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October 26, 2006

Villanova Grad Earns Bar Association's Ginsburg Award

Nicholas G. Kondraschow, a 2006 Villanova University School of Law graduate, will receive the 4th Annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Award at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, October 30, at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue at noon.

Kondraschow, who wrote “A Private Civil Litigant’s Right of Access to Wiretap Evidence Disclosed at an Unrelated Suppression Hearing in the Third Circuit,” will receive a cash award of $2,500 and the publication of his winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine.

Miriam S. Edelstein, a 2006 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, earned second place with her essay, “Enumerated: Ninth Amendment Interpretive Theory.” Another 2006 Temple graduate, Colleen Cochran, earned third place with “The Myth of Self-Sufficient Children: The State’s Responsibility To Parent Its Foster Children Is for Life.”

Kathleen D. Wilkinson, assistant secretary for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors, and Diane Penneys Edelman, assistant dean for Legal Writing at Villanova University School of Law, served as co-chairs of the judging committee and will present the awards at the luncheon.

The competition, held in honor of the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study at one of the following five institutions: University of Pennsylvania School of Law, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers (Camden) School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus).

Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others. Candidates may submit a law review-quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law.

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