Three U of I Law Students Win Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law Section Paper Competition
May 13, 2020
Three University of Idaho College of Law students have won the Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law Section research and writing competition, each earning a scholarship award. All winners have been invited to present their papers to attorneys at the Business & Corporate Law Section’s annual meeting in Boise on August 21. The winners are:
Jamie Schwantes, 2L, won a $1,250 award for her article “Beneficial or Superficial? An Analysis of Benefit Corporations in Idaho,” working with faculty advisor Wendy Couture. Drawing on her family’s experience owning a small business and her undergraduate degree in economics, Jamie plans to pursue a career in business and corporate law when she graduates.
Michael DeLeon Guerrero, 3L, won a $750 award for his paper “Drafting a Domestic Policy to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions that can Withstand International Scrutiny,” working with faculty advisor Anastasia Telesetsky. Michael plans to pursue a career in civil litigation, and he is joining the firm of Perkins, Mitchell, Pope, & McAllister upon graduation.
Clayton Boeckel, 2L, won a $500 award for his entry “Innovation Driving Agency: Applying Vicarious Liability to Ride-Sharing Companies,” working with faculty advisor Wendy Couture. When he graduates, Clayton plans to pursue a LL.M in Taxation and a career in the areas of corporate and tax law.
“I’d like to thank the Section for its ongoing generous support of our inspiring students,” said Wendy Couture, who coordinated the competition as a member of the College of Law faculty and a member of the Business & Corporate Law Section’s Governing Council.
The following members of the Business & Corporate Law Section and College of Law faculty served as judges: David Hammerquist, Boyd Hawkins, Ryan Lincoln, Deborah McIntosh, Nathan Ohler, Kendall Prohaska, Sarah Reed and John Rumel. The judges praised the quality and creativity of all of the submitted papers.
The annual competition is open to 2Ls and 3Ls, and papers must be at least 20 pages in length and explore significant research in business and corporate law. The awards are funded by the Idaho State Bar’s Business & Corporate Law Section.