McGeorge School of Law

Class of 2010 Boasts Two Stauffer Winners

Michael Hearn and Craig Tomlins

Stauffer Awards winners Michael Hearn, left, and Craig Tomlins.

Michael Hearn has been selected as the winner of the Stauffer Charitable Trust Award for his article that appears in the latest issue of McGeorge Law Review (Volume 41, Issue 3).

Hearn's article, "Does Opportunity Knock? The California Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2009," is part of the annual "Greensheets" Legislative Review published by the journal. His analysis raises serious questions concerning the new law's ability to decrease foreclosures and help homeowners facing default. Hearn, a third-year Evening student who will earn his J.D. in December, is a graduate of SUNY-Binghamton who lives in Cortland, New York.

Craig Tomlins, '10, who graduates this month after being inducted into the Order of the Coif, was the winner of the Stauffer Award last year for his comment, "Deliberate but Not Indifferent: Amending the Prison Litigation Reform Act to Help Solve a Serious Judicial Need." The lengthy article argued for amending the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act to require a heightened pleading standard. Tomlins is a University of San Diego graduate who lives in Medford, Oregon.

The Stauffer Charitable Trust Award, which carries with it a monetary stipend, recognizes outstanding student scholarship and excellence in writing. Professors Stephanie Thompson and Gretchen Franz chair the selection committee.