P R O B A T E   &   P R O P E R T Y
January/February 2003
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Section News

2002 Jacques T. Schlenger Student Writing Contest Winners

The grand prize winner is Benjamin C. Brown of Washington & Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, for his essay, “Deductions for Claims Against Estates: Should Post-Mortem Events Play a Role in Valuation?”

Second place winner is Virginia Brown of the University of Connecticut School of Law, West Hartford, Connecticut, for her essay, “Improving Mechanisms for Avoiding and Fairly Resolving Attorney Fee Disputes in Trust and Estate Administration.”

In third place is Lynn M. Lizotte of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law for her essay, “Probate Mediation.”

The competition was established in 2001 and is named in honor of Jacques T. Schlenger, a nationally renowned estate-planning lawyer, philanthropist, founder of the Venable Foundation, and a member of the Section for 45 years.

The award was designed to foster interest, encourage legal scholarship, and reward law student writing on real property, probate and trust law subjects of general and current national interest.

The competition is open to all full-time law students in ABA-approved law schools in the U.S. and its possessions. In announcing the winners, Section Chair Dennis Belcher of Richmond, Virginia, said, “This award recognizes the significant role and contributions of scholarship in the field of real property, probate and trust law and the need to nurture law students to help prepare them for practice in this important field. The award fulfills the Section’s goal of engaging law students in our practice area, and encouraging them to participate in the work of our Section.”

For more information about the Section and the writing competition, contact Anne Hoenig, ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, at (312) 988-5590, or visit the Section web site at www.abanet.org/rppt.

2003 Writing Contest Announced

The Section’s Jacques T. Schlenger Student Writing Contest encourages and rewards law student writing on real property, probate, and trust law subjects of general and current interest. Any law school student in good standing, over the age of 18, and enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school may enter the contest by submitting an original essay on a current topic dealing with real property, probate, or trust law. Entries must be received by the Section no later than June 15, 2002. Complete contest rules may be found on the Section’s website at www.abanet.org/rppt or by calling the Section office at (312) 988-5824.

The first-place winner will receive $2,000 and a one-year free membership in the Section, plus free round-trip airfare and weekend accommodations to attend the Section’s 2002 Fall Council Meeting in New Orleans. The first-place winner will be announced in Probate & Property, and his or her essay will be considered for publication in the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Journal. The second-place winner will receive $500 and an honorable mention in Probate & Property. The third-place winner will receive $250 and an honorable mention in Probate & Property.

RPPT Committee Spotlight

During this past bar year, the leadership from each of the Section’s Divisions reorganized their committees. The Section has over 100 committees involving over 3,000 members of the Section.

Committee activity provides much of the basis for our high quality educational programs and articles in our publications, Probate & Property magazine and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal. Some of our committees work on legislative issues on the national as well as the state level. Some committees are small working groups, but others are large and accept members on an informational basis.

To sign up for a committee please visit our web site or contact the committee coordinator at (312) 988-5651. For the complete Guide to Committees, complete with committee descriptions, please visit our web site at www.abanet.org/rppt .

This issue’s committee highlights:

Probate and Trust—
K-5 Ethics and Malpractice

This committee reviews the changing role of the lawyer in modern estate planning and evaluates the potential liabilities of the estate lawyer to clients and others arising out of a modern trusts and estates law practice. The committee also assesses insurance or other methods of financial protection for the practitioner. The committee also focuses on the changing developments in the ethical rules affecting both the estate planner and the probate litigator.

Chair: Dominic J. Campisi

Vice Chair: Robert M. Weylandt

Committee web site: www.abanet.org/rppt/commmittees/pt/k5/home.html.

Real Property—
J-7 Real Estate Investment Funds

This committee focuses on the real estate, tax, and securities issues associated with the formation and operation of real estate investment funds, including the financing of such funds and the acquisitions and dispositions by such funds of their direct and indirect investments in domestic and foreign real estate.

Chair: Richard M. Fijolek

Committee web site: www.abanet.org/rppt/commmittees/rp/j7/home.html.