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Blank Rome Sponsors First-Place Prize for ABI’s 10th Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition

Blank Rome LLP was proud to sponsor the first-place prize for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (“ABI”) Tenth Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. Winners were announced at the ABI Annual Spring Meeting, which was held Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

The first-place prize was awarded to Sean Kelly of St. John’s University School of Law for his paper, “SEC v. Creditors: Why SEC Civil Enforcement Practice Demonstrates the Need for a Reprioritization of Securities Fraud Claims in Bankruptcy.” In addition to his monetary award, he will receive publication of his paper in the June edition of ABI Journal, and a one-year ABI membership.

Blank Rome Partner Ira L. Herman served as one of the judges for this year’s competition. He also moderated the “Ethics Program: Your Ethical Duties” panel on Protecting Client Confidences: Ethical Obligations and Best Data Security Practices during the annual meeting, which focused on the duties professionals have to protect electronically stored client information, and examined best practices, ethical obligations, and business considerations.

Founded in 1982, ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. The ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition annually invites law students to submit papers focused on current issues regarding bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation, or evidence in the bankruptcy courts. All papers are scored on substance, style, and relevance by a panel of judges that include top bankruptcy practitioners and bankruptcy judges. For additional information, please visit