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Cullen Drescher of William & Mary Wins ABIs Inaugural Law Student Writing Competition

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CULLEN DRESCHER OF WILLIAM & MARY WINS ABI’S INAUGURAL LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

May 1, 2009, Alexandria, Va. Cullen Drescher of the William & Mary School of Law won the American Bankruptcy Institute’s First Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. Drescher’s paper, “Introducing the Foreign Gap Debtor: The Applicability of Code Section 549 in Chapter 15 Cases,” received the highest overall score from a judging panel of leaders from ABI’s Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, which sponsored the competition. As the winner of the competition, Drescher will receive a $1,000 cash prize, publication of the paper in the ABI Journal and a one-year ABI membership. Prior to submission, Prof. Paul K. Campsen of the William & Mary School of Law reviewed Drescher’s paper.

R. Travis Santos of Emory University School of Law received second place for his “Credit Default Swaps and Plan Confirmation” submission. Santos will receive a cash award of $750, publication of the paper in the ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee’s quarterly newsletter and a one-year ABI membership. Taejin Kim, also from Emory University School of Law, received third place and will be presented a cash award of $500, publication of the paper in the ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee’s quarterly newsletter and a one-year ABI membership.  Kim’s topic was the “Limitation of Professional Compensation by the Bankruptcy Court Under 11 U.S.C. §328.” Prior to submission, Adjunct Prof. James A. Pardo of Emory University School of Law reviewed these two papers.

Twenty-nine law students submitted papers for the competition, which focused on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence related to bankruptcy cases or proceedings. All papers were reviewed by a law professor prior to submission and were then judged by a panel of bankruptcy experts, including a bankruptcy judge, former U.S. Trustee and several practitioners.  The judges considered factors such as style, substance and relevance. ABI sponsored the first-place prize while Traxi LLC sponsored the second-place prize and King & Spalding LLP sponsored the third-place prize.

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