Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Edelson PC Consumer Scholarship. We were thrilled by not only the large number of applications received, but more profoundly, by the level of thought given to consumer privacy issues by applicants.
The scholarship was created to encourage and support law students who are passionate about consumer privacy issues. In choosing the recipients, we took into consideration each applicant’s written submission, as well as his or her demonstrated commitment to consumer privacy interests.
After careful consideration, we are extremely pleased to announce that the following individuals are winners of the 2016 Edelson PC Consumer Privacy Scholarship:
The first place winner, who will receive $10,000 towards law school tuition and expenses, is Christine Bannan. Christine is a 3L at the University of Notre Dame Law School. In the privacy context, she spent her 2L summer as a legal intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She is also an International Association of Privacy Professionals Certified Information Privacy Professional. Christine wrote about the rise of the Internet of Things and how the security of wifi-enabled consumer products be the next major issue for consumer privacy.
The second place winner, who will receive $5,000 towards law school tuition and expenses, is Kristina Semeryuk. Kristina is a 2L at the University of Notre Dame Law School where she is treasurer of the Intellectual Property Law Society and a member of the Business Law Forum. Kristina’s submission focused on big data. She proposed a regulatory scheme for data brokers similar to FCRA for credit reporting agencies that would give consumers the right to access their own data from data brokers and correct any inconsistencies.
The third place winner, who will receive $2,500 towards law school tuition and expenses, is Matthew McCoy. Matthew is a 3L at the University of Washington School of Law. There, he is a member of the Tech Policy Lab and the Tech Law and Public Policy Clinic and the founder of the Privacy Law Society. In the privacy space, Matthew spent his 2L summer as a legal extern at the Federal Trade Commission focusing on data breach, security, and malware cases. Matthew wrote about the current state of data breach notification statutes and argued against the enactment of a federal data breach notification statute.
Please note that the firm’s selection of these recipients is not an endorsement of any specific idea they proposed. Rather, we understand that the issues surrounding consumer privacy are complicated and deserve a robust debate. Thus, we were looking for thoughtful submissions rather that entries that simply mirrored our views.
Congratulations to our winners!