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Feb 05

St. John’s Law Students Continue Dominance in NYSBA Writing Competition and Student Service Awards

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On Friday, January 29, three St. John’s Law students attended the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Annual Meeting Luncheon, where they received various awards.

Anthony Holesworth (’16) won first place in the Stein Memorial Writing Competition for the second consecutive year. Anthony also won third place in the Kaynard Memorial Student Service Award. He earned a $4,000 scholarship for his combined achievements.

Thomas Rossidis (‘17) won first place in the 2015 Samuel M. Kaynard Memorial Student Service Award, earning a $3,000 scholarship for his achievement.

Marlin Duro (‘17) won third place in the 2015 Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition, earning a $1,000 scholarship for her achievement.

In the past four years, St. John’s students have won eight of the twelve writing prizes and five of the twelve student service awards. Mr. Holesworth is the first student to win the first place research paper prize in two consecutive years (2014: “Student-Athletes or Athlete-Students? The Slippery Slope Presented by College Athletes as Employees”; 2015: “Balls, Strikes, and a Minor Pickle: the Pursuit of Bargaining Power in Major League Baseball and the Lingering Plight of Minor Leaguers”).

St. John’s is immensely proud of these students, who continue to strengthen the St. John’s Law presence in Labor and Employment Law.

The Spring 2016 semester is off to an outstanding start, and it promises to only get better. The Labor Relations and Employment Law Society’s upcoming Spring Speaker Series will feature the General Counsel of the New York Giants, the Commissioner of Labor for the City of New York, and the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.

Apr 21

Congratulations to 2015 Scholarship Winners!

Dean Michael A. Simons, Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law and Ethics, and Professor David L. Gregory, the Dorothy Day Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center, are pleased to announce the St. John’s Law students named 2015 Scholars for Excellence. They would also like to thank all of the generous alumni donations, including new endowed scholarships by Alumni Michael Borrelli, Robert Nobile, Troy Rosasco, and Isaac Torres. This year, Evan Spelfogel, a senior partner at Epstein Becker and Green, endowed a scholarship in memory of his late wife Beverly, a distinguished graduate of the St. John’s Law Class of 1984.

Congratulations to all of the students and thanks to all of their benefactors. Special thanks to the Selection Committee, including Dean Michael A. Simons, Assistant Dean Jean Arden, Ana Shields, Michael Van Aken, and David Marshall. Each of the 2015 Scholars for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, and Junior Fellows of the Center, receives a partial tuition merit scholarship. They are:

Marlin Duro ‘17 is the John Boyd Memorial Scholar and the Research Fellow of the Boyd Law Group.
Patrick Boyd ’00, founder of the Boyd Law Group, established this scholarship (2011) and research fellowship (2014). in honor of his Grandfather.

Anthony Holesworth ’16 is the inaugural Professor David L. Gregory Scholar and Research Fellow. Mr. Holesworth is also the Co-President Elect of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society, 2015-2016. David Marshall, Adjunct Professor and Counsel to the international law firm Locke Lord, has inaugurated this research scholarship.

Charles Lazo ‘16 is the Louis E. O’Neil Scholar. Terry O’Neil ’70, a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC and Adjunct Professor, inaugurated this scholarship in honor of his Father in 2012.

Matthew O’Neill ’16 is the Jackson Lewis Scholar. The scholarship was established in honor of the late Alan Becker, a partner with the firm and a mentor to the St. John’s Law graduates who founded the scholarship in 2006 in his honor: Ana Shields ‘03, Craig Roberts ‘97, and Chris Valentino’00.

Eric Barnosky ‘16 is the John Sciortino Memorial Scholar, established by Adjunct Professor Troy Rosasco.

Thomas C. Rossidis ’17 is the inaugural Richard J. and Maria Van Aken Memorial Scholar. This scholarship is established by Michael R. Van Aken ’99, Coca Cola Vice President, and Human Resources 21st Century Beverage Partnership Model, in honor of his late parents.

Arthur Rushforth ’16 is the Anthony L. Pedretti Scholar. Mark G. Pedretti ’92, a partner at Reed Smith, inaugurated this scholarship in honor of his father.

Eugene Ubawike, Jr. ’15 is the inaugural Basil Paterson ’51 Memorial Scholar.

Cynthia Lauren Vella ’16 is the Coca-Cola Scholar. Ms. Vella is also the Co-President Elect of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society, 2015-2016. Established in 2010 by Michael R. Van Aken ’99, Coca Cola Vice President, Human Resources, this nationally prestigious scholarship is coupled with compensated summer employment in the corporate labor and human resources functions of Coca-Cola.

Robert W. Vogel ‘16 continues as the Dorothy Day Memorial Scholar. This is the Law School’s senior scholarship for excellence in labor and employment law. The scholarship was founded in 1997 by Robert J. Nobile ’84, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw.

Quinn Wetherall ’16 continues as the Monsignor Thomas J. Darby Memorial Scholar. Mr. James Darby ’84 was a staff lawyer with the office of the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, an advisor to the now-late Governor of Pennsylvania, and a member of the labor board of Pennsylvania prior to becoming a distinguished arbitrator and mediator. He is the nephew of the late Monsignor, an alumnus of St. John’s University.

Thank you to all of our benefactors for your generous support!