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Student Accomplishments

Mahde Abdallah
October 16, 2014
Mahde Abdallah was awarded a scholarship by the Michigan Muslim Bar Association. He is a third-year student. Abdallah, who lives in Dearborn, is an advisory board member of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee-Michigan, a licensed real estate agent and a legal intern with NORMA Group, a global manufacturer of technology products. At Wayne Law, he's a member of the Student Bar Association Board of Governors and a senior member of the Student Trial Advocacy Program.

Samuel Kokoszka
August 1, 2014
Samuel Kokoszka , who will start his second year at Wayne State University Law School this fall, has been awarded the Mark A. Miller Memorial Fund Scholarship. The award is given each year by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to a summer intern of a judicial officer at the court. The scholarship honors the memory of Mark A. Miller, who was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh. Miller, a Milford resident, died in 2010 at age 53 following serious health issues."Evident in Mark's daily life was his respect for others, his sense of humor, courtesy and professionalism," states a description of the scholarship provided by the court. "As much as possible, we seek recipients who share Mark's values and passion." The award is a $1,500 stipend to offset out-of-pocket expenses during the intern's tenure with the court.

Paul Stewart
May 7, 2014
Paul Stewart has won the national 2013-14 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition with his entry, "The Overlooked Vulnerabilities of State-Level Greenhouse Gas Regulations Under Pike Balancing and Possiblities for Addressing Those Vulnerabilies." He'll receive a $2,000 award, a year's membership to the nonpartisan Environmental Law Insitute in Washington, D.C., and publication of his paper in Environmental Law Reporter, the institute's flagship journal and a respected law review covering environmental and natural resource issues. Stewart is a second-year law student.

Carrie Floyd,
April 30, 2014
Carrie Floyd, a second-year Wayne State University Law School student, has been awarded a Peggy Browning Fund labor law fellowship. Floyd, an Ann Arbor resident, will spend 10 weeks this summer working at the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America in Detroit. Floyd is assistant editor of The Wayne Law Review and a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure and Criminal Law.

Patrick Tully
April 17, 2014
Patrick Tully wrote a blog entry for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center titled Students working in Wayne Law's Transnational Environmental Law Clinic challenging massive highway expansion in midtown Detroit. He is a third-year law student who received a Wayne Law public interest fellowship to work with Massachusetts Department of Conservation, Office of the General Counsel. He also interned at the Michigan Court of Appeals and worked at a large Michigan law firm, where he will be returning to practice this fall. He was one of the Wayne Law Transnational Environmental Law Clinic students working on a major highway expansion near campus in midtown Detroit.

Pamela Wall
April 17, 2014
Pamela Wall is a second-year student in Wayne Law's Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Clinic. She wrote a guest post, Finding Community in a Courtroom, about some of her experiences. Her article is published on the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan website.   

Eric Shovein
April 11, 2014
Eric Shovein has been selected as a 2014 Presidential Management Fellowship finalist.  The fellowship program is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from graduate schools in various academic disciplines. Fellowships offer paid employment and training with federal agencies for two years and are considered elite leadership training ground. Shovein, a third-year law student from Grosse Pointe Woods, is interested in international human rights law and immigration law.

Erica Shell,
April 7, 2014
Erica Shell, incoming managing editor of Wayne Law's The Journal of Law in Society, and incoming Editor-in-Chief Steve Knox participated in a team-building event Friday, April 4, at Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park. They joined with students from Macomb Community College and bagged 4,700 pounds of pizza kits for needy families. Knox and Shell are second-year students at Wayne Law.  

Karinne Marcolini
April 3, 2014
Karinne Marcolini wrote a blog entry for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center titled Addressing the Great Lakes Prescription Drug Problem. She is a second-year law student from Grosse Pointe, and has worked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and at the Crisis Centre in Nassau, Bahamas, during her law school studies.

Paul Stewart
March 21, 2014
Paul Stewart was elected editor-in-chief of the 2014-15 Wayne Law Review editorial board. Students with high academic standing are invited to join The Wayne Law Review following a writing competition each summer. Other new board members are Managing Editor Vincent Sallan, Production Editor Nathan Inks, Executive Articles Editor Danielle DePriest, Executive Note and Comment Editor Rachel Pinch, Symposium Editor Brittney Kohn, Technology Editor Brent Farago,Voting Note and Comment Editor Zachary Rowley and Voting Senior Articles Editor Fatima Mansour. All of the new board members are second-year students.

Frank Moran
March 10, 2014
Frank Moran earned individual recognition as second-place oralist in a regional contest out of about 70 competitors in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competition in Chicago on Feb. 20-23. Wayne Law's five-member team emerged from the regional tournament of the world's largest international moot court competition as a quarter-finalist. The team's co-chancellors are third-year students Klaudia Nikolli, researcher and oralist, and Bonsitu Kitaba, also a researcher and oralist. Third-year students John Gaviglio, researcher and oralist, and Rachael Kohl, editor, make up the rest of the Wayne Law Jessup team this year. Moran is a second-year student.

Wade Fink
March 5, 2014
Wade Fink was a member of a Wayne Law National Moot Court Team that made it to the final round in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition Regionals held Feb. 27 through March 2 in Washington, D.C. The team of Wade Fink of Bloomfield Hills, Blair Gould of Dayton, Ohio, and Kathleen Westfall of Northville reached the final round of competition before falling to a team from Charleston School of Law, which will advance to the ABA NAAC finals in Chicago in April. Fink earned an individual award for being 10th in Oral Advocacy out of 72 participants. Also competing was the Wayne Law team of Kevin McQuillan of Toledo, Ohio, Kaitlyn Morin of Monroe and Lauren Saad of New Baltimore.

Christopher Attar
March 5, 2014
Christopher Attar led a Wayne Law transactional law team that brought home first-place honors in drafting and negotiating Friday, Feb. 28, in a regional round of the National Transactional LawMeet competition. The team of third-year student Christopher Attar of Farmington Hills and second-year student Justin Hanna of West Bloomfield placed first in drafting and negotiating at a regional contest hosted by Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Mass. Attar and Hanna will move on to the national competition in April in New York City. Wayne Law's team of third-year students Christopher Banerian of Bloomfield Hills and Weiling Chou of Troy placed second in drafting and negotiating at a regional contest hosted by Northwestern University Law School in Chicago and just missed out on qualifying for the national competition.  

Steve Knox
February 28, 2014
Steve Knox was selected as editor-in-chief for The Journal of Law in Society's 2014-2015 Executive Board, All second-year students, the rest of the new board members are: Managing Editor Erica Shell, Reviewing Editor Kathleen Garbacz, Symposium Director Najah Safiedine, Public Relations/Business Editor Nadine Yousif, Senior Note Editor Kim Grzic, Executive Article Editor Melissa Klieman, and Executive Article Editor Jillian Peterson.  

Zachary Zurek
February 12, 2014
Zachary Zurek is the only student from Michigan and one of only nine in the nation to win a summer law internship with the federal Bureau of Prisons. The U.S. Department of Justice received 514 applications for the summer 2014 internships in Washington, D.C., said Myra Hedin, administrative officer with the General Counsel and Review Division of the Bureau of Prisons. The paid internship is expected to give Zurek, a Clarkston resident and second-year law student, a competitive advantage when he applies for post-graduate judicial clerkships and the Department of Justice's Attorney General Honors Program.  

Eliza Qualls Perez Facio
February 3, 2014
Eliza Qualls Perez Facio was named as an Outstanding Law Student of the Year by the National Lawyers Guild's Detroit and Michigan Chapter. Facio, a third-year student, grew up in southwest Detroit and developed a passion for racial and social justice at an early age, learning from her Mexican immigrant family. She joined the National Lawyers Guild in 2000, when she served as an intern with its Immigrant Justice Project. In her first year at Wayne Law, working with Professor Peter Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, she helped found the Keith Students for Civil Rights and create its programming. She also is active with the Wayne Law student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Hispanic Law Students Association and American Civil Liberties Union Metro Detroit Branch board, on which she serves as president.

Nicholas Klaus
February 3, 2014
Nicholas Klaus was named as an Outstanding Law Student of the Year by the National Lawyers Guild's Detroit and Michigan Chapter. Klaus, a second-year student, is active with the National Lawyers Guild local chapter and is served the group as a member of its election monitoring delegation in El Salvador in late January and early February 2014. The National Lawyers Guild chapter, in honoring Klaus, cited his work rebuilding and strengthening Wayne Law's student chapter of the guild; the student chapter has become an active organization for social justice on campus.

Nicholas Jones
January 23, 2014
Nicholas Jones contributed to an important overview of new and far-reaching changes in Mexican anti-trust law as an intern at law firm Barrera Sequeiros y Torres Landa SC in Mexico City.  Jones is a second-year Wayne Law student, and helped two attorneys from the firm with a chapter published in "IIAI China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment" published recently by LexisNexis. Jones is thanked in a footnote by the chapter's authors on the first page of the chapter, titled "The 2013 New Competition Regime in Mexico: Fixing Competition Problems in the Constitution."

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