SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Former Grant County resident Riccola Voigt, a law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif., has earned distinguished honors after completing her first year of law school.
According to Dean Rudolph Hasl, this achievement reflects "both a mastery of complex legal doctrine and a command of legal analytical techniques."
Voigt received high-grade honors in Civil Procedure and Property II, and also earned a 4.0 GPA in Legal Writing II and Torts II. As a result, she was awarded the dean's scholarship, which covers half her remaining tuition, with the possibility of additional funds for next year.
A graduate of Grant Union High School in 2002 and of the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, Voigt is in her second year of law school, set to graduate in December 2010.
After ranking in the top 3 percent of her class at the end of the first semester, Voigt received an early invitation as a staff associate on the Law Review Association. She is writing a Law Review Note this semester on the limitation of the "best scientific data available" provision in the Endangered Species Act. The note will illustrate the act's shortcomings in its implementation and propose a solution, using a case study of the John Day Basin, regarding endangered fish species and instream flows versus irrigation.