Fordham Law

Fordham Law Student Wins Writing Competition

February 23, 2009

Fordham Law student Phoebe Stone '09 was awarded first place in the Hoffmann Bioethics Writing Competition sponsored by the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM). She received $1,000 for her winning essay and will present the paper at the ACLM Annual meeting in Las Vegas.

The competition recognizes three outstanding original papers written by law or health professions students on topics in bioethics. Stone's essay, "Bodies of Law: The Ethical Implications of Recognizing Property Rights in Human Body Tissue," explores the ethical ramifications of recognizing property rights in the body, the legal treatment of body matter, and the potential benefits of applying property theory to bodily tissue. The essay proposes that the law recognize more robust property rights in the human body and bodily tissue because such recognition would likely decrease the number of people waiting on organ transplant waiting lists. The paper was originally written for Stone's Law and Bioethics class last year taught by Adjunct Professor Allan Gibofsky.

"I am honored and proud to receive this award from the ACLM," Stone said. "I would like especially to thank Dr. Gibofsky for encouraging me to submit my paper. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to explore such a diverse range of topics and pursue a number of different interests at Fordham."

Stone is notes and articles editor of the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. She also served as symposium editor for the 2007 Dispute Resolution Society Symposium.

In addition to the prize money, ACLM will pay for Stone's travel to and lodging in Las Vegas. Her essay may also be published in a future ACLM publication.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger