Vladislava Soshkina J.D. '13 received the I'Anson Award, the highest award given to a graduating student by the Law School's faculty, during the Law School's Diploma Ceremony on May 12. The award recognizes great professional promise through scholarship, character, and leadership, and is named in honor of Lawrence W. I'Anson (1907-1990), a graduate of the College of William & Mary and Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.
"The Class of 2013 is an extraordinarily strong group of students," said Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas. "Many members of the class have already accomplished much, making the selection process particularly difficult for the faculty, but Vlada Soshkina was at the top of their list."
Soshkina was born in the Ukraine, and came to the United States with her family during childhood, settling in Brooklyn. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University, and won a prize for writing the best honors thesis in the university's Politics Department.
She attained an extraordinary record of academic accomplishment during law school. She was inducted into the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor a law student can achieve, and was tied for second in her class. She received an honors grade in all four semesters of the Legal Skills Program and also served as a notes editor on the William and Mary Law Review. Her student note was published in Volume 54 of the Law Review and was awarded third place in a national legal writing competition in securities law.
Soshkina was also widely engaged in the life of the Law School. She served as a teaching assistant in Torts and in our legal writing program. She also served as the lead recruitment counsel for the Trial Team, as co-president of the Election Law Society, and as chief of staff of the Student Bar Association. After taking the bar, she will move to New York City with her husband Alex to join the firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
"Vlada, we salute you for your remarkable law school success," Douglas said, "and look forward to all that you will accomplish in your life."