The University of Oregon School of Law is pleased to announce that Anna Makowski, a 2013 graduate, is a finalist for the twentieth annual Judge John R. Brown Award accompanied by a $10,000 scholarship. 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 originally blossomed 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. She is thrilled about being a finalist for such a highly regarded award.
"I am so surprised, happy and honored to be nominated and selected as a finalist," Makowski said. "I am also very grateful for all the help I had along the way."
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 2013 Editor-in-Chief Jon Frohnmayer and his editing staff, and practicing attorneys like Douglas Quirke '95.
"Anna is an outstanding writer. Each time I read one of her papers, I am struck by its clear expression of complex analysis," said Makowski's nominator, Professor Rowe. "I was delighted to recommend her for the Brown Award, and I'm especially delighted that she is a finalist."
Makowski is very excited to be kicking off her legal career practicing law in Portland. She is working at Davis Rothwell Earle & Xochihua practicing civil litigation, including some environmental matters.
The recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by November 30, 2013.