WACO, Texas -
Cassie Hansen drafted the best legal document, winning first place in Baylor Law School's inaugural Ultimate Writer legal writing competition. For her efforts, she was awarded a $3,000 cash prize and an opportunity to interview with the prestigious appellate law firm Kelly, Durham, and Pittard, LLP in Dallas, Texas.
After winning, Hansen said, "I'm so thankful to Baylor Law School's writing department for creating this competition and I feel honored to have won. I have received great instruction at Baylor Law, which really helped me with the unique and challenging aspects of this competition."
Following Cassie Hansen, Jamie Oberg placed second and Ashley Morgan placed third. Oberg and Morgan were awarded cash prizes of $1,500 and $500 respectively, and are also eligible to interview with Kelly, Durham, and Pittard, LLP.
Baylor Law School's Scott Fraley, Director of Legal Writing and organizer of the Ultimate Writer talked about the significance of the competition.
"Baylor Law School's Ultimate Writer legal writing competition is an innovative and unique competition. Not only does it include significant cash awards, but also an opportunity for employment," he said. "It's the only competition of its kind to use a real-world problem as the prompt. With 40 registrants and 25 submissions, the inaugural Ultimate Writer was an unquestioned success."
Professor Matt Cordon, Director of the Legal Writing Center and Ultimate Writer judge described the writing problem as difficult.
"We knew the competitors would face a challenge to write an opinion letter about an issue related to successor liability in the context of corporations," he said. "We were pleased with the students' efforts and the quality of the submissions. This competition was not easy to judge."
Charlie ('86) and Lisa Frazier graciously underwrote the competition, and the appellate law firm of Kelly, Durham, and Pittard, LLP, in Dallas, Texas served as sponsor.
Charlie Frazier and Kirk Pittard ('99) served as judges for the competition along with Professors Scott Fraley, Matt Cordon, and Greg White.
For questions or comments regarding the Ultimate Writer or Baylor Law School's Legal Writing Center, please contact Professor Scott Fraley.
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Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #55 in the magazine's 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.
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