Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The winner of the 2012 Hecht Memorial Award is Professor Lurene Contento, Director of the Writing Resource Center at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She was selected for her article, “Freeing Students to Write More Effectively -– Taking the Fear Out of Plagiarism.”
Lurene will receive her award at the 15th Biennial Conference of The Legal Writing Institute at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California.
The Hecht Award is names for Deborah Hecht, who served as the Director of the Legal Writing Center at Touro University School of Law for eight years. During that time, she worked to develop Touro’s Legal Resources Center, including developing a website. She was also active in the Legal Writing Institute and in its smaller legal writing advisors group, writing articles for the LWI Newsletter (The Second Draft) for the advisors’ page “From the Desk of the Writing Specialist.” Deborah died on November 4, 2005. To honor her memory and her contributions to the legal writing profession, the legal writing advisors created the Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Contest Award. The award is given every two years to the best “From the Desk of the Legal Writing Specialist” column published in The Second Draft since the last time the award was given.
Hat tip to Ken Chestek, and congratulations to Lurene Contento.