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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.

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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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February 11, 2014

When Lawyers Go Bad—A Commentary by Jane Chong ‘14

Last month the California Supreme Court denied disgraced journalist and serial confabulist Stephen Glass admission to the state bar. That decision has drawn attention to a topic that usually commands very little: what it takes, ethically speaking, to be a lawyer.
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February 20, 2014

Judge Judy Is a National Treasure—a commentary by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza '14

With her popular syndicated television show—now in its 19th year—Judith Sheindlin protects the reasonable American’s notion of accountability and justice, reassuring us that offenders will be punished and victims compensated.
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February 13, 2014

Ending ‘Gay Conversion’ for Good—a commentary by Jacob M. Victor, ‘14

Therapy programs that purport to “convert” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids have caused immeasurable harm since they became prominent in the 1970s. Rigorous studies have shown again and again that efforts to change young people’s sexual orientation not only fail, but are also linked to suicidal behavior, depression, anxiety, drug use and risky sexual behavior.
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'Genesis,' by John B. Judis—a book review by Jordan Hirsch '16

The library of books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is vast, and it grows every year. John Judis's "Genesis" claims to distinguish itself by focusing on President Harry Truman's efforts "to resolve the conflict between Jew and Arab." Mr. Judis thinks that we can learn from Truman's failures and wants readers "to approach the subject from when the conflict actually began." But "Genesis" distinguishes itself in another way: It isn't so much a history as an inquisition—one that weighs the moral balance of the conflict from on high and finds Zionism, and its American supporters, guilty.
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February 4, 2014

Woody Allen's Advantage: How the Law Protects Celebs Accused of Abuse—a commentary by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

R. Kelly and Woody Allen have successfully relied on two different versions of the same celebrity strategy to escape the possibility of criminal consequences: legalized witness tampering.
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January 23, 2014

YLS Clinical Students Featured in Daily Show Segment on Veterans and PTSD

YLS Clinical students are featured on a segment of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart discussing a lawsuit involving Vietnam veterans with PTSD seeking benefits from the VA.
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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.
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January 13, 2014

New Clinic Report Calls for Reform of South Africa’s Compensation System for Mine Workers Suffering from Lung Disease

The 69-page report, Fulfilling Broken Promises: Reforming the Century-Old Compensation System for Occupational Lung Disease in the South African Mining Sector, analyzes the failures of the South African compensation system for mine workers with occupational lung disease. 
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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.
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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.

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June 27, 2013

The Egyptian State Unravels: Meet the Gangs and Vigilantes Who Thrive Under Morsi - an Article by Mara Revkin '15

“Everybody needs a weapon,” said Mahmoud, a 23-year-old Egyptian arms dealer, as he displayed his inventory of pistols, machetes, and switchblades on the living room floor of his family’s apartment in the crime-ridden Cairo neighborhood of Ain Shams.

With Egyptian government statistics indicating a 300 percent [1]increase in homicides and a 12-fold increase in armed robberies since the 2011 revolution, Mahmoud and other black-market entrepreneurs are capitalizing on a growing obsession with self-defense and civilian vigilantism among Egyptians who have lost patience with their government’s inability to restore security. Frustration with lawlessness is among the numerous grievances that will drive antigovernment protesters to the streets on June 30, the one-year anniversary of President Mohamed Morsi’s inauguration.
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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.
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May 28, 2013

The Forgotten Amerasians—A Commentary by Christopher Lapinig '13

Christopher Lapinig '13 is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School.
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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.

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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.
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April 23, 2013

Corporate Accountability for Human Rights: Kiobel's Call to Action—A Commentary by Stephanie Safdi ’13

Stephanie Safdi '13 is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School.
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April 22, 2013

Yale Law School Congratulates Public Interest Fellowship Recipients for 2013-2014

Forty-two students and recent graduates have been named recipients of public interest fellowships for 2013-2014.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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