Student Awards

Justice Louis D. Brandeis Essay Prize

This prize is given to a student in the spring semester.

2021

  • Jess Ashley Cocomazzi - LGLS 124B: Comparative Law and Development, in spring 2021, for her paper titled: "A New Legal System for the Republic of Marquette."

2020

  • Jessica Lauren Gedallovich –  LGLS 138B: Science on Trial, in spring 2020, for her paper titled: "Artificial Intelligence and Patent Law."

2019

  • Talia Reines Bornstein – LGLS 138B: Science on Trial, in spring 2019, for her paper titled: "Legality and Ethics: The Shortcomings of Patent Law."

2018

  • Valerie Achille – LGLS 189A: Business Law, in spring 2018 for her paper titled: "OSHA and Kant and Net Neutrality and Comparative Law."

2017

  • Mira Estelle Garin – LGLS 138B Science on Trial, in spring 2017, for her paper titled: "Proceed with Caution."

2016

  • David Henry Reinharz – LGLS 116B: Civil Liberties: Constitutional Debates, in spring 2016 for his paper titled: "Citizens Bank v. Freeman."

Justice Louis D. Brandeis Internship Research Prize

This prize is given to a student in the spring semester and fall semester.

2021

  • Anna Birtwell Badalament - LGLS 89A, in spring 2021, for her paper titled: "Brady Lists- A Modest Proposal: Policing Cop Culture and Breaking the Blue Wall of Silence."
  • Michael Ryan Leven - LGLS 89A, in spring 2021, for his paper titled: "When Rehabilitation Becomes Retribution: Tracking the 'Criminalization' of Mental Illness."

2020

  • Adrian Ashley – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in spring 2020, for his paper titled: "The Never-Ending Case Study in Case Management: What the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Can Do to Reduce the Length of an Investigation."

2019

  • Emma Peters – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in fall 2019, for her paper titled: "Language Access in Massachusetts Courts."

2018

  • Prue Ross – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in Fall 2018 for her paper titled: "Homeschooling and Educational Neglect in Relation to Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Regulations."
  • Renee Korgood – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in Spring 2018 for her paper titled: "Actuarial Risk Assessment in Massachusetts: Where Are We Now? Where Do We Go?"

2017

  • Mesa Robinov – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in spring 2017 for her paper titled: "The High Cost of Higher Education: The Future of Higher Education in the For-Profit, Technological Age and Its Implications for Massachusetts' Consumer Protection Law."
  • Sasha Kliger – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in fall 2017, for her paper titled: "Education is an Investment: An Analysis of For-profit Higher Education."

2016

  • Tinglan (Aaron) Dai – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in spring 2016 for his paper titled: "To Build or Not to Build? Assessing Massachusetts’ Need for Natural Gas Infrastructure."
  • Kishah Rajendran – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in fall 2016 for her paper titled: "FGM Parent-Child Asylum Claims Best Practices for Parents Seeking Relief."
  • Emily Megan Indig – LGLS 89A: Law and Society Internship and Seminar, in spring 2016 - award was for her work in Fall 2015 for her paper titled: "Balancing Criminal Justice and the Threat of Recidivism: Evaluating the Massachusetts Parole System."

Lester Martin Foundation Award in Legal Studies

This prize is awarded to a senior who has written the best thesis on a Legal Studies topic. In rare cases, the prize can be split between two.

2021

  • Michael Benjamin Atkins - In spring 2021, for his thesis paper titled: "The Ultimate Institution: The History of Solitary Confinement for Incarcerated People with Disabilities."

2020

  • Donnie Weisse – In spring 2020, for his thesis paper titled: "Natural Economic Highways and Gateways: A History of Rivers, Harbors and the Power of the Federal Government."

2019

In 2019, we divided the prize between two equally strong seniors, each from a very different field for applying legal studies topics.

  • Helen Wong – In spring 2019, wrote her thesis in the Department of Classical Studies for her thesis paper titled: "Forming Kraters in Cyprus," concerning the testing of ancient artifacts, and raising issues about intellectual property in the field of museum curation.
  • Alyssa Beaton – In spring 2019, wrote her thesis in the Business Program for her thesis paper titled: "Caruso Gardens: A Real Estate Development Feasibility Study," dealing with legal aspects of planning and regulating large-scale housing projects in urban areas.

2018

  • Zachary Kasdin – In spring 2018, for his thesis in the Department of Politics for his paper titled: "Like Lycurgus From the Grave: Constitution-Making, Nation-Making, and the Intractable Legacies of Founding Moments." Zachary worked with faculty mentor Professor Bernard Yack, and Zachary's thesis paper is a study on how various countries approach the task of writing and revising constitutions.

2017

  • Xinyu (Annie) Li – In spring 2017, for her thesis paper titled: "The Legacy of the South China Sea Arbitration."
  • Madeline Black – In spring 2017, for her thesis paper titled: "The Responsibility to Protect: Inconsistencies in Implementation."

2016

  • Allie Goodman – In Spring 2016, for her thesis paper titled: "The Road from Brown to Concerned Parents: Desegregation and Public Good Theory"