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2009 RPTE Law Student Writing Contest Winners

The results are in for the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section's student writing contest. Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

First-place - Shea B. Airey from the University of South Carolina - "Conservation Easements in Private Practice: A Detailed Overview of the Device and Why It Should Be Embraced by the American Lawyer"

Second-place - Jonathan Ohring from Emory Law School - "Mommy, Where's Daddy (And the Money He Left Me)? A Model for Legislatures and Courts in Determining the Neglected Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children"

Third-place - Elliott Joh from the University of Chicago Law School - "Denominations and Denominators: Applying Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council to Resolve RLUIPA 'Substantial Burden on Religious Land Use' Cases"

Shea B. Airey, the first-place winner, will receive $2,500 cash, a one-year free membership in the Section and free round-trip airfare and weekend accommodations to attend the Section's Fall Leadership Meeting, November 19 - 22, 2009 at the Montage Laguna Beach , Laguna Beach, California (valued at approximately $1,000). In addition, Shea's essay will be considered for publication in a future issue of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal. Jonathan Ohring, the second-place winner, will receive $1,500 cash, and Elliott Joh, the third-place winner, will receive $1,000 cash.

The goal of the RPTE student writing contest is to encourage and reward law student writing on real property and trust and estate law subjects of general and current interest. As part of this effort, the Section sponsors the RPTE writing contest, which invites law school students to submit original essays on current topics in the fields. The essay contest is designed to attract students to these law specialties and to encourage scholarship in these areas.

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