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The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the sixth annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality Competition submission. The following information is provided to encourage your participation in the Competition.
This Competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2007-08 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University College of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers (Camden) School of Law, Temple University School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this Competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.
Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law.
The author of the First Place submission will receive a cash award of $2500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association’s web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner of the First Place award will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October, 2008, at which time the award will be presented.
If the Bar Association, in its discretion, determines that it is appropriate, the Bar Association may also award Second and Third Place prizes. The authors of the Second and Third Place entries will be announced in The Philadelphia Lawyer.
The Bar Association reserves the right to require editing of the First Place submission if necessary to ensure that the submission is of publishable quality. The Bar Association also reserves the right to make no award or to issue fewer than the maximum number of available awards if no submission is qualified.
Joshua Mankoff, Temple University, "Can Military Commissions Impose the Death Penalty on "Enemy Combatants""?, The Philadelphia Lawyer (Fall 2007)
Nicholas G. Kondraschow, Villanova University School of Law, Class of 2006, "A Private Civil Litigant's Right of Access to Wiretap Evidence Disclosed at an unrelated Suppression Hearing in the Third Circuit," The Philadelphia Lawyer (Fall 2006)
Joey Shabot, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Class of 2006, "Transacting Terror: The Regulation of Terrorist Financing and Procedural Due Process," The Philadelphia Lawyer (Fall 2005)
Regina Cocco, James E. Beasley Temple University School of Law, Class of 2005, "Does the Actual Innocence Exception Apply to Non-Capital Sentencing?" The Philadelphia Lawyer (Summer 2004)
Kimberly Bartman, James E. Beasley Temple University School of Law, Class of 2003, "Not Exactly What Congress Intended," The Philadelphia Lawyer (Fall 2003)
A committee of practicing attorneys, professors and judges will evaluate the submissions for the purpose of granting the awards. The submissions will be judged anonymously. The following criteria will be evaluated by the Competition judges:
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing" Competition
c/o Ms. Dawn Burger
Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market Street, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911
ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARDS
Determination of First, Second and Third Place Awards will be made in July 2008, and winners will be announced as soon as possible thereafter. The winner of the First Place award is expected to be presented with the award at a luncheon held in connection with the Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting in October, 2008. The Bar Association will waive the cost of attendance at the Meeting and luncheon; however, the winner is expected to bear any travel and accommodation costs associated with attending this event.