Waldin '15 Awarded Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship for Advocacy

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Kimberly Waldin '15, was awarded The New York Bar Foundation Judge S. Bernard Meyer Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

Established in 2004 by the law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., where Judge Meyer had practiced and been a senior partner prior to his appointment and after his services, this scholarship is awarded to a law school student who displays excellence in legal writing and advocacy skills and the topic is relative to the law every year.

Waldin, a native of Ballston Spa, N.Y., received her B.A. in Theatre from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., in 1998. Prior to enrolling in Albany Law, Waldin served as an education consultant with the New York State Theatre Institute for 15 years, where she taught performing arts and technical theatre classes to children ages three to 16, mentored new faculty and interns, and met with members of the assembly to discuss the benefits of arts education.

Her scholarship-winning paper "Trash: Getting Rid of Unwanted Children through 'Private Re-Homing'," written for Professor Anthony Farley's course on International Child Rights, discusses the recent discovery and media attention to the phenomenon of Americans advertising their children, mostly foreign adopted children, as unwanted through social media. The paper specifically focuses on the ways children's rights were violated using the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child as a basis for discussion, and recommends a Department of Justice program that could potentially be expanded to help put a stop to rehoming. 

“I have always been drawn to issues that affect children, so the course was very appealing, and tackling a difficult topic such as rehoming to help keep attention on the issue and offer a potential solution was important to me” said Waldin of her work.

Waldin also noted, “I believe being a part of the Albany Government Law Review gave me a huge advantage in this competition because of the writing (and appropriate citation) experience students gain by working all year with professionally written submissions and in writing our own submissions.  I cannot praise the law journals enough for that experience, and I strongly encourage my fellow students to find a way to work with the journals or e-journals, either by submitting work or by applying for a spot on a journal.”

This past year, Waldin was the Pro Bono Project Director for the Albany County Family Court Help Desk, where she got the first taste of family law. Currently a legal intern with SUNY Charter Schools Institute, she is tasked with revising guidelines documents for charter schools and helping review new charter applications. As well, as of June 2014, she holds a simultaneous internship with the Office of the Ombudsman, Office of Children & Family Services, where she is focused on juvenile justice. “My hope is to pursue a career somewhere between education law and juvenile justice” said Waldin, a wife and mother of two young children.

Kimberly Waldin is also the also the 2013 sole recipient, and one of the five 2014 recipients, of the Hon. Robert G. Main, Sr., and Hon. Robert G. Main, Jr., Legal Scholarships.

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