College Columns May 2022 - Page 20

Distinguished Students continued from page 19 outstanding research . She is a research assistant for Professor Lori Andrews , researching the topic of discrimination in artificial intelligence hiring . She was a summer associate at Kirkland and Ellis in 2021 , where she worked on a death penalty pro bono case , and will be joining that firm as an associate in 2022 . Kelby ’ s hobby is music and a love of opera .
From the 8th Circuit : Renhua ( Alex ) Xuan who is a 3L at Washington University School of Law . Alex is a winner of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal prize for having the highest grade in his bankruptcy class . He is the staff editor of the Jurisprudence Review and a teaching assistant for Professor Daniel Keating for LLM Students and for Professor Danielle D ’ Onfro . He summered at Kirkland & Ellis in 2021 and will be joining that firm in 2022 . As a first year student , Alex externed for 3 bankruptcy judges , Judges Charles Novack , Roger Efremsky and Judge William Lafferty . Judge Lafferty commended Mr . Xuan as being an “ absolutely superb extern in our court , in every respect . Conceptually he grasped the basics of bankruptcy law ( this was as a first year , prior to taking a bankruptcy course ) because he grasped the “ logic ” of the Code in the broader sense of the overall statutory purpose of promoting an efficient and equitable liquidation or a fair and feasible reorganization .” Alex grew up in China and came to the United States for college . At the University of Chicago , he majored in math and later taught math at the University of Montana . Alex loves classical music , chess and skiing .
From the 10th Circuit : Jonathan Francisco Garcia who is a 2L at Brigham Young University J . Reuben
Clark School of Law and serves on the BYU Law Review as an associate editor of the law review . Jonathan is a recipient of the Wendy C . Archibald Meritorious Achievements and Distinguished Service Award and served as a judicial extern for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah from May 2021 until August 2021 . He is writing a law review note on whether defunct businesses are eligible to file subchapter V cases . Bankruptcy Judge Anderson commented that Jonathan has a passion for bankruptcy law and that “ during his externship , Mr . Garcia took advantage of every learning opportunity that crossed his path . … He chose to write about eligibility standards for Subchapter V bankruptcy cases , due to his keen interest in small business reorganization .” Jonathan will be a summer associate at Wilson Soncini but hopes to clerk for a bankruptcy judge after graduation . Jonathan ’ s interest in bankruptcy law flows from a family member who owned a small business that was compelled to seek relief under the Code . He thinks the SBRA is a great tool for small businesses who simply cannot afford chapter 11 . Jonathan has a Master ’ s degree in writing which he obtained prior to attending law school . He loves to ski and be with his family .