John Marshall Law Students Named Among Country's Best Legal Writers

Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES

CHICAGO, June 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seven members of the Class of 2016 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago have been selected to be members of the National Order of Scribes based on their excellence in legal writing.

"We are proud every year that our students are honored with membership into this esteemed group," Professor Kim Chanbonpin, director of John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program said. "Being accepted into Scribes is a testament to their advanced writing skills and mastery of the law."

The National Order of Scribes was created in 2007 by Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers – as an honorary organization to recognize graduating law students who excel in legal writing. Each year, any law school that is a current institutional member of Scribes may nominate students to be inducted into the National Order of Scribes. This year the following John Marshall students have been selected:

  • John M. Crabbs II
  • Priya A. Desai
  • Tyler Bishop Duff
  • Sydney M. Janzen
  • Ruby Karam
  • Benjamin Lee
  • LaQuenta C. Rudison

To be eligible for the honor, a student must be a JD degree candidate in the current academic year, demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and be an outstanding legal writer. A student may demonstrate outstanding legal writing by satisfying some of the criteria below:

  • earning superior grades in legal-writing or legal-drafting courses;
  • serving as a member or editor of a law journal;
  • authoring or co-authoring an appellate brief that receives a "best brief" award in a regional, national or international moot-court competition;
  • authoring or co-authoring a book on a legal topic;
  • writing a paper that wins a state, regional, national or international writing contest.

John Marshall has a reputation for producing sharp legal writers. The school's legal writing program has been ranked in the top five programs in the country for the past several years, according to U.S News World Report.


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