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Louise A. Halper Award


During the seventeen years that she taught at Washington and Lee University, Professor Louise A. Halper was an advocate for minority viewpoints on campus. She founded and served as faculty advisor to the Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Digest, which evolved into the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.  Both inside and outside the classroom, she encouraged students, whatever their politics or beliefs, to speak their minds about today’s most complicated social problems. She also urged students, via their written work, to identify and advocate for new ideas, solutions or paths towards making the world a more just society for all individuals. 

Created after Professor Halper’s unexpected passing in June 2008, the annual Louise A. Halper Award seeks to honor her efforts as an advocate, educator, mentor, colleague, and friend.  Each spring, the Award is presented to the second-year law student who is judged to have submitted the best note for publication in the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. Members of the Journal’s Editorial Board determine the winner. 

On behalf of the entire Washington and Lee community, the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice wishes to thank James (’98L) and Elizabeth Williams. Mr. Williams was the Editor-in-Chief of the Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal when he was a law student at Washington and Lee. 


2020-21: Keely Fresh (’22L), “Blood, Sweat, Tears: A Re-Examination of the Exploitation of College Athletes.”

2019-2020:  Kimberly Shi (’21L), “GPS Tracking at the Border:  A Mistaken Expectation or a Chilling Reality.”

2018-2019: Maria Liberopoulos (’20L), “Land of the Free (Appropriate Public Education), Home of the Deprived: How Vocational Services Can Remedy Education Deprivations for Former Students with Disabilities.” 

2017-2018: Caden Hayes (’19L), “Bytes Bite: Why Corporate Data Breaches Should Give Standing to Affected Individuals.”

2016-2017: Glenn Williams (’18L), “Out of the Serbonian Bog: Requiring the Government to Secure a Probable Cause Warrant Before Obtaining Third-Party Cell Site Location Information.”

2014-2015: Hunter Bayliss (’16L), “Not Just a Game: The Employment Status and Collective Bargaining Rights of Professional ESport Players.”

2013–2014: Kyle Virtue (’15L), “FTC v. Actavis: Analysis of the Court’s Decision and How It Affects Drug Prices for Those Who Need Them the Most.”

2012–2013: William Bush (’14L), “What You Sign Up For: Public University Restrictions on Online Speech After Tatro v. University of Minnesota.”

20112012: Ross Johnson (’13L), “A Monolithic Threat: The Anti-Sharia Movement and America’s Counter-Subversive Tradition.”

2010–2011: Michael Hartley (’12L), “What’s New is Old Again: Why Padilla v. Kentucky Applies Retroactively.”

2009–2010: Jennifer Nguyen (’11L), “The Three P’s of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Unaccompanied Alien Children and the Forgotten P in the William Wilberforce Trafficking Prevention Reauthorization Act.”

2008–2009: E. Benton Keatley (’10L), “The Liberty of Innocent Delights: Obscene Devices and the Limits of State Power After Lawrence v. Texas.”