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Villanova Law Student Wins NYIPLA Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

Christie Larochelle

The curriculum at Villanova University School of Law includes five semesters of writing instruction—providing students with a solid foundation in legal writing, analysis and research that prepares them to meet the intense demands of the legal industry.

A testament to Villanova’s strong legal writing curriculum and its outstanding students, Christie Larochelle ’16 earned first place in the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2016 Honorable William C. Conner Writing Competition. The contest, established in 1992, recognizes exceptionally written papers by JD and LLM students that address  “traditional subject areas of intellectual property.” Winners are selected by a panel of qualified judges based on analysis, writing ability and pertinence.

Larochelle cited her Villanova Law education and the faculty support she received as pivotal in priming her for opportunities such as this. “I would like to acknowledge Professor Michael Risch's advice and support both in the writing of this paper and throughout my three years here,” she said. “He's been an invaluable resource and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him.”

2016 marks the second consecutive year that a Villanova Law student has been recognized in the Honorable William C. Conner Writing Competition. Last year, Catherine Contino ’15 earned second place.

Click here to learn more about Intellectual Property Practice at Villanova Law.