Awards

The Audrey J. Harris Summer Internship Award

The Audrey J. Harris Summer Internship Award is awarded to several students each year to support their completion of the intensive 300 hour criminal justice internship. Center faculty and staff nominate students based on potential for significant contribution to the field, academic performance, leadership and financial circumstances.

Audrey J. Harris Summer Internship Award Recipients

The 2020 Award Recipients

Matthew Armbruster, original internship with WI Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations

Natalie Binversie, original internship with WI Department of Justice, Crime Lab Bureau – DNA Analysis Unit

Melanie Helvick, interned with MRI Study with the Mind Research Network at Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center

Faith Kim, interned with WI Department of Justice, Criminal Litigation Unit

Taylor Rock, interned with the Mendota Mental Health Institute

Kayla Zhang, interned with the School of Human Ecology Jail Study

                 

                 

The 2019 Award Recipients

 

  • Mouna Algahaithi, interning with Wisconsin Public Television
  • Brandon Azzolina, interning with Office of the Public Defender – Investigations
  • Lauren Bluhm, interning with Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Carissa DeLain, interning with Division of Criminal Investigations – Appleton
  • Dana Djordjevic, interning with Attic Correctional Services, Drug Case Management

  • Kyra Jaehn, interning with Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Facility
  • Melanie Mason, interning with Journey Community Treatment Alternatives
  • Gabrielle Masson, interning with Office of the Public Defender – Investigations
  • Alyssa Meurer, interning with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

  • Grace Mueller, interning with Division of Criminal Investigations – ICAC
  • Morgan Smigielski, interning with Office of the Public Defender – Jail Intake
  • Shamany Wallace, interning with Madison Urban Ministry – Just Bakery
  • Allie Wolff, interning with Meltzer and Bell Law Firm

The 2018 Award Recipients

                    

  • Carolyn Busse, interned with WI Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice and Information Analysis
  • Niki Kane, interned with Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office
  • Callie Kutasi, interned with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrator, Madison Office

                    

  • Kagan McCarty, interned with WI Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations (WSIC)
  • Carolyn Meissner, interned with Madison Police Department
  • Banke Oginni, interned with Arc Maternal Infant Program

                  

  • Christina Porter, interned with Wisconsin Department of Justice – Field Operations Bureau (Major Crimes)
  • Abbey Schlicksup, interned with Cook County Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Unit
  • Jaylen Windham, interned with Cook County Public Defender’s Office

 

The 2017 Award Recipients

bass                       fuerst

  • Y’Noka Bass, interned with the Goodman Community Center
  • Sydney Beecher, interned with the Department of Justice, Criminal Litigation Unit
  • Tamara Fuerst, interned with the Alabama Department of Mental Health – Deaf Services

gosey            hughey           kinney

  • Carmen Gosey, interned with WI State Public Defender – Client Services
  • Brandon Hughey, interned with the WI Innocence Project
  • Brenna Kinney, interned with WI Department of Corrections – Division of Community Corrections

mccarthy            schatz           ulm

  • Kellen McCarthy, interned with WI Department of Corrections – Division of Community Corrections
  • Elizabeth Schatz, interned with CUNA Mutual
  • Mollie Ulm, interned with Family Services Madison – Steps to Success

The 2016 Award Recipients

Altenhofen           Bratsos            Hasle

Amanda Litchke            Tierra Merritt            steele

  • Amanda Litchke, interned with WI Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Tierra Merritt, interned with Dane County Restorative Justice Court
  • Olivia Steele, interned with WI Department of Justice – Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis

Meg Sternitzky       vermaak        Chris Viveros       Angela Whicher

The 2015 Award Recipients

Rachel Abraham           Daniel Adler          Shannon Davis

  • Rachel Abraham, interning with Dane County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Daniel Adler, interning with WI State Public Defender – Jail Intake
  • Shannon Davis, interning with Dane County Juvenile Reception Center

Grace Hussey           Meghan Kellner           Benjamin Leuzinger

Ian Mickelson        Samantha Pecore        Brian Victor        Carrie Xiong

The 2014 Award Recipients

Sarah Dobrofsky            Vanessa Everson            Clara Graber

Kara Kurland            Wylisa McIntosh            Zachariah Sibley

Ashleigh Teasley            Cha Yang

The 2013 Award Recipients

Alex Pfeil             April Pitzen           Holly Ryan

  • Alexander Pfeil, interning with the Madison Police Department
  • April Pitzen, interning with WI State Public Defender – Investigation
  • Holly Ryan, interning with the Dane County Juvenile Reception Center

Jason Scott        Kang "Penny" Thao        Nicole Valk        Brenna Van Maren

  • Jason Scott, interning with the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Kang “Penny” Thao, interning with WI Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections
  • Nicole Valk, interning with the Department of Justice, Criminal Litigation
  • Brenna Van Maren, interning with Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation

The 2012 Award Recipients

Becky Gaffer            Allison Gilmore            Jaimee Goldish

  • Becky Gaffer interned for the Wisconsin Department of Justice in Madison in the Criminal Litigation Unit.
  • Allison Gilmore interned at the Children’s Court Services in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She worked specifically with the Juvenile Court Intake Department.
  • Jaimee Goldish interned at the Madison Police Department.

Kiara Hibler            Ia Lo            Jackson Sattell

  • Kiara Hibler interned at the Office of the Public Defender in Madison.
  • Ia Lo interned at ARC Community Services.
  • Jackson Sattell interned with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Division of Community Corrections.

Tyra Walker            Lisa N. Xiong

  • Deb Stowe [No Picture] interned at the Rock County Drug Court – Community RECAP program.
  • Tyra Walker interned at the Milwaukee Public Defender’s Office as a Client Service Specialist.
  • Lisa N. Xiong interned with the Wisconsin State Public Defender – Madison Trial Office (Client Services Unit).

The Irene B. Katele Outstanding Student Award

The Irene B. Katele Outstanding Student Award is conferred by the faculty of the Center for Law, Society and Justice to recognize Legal Studies students based on their academic performance, potential for significant contribution to the field, and leadership.

Irene B. Katele Outstanding Student Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020 Award Recipients!

 Jennifer Brown               Carissa DeLain                  Callie Kutasi                  Grace Mueller                   Katie Plachta

                                                           

Jennifer Brown: After graduation, I will be joining the Jewish Child and Family Services Child Welfare – Foster Care team in Chicago as a Case Manager! I am beyond thankful for UW-Madison and everything I learned over the past four years through my academic, personal and professional endeavors. I look forward to advocating for children in this role and applying the skills and knowledge I learned through my all of my social work and legal studies courses. I plan to attend law school in the future, but I am eager to gain more professional experience before resuming my education. On Wisconsin!

Carissa DeLain: I am planning to attend law school in the coming years. Because I am graduating at 20 years old, I decided to take time off to work and gain more experience in the field before I enroll in law school. I just started my new job as a legal assistant with a single attorney general practice in my hometown. I am very grateful for my UW Legal Studies education and my instructors who always pushed me to work a little bit harder, aim a little bit higher, and put my heart into everything I do. Thank you, UW Legal Studies Department, and On Wisconsin!

Callie Kutasi: I will be attending Loyola University Chicago School of Law in the fall. I am excited to experience a new city and begin my life in Chicago. I am so appreciative of the faculty at UW Madison specifically those within the Legal Studies department for helping me to realize my potential and further develop my interest in criminal law. I look forward to seeing what the future holds. On Wisconsin!

Grace Mueller: I am very excited to announce that I will be starting the 2020 Police Academy with the City of Madison Police Department next month. I am overjoyed to serve and protect the City of Madison as a Police Officer. As my time on the UW Women’s Basketball team comes to a close, I am thrilled to join a new team with MPD and begin this next chapter of my life.

Katie Plachta: I am excited to begin my 1L studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School in the fall. In the meantime, I will continue working at the UW System’s Office of General Counsel and Office of Compliance and Integrity who have provided me with so much academic and professional advice over the past year. I hope to pursue a career in law that will allow me to utilize my scientific background, whether that is patent litigation or environmental law. Madison has become my home over the past four years and I am looking forward to spending many more evenings at the Terrace!

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Recipients: Deeba Abrishamchi, Madison Neinfeldt, Maria Palivos, Karen Perez-Wilson, and Yi Wu.

The 2018 Award Recipients

Sydney Beecher    Lillian Childress    Craig Farner    Kate Faryniaz    Kate Stone     Rachel Zierden

The 2018 Award Recipients were: Sydney Beecher, Lillian Childress, Craig Farner, Kate Faryniaz, Kate Stone, and Rachel Zierden

The 2017 Award Recipients

Olivia Blauert   Marielos Cabrera   Giovanna Stern   Julia Tabat   Angela Whicher

The 2017 Award Recipients were: Olivia Blauert, Marielos Cabrera, Giovanna Stern, Julia Tabat, and Angela Whicher

The 2016 Award Recipients

Colleen Albregt    Sehr Kahn     Samantha Kalsow     Kara Kurland    Leah Rafferty

The 2016 Award Recipients were: Colleen Albregt, Sehr Kahn, Samantha Kalsow, Kara Kurland, Leah Rafferty, and Hana Yamahiro (no picture)

The 2015 Award Recipients

Alyssa Bernett    Amy Johnson    Kirsten Lee     Libbie Osaben

The 2015 Award Recipients were: Alyssa Bernett, Amy Johnson, Kirsten Lee, Callahan Miller (no picture), and Libbie Osaben

The 2014 Award Recipients

April Pitzen    Anna Jones    Kristin McGaver    Holly Ryan

The 2014 Award Recipients were: April Pitzen, Anna Jones, Kristin McGaver, Holly Ryan, and Kyle Talma (no picture)

The 2013 Award Recipients

Catherine Cwirla    Allison Gilmore    Sara Hilt    Reginald Young

The 2013 Award Recipients were: Catherine Cwirla, Greg Docter (no picture), Allison Gilmore, Sara Hilt, and Reginald Young