Two Law School Students Win Honors from Minnesota Women Lawyers
MAY 12, 2014—Two students at the Law School—Brittany Mitchell (’15) and Joanna Dobson (’16)—will be among those recognized by Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) at the group's 42nd annual meeting on May 19. Mitchell has been named the winner of MWL's 2014 Equal Justice Award, while Dobson was selected to receive an MWL Law Student Scholarship.
The Equal Justice Award is given annually to the Minnesota law student who submits the best paper or article on a topic involving law and social justice. Submissions are judged on significance, originality, presentation, persuasiveness, and impact. Brittany Mitchell wrote her article, "Expanding the Integration Mandate to Employment: The Push to Apply the Principles of the ADA and Olmstead Decision to Disability Employment Services," as a staff member of the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment. The article will appear in volume 30 of that journal, which Mitchell will serve as editor-in-chief in the coming academic year. Mitchell received her bachelor's degree in government from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., in 2007, then spent a year working for a sustainable development organization in Ecuador and four years working for Human Rights Watch in New York. While at the Law School, she has worked for the Minnesota Disability Law Center, and this summer she will be working at Stinson Leonard Street.
MWL awards its annual scholarships to students based on their demonstrated interest in furthering the organization's mission: "to advance the success of women in the legal profession and strive for a just society." Scholarship recipient Joanna Dobson did her undergraduate work at Macalester College in St. Paul, where she studied cultural anthropology, creative writing, and African studies. Before enrolling at the Law School, she worked as a community organizer for the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group for two years. During the 2013-14 academic year, Dobson volunteered with AccountAbility Minnesota, working at a free tax clinic for low-income taxpayers. This summer she will be working with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in the Housing Equality Law Project, and next year she will be participating in the Indian Child Welfare Act Clinic at the Law School.