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Jason Lynch of Fordham Law School Wins ABIs Second Law Student Writing Competition


Contact: John Hartgen
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April 30, 2010, Alexandria, Va. Jason Lynch of Fordham Law School won the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Second Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. Lynch’s paper, “Reevaluating Bankruptcy Remoteness: Transfers of Risk and the Implications of the General Growth Properties Reorganization,” 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, Lynch 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. Susan Block-Lieb of Fordham Law School reviewed Lynch’s paper.

Jeremy Casper of University of Iowa College of Law   received second place for his “Outer Limits of Bankruptcy Jurisdiction” submission. Casper 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. Prof. Kelli Alces of Florida State University College of Law reviewed Casper’s paper. Jonathan Weiss of UCLA 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 for “Tax Claims in Transnational Insolvencies: A ‘Revenue Rule’ Approach.” Prior to submission, Prof. Kenneth N. Klee of UCLA School of Law reviewed Weiss’ paper.

Twenty-four law students submitted papers for the competition, which focused on business or consumer cases including matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts. 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, on style, substance and relevance. McGuire Woods sponsored the first-place prize while Invotex sponsored the second-place prize and King & Spalding LLP 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 12,600 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