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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.

October 6, 2015

Convicted by Code—A Commentary by Rebecca Wexler ’16

Rebecca Wexler ’16 is a fellow of Yale Law School's Information Society Project and visiting scholar at Berkeley School of Law's Human Rights Center.
September 18, 2015

David Berke ’17 Named Winner of Student Writing Competition

David Berke ’17 was the first-place winner of the 2015 Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition. 
August 26, 2015

Dean Robert C. Post ’77 Welcomes Class of 2018

Yale Law School’s new students gathered on Wednesday, August 26, for convocation ceremonies in the Levinson Auditorium. 
July 31, 2015

Europeanizing the Eurozone—A Commentary by Tomas Dumbrovsky ’11 LLM

Tomas Dumbrovsky is a JSD candidate at Yale Law School and an Assistant Professor at Charles University in Prague. 
July 9, 2015

The government says airlines prey on consumers. That’s the government’s fault. —A Commentary by Lina Khan ’17

Lina Khan ’17 is a fellow with the Open Markets Program at New America and a student at Yale Law School. 
June 9, 2015

Benjamin Perryman, JSD Student, Receives Trudeau Scholarship

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in Canada has named Benjamin Perryman ’13 LLM a Trudeau scholar. 
May 26, 2015

Michael Clemente ’16 Received 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

Yale Law School student Michael Clemente ’16 received a 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his paper titled “A Reassessment of Common Law Protections for ‘Idiots.’” 
May 12, 2015

Stop Assaults on Military Campuses—A Commentary by Ashley Anderson ’16 and Elizabeth Deutsch ’16

Ashley Anderson ’16 and Elizabeth Deutsch ’16 are interns with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. 
May 11, 2015

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Led Roundtable Discussion

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Yale Law School for an informal roundtable discussion with fifteen students from the Yale Food Law Society. 
May 4, 2015

Clinic Files Lawsuit for Records About Discharge of Veterans with PTSD

Vietnam Veterans of America and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress filed suit against the Department of Defense and the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force to compel the release of records regarding their discharge of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 
May 4, 2015

The Yale Law Journal Launches New Podcast Series

The Yale Law Journal launches podcast series aimed at expanding digital engagement with the innovative scholarship appearing in the Journal.
April 29, 2015

Two Yale Law School Students Receive Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowships

Grace Kao ’15 and Kathryn Madison ’15 are among the 25 Immigrant Justice Corps Fellows for 2015. 
April 15, 2015

BLSA Reflects On Trip to U.S. Supreme Court

Students from the Black Law Students Association visited the U.S. Supreme Court last month. They met with Justice Clarence Thomas ’74 and Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’79 as well as three YLS alumni who are currently clerking at the High Court.

March 26, 2015

YLS team brings home honors from international arbitration moot

Students from Yale Law School have returned from competing in both iterations of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, held annually in Vienna and Hong Kong. The team's collective efforts—resulting in numerous honors for both oral and written advocacy—have earned Yale its best-ever showing in the competition.
April 14, 2015

Soros Fellowship Awarded to Eugene Rusyn ’17

Eugene Rusyn ’17 has been named a Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow for 2015. 
April 14, 2015

Yale Law School Announces 38 Public Interest Fellowship Recipients for 2015-2016

Yale Law School students and graduates receive 38 Public Interest Fellowships.

March 23, 2015

Yale Law Women Celebrates Winners of 2015 Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards

Yale Law Women (YLW) celebrated the winners of the 2015 YLW Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards. At the lunchtime ceremony, YLW presented three awards: the Faculty Excellence Award, to Professor Abbe R. Gluck; the Staff Excellence Award, to Director of Financial Aid Jill C. Stone; and the Award for Outstanding Leadership to Ruth Swift ’15.
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.
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 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.
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.