Fordham Law

Fordham Law Student Wins National Writing Competition

May 03, 2010

Fordham Law Student Jason Lynch '10Fordham Law student Jason Lynch '10 won the American Bankruptcy Institute's Second Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. Lynch’s paper received the highest overall score from a judging panel of leaders from ABI’s Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, which sponsored the competition.

Lynch's winning paper, entitled “Reevaluating Bankruptcy Remoteness: Transfers of Risk and the Implications of the General Growth Properties Reorganization,” examines how corporations—specifically real estate investment trusts—are structured to maximize securities issuance values, the resulting intentional and unintentional transfers of risk, and the legal enforceability of these structures.  The paper stemmed from a larger assignment for Lynch's Derivatives and Risk Management course, taught by Adjunct Professor and Fordham Law alumnus Alan Rechtschaffen '94.

"Jason's paper was a studied, thorough treatment of a highly sophisticated financial concept," said Professor Susan Block-Lieb, who reviewed Lynch's paper prior to submission. "He has proven himself in my classes to be a very thoughtful and talented legal writer, so this achievement is richly deserved."

Lynch is on the staff of the Fordham Environmental Law Review and is enrolled in Fordham's dual degree program. He will graduate in May with a J.D. and an M.A. in International Political Economy and Development.

As the winner of the competition, Lynch will receive a $1,000 cash prize, publication of his paper in the ABI Journal, and a one-year ABI membership.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger