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The Law and Criminal Justice Prize was established in 2011 by the Department of Political Science as the Law and Society Prize. The name was changed in 2016 to the Law and Criminal Justice Prize. This prize is for outstanding achievement and commitment to legal issues and notions of justice in contemporary society. The recipient of this prize is Phoebe Hassaine.

Phoebe is a double major in political science and law and criminal justice. She was invited to do a Departmental Honors project and her presentation explores “Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the American Media: Sustaining a Culture of Fear.” Phoebe is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi and recently presented a paper at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference addressing gang violence in Latin America. Phoebe also took part in the Training Ms. President Conference, which strives to empower female leaders.

The Josephine Panarella Law and Criminal Justice was established in 2017 by Roxane Rock Panarella ’92 in memory of her mother, Josephine. The award is given annually to a senior majoring in law and criminal justice who demonstrates academic excellence. This year’s recipient is Lydia Jines.

Lydia is a law and criminal justice major who has been on the Dean’s List for academic excellence four years in a row. She earned Convocation Honors in 2015 and 2016 and will graduate summa cum laude in 2017. Lydia is a member of Sigma Iota Rho (global studies) and Alpha Lambda Delta (first-year students) and wrote a year long Departmental Honors paper. She was also awarded Hood’s Outstanding Elementary Arabic Student Award in 2016 and has been the leader of Hood’s Model UN program for several years. Lydia will be attending law school in the fall.