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Student Notes Colloquia

Student Note Awards and Colloquia

Each year, Staffwriters (second-year law students) write a Note on an issue of current interest in the law with the help of a faculty advisor and a member of the Law Review’s Editorial Board. All entries submitted to the Board are read and evaluated for quality of writing and citation. Authors of the two most outstanding Notes receive one of two awards—the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award or the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award—along with a cash prize. The following year, the award winners present their Notes to faculty, staff, and students at the Law Review’s annual Student Notes Colloquium. The award-winning Notes, along with other well-written Notes, are published by the Washington and Lee Law Review.

2021 Notes Award Winners:

Sasha Hoyt, ‘22L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for her Note, The Impact of Uncertainty Regarding Patent Eligible Subject Matter for Investment in U.S. Medical Diagnostic Technologies.

Phillip Harmon, ‘22L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Review Award for this Note, Data Breach Notification Laws and the Quantum Decryption Problem.

2020 Notes Award Winners:

Lee S. Brett, ‘21L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for his Note, No Earlier Confession to Repeat: Seibert, Dixon, and Question First Interrogations.

Mitchell E. McCloy, ‘21L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for his Note, Blind Justice: Virginia’s Jury Sentencing Scheme and Impermissible Burdens on a Defendant’s Right to Jury Trial.

2019 Notes Award Winners:

Andrew Robert Klimek, ‘20L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for his Note, Reinvesting in RICO with Cryptocurrencies: Using Cryptocurrency Networks to Prove RICO’s Enterprise Requirement.

Ryan E. Johnson, ‘20L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for his Note, Supervisors Without Supervision: Colon, McKenna, and the Confusing State of Supervisory Liability in the Second Circuit.

2018 Notes Award Winners:

Mary Nobles Hancock, ‘19L, recieved the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for her Note, God Save the United States and this Honorable County Board of Commissioners: Lund, Bormuth, and the Fight Over Legislative Prayer.

Ian J. McElhaney, ‘19L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for his Note, If a Tree Falls in a Roadway, Is Anyone Liable?: Proposing the Duty of Reasonable Care for Virginia’s Road-Maintaining Entities.

2017 Notes Award Winners:

Shaun M. Bennett, ‘18L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for his Note, Whistling Loud and Clear: Applying Chevron to Subsection 21F of Dodd-Frank.

Chris H. Hurley, ‘18L received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for his Note, The Off-Label Use of  POM Wonderful: Using Section 43(a) to Eliminate Misleading Off-Label Drug Promotion.

2016 Notes Award Winners:

Daniel J. Martin, ‘17L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for his Note, Dispersing the Cloud: Reaffirming the Right to Destroy in a New Era of Digital Property

Leanna C. Minix, ‘17L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for her Note, Examining Rule 11(b)(1)(N) Error: Guilty Pleas, Appellate Waiver, and Dominguez Benitez

2015 Notes Award Winners:

Alexandra L. Klein, ‘16L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for her Note, The Freedom to Pursue a Common Calling: Applying Intermediate Scrutiny to Occupational Licensing Statutes

Claire L. Leonard, ‘16L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for her Note, In Need of Direction: An Evaluation of the “Direct Effect” Requirement Under the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act

2014 Notes Award Winners:

Meg E. Sawyer, ‘15L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for her Note, The Prior Convictions Exception: Examining the Continuing Validity of Almendarez-Torres Under Alleyne.

R. Garrett Rice, ‘15L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for his Note, “Groove is in the Hart“: A Workable Solution for Applying the Right of Publicity to Video Games.

2013 Notes Award Winners:

Meghan E. Flinn, ‘14L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for her Note, A Continuing War with Asbestos: The Stalemate Among State Courts on Liability for Take-Home Asbestos Exposure.

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Kyle A. Dolinsky, ‘14L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for his Note, CAD’s Cradle: Untangling Copyrightability, Derivative Works, and Fair Use in 3D Printing.

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2012 Notes Award Winners:

Claire M. Hagan, ‘13L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for her Note, Sheltering Psychiatric Patients from the DeShaney Storm: A Proposed Analysis for Determining Affirmative Duties to Voluntary Patients

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Luther R. Ashworth II, ‘13L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for his Note, Is Hedge Fund Advisor Registration Necessary to Accomplish the Goals of the Dodd–Frank Act’s Title IV?

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2011 Notes Award Winners:

Christopher Alexion M. Alexion, ‘12L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for his Note, Open the Door, Not the Floodgates: Controlling Qui Tam Litigation under the False Claims Act

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Christine M. Shepard, ‘12L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for her Note, Corporate Wrongdoing and the In Pari Delicto Defense in Auditor Malpractice Cases: A New Approach

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2010 Notes Award Winners:

Micah Prieb Stoltzfus Jost, ‘11L, received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for his Note, Independent Contractors, Employees, and Entrepreneurialism Under the National Labor Relations Act: A Worker-by-Worker Approach.

Aaron R. Sims, ‘11L, received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for his Note, SIGTARP and the Executive-Legislative Clash: Confronting a Bowsher Issue with an Eye Toward Preserving the Separation of Powers During Future Crisis Legislation.

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