First place: “Donation Detour: Donor-Advised Funds in Higher Education” by Victoria Nguyen, University of Oregon.
Second place: “Advancement and Ademption by Satisfaction: An Empirical Study of Parental Intent” by Linda Nelte, University of San Diego, School of Law.
Third Place: “The Impact of Executive Philosophy on a Fair Housing Agenda and Disparate Impact” by Nicholas Bailkin, University of Miami, School of Law.
Victoria Nguyen, 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 next in-person RPTE meeting. She is eligible for a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Miami School of Law's Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning OR Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig Graduate Program in Real Property Development for the 2020–2021 or 2021–2022 academic year. In addition, Victoria’s essay will be considered for publication in a future issue of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal.
Linda Nelte, the second-place winner, will receive $1,500 cash. Linda’s submission will also be considered for publication in a future issue of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal.
Nicholas Bailkin, the third-place winner, will receive $1,000 cash. Nicholas's submission will also be considered for publication in a future issue of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal.
The goal of the RPTE student writing contest is to encourage and reward law student writing on the subjects of real property or trust and estate law. The essay contest is designed to attract students to these law specialties, and to encourage scholarship and interest in these areas. Articles submitted for judging are encouraged to be of timely topics and have not been previously published.
The Section sends a huge thank you to Michael Ostermeyer and the 2020 selection committee: Robert Paul, Edward Brading, Amy Milligan, Birch Douglas, III, Amy Hess, Susan Gary, Ray Prather, and Andrea Boyack.