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April 05, 2011

2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

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

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 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.

"This year we have a wonderful panel to review the essays that must focus on rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law," said Wilkinson. "We are very excited our panel includes Judges Gene E.K. Pratter and Juan R. Sanchez from the United States Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania."

Other judges are Brandi J. Brice, City of Philadelphia Law Department; Leonore F. Carpenter, assistant Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Iva Johnson Ferrell, Legal Writing Professor; Widener Law School; Deborah S. Gordon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Mitchell Nathanson, Sarah E. Ricks, Clinical Professor & Co-Director, Pro Bono Research Project, Rutgers School of Law – Camden; Melanie Taylor, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; Sandra A. Jeskie, Duane Morris LLP; and Anne Kringel, Legal Writing Director and Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, 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.

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