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Waldin '15, was awarded The New York Bar Foundation Judge
S. Bernard Meyer Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.
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.
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.
scholarship-winning paper "Trash:
Getting Rid of Unwanted Children through 'Private Re-Homing'," written
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
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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