Kelsey Balwin ’14 and Ari Diaconis ’14 have been named the first- and second-place recipients of the 2013 Fraser Prizes. A gift of William Metcalf, Jr., LL.B. 1901, in memory of former Cornell Law librarian Alexander Hugh Ross Fraser, the prizes are awarded annually to two third-year students who exemplify superior scholarship.
“The Fraser Prize is an unusual one in that both the faculty and the students are involved in the selection,” notes Anne Lukingbeal, Associate Dean and Dean of Students. The third-year class votes for the recipients from a list of ten candidates submitted by the faculty. She adds, “Both of the students selected this fall have accomplishments which make them excellent recipients of the Fraser Prize.”
Baldwin is a senior notes editor on the Cornell Law Review. During her first year at the Law School, she was the winner of the Langfan Moot Court Competition, and during her second year, she served as a tutor and a Lawyering Honors Fellow. Diaconis is an articles editor on the Cornell Law Review, has participated in both the Cornell Prison Education Teaching program and the Securities Law Clinic, and was the runner-up in the Langfan Moot Court Competition during his first year.
“My professors have challenged me and supported me since my first day as a 1L,” says Baldwin. “Moreover, I’ve been absolutely blown away by the intellect, passion, and warmth of my classmates. To be recognized by such an outstanding group of people makes me feel both profoundly honored and humbled.” After graduating in the spring, Baldwin will begin work at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City.
“Receiving one of the Fraser Prizes is an honor,” says Diaconis. After graduation, he will clerk for Judge Edward R. Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and then expects to join the litigation department at Sullivan & Cromwell. “There's a group of extremely intelligent and hard-working students here at Cornell, and it's nice to know they value my participation as much as I value theirs.”