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Student News & Opinion

This page highlights notable accomplishments and activities of current students – honors, awards, media mentions, op-ed pieces published, books published, fellowships received, community service, etc.  If you are a current student, feel free to submit write-ups and photos for inclusion on this page. To do so, fill out the online form under General Information in the left rail on the Student Life Inside Site. If you have any questions, please contact Sachi Rodgers.

March 27, 2015

Prosecutors are hopelessly conflicted from prosecuting police—A Commentary by Josh Weiss ’15

Other Yale students contributing to this commentary are: Jeffrey Chen ’16, Sarah Weiner ’17, Jade Chong-Smith ’16, and Lauren Pratt ’16. The five students are members of the Ethics Bureau at Yale. 
March 23, 2015

Rose Goldberg ’15 and Kathryn Jones ’16 Receive Scholarship from National Native American Bar Association

The National Native American Bar Association Foundation announced the inaugural round of scholarships to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Native American community as future leaders, including two Yale Law School students. 
March 13, 2015

Lowenstein Clinic and European Human Rights Advocacy Clinic Collaborating on Research

The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre at Middlesex University in London are collaborating in research on human rights abuses in the Ukraine.
March 6, 2015

Yale Law School Teams Win Awards at Moot Court Competitions

Yale Law School’s moot court teams received awards and accolades at a number of recent competitions.
February 25, 2015

Yale Law Student Clarifies Record on State Expectations Ahead of King v. Burwell

On March 4th, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the latest legal challenge the Affordable Care Act. Ahead of oral arguments, Christine Monahan '16, along with Georgetown University Research Professors Kevin Lucia and Sabrina Corlette, authored a blog post published by Health Affairs disputing claims that states opted out of running their own health insurance exchanges to deny their residents access to federal premium tax credits and thus avoid imposition of the ACA's individual and employer mandates.
February 12, 2015

From Farm to Fork to Landfill — Yale Law School Debuts Food Law and Policy Course

Yale Law School launches its first ever food law and policy class in response to strong student interest in this growing area of law.
December 11, 2014

The System Didn't Fail Eric Garner. It Worked How a Racist System Is Supposed to—A Commentary by Omer Aziz '17

Simply put: there is nothing extraordinary about the outcomes in Ferguson and Staten Island. They are what we should expect by a legal system in a society where the majority still harbor prejudices against African-Americans.
December 5, 2014

Yale Law Students Lead Peaceful Die-In Demonstration on Race and Police Legitimacy

Students at Yale Law School organized a die-in demonstration on Friday, December 5, 2014 in a show of solidarity with similar demonstrations around the country focused on race and police legitimacy.
November 20, 2014

Anita Hill Visits Law School

On November 10, Professor Anita Hill (LAW ’80) spoke to a group of more than 200 law students, faculty and staff. 
October 26, 2014

Sonia Sotomayor Receives Yale Law Women Alumnae Achievement Award

The Yale Law Women presented its Alumnae Achievement Award to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’79 on October 26.
September 17, 2014

Lowenstein Clinic Report Details Faisalabad Police Abuse Toward Juveniles

A new report by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic documents the widespread abuse of juveniles by the Faisalabad, Pakistan, police force.
August 28, 2014

New Pakistan Law Will Likely Worsen Torture by Police — A Commentary by Kristine Beckerle, Deborah Francois and Babur Khwaja

Police in Faisalabad, Pakistan's third largest city, tortured more than 1,400 people during a six-year period, according to a report researched and written by the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, for Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), a non-governmental organization based in Lahore, Pakistan.
September 3, 2014

Liman Report on Delays in Danbury Women's Prison Renovation Project Prompts US Senators to Call for Action

A new report released by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program prompts US Senators to call on the Bureau of Prisons to mitigate harm caused by extensive delays in the Danbury women's prison renovations project.
August 27, 2014

UN Investigators for Sri Lanka, Show Your Work!

Rebecca Wexler, JD candidate 2016, publishes an opinion article in Sri Lanka's main human rights journal, Groundviews, calling on UN investigators to use open tools and methods for their investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka. Last week, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced that he would not grant entry visas to U.N. human rights investigators looking into allegations of mass killings. By prohibiting entry to U.N. human rights investigators, Mr. Rajapaksa has ensured that the U.N. investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka will be a remote one, and dependent on digital evidence and forensic science. If the U.N. wants to use this science to reach across identity affiliations, and ask Sri Lankans to trust its investigative findings instead of their own communities and thought leaders, it should give them the resources to make that leap.
July 29, 2014

Veterans Legal Services Clinic Files Lawsuit Seeking to End Discrimination Against Military Sex Assault Survivors

 Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic files suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to obtain judicial review of the VA's refusal to revise rules that discriminate against survivors of military sexual trauma.
February 15, 2014

YLS Students Participate in Yale Global Health Case Competition

A team consisting of four students, including Michael Zucker '16 and Christopher Lee '16, took top honors in the second annual Global Health Case Competition, held at the Yale School of Public Health.   A workable solution involves input from many disciplines—epidemiology, field-based public health practice, governance, international and humanitarian law, business and finance and international relations. The teams had to craft solutions that balanced the needs of many different actors for a public health challenge that has never really been solved before.
July 3, 2014

SFALP Students Assist in California Lead Paint Case

After 13 years, 10 California jurisdictions received a $1.1 billion verdict in a victory over three manufacturers of lead-based paint. Students in the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project have worked closely with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office on this case since 2006, making it one of SFALP's longest running projects. 
April 24, 2014

National Security Lawyering Class Meets With D.C. Policymakers

Students in Professors Harold Hongju Koh and Oona Hathaway’s National Security Lawyering class recently took a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with officials, policymakers, and lawyers in various executive and legislative bodies to present their findings from a semester’s worth of study into deep questions on pressing national security issues. 
April 11, 2014

Katie Jones ’16 Named National Native American Law Students Association 1L of the Year

Katie Jones ’16, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was recently named 1L of the Year by the National Native American Law Students Association, recognizing her outstanding legal service to the Native American community.
April 15, 2014

Soros Fellowships Awarded to Three YLS Students

Two current Yale Law School students and one incoming student have been named Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellows for 2014. 
April 11, 2014

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Puts Theory into Practice

Halley Epstein, YLS ’14, and Sarah Langberg, YLS/FES ’14, participated in this year’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., and made it through to the semifinal round—one of the top nine teams out of the 76 competing—and the only team without a coach to advance to the penultimate round. 
April 10, 2014

Double Jeopardy Isn’t What You Think It Is—and It Won’t Save Amanda Knox - A Commentary by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza '14

Despite how it’s been portrayed on screens both large and small, the Fifth Amendment’s Double Jeopardy Clause isn’t meant to protect against the consequences of an appeal.
April 9, 2014

Yale Law Students Chosen for Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Rose Goldberg ’15 and Devorah Toren ’16 have been selected by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics to participate in a two-week program for future law professionals this summer. 
April 8, 2014

Yale Law School Announces 47 Public Interest Fellowship Recipients for 2014-2015

Yale Law School is proud to congratulate the 47 students and recent graduates who have been named recipients of public interest fellowships for 2014-2015. 
April 1, 2014

South Dakota v. Native American Parents: Why Are Children Being Separated From Their Families in Pennington County? - A Commentary by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza '14

A precedent-setting federal lawsuit over the rights of Indian parents and tribes in South Dakota began with courthouse eavesdropping. Dana Hanna, a Rapid City attorney, was early for his case in Pennington County one day in October 2011. He was preoccupied preparing his own materials as he waited in the county courtroom, but couldn’t help overhearing the proceeding in progress. Something was off. What Hanna saw seemed to be a custody hearing, with two Indian parents before county officials, but if it was that kind of hearing, this one ended way too quickly.
March 30, 2014

Yale Trial Advocacy Team Wins National Championship

For the first time in 35 years, Yale Law School won the National Trial Competition, a nationwide tournament testing trial advocacy abilities. More than 300 teams competed in the tournament at the regional level. The 28 teams that won their regional tournaments were offered a spot at the national championship held in Austin, Texas. After six trials in three days, culminating in the championship round against Loyola L.A., Yale was awarded the national title.
February 25, 2014

Seven Yale Graduates Selected as the 2014-15 Peter and Patricia Gruber Fellows

The new Gruber fellows will work to advance the rights of diverse populations in a multitude of settings, including China, Latin America, Myanmar/Burma, Antigua and Barbuda, and the United States.
January 22, 2014

Rebellious Lawyering Conference Marks 20th Anniversary on Feb. 21-22

The 20th annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will take place on February 21-22 at Yale Law School.
December 13, 2013

Yale Law School Sets Record with Seven Students, Alumni Awarded Skadden Fellowships

Seven Yale Law School students and alumni have been awarded prestigious Skadden Public Interest Fellowships, setting a new record for the most fellowships awarded in a single year.
November 12, 2013

Veterans Legal Services Clinic Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Deported U.S. Veteran

Students from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit on behalf of a recently deported U.S. Army veteran battling to return home to his family.

May 9, 2013

Prosecuting Cyberterrorists--an article by Paul Stockton and Michele Golabek-Goldman '14

As you read this, U.S. adversaries are scouring our financial system, electric power grid, and other parts of our critical infrastructure for vulnerabilities to cyber sabotage. President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Lisa Monaco, has argued that prosecutions of cyberterrorists “will be critical tools for deterrence and disruption” of such attacks. However, a critical gap lies in building the legal framework needed to prosecute cyberterrorists who strike from abroad.
May 28, 2013

The Forgotten Amerasians—A Commentary by Christopher Lapinig '13

Christopher Lapinig '13 is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School.
May 29, 2013

Yale Law Students Awarded Soros Fellowships, Trudeau Scholarship

Amanda Alexander ’13 and Marbre Stahly-Butts ’13 were named Soros Justice Fellows in early May by the Open Society Foundations. Ryan Liss ’13 LLM was also named a Trudeau scholar in May by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in Canada.

May 23, 2013

Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic Publishes Second Report on Effects of Youth Sentenced as Adults

The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School has published a new report, I’m Going to Move Forward: Stories of Change from Men Imprisoned as Children in Connecticut.
February 22, 2013

Annual Public Interest Auction Scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013

The annual Public Interest Auction will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Yale Law School.
August 27, 2012

Dean Post Welcomes the J.D. Class of 2015 to Yale Law School

In his convocation address on August 27, Dean Robert Post ’77 welcomed the 203 members of the Yale Law School J.D. Class of 2015.
April 27, 2012

YLS Students Perform in Field Fund Spring Recital

On the evening of March 28, a group of musically-talented law students transformed the Yale Law School Dining Hall into a concert hall. Chamber groups and solo performers played a repertoire stretching from Bach and Mozart to Rachmaninoff and Ravel.