UCI Law Student Tilman Heyer Wins Public Law Student Writing Competition
By Scott C. Smith*
Each year, in order to further its mission of analyzing important legal issues unique to public lawyers and recognizing the contributions of public law attorneys, the Public Law Section sponsors a Student Writing Competition. The winner of the 2015 student writing competition is Tilman Heyer, a third-year student at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Mr. Heyer has worked as a law clerk for the Orange County Office of County Counsel and for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. During his undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, he was a Fall Organizing Fellow and local leader in the 2012 presidential campaign.
Mr. Heyer’s article, "Santa Brought Measles: California’s 2014 Measles Outbreak and the Constitutionality of Mandates and Religious Exemptions" evaluates vaccination mandates and recent California legislation, Senate Bill 277 (Pan), which was signed into law on June 30, 2015. The article is published in this edition on the following pages.
Mr. Heyer received his award at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Anaheim on October 9, 2015.