Wayne Law Review students, alumni celebrate year of achievements, honors

Graduating and returning editors of Wayne State University Law School's Wayne Law Review gathered May 13, at Midtown Detroit's Traffic Jam and Snug to celebrate a year of achievements and to announce awards for the Law Review's most accomplished members.

Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman addressed attendees and thanked them for their hard work this past year. Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Gleicher, winner of the Law Review's Richard J. Barber Alumni Achievement Award, reflected on her experiences as a trial practitioner and a judge, and gave advice to the soon-to-be attorneys on making persuasive legal arguments.

Production Editor Mary Jo Weindorf, a third-year student from Novi, presented the Law Review's Lee Khachaturian (Best Editor) Award to second-year student Brian Hodgman of Grosse Pointe Park. Managing Editor Robert Avers of Smiths Creek presented Executive Articles Editor Elizabeth Kruman with the Sunita Kini "Hard Hat" Award. Kruman, a third-year student from Royal Oak, was the primary organizer of this year's symposium.

The editors also announced their selection of the Notes (student works by first-year members analyzing developing topics in the law) the Law Review will publish during the 2011-12 academic year. The award for Best Note, the Richard B. Gushée Writing Award, went to Laura Rogers of Troy for her note, "Michigan Climate Change Litigation: Can the Michigan Environmental Protection Act Save the Day?"

"The Law Review will be publishing more student notes next year than in previous years, which is a true reflection of our first-year editors' efforts," said Alexandra I. Papasifakis, the executive note and comment editor and a third-year student from Troy. "From the very beginning of the school year, the authors worked diligently to research and develop important note topics. They continually impressed us with their hard work, depth of analysis and creative solutions to current legal issues."

Notes selected for publication next year include:

* "Medical Marijuana and the Effect of State Laws on Federally Subsidized Housing"--Kelly M. Blumline (second-year student, St. Clair Shores).

* "Uses of the Class Action Device in Autism Health Benefits Litigation"--Caroline B. Giordano (second-year student, Ann Arbor).

* "Affordable Mental Health Care in the Post-Healthcare Reform Era"--Olukunle Fadipe (second-year student, Bloomfield Hills).

* "The Misuse of Psychotropic Medication in Michigan Foster Care"--Thomas D. Fuentes (second-year student, Royal Oak).

* "Socially Networked Jurors Raise Concern: Empanelling Anonymous Juries to Protect the Defendant's Right to a Fair Trial"--Bridget M. Hathaway (second-year student, Grosse Pointe).

* "The Juxtaposition of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives and the Pursuit of Corporate Wealth Maximization"--Eric Jamison (third-year student, Rochester).

* "Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan: Reassessing State Regulation in Light of New Drilling in the Collingwood and Utica Shales"--Stephanie Karisny (second-year student, Macomb).

* "Michigan's Specific Learning Disability Evaluation Criteria: A Case Study in the Failings of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act"--Kate S. Matlen (second-year student, Birmingham).

* "Municipal Management of Medical Marijuana in Michigan"--Nicholas P. McElhinny (second-year student, St. Clair Shores).

* "Legalizing Fraud in Michigan Contract Law"--Heather N. Piotrowski (second-year student, Livonia).

* "The U Visa: Proposed Changes to the Code of Federal Regulations to Aid Undocumented Alien Victims"--Sarah L. Wixson (second-year student, Ann Arbor).

* "Independent Contractors and the Internal Revenue Service's Twenty Factor Test: Perspective on the Problems of Today and the Solutions for Tomorrow"--Alexandre M. Zucco (third-year student, Birmingham).

Additionally, the event provided an opportunity for the outgoing editorial board to formally unveil the Law Review's revamped website, waynelawreview.com. Erica A. Moise of Ferndale, the Law Review's first-ever technology editor, worked with the WSU Web team on a new layout that would make available the full text of new Law Review issues, video of recent events and more.

"It has been wonderful helping bring the Law Review into the 21st century," Moise said. "I am very proud of the work we have done, and delighted that both our print content--along with video footage of our entire symposium--will be available to all who are interested."

Published: Fri, May 27, 2011