Whittier Law School honors student leaders at 2016 Awards Reception

On Wednesday, April 27, Whittier Law School held its annual graduating student Awards Reception. Interim Dean John Fitzgerald and the faculty for Whittier Law School’s centers and concentrations presented awards to the school’s outstanding graduates as well as student leaders who have provided exceptional service to the school community over the past school year.

Centers

Center for Intellectual Property Law

Whittier Law School's 2016 Student Leaders in Intellectual Property Law, from left to right: Katrina Nicha, Tiffany Larson, Hana Gandi, Merrick Jackson, Professor Betsy Rosenblatt, Mark Derflinger, and Michael Brady.
Whittier Law School’s 2016 Student Leaders in Intellectual Property Law, from left to right: Katrina Nicha, Tiffany Larson, Hana Gandi, Merrick Jackson, Professor Betsy Rosenblatt, Mark Derflinger, and Michael Brady.

Professor Betsy Rosenblatt, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law (CIPL), recognized the following 2016 CIPL Fellows:

  • Hana Gandi, Outstanding Student in Intellectual Property Law
  • Robert Bouroudjian
  • Michael Brady
  • Loan Dao
  • Mark Derflinger
  • Merrick Jackson
  • Tiffany Larson
  • Dale McGinnis
  • Katrina Nicha

Center for International and Comparative Law

Whittier Law School's 2016 Student Leaders in International and Comparative Law, from left to right: Curtis Morrison, Nicole Cruz, Lynna Ochoa, Irene Vatjaranuruk, Professor Manoj Mate, and Alexander Janvelian.
Whittier Law School’s 2016 Student Leaders in International and Comparative Law, from left to right: Curtis Morrison, Nicole Cruz, Lynna Ochoa, Irene Vatjaranuruk, Professor Manoj Mate, and Alexander Janvelian.

Professor Manoj Mate, Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law (CICL), recognized the following 2016 CICL Fellows:

  • Alexander Janvelian, Outstanding Student in International and Comparative Law
  • Nicole Cruz
  • Isahak Khachatryan
  • Curtis Morrison
  • Lynna Ochoa
  • Irene Vatjaranuruk

Center for Children and Families

Whittier Law School's 2016 Student Leaders in Child and Family Law, from left to right: Samantha Money, Jessica Thompson, Patricia Santamaria, Sonia Okoreeh, Lizeth Hernandez, Professor Jennifer Mertus, Kelsey Handcock, Carina Vega, Justin Blaylock, Emily Beecham, Robin Kessler, Abaigeal Loving, Michelle Leverton
Whittier Law School’s 2016 Student Leaders in Children’s Rights and Family Law, from left to right: Samantha Money, Jessica Thompson, Patricia Santamaria, Sonia Okoreeh, Lizeth Hernandez, Professor Jennifer Mertus, Kelsey Handcock, Carina Vega, Justin Blaylock, Emily Beecham, Robin Kessler, Abaigeal Loving, Michelle Leverton.

Professor Jennifer Mertus, Director of the Center for Children and Families (CCF), recognized the following 2016 CCF Fellows:

  • Michelle Leverton, Outstanding Student in Child and Family Law
  • Abaigeal Loving, Outstanding Student in Child and Family Law
  • Emily Beecham
  • Justin Blaylock
  • Claudia Contreras Quezada
  • Kelsey Handcock
  • Lizeth Hernandez
  • Robin Kessler
  • Samantha Money
  • Sonia Okoreeh
  • Patricia Santamaria
  • Jessica Thompson
  • Carina Vega

Concentrations

In addition to the Centers, the school also recognized the outstanding graduate in the Criminal Law, Environmental Law and Business Law Concentrations. To earn these awards, students must demonstrate their commitment to the field through specialized coursework and externships.

Camille Heenan, Director, Student and Alumni Relations with Justin Blaylock; Ron Sanchez with Professor Julie Manasfi; Professor Peter Reich with Curtis Morrison.
Camille Heenan, Director, Student and Alumni Relations with Justin Blaylock; Ron Sanchez with Professor Julie Manasfi; Professor Peter Reich with Curtis Morrison.

  • Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Law: Justin Blaylock
  • Outstanding Graduate in Business Law: Ron Sanchez
  • Outstanding Graduate in Environmental Law: Curtis Morrison

Student Leaders

Christopher Walsh, Hana Gandi, Erin Christoff, Tiffany Larson and Justin Blaylock.
Christopher Walsh, Hana Gandi, Erin Christoff, Tiffany Larson and Justin Blaylock.

Student Leader awards were presented to the leaders of the five student-run organizations on campus:

  • Student Bar Association: Tiffany Larson
  • Moot Court Honors Board: Christopher Walsh
  • Trial Advocacy Honors Board: Erin Christoff
  • Whittier Journal of Trial and Family Advocacy: Justin Blaylock
  • Whittier Law Review: Hana Gandi

Dean’s Citation Awards

Katrina Nicha, Michelle Leverton, Tiffany Larson, Abaigeal Loving, Dean John Fitzgerald, Mark Derflinger and Andrew Cobb.Katrina Nicha, Michelle Leverton, Tiffany Larson, Abaigeal Loving, Dean John Fitzgerald, Mark Derflinger and Andrew Cobb.

The Dean’s Citations for Outstanding Service were created to recognize students who have made extraordinary contributions to the Whittier Law School community. Through their leadership roles, these students have contributed many hours of work and dedication towards the promotion of the school and its students.

Interim Dean Fitzgerald presented Dean’s Citations to the following students:

  • Danielle Boyd
  • Andrew Cobb
  • Mark Derflinger
  • Tiffany Larson
  • Michelle Leverton
  • Abaigeal Loving
  • Katrina Nicha

Valedictorian

Katherine Mason is the 2016 Class Valedictorian, recognized by Interim Dean Fitzgerald.

Whittier Law School 2016 Class Valedictorian Katherine Mason and Dean John Fitzgerald
Whittier Law School 2016 Class Valedictorian Katherine Mason and Dean John Fitzgerald.

Katherine received an astonishing 9 CALI Excellence for the Future awards while at Whittier Law School, meaning that she received the highest grade in those 9 courses. This has been achieved while she was working as a board certified nurse practitioner, and involved with Law Review and Moot Court Honors Board.

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