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December 10, 2013

Anna Makowski ’13 takes second in Brown Award competition

The University of Oregon School of Law is pleased to announce that Anna Makowski, a 2013 graduate, received second place honors in the twentieth annual Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing competition. Makowski joins 2013 award recipients from Yale and Boston College. 

The award is in recognition of excellence in legal writing in American Law Schools. Her paper, "Beneath the Surface of the Clean Water Act: Exploring the Depth of the Act's Jurisdictional Scope of Groundwater Pollution," was published in Volume 49, Issue 2 of the Oregon Law Review.

Makowski's idea for the topic originated in Associate Dean Adell Amos's Water Law class at Oregon Law. She refined her thesis and topic through her Washington, D.C.-based internships with the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Section and the EPA Summer Honors Program.

Makowski attributes part of her paper's success to her many mentors including Professor Suzanne Rowe, Associate Dean Amos, Professor Mary Wood, the Oregon Law Review 2012-13 Editor-in-Chief Jon Frohnmayer and his editing staff, and practicing attorneys like Douglas Quirke '95.

Makowski is beginning her legal career practicing law in Portland. She is working at Davis Rothwell Earle & Xochihua practicing civil litigation, including some environmental matters.

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