Laura Anne LaPlante, 26, of Hancock, N.H., died May 2 from injuries sustained during a car crash on Lake Shore Drive, when a car traveling the wrong way collided with her vehicle.
LaPlante distinguished herself among her classmates as a leader whose sharp intellect was matched by her kindness. She was a third year student at the University of Chicago Law School.
“She was well-known at the Law School for her warmth and kindness, always the first to volunteer to help out at an event or to help a friend, always with a smile for everyone,” said Dean Michael H. Schill in a statement released to faculty, students and staff of the Law School.
LaPlante was expected to graduate next month. She would have moved to Boston to join the firm WilmerHale, where she worked as a summer associate last year.
During her time at the Law School she served as president of the Federalist Society, treasurer for the Law School Republicans and as a member of the Dean of Students’ Advisory Board. She was an active member of the St. Thomas More Society, the Law Women’s Caucus and the Edmund Burke Society.
“We are privileged that every student at UChicago Law is smart and accomplished, but Laura stood out because her tough-mindedness was coupled with a warm and generous spirit that made everyone willing to listen to and follow her. The world lost a great potential in Laura, and her family and friends lost a truly great individual,” said law professor M. Todd Henderson.
The Law School’s chapter of the Federalist Society issued a statement saying her death is “a tragedy beyond words, and our entire chapter is heartbroken. As president of the Federalist Society, Laura embodied the best of our law school community: passion, brilliance and unwavering kindness.”
The Law School is planning a memorial service with details to be announced.