WACO— November 9, 2018
Baylor Law is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition, the premier legal writing contest in Texas, with $7,000 in cash prizes and state bragging rights up for grabs. According to the judges from the Texas Young Lawyer Association (TYLA), this year’s winner is Kamran Anwar of UNT Dallas College of Law. Second place was awarded to Darrick Monson of the University of Texas, and Aaron Diaz of St. Mary’s University School of Law took third place.
“When I saw my name in bold next to 1st place, I was honestly stunned. I am confident in my writing abilities, but to be selected over other hard-working students from across the state, including students from very reputable law schools, was truly a shock.” Stated Kamran Anwar, who added, “Like every second-year law student across the state, I have been working hard to refine my legal writing skills for the last year and half; to see that hard work pay off is an immense honor.”
This year’s competitors were challenged to prepare a Motion for Rehearing in the Texas Supreme Court of a denied Petition for Review. The complicated case involved an adverse court of appeals decision regarding a trial court ruling that struck Appellants’ pleadings and awarded damages for alleged discovery abuse. The underlying case involved a claim under the Texas Theft Liability Act. Participants from each of the nine non-Baylor law schools in Texas submitted entries.
The following are the top ten finishers in The Paper Chase Texas Legal Writing Competition 2018, according to the TYLA judges:
1st Place • Kamran Anwar • University of North Texas Dallas College of Law
2nd Place • Darrick Monson • University of Texas Law School
3rd Place • Aaron Diaz • St. Mary's University School of Law
Honorable mention • Brittney Thompson • University of North Texas Dallas College of Law
Honorable mention • Jonathan Slack • University of Texas Law School
6th Place • Tara Bush • University of North Texas Dallas College of Law
7th Place • Jacob Hugentobler • Texas A&M University School of Law
8th Place • Madison Hastings • South Texas College of Law Houston
9th Place • Leonard McDaniel • University of Houston Law Center
10th Place • Mia Romano • South Texas College of Law Houston
“Effective communication skills and the ability to persuade through well-structured legal writing are essential for lawyers, regardless of area or type of practice,” said Baylor Law Professor Scott Fraley who, with the help of several other Baylor Law Legal Writing faculty created The Paper Chase competition in 2017. “Baylor Law hosts this competition because we understand that, at the end of the day, capable lawyers are professional writers who must consistently write with clarity and persuasiveness, and even some good old-fashioned storytelling." Fraley added.
The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) and Baylor Law sponsor the competition. Baylor Law hosts and administers the competition while select TYLA members (who are practicing lawyers) are the sole judges of all entries. Students at all Texas law schools (except Baylor) are eligible to participate.
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