Albany Law School student Aurelia Marina Pohrib '12 of Queens, N.Y., is the winner of the 2011 Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship.
The award, funded by Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein and administered by The New York Bar Foundation, is presented annually to a student who exhibits excellence in legal writing and advocacy skills. The $5,000 scholarship will be applied to Pohrib’s law school tuition for the 2011-2012 year.
Pohrib was recognized for her paper, “The Market for Egg Donation: Its Economic Inequalities and Lack of Regulation.” She analyzed the market for egg donation within the United States with respect to the country’s constitutional right of procreative liberty. The essay may be viewed at www.tnybf.org.
“Even though the reproductive technologies market has been surrounded with controversy and debate, the market of egg donation has received little attention from the law," Pohrib explained. "Many scholars argue that there is an increased need for federal regulation and look to other countries as examples, while others argue that current protections in the law of contracts and property are enough to protect consumers in this free market system."
Pohrib continued, "This paper analyzes the market of egg donation within the Unites States with respect to the country’s long standing constitutional right of procreative liberty, and argues that although some sort of uniform regulation is necessary to protect consumers from certain economic injustices, the country’s longstanding constitutional freedom will provide an impediment to such regulation.”
A 2009 graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Pohrib is a student ambassador at Albany Law and a member of the Albany Law Journal of Science of Technology. She is currently working as a summer research assistant at Albany Law School and a volunteer legal intern at UNITED SIKHS.
Pohrib was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, and immigrated to the United States in 2001. She has wanted to attend law school since attending the Junior State of America summer school at Yale University in 2004 and studying constitutional law and public speaking and the law.
"Making the decision to attend law school has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life," Pohrib said, noting that she is also interested in environmental and international law.
Judge Meyer was an associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1979-1986 and practiced with Meyer Suozzi from 1987 until his death in 2005. He served as special deputy attorney general of New York in charge of the Special Attica Investigation and was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Integrity in Government.