Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers, recently presented an annual award for the best student-written brief in the country since 1996 to a Belmont Law student team of Allyson Lynch, Paul Madden and Sarah Martin. These students all graduated with the Class of 2019.
To be considered for this award, the brief must have previously won an award at competition. This team won the best regional brief at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the American Bar Association last year. The top 15 to 20 briefs go to a committee which reads the briefs, deliberates and chooses the top three briefs.
After being entered into the Scribes Writing contest as a result of this win, and being the first entry to represent Belmont University College of Law, the team’s brief was selected as the national winner of the best brief. As a result, the alumni will receive an award at Scribes’ annual CLE in Chicago on April 3, 2020.
Belmont Law Professor and Director of Advocacy Amy Moore said this is a fantastic honor. “Out of all the briefs that won competitions around the nation, ours was the very best,” she said. “What a tribute to our legal writing program, our advocacy program and our hard-working students.”
Previous winners of this award come from schools like Florida State University, Wake Forest University, University of Georgia, Seton Hall School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, South Texas College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, George Washington University Law School, UC Davis, Texas Tech University, William and Mary and Fordham, among others.