The National Jurist - Back to School 2017 - 6
STUDENTS MAKING NEWS
A blow to the
head, but also a
Andrew Miller, a third-year law student
at The George Washington University
Law School, is a prime example of how
courage pays. He was on his way home
when he saw 62-year-old John Rowley
fighting off attackers in a Washington,
D.C., Metro station. While others stood
Miss New York
Mi s s Ne w Yo r k
is also a law student. Gabrielle
Walter, a third-year
at University at Buffalo
School of Law, was
crowned Miss New York on
May 28 and plans to compete for the Miss America
title this fall.
Walter won the swimsuit competition and performed "All I Ask of You"
from the musical "The
Phantom of the Opera,"
The Buffalo News reported. She is the creator of
DreamUp New York, a
program of goal-setting
workshops for students.
by, Miller jumped in to stop the assault,
receiving a blow to the head and a concussion in the process.
"If you don't do something, the consequences are far greater than if you do and
get hurt," Miller said at a press conference.
While waiting for authorities to arrive
at the scene, Rowley noticed that Miller
was carrying a law book. He asked Miller
if he were a lawyer, and Miller told him
he was a law student.
Little did Miller know that Rowley
was a partner at the law firm of Baker
McKenzie and a former federal prosecutor. A few days after the attack, Rowley
reached out to Miller through email and
began corresponding with him. A week
later, Rowley called Miller and offered
him a job as a summer associate in Baker
McKenzie's D.C. office.
"I've practiced law for quite a while
now, and frankly, natural leaders are hard
to find," Rowley told The American
Lawyer. "When I met [Miller] and I got
to know him a little bit, reflecting back
on the courage of jumping in, he was the
kind of person that we wanted to have
here at the firm this summer."
Law school defends
A law student who allegedly harassed a
professor is being defended by his school,
which says he was at most obnoxious.
Appalachian School of Law is defending the student against sexual harassment
claims made by Hillary Lynne Burgess, a
former visiting professor, The National
Law Journal reported. Burgess sued the law
school claiming she was harassed by the
male student with a fondness for firearms.
The student was aggressive and disruptive
and allegedly targeted Burgess because she
was a woman. Burgess eventually moved
her family out of the city and taught courses
remotely to avoid him.
"While [Burgess] may have found [the
student] personally offensive, this conduct
does not rise to the level of being objectively
severe and pervasive to support plaintiff 's
claim of hostile work environment sexual
harassment," Appalachian School of Law's
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Back to School 2017
Texas A&M student hopes to
change the world
Amanda Sarmiento, a new student
at Texas A&M University School of
Law, won the 2017
One Lawyer Can
Change the World
scholarship, presented by Barbri
Law Preview and
the American Bar
scholarship will go
first-year tuition as
she pursues a career
as an immigration
required to write essays describing
how they would change the world.
"Every person in this country is
affected in some way by immigration.
The topic is at the forefront of political discourse and a hot-button issue
in our society," Sarmiento said. "This
scholarship will greatly benefit me in
my quest to create meaningful immigration legislation, and in doing so,
change the world, and allow me the
opportunity and privilege of impacting the lives of so many for years to
Penn law student and an
Louis Capozzi, a second-year student at University of Pennsylvania
Law School, is the new judge of election for Ward 27,
Division 11, in
serve on a fiveperson board that
and is expected
to be present at
on election days to check in voters,
ensure that they receive ballots and
explain voting procedures. He will
serve a four-year term.