Passion for Environmental Law Nets Carpenter Prize for Wooster Senior

Methawee Manupipatpong receives prestigious pre-law award

21 April, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Methawee Manupipatpong, a senior philosophy and political science double major at The College of Wooster, has been chosen to receive the 2014 David L. Carpenter Pre-Law Prize. The award is presented annually to Wooster's top pre-law student. Selection is based on academic achievement, participation in Wooster's Pre-Law Advising Program, experience as a student leader, and a commitment to personal honesty and integrity.

A graduate of American School in Japan and a resident of Bangkok, Manupipatpong has a clear vision of what area of law she wishes to pursue. "I would like to provide guidance and representation as a public service, while keeping in mind the ultimate goal of strengthening the national environmental law system," she says. "At the same time, as a lawyer and also a member of society, I will continue to participate in community projects and work together with organizations, volunteers, and locals alike to protect the universal and indispensable right to a healthy environment.

"A passion for and comprehension of the law take more than mere 'book knowledge' of statutes and principles," she adds. "I believe that, just as representing people and their interests calls for in-depth discussion between attorney and client, protecting the environment entails getting dirty from soil and sweat, a full appreciation for the diversity around me, as well as a keen sense of duty to understand and assist those acting on behalf of the government."

Manupipatpong, who was accepted at eight law schools, has chosen to attend the University of California Berkeley in the fall. While at Wooster, she distinguished herself in the quantity and quality of her extracurricular activities and achievements. She served as co-president of the Philosophy Club, co-director of One Earth environmental club, president of After These Messages a cappella group, communications director of The College of Wooster Democrats, physical media coordinator for the Barack Obama Campaign, and a Resident Assistant with the Office of Residence Life. She also was elected to Phi Sigma Tau philosophy honor society and Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. In addition, she received a College Scholar Award, the Wooster Legal Alumni Promising Pre-Law Student Prize, and was named to the Dean's List.

Manupipatpong's most impressive accomplishments came as a member of Wooster's Moot Court Team, highlighted by a second-place orator award at the 2013 Midwest Regional and the 2012 Great Lakes Regional. She also won the 2013 American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Championship Brief Writing competition. In addition she had internships with the Creative Urban Solutions Center and the Office of the Attorney General for Washington, D.C. Her senior Independent Study project (Wooster's nationally acclaimed undergraduate research experience) was titled "Valuing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Defense of Countercultural Environmentalism."

Established by the Figgie Family Foundation in 1999, the Carpenter Prize commemorates the life of the late David Lyle Carpenter, a 1965 Wooster alumnus who became a leading tax and corporate lawyer and a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold L.L.P. Prior to his death in 1999, Carpenter was recognized by Best Lawyers in America for excellence in corporate law. He was also an active member of the Heights Christian Church and served on the board of the National Conference for Community and Justice. At Wooster, he won departmental honors in economics, and lettered in track and field. He later attended the University of Michigan, where he earned both an M.B.A. and a J.D.