Whittier Law School honors top student scholars and leaders at annual Honors Reception

On Thursday, April 23, Whittier Law School held its annual Honors Awards Reception. Associate Dean Martin Pritikin and the faculty for Whittier Law School’s centers and concentrations presented awards to the school’s top academic scholars 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

Professor Betsy Rosenblatt, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law (CIPL), recognized the following 2015 CIPL Fellows:

  • Wiley Uretz, Outstanding Student in Intellectual Property Law
  • Jacqueline Barrett-Smith
  • Stephanie Caughlin
  • Faythe Gutierrez-Hughes
  • Joann Ko
  • Michelle Nguyen
  • Karishma Tejwani
  • Wiley Uretz
  • Jillian Waldron

Jillian Waldron, Wiley Uretz, Karishma Tejwani, Joann Ko, Faythe Gutierrez-Hughes, Stephanie Caughlin, Jacqueline Barrett-Smith and Professor Betsy Rosenblatt
Jillian Waldron, Wiley Uretz, Karishma Tejwani, Joann Ko, Faythe Gutierrez-Hughes, Stephanie Caughlin, Jacqueline Barrett-Smith and Professor Betsy Rosenblatt


Center for International and Comparative Law

Professor Manoj Mate, Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law (CICL), recognized the following 2015 CICL Fellows:

  • Matthew Peters, Outstanding Student in International and Comparative Law
  • Daniel Gavilanes
  • Natasha Gonzales
  • Chelsea Habermann
  • Jenna Novela
  • Mykhal Ofili
  • Matthew Peters
  • Mario Soto

Matthew Peters, Mykhal Ofili, Jenna Novela, Natasha Gonzales, Daniel Gavilanes and Professor Manoj Mate
Matthew Peters, Mykhal Ofili, Jenna Novela, Natasha Gonzales, Daniel Gavilanes and Professor Manoj Mate


Center for Children’s Rights

Professor Jennifer Mertus, Director of the Center for Children’s Rights (CCR), recognized the following 2015 CCR Fellows:

  • Ben John Atienza, Outstanding Student in the Center for Children’s Rights
  • Cassandra Hammon, Outstanding Student in the Center for Children’s Rights
  • Melissa Chichportich
  • Lilya Dishchyan
  • Matt Garvey
  • Lauren Gindi
  • James Goldman
  • Anthony Guillory
  • Athena Maldonado

Professor Jennifer Mertus, Cassandra Hammon, Athena Maldonado, Lauren Gindi, Matt Garvey, Lilya Dishchyan, Melissa Chichportich, Ben John Atienza, James Goldman and Anthony Guillory
Professor Jennifer Mertus, Cassandra Hammon, Athena Maldonado, Lauren Gindi, Matt Garvey, Lilya Dishchyan, Melissa Chichportich, Ben John Atienza, James Goldman and Anthony Guillory


Institute for Trial and Appellate Practice

Dean Martin Pritikin, Sanja Stark and Rick Ma
Dean Martin Pritikin, Sanja Stark and Rick Ma

Dean Pritikin recognized Outstanding Student in Trial and Appellate Practice Sanja Stark, and 2015 ITAP Fellow Rick Ma.

CourtCall Law Student Awards

Dean Martin Pritikin, Matthew Peters and Lane Bogard
Dean Pritikin, Matthew Peters and Lane Bogard

Dean Pritikin also presented the CourtCall Law Students Awards to Matthew Peters and Lane Bogard.

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.

Nicholas Jacobus and Professor Julie Manasfi
Nicholas Jacobus and Professor Manasfi

Dean Pritikin presented the award for Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Law to Kevin Esau.

Professor Julie Manasfi, Director of the Business Law Concentration, presented the award for Outstanding Graduate in Business Law to Nicholas Jacobus.

Lee Hoffman and Professor Peter Reich
Lee Hoffman and Professor Peter Reich

Professor Peter Reich, Director of the Environmental Law Concentration, presented the award for Outstanding Graduate in Environmental Law to Lee Hoffman.

Student Leaders

Student Leader awards were presented by Dean Pritikin to the leaders of the five student-run organizations on campus, the Student Bar Association (SBA), the Moot Court Honors Board (MCHB), the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB), the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy and the Whittier Law Review, as follows:

Student Bar Association
Stephanie Caughlin

Moot Court Honors Board
Rachel Van

Trial Advocacy Honors Board
Jonathan Dodart

Whittier Journal of Trial and Family Advocacy
Lilya Dishchyan

Whittier Law Review
Hanna Chandoo

Dean Pritikin, Lilya Dishchyan, Jonathan Dodart, Rachel Van and Stephanie Caughlin
Dean Pritikin, Lilya Dishchyan, Jonathan Dodart, Rachel Van and Stephanie Caughlin

Dean’s Citation Awards

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

Dean Pritikin presented these citations to the following students:

  • Ben John Atienza
  • Stephanie Caughlin
  • Lilya Dishchyan
  • Rick Ma
  • Jenna Novela
  • Mykhal Ofili
  • Faythe Hughes

Dean Pritikin, Faythe Hughes, Mykhal Ofili, Jenna Novela, Rick Ma, Lilya Dishchyan, Stephanie Caughlin and Ben John Atienza
Dean Pritikin, Faythe Hughes, Mykhal Ofili, Jenna Novela, Rick Ma, Lilya Dishchyan, Stephanie Caughlin and Ben John Atienza

Valedictorian

2015 Whittier Law School Valedictorian Anne Demarie and Dean Martin Pritikin
2015 Whittier Law School Valedictorian Anne Demarie and Dean Martin Pritikin

Dean Pritikin recognized Anne Demarie as the 2015 Class Valedictorian.

“This student has received an astonishing 14 CALI Excellence for the Future awards while at Whittier Law School, meaning that she received the highest grade in those 11 courses. All while working full time at the University of California, Irvine.”

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