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SULC Student Michelle Gros a Winner of ABA’s Howard C. Schwab Essay Contest

Michelle Gros (3L) won second place in the Howard C. Schwab Essay Contest, a national contest sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section. She wins $750 and membership in the Family Law Section for a year. She will attend the ABA meeting in New York on August 12 to receive her award.

Michelle’s submission: “In the Case of Biology v. Psychology: Where Did My ‘Parent’ Go?” can be accessed here via SSRN. Her winning submission augments her other published work: Since You Brought It Up: Is Legally Separating a Child Form a Non-Biological Third Party Who Has Essentially Become the Child’s Psychological Parent Really in the Best Interest of the Child? published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Southern University Law Review.

Michelle is also a member of the Southern University Law Review.  During law school, she has served as a judicial extern for Judge Wicker at the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal; an intern for Judge Pitman; Vice President of the Louisiana Judicial College at the annual Louisiana State Bar Association and LJC Summer School; a summer associate at Taylor Porter; and as a law clerk for the Department of Children and Family Services, Pelican Center for Children and Families, Uplift Adoption Network, Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, and On Point Legal Law Firm. Michelle has received CALI Excellence awards in Legal Writing, Torts, Civil Law Property, Evidence, Business Entities, and Conflict of Laws.

Prior to becoming a law student, Michelle received her Masters in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. She also holds a BS from LSU in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Human Services Management and a minor in Sociology. She worked at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge for eleven years.