Louis Guard ’07 has been awarded the Barnes Wall Foundation of South Carolina’s 2012 scholarship award for his work titled, “Targeted Killing and Just War: Reconciling Kill-Capture Missions, International Law, and the Combatant Civilian Framework.” His work also received second prize in the Cornell Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research.
Guard graduated in May as a Juris Doctor Candidate from Cornell Law School and was a visiting scholar at University of Pennsylvania Law School when he completed the article. In the fall, Guard will begin work as an associate at Dilworth Paxson LLP in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Barnes Foundation solicited nominations through the Military Legitimacy Review (MLR), as well as recommendations of university and law faculty professors. The award, presented to Guard “for having written the best paper on a topic related to military legitimacy,” includes publication in the Review as well as a monetary prize.
“The award is not intended to recognize a paper for academic credit in an independent study, but an award for the best paper in a class or group of three or more,” according to the MLR’s announcement of Guard’s selection.
“The topic and paper should relate to legal and moral issues in military operations and/or strategy (e.g. democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and religion/cultural issues).”
Guard earned his B.A. in history and public policy studies cum laude from Hobart. While a student, he was elected to the board of trustees of the Geneva Free Library, the first HWS student elected to the board. At the time, he was one of the few full-time students serving on library boards across New York state. He was one of five student creators of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Public Affairs Journal, a member of the College Democrats and of Orange Key. Guard earned the Alumni Association Award and was on the Dean’s List numerous semesters. He spent a semester in Washington, D.C.
A Chain Scholarship recipient, a Kappa Alpha brother, and an Eagle Scout, Guard volunteered extensively in the Geneva community, including tutoring for elementary-school children, coaching modified football and working part-time in the Geneva Recreation Center. His efforts earned him the Dean’s Citizenship Award. From 2007-09, Guard worked as a Presidential Fellow in the Office of the President at HWS.
Guard is married to Kirra Henick-Kling Guard ’08, MAT’09, a Ph.D candidate in school psychology at Lehigh University.
His article is available online.