Third year law student Louise N. Emeagi-Smith won third place in the 2011 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest sponsored by the ABA Business Law Section. Ms. Smith’s paper “Employers Beware: Civil RICO Provision Creates Private Enforcement of Immigration Laws” was judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality and contribution to the literature available on the subject. As the third place winner, Ms. Smith will receive a $500 cash award plus an all-expense paid trip to the ABA Spring Business Law Section Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, April 13-16. The first and second prize winners were from New York University Law School, and Fordham University Law School respectively. The contest included over 30 entries.
Ms. Smith’s paper was written as part of her work in the Employment Law course during the fall semester. Research papers written as part of the course requirements are major undertakings, and students are encouraged to submit their papers to various writing competitions. This is the second winner the Law School has had in the past three years. Erica Hickey won first place in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers’ competition in 2009.