2L Sargsian Wins First Place in National Legal Writing Competition

Karina Sargsian, a second year law student at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, placed first in the Washington Legal Foundation’s 2011 Freedom and Justice Legal Writing Competition, an annual competition in which law students write on a pre-selected topic.

This year’s topic was “To what extent does the Constitution limit the severity of the civil punishment that may be imposed on those convicted of a misdemeanor under the Park Doctrine?” The Foundation praised Sargsian’s “thorough research and clear assessment of United States v. Park.”

“The legal field is filled with countless legal writing competitions for law school students. Some offer cash prizes, others publication opportunities and yet others, a ticket to the Grammys (no joke!). I encourage everyone to take advantage of such opportunities,” Sargsian said.

Sargsian’s winning entry is currently being edited and formatted for publication. It will eventually be distributed to judges, state attorneys general, corporate counsels, influential academics and prominent attorneys in private practice, according to the Foundation.