Cook Receives Foth Writing Award

Photograph: Justin CookJustin Cook, J.D. Candidate, '16, from Chapman, Kansas, has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Judge J. Richard Foth Writing Award. This award is given annually to the student who writes the best brief in the Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II course. The professor in each section of the course selects the top paper for that section. Subsequently, the top papers from the various sections are evaluated by a committee of two law professors and one practicing attorney or judge. The award comes with a monetary stipend. 

"I have had a wonderful experience with Washburn Law's Legal Writing program,' stated Cook. "The professors are always willing to go the extra mile for their students, and my writing skills have dramatically improved as a result. I would especially like to thank Professor Grant for her patience and the encouragement she provided her students last semester."

This year’s selection committee appreciated 1) how well Cook developed the rule explanation (rather than merely making conclusory arguments about the facts); 2) the appropriate emphasis Cook placed on binding Supreme Court cases; and 3) how Cook supported his argument with counter-analysis on some of the opponent’s better authorities.