Professor Angela Mae Kupenda, Mission First Staff Attorney Carlyn Hicks '10, Law Librarian Stephen Parks '10, NY Attorney Ke Yuan '08, and 3L Justin Townley present at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, October 2010.
MC Law Professor Angela Mae Kupenda, Mission First Staff Attorney Carlyn Hicks '10, Law Librarian Stephen Parks '10, NY Attorney Ke Yuan '08, and 3L Justin Townley presented papers on a panel at the Annual LatCrit XV Conference, hosted by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, October 7-10, 2010.
With Prof. Kupenda serving as moderator and research advisor, their panel was titled, Works in Progress: Evolving Perspectives, by Past or Present Law Students from Mississippi College School of Law. Their individual papers covered various constitutional law topics including: the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy, religion, race and gender (by Hicks) ; the Birther controversy and justiciability (by Parks); health care reform, states rights and individual rights (by Yuan); and, the fundamental root of fear in the legal system (by Townley). Most of these papers are based on work started when the participants were previously enrolled in one of Kupenda's seminars. Much of the initial work won regional student writing competitions and/or Best Paper class awards.
In addition, at the LatCrit XV Community awards luncheon, the MC Law delegation was specially recognized. Professor Kupenda was recognized and honored for her work in mentoring junior scholars. Also, Parks, Hicks, Townley, and Yuan, were specially recognized for their excellent legal scholarship and presentations. Then, Kupenda and MC Law were recognized as wonderful examples for other law professors and law schools to emulate in encouraging young scholars in their pursuit of excellence.
Professor Kupenda extends her congratulations to these young scholars. She also appreciates: MC Law Librarian Tiffany Paige for assisting with several practice sessions; Attorney Terry Neyland '10 (law clerk to Federal Judge Henry T. Wingate) for assisting with several practice sessions; her research assistant 3L Talibah Smith for presenting in the practice sessions and for assisting with the preparations; her Presidential Powers and Constitutional Law classes for observing the practice sessions; and Dean Rosenblatt for his generous support.