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Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize 2013 winner

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Daniel Zapata has been awarded the 2013 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize. The Prize was established in 2009 at IIT Chicago-Kent by the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw to honor the memory of Sandra P. Zemm, who died in September 2008 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The Zemm Prize is awarded each year to a graduating senior in the certificate program who exemplifies the qualities that Ms. Zemm possessed: "a commitment to pursue a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer spirit and willingness to take the initiative wherever possible, and a gracious and generous attitude toward helping those in need." Recipients are selected by the Chicago-Kent faculty who teach in the law school's Program in Labor and Employment Law.

Daniel has amply demonstrated a commitment to a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer spirit, and concern for those in need. Daniel graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. He received a degree in political science with a minor in mathematics. Daniel has interned at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, worked as a student-attorney at the Chicago-Kent Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, clerked at Asher, Gittler & D'Alba, externed at the Illinois Labor Relations Board, and is currently a legal intern at the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Prior to entering law school, Daniel worked for United Parcel Service as a payroll and benefits supervisor. Daniel is the current president of the Labor and Employment Law Society and is a student editor for the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report. Daniel has also volunteered his time in a variety of ways. Prior to attending law school, Daniel coordinated his office's United Way fundraising activities and served as a volunteer at a homeless shelter and rehabilitation center. Daniel has also volunteered at Special Olympics events since 2005.

 

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