Law Students

August, 2007

RPPT Announces Law Student Writing Contest Winners!


First Place - Brandon Simmons, Stanford Law School

Kelo’s Planning Mandate: Replacing Clarity with Complication

Second Place - Timothy J. Vitollo, Michigan State University

“The Status of Uniform Trust Code Section 503:  The Argument for Applying Hamilton orders to Spendthrift Interests, Plus a Fifty State Survey of the Ability of Creditors to Reach the Property of a Spendthrift Trust”

Third Place - Alice R. Green, Emory University School of Law

“To Fee or Not To Fee:  Bankruptcy Courts’ Struggle for Reasonableness in Prepayment”

The goal of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPT) student writing contest is to encourage and reward law student writing on real property, probate, and trust law subjects of general and current interest.  As part of this effort, the ABA sponsors the RPPT writing contest, which invites law school students to submit original essays on current topics in the field. The essay contest is designed to attract students to this law specialty, and to strongly encourage scholarships in these areas.

The first-place winner receives $2,000 cash and a one-year free membership to the Section (valued at $55), plus free round-trip airfare and weekend accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting October 18-20, 2007 in Minneapolis (airfare, hotel accommodations, and luncheon ticket are valued at approximately $1,000).  The first-place winner’s essay will be considered for publication in the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Journal, and may appear in an upcoming issue. The first-place winner will be announced in an upcoming issue of Probate & Property, the Section’s magazine. The second-place winner receives $500 cash and will be announced in Probate & Property. The third-place winner receives $250 cash and an honorable mention in Probate & Property.