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Student Scholars Named for 2012

Three Catholic University law students have been selected to present the 2012 Student Scholar Series, a forum designed to both showcase their work and give them a taste of what it is like to present scholarly papers as a professor would.

“The Columbus School of Law Student Scholars Series is intended to recognize notable legal scholarship produced by members of the student body during the academic year, and also to foster the skills associated with presenting and defending that scholarship in a professional, conference-style setting,” said A.G. Harmon, a clinical assistant professor in the Lawyering Skills Program who founded the series in 2009.
This year’s student scholars (above, left-to-right) are:
(3L) Kelsey Darnell: “Frozen in Time: Persistent Problems with Attempts at Uniformity for Social Security Inheritance Rights of Posthumous Children”
(3L) Tara Beech: “Resolving the Split: Independent Contractors and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act”
(2L) Emily Rubino: “A New Standard for Reliance in Inefficient Primary Markets”
Each faculty member may nominate one student who has written a substantial paper for credit during the previous year. The nominees provide an abstract and introduction to their work. Only current students can be nominated and the papers must be as yet unpublished.
Articles are judged anonymously by a faculty panel. The top three chosen for presentations/defense of their scholarship present in February, March, and April of 2012.
The live presentation format, which includes carefully selected respondents, is similar by design to a conference or symposium at which a law school professor might present to peers.
This year’s first presentation by Kelsey Darnell will be on Feb. 15th.