Five USD School of Law Students Receive CEB Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing

Five USD School of Law Students Receive CEB Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing

Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo and CEB Award Recipients

SAN DIEGO (September 26, 2019) – Five University of San Diego (USD) School of Law students received a CEB® Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing. The award honors 1L students who demonstrate outstanding performance in a written brief. This year’s brief topic was a First Amendment issue of whether the government was endorsing religion. Congratulations to Alyson Hayden, first place award, Mikailia Hernandez, second place award, and finalists Strider Kachelein, Tiana Garbett and Daniel Rosen. The first and second place awardees received a financial stipend, and all students received a certificate acknowledging their outstanding briefs.

The CEB panel of judges included three USD School of law alumni, Kathyrn Kirschbaum, ’11 (JD), California Deputy Attorney General, James John Dalessio, ’90 (JD), Appellate Court Attorney, Fourth District Court of Appeal and Mary A. Lehman, ’91 (JD), Lehman Appeals.

CEB is a nonprofit program, founded by the University of California and the California State Bar to help returning World War II veterans return to the practice of law.  CEB continues its commitment to education, legal research and public service. CEB created this award program 12 years ago to recognize outstanding briefs written by first year students.  This is the first year USD School of Law students have been invited to participate.  A luncheon and ceremony were held on campus to honor the winners.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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