April 20, 2009
Melissa Beyer Takes Second Place in Employment Law Writing Competition
Third-year law student Melissa Beyer recently tied for second-place honors in the Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law with her paper titled, “The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: Protecting Privacy and Ensuring Fairness in Health Insurance and Employment Practices.” Beyer is the first student from Oregon Law to take one of the top three spots since the competition began in 1998.
Beyer will receive a $500 award and her work will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace Web site. Beyer’s paper originally was written for Visiting Professor Gabriel Eckstein’s fall semester seminar, Science and the Law.
The competition is co-sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace. The competition honors the memory of Louis Jackson, a founding partner of Jackson Lewis LLP, who served the firm for thirty-nine years. All papers in the competition are subjected to a blind judging process by a national panel of law professors.
Beyer is the third law student to garner high honors in a writing competition this academic year. Second-year student Abby Blodgett took first prize in the Milani Writing Competition in September, and third-year student Christina Stephenson placed second in the Andrew Vance Memorial Writing Competition in October.