During the American Bar Association (ABA) 2012 Annual Meeting, Whittier Law School was nationally recognized with the Law Student Division’s Membership and Activity Award. The Award recognizes Whittier Law School students for outstanding participation in ABA student activities including competitions, the 2011 Assembly, Circuit Meetings, and Division leadership. Nearly 100% of Whittier law students are members of the ABA, and the 2011-2012 Student Bar Association hosted the 9th Circuit Spring Meeting.
Several 2011-2012 Division leaders hail from Whittier Law School, including the Vice Chair SBA Michelle Philo (2012), the 9th Circuit Governor Steven Cometa (2014), Lieutenant Governor Rachel Hill (2012), and Division Liaison to the Section on Environmental Law Aastha Madaan (2012).
In addition, Michelle Philo (2012), Vice Chair SBA of the Law Student Division, was recognized with the ABA Law Student Division’s highest honor: the Law Student Division Gold Key. A Gold Key recipient has demonstrated the highest degree of service, dedication, and leadership along with conscientiously furthering the Law Student Division’s purpose of achieving solutions of problems which confront today’s society, strengthening law student participation in the programs and activities, and encouraging the educational and professional development of law students. Gold Keys are rare and only four students nationally were granted the Gold Key Award at the ABA Law Student Division Assembly held on August 4, 2012. Congratulations Michelle on receiving this high honor.