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NSL Students Recognized with Rigorous Writing Awards

NSL Students Recognized with Rigorous Writing Awards

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The annual Robert Ballow Excellence in Writing Awards were presented to Nashville School of Law students on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

A total of eight students were recognized for their performance in the Rigorous Writing Exercise program.

The students and their writing mentors who received top honors are:


Finalists include:

*Click on the name of each paper to read the award-winning work.

The Rigorous Writing Exercise is a project all Nashville School of Law students embark on as a requirement of graduation. Working with a volunteer mentor from the legal community, students research and write a 15-20 page paper on the topic of their choice.

Each year, the students’ submissions are evaluated by a panel of legal writing experts, who determine finalists and award winners.

Our 2021-2022  Mentor of the Year award has been presented to Ms. Tamika Parker ’15. 

The honor is conferred in recognition of a mentor’s exceptional service to the Rigorous Writing Exercise Program.

Parker obtained her undergraduate degree in engineering from Drexel University and her master’s degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has also undertaken a series of studies on the intersection of neuroscience and theology, and she applies all her knowledge and skills to help her clients. Ms. Parker has a private law practice here in the Nashville area.

The award is named for  Robert L. Ballow, Esq, who endowed the award with a generous contribution that allows for a cash award to top three finalists annually.

Mr. Ballow graduated from the School in 1963. He was the founding partner of King & Ballow, a national law firm whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, more than 300 daily newspapers, and 100 radio and televisions stations. Mr. Ballow was listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1982 and one of the best 150 lawyers in Tennessee. He was a member of the Media Law Reporter Advisory Board, the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the ABA Committee on Antitrust and Labor Relations.

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