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March 03, 2006

Phila. Bar Assn. Seeks Submissions for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Philadelphia—The Philadelphia Bar Association seeks submissions for the 2006 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition for law students. The award, to be presented at the Bar Association’s October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon, recognizes excellence in legal analysis and writing skills in a student enrolled in a Philadelphia area law school. Essays will focus on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law.

The competition is open to full- and part-time law students in their second or third year of study during the 2005-06 academic year at one of the following five schools: University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Rutgers School of Law (Camden), Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Submissions may not have been published previously, although they may have been prepared in connection with a law school course and must not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when they are under consideration for this competition.

Diane Edelman, Assistant Dean for Legal Writing at Villanova University School of Law, and Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, are co-chairs of the competition.

In addition to having his or her essay published in The Philadelphia Lawyer and on the Bar Association’s Web site, a cash prize of $2,500 will be awarded.

A committee of Philadelphia area attorneys, professors and judges will evaluate the submissions, considering the following criteria: originality and importance of topic; thoroughness of research; depth of analysis; organization of analysis, writing style; form, quality and placement of citations; and adherence to the rules of the competition.

Judges for this year’s competition are Judy F. Berkman, Esq., Regional Housing Legal Services; Hon. Anita Brody, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Karen Detamore, Esq., Friends of Farmworkers; Professor Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, Widener University School of Law (Delaware); Hon. Abraham J. Gafni, Villanova University School of Law; Bruce Merenstein, Esq., Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Professor Christine Mooney, Villanova University School of Law; Professor Robin Nilon, James E. Beasley Temple University School of Law; Professor Theodore Ruger, University of Pennsylvania School of Law; and Professor Carol Lynn Wallinger, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.

Submissions must be received no later than 4 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2006. For a complete list of rules and regulation for the Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition, call Diane Edelman at (610) 519-7047; or Kathleen D. Wilkinson at (215) 627-6900. Rules and regulations are available HERE.

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