Saturday, August 1, 2009

Scribes Presents a Special Award to the Legal Writing Institute to Celebrate the LWI Silver Anniversary

Scribes Award in Chicago 023A Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers, held its Annual Luncheon today in Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting.

The 2009 Brief Writing Award went to Bridget Burke, Stephanie Holcombe, and Justin Jenson of the South Texas College of Law.  South Texas College of Law has won three times over the past 15 years that Scribes has given this brief writing award, which is quite an impressive accomplishment. 

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael B. Hyman presented the 2009 Scribes Book Award, which went to "The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight Over Presidential Power" by Jonathan Mahler.

Joseph Kimble presented the Legal Writing Institute with a special award to recognize the LWI's 25th Anniversary.  LWI Board Members (pictured here from left to right) Mark E. Wojcik, Kenneth D. Chestek, and Judy Rosenbaum accepted the scroll on behalf of the LWI.  Mark Wojcik made brief remarks on behalf of the LWI Board, and founding LWI Board Member Ralph Brill then spoke on the history of legal writing education.

A video was played during which Bryan Garner presented the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who spoke about the importance of good legal writing and writing tips that she shares with her law clerks.  (The 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award went to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.)

Hat tip to Joe Kimble.  Photo courtesy of Robert Galloway of the South Texas College of Law.   (mew)

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