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February 24, 2012

Ginsburg Essay Entry Deadline is May 9

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2012 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2011-12 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden,Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and 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.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP, and Diane Penneys Edelman, Director of International Programs and Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

"This competition began in 2003, which shows the Bar Association's commitment to the importance of legal writing," said Wilkinson.

Competition judges include U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Board of Governors Chair Brandi J. Brice; Young Lawyers Division Chair Melanie Taylor; Iva Johnson Ferrell, Legal Writing Professor, Widener University School of Law (Delaware); Wanda Flowers, Wanda Flowers and Associates and chair of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Deborah S. Gordon, Assistant Professor of Law, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Karen M. Gottlieb, Associate, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP; Sandra A. Jeskie, Duane Morris LLP; Anne Kringel, Legal Writing Director and Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Mitch Nathanson, Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law; Robin Nilon, Assistant Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Sandra Simkins, Clinical Professor, Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, and have the essay published in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

All entries should be sent to Dawn Petit, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information, contact Petit at 215-238-6367 or email


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