Attorneys Honored at Law Review Distinguished Brief Award Banquet

(Left to right) Larry Saylor, Distinguished Brief Award recipient, Justice Bridget McCormack, and former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Cliff Taylor, at Cooley Law School’s 29th Annual Distinguished Brief Award on June 25 in Lansing, Mich.

(Left to right) Larry Saylor, Distinguished Brief Award recipient, Justice Bridget McCormack, and former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Cliff Taylor, at Cooley Law School’s 29th Annual Distinguished Brief Award on June 25 in Lansing, Mich.

July 15, 2014 - Six attorneys were recognized during the 29th annual Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Distinguished Brief Awards, on June 25 in Lansing. The awards recognized the most scholarly briefs filed before the Michigan Supreme Court, as determined by a panel of Cooley Law School professors.

“The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in written advocacy,” said Rabih Hamawi, Symposium editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review. “Because of the quality submissions received, six briefs were selected to be honored, which is a first in the Law Review’s 29-year history.”

The panel evaluated the briefs on seven criteria: question presented, point headings, statement of the case, argument and analysis, style, mechanics, and best overall brief. The six briefs selected included:

  • Clifford W. Taylor and Larry J. Saylor; Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLLC; Majestic Gold, LLC v. Lake Walden Country Club, Inc.
  • Anthony F. Caffrey III, R. Carl Lanfear and Paul M. Kittinger; Cardelli Lanfear, P.C.; Sholberg v. Truman
  • David A. McCreedy; Wayne County prosecutor; People v. Garrett
  • Jessica A. McGivney and John J. Bursch; Michigan Attorney General’s Office; Andrie, Inc. v. Department of Treasury
  • Paul D. Reingold; Michigan Clinical Law Program; Makowski v. Snyder
  • Daniel S. Korobkin, Michael J. Steinberg and Kary L. Moss; American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan; Ter Beek v. Wyoming

Before the award ceremony, guests heard from the Hon. Bridget McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court Justice, who is also a previous recipient of Cooley’s Distinguished Brief Award.

Distinguished Brief Award recipients, (left to right) John J. Bursch and Jessica A. McGivney, with Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Editor in Chief Kathryn Frontier, at Cooley Law School’s 29th Annual Distinguished Brief Award on June 25 in Lansing, Mich.

Distinguished Brief Award recipients, (left to right) John J. Bursch and Jessica A. McGivney, with Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Editor in Chief Kathryn Frontier, at Cooley Law School’s 29th Annual Distinguished Brief Award on June 25 in Lansing, Mich.

Distinguished Brief Award recipients, (left to right) Daniel S. Korobkin, Michael J. Steinberg, and Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Editor in Chief Kathryn Frontier at Cooley Law School’s 29th Annual Distinguished Brief Award on June 25 in Lansing, Mich.

Distinguished Brief Award recipients, (left to right) Daniel S. Korobkin, Michael J. Steinberg, and Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Editor in Chief Kathryn Frontier at Cooley Law School’s 29th Annual Distinguished Brief Award on June 25 in Lansing, Mich.

About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 18,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and in Tampa Bay, Florida.

 

Highlights

29th Annual Competition evaluates briefs filed with the Michigan Supreme Court

Annual event recognizes attorneys’ written advocacy skills

Unprecedented number of writers honored by Cooley Law Review


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