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Asher Hawkins of New York Law School Wins ABIs Sixth Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Alexandria, Va.— Asher Hawkins of New York Law School won the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Sixth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. Hawkins’ paper, “Navigating § 546’s Safe Harbors in the Wake of Lyondell, Tribune and Barclays” received the highest overall score from a panel of judges that included top bankruptcy practitioners and scholars. Hawkins will receive a $2,000 cash prize, publication of the paper in the ABI Journal and a one-year ABI membership. Randall Thomas, who received his J.D. from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and is presently a Tax LL.M. student at New York University School of Law, won second place for his paper, “Bridging the Gap: Receivership and the Absence of Discipline in Chapter 9.” Thomas will receive a cash award of $1,250, publication of the paper in a future ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership. Brian Phillips of the University of North Carolina School of Law received third place for his paper, “Loehmann’s Department Store: A Case Study Questioning the Liquidation Narrative of 11 U.S.C. § 365(d)(4) following BAPCPA.” He will be presented with a cash award of $750, publication of the paper in a future ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership. More than 30 law students submitted papers from January 1 to March 1 for the competition, which focused on current issues regarding such matters as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts. All papers were judged on substance, style and relevance. Invotex Group, Inc. sponsored the first-place prize, while Jenner & Block LLP sponsored the second-place prize and Thompson & Knight sponsored the third-place prize. ### ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than 13,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit