcoff Ltd. website.    

Brittany Bradshaw and Bonsitu Kitaba
May 10, 2013
Brittany Bradshaw and Bonsitu Kitaba were featured in a Legal News article about law students who have served externships with federal judges. Kitaba (right) spent last summer's clerkship with Judge Nancy Edmunds at U.S. District Court in Detroit. Bradshaw did her externship in the office of Judge Arthur Tarnow.

Klaudia Nikolli
May 6, 2013
Klaudia Nikolli was awarded a 2013 Outstanding Woman Law Student scholarship by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation.

Shivangee Pandya
April 2, 2013
Shivangee Pandya made a presentation on business entity selection during a special event for Quarterly Business Owners that was held at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and hosted by the Business and Community Law Clinic with Midtown Detroit Inc.

Robert Thomas
April 2, 2013
Robert Thomas has been appointed by the Detroit City Council to the city's Board of Zoning Appeals. Thomas is active in the Program for Entrepreneurial and Business Law at Wayne Law.

Kevin Kresch
April 1, 2013
Kevin Kresch has been elected as president of the Student Board of Governors for 2013-14. SBG officers for the coming year are Ana Campos, Zach Rowley, Blake Edwards, Justin Hanna, Deborah Johnson, Marcia West, Adam Kessler, Nora Youkhana, Chris Chesney, Henry Ibe and Melissa Brown. Student governors at large are Katie LaForest, Stephen Johnston, Mike Szparaga, Emily Mayer, Chelsey Marsh, Katie Vanderveen, Luke Wolfe, Wade Fink, Angela Strobbel, Nick Jones, Zainab Sabbagh, Lauren Samona, Nishal Patel, Karrine Marcolini, Nadine Yousif and Sumeet Aggarwal.

Robert Johns, Jessica Wayne and Kenneth Cox
March 14, 2013
Robert Johns, Jessica Wayne and Kenneth Cox are the members of Wayne Law's environmental moot court team who competed recently at Pace Law School in New York and won the award for Best Brief-Intervenor Appellant. The team also advanced through oral arguments to the quarterfinals of the National Environmental Moot Court Competition. Johns is team captain. Professor Nicholas Schroeck works with team and called the best brief award "a huge honor."

Lynn Bartkowiak
February 22, 2013
Lynn Bartkowiak was named editor-in-chief for the 2013-14 Executive Board of Wayne Law Review. Other students named to the board include Elizabeth Gotham, managing editor; Suzanne Sutherland, production editor; Emily Mayer, executive articles editor; Chelsey Marsh, executive note and comments editor; Stephanie Eisenberg, symposium editor; Angela Strobel, technology editor. Notes and comments editors are Chris Adams, Jane Burke, Josh Noffke, Jessica Russell and Lauren Saad. Senior article editors are Weiling Chou, Andrew Eurich, Erick Hosner, Maryam Karnib, Mark Steiner, Patrick Tully and Courtney Williams.

Kaitlyn Cramer, Jessica Wayne, Bonsitu Kitaba, Klaudia Nikolli and Rachel Hom
February 3, 2013
Kaitlyn Cramer, Jessica Wayne, Bonsitu Kitaba, Klaudia Nikolli and Rachel Hom will go on to the international round of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competition after winning the regional contest in Chicago. Cramer won the regional competition as best overall speaker, the Wayne Law team's brief shared a spot in a three-way tie for third, and Nikolli tied for fifth-place speaker. Hom is chancellor of the team, which beat out 24 other teams in the regional contest.

Steven Helton and Zachary Van Horn
January 22, 2013
Steven Helton and Zachary Van Horn have been selected to work as interns this summer in the London office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, a multinational law firm with offices around the world. The third-year students will work in the firm's international arbitration group, which includes some of the world's foremost experts in the field.

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