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Students Awarded for Clinical Work

Students Honored for Achievement in Clinical Work

Seven students received prizes for excellence in clinical work at a celebratory luncheon in May.

The Allan Morrow Sexuality and Gender Law Prize for outstanding achievement in furthering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights was awarded to Eddie Jauregui ’07 and Sydney Tarzwell ’07. Both participated in Professor Suzanne Goldberg’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, which this spring won an unprecedented grant of asylum for a woman from Turkmenistan.

The Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Clinical Student Award for excellence in clinical fieldwork and for exceptionally thoughtful, self-reflective participation in an accompanying seminar was awarded to Nicole Altman ’07 and Tiana Murillo ’07. Both participated in the Nonprofit Organizations/Small Business Clinic, directed by Professor Barbara Schatz.

Sarah Hollinshead ’08 was awarded the Forsyth Prize for excellence in environmental law. Ms. Hollinshead is a member of Professor Ed Lloyd’s and Reed Super’s Environmental Law Clinic, which recently led a successful challenge against the EPA and the electric power industry in a Clean Water Act case.

Finally, Sydney Bird Levin ’07 and Robert May ’07 received the Jean Marks Murphy Prize for students who display exceptional interest and proficiency in advocacy in clinical offerings. The prize-winners were nominated by Professor Philip Genty, their advisor in the Prisoners and Families Clinic and in the Moot Court program.  Together, Ms. Levin and Mr. May represented a parole client in an appellate division case. Ms. Levin also played a leading role in publicizing the Jailhouse Lawyers Manual, a guide for prisoners and others negotiating the U.S. legal system. Both students were Moot Court Editors as 2Ls; Ms. Levin went on to become a program coordinator, and Mr. May, a student judge.

The Jean Marks Murphy Prize, given by donor Arthur Murphy, the Joseph Solomon Professor Emeritus in Wills, Trusts, and Estates, is presented annually to recognize outstanding clinical work. Building on this tradition, the 2007 luncheon is the first to offer new prizes for achievement in specific subjects.

With a robust array of clinical offerings, Columbia Law School provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on legal skills by serving clients who might not otherwise be able to obtain representation.


(Left to right) Sydney Bird Levin '07, Professor Philip Genty, and Robert May '07 pose with Professor Emeritus Arthur Murphy. Ms. Levin and Mr. May received the Jean Marks Murphy Prize for exceptional clinical work.

Nicole Altman '07 (left) and Tiana Murillo '07 earned the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Clinical Student Award for their work in the Nonprofit Organizations/Small Business Clinic, directed by Professor Barbara Schatz (center).