Law student wins ‘Excellence in Writing Award’

Emily Cunningham (center) is pictured with Adrienne Kirshner, an associate at Tucker Ellis, and Michael J. Borden, Associate Dean for Administration and Associate Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Emily Cunningham, a 2L at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has won the William K. Thomas American Inn of Court’s 2017 “Excellence in Writing Award.” This marks the second year in a row that a CWRU law student has won the top honor in this writing competition.

Cunningham was honored at a ceremony attended by several hundred members of the Inn of Court at the Cleveland City Club on November 8. Her award winning entry was a motion for summary judgment addressing fair use of emojis that she wrote for her 1L writing course.

“I’m thrilled to be the winner this year and to be the second Case Western Reserve law student to receive this honor,” Cunningham said. “I hope the tradition continues next year and beyond.”

“We congratulate Emily on this terrific honor,” said co-Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf. “Our students have won a laudable number of writing contests and best brief awards during past two years, reflecting both their extraordinary talents and the strength of our new skills curriculum.”