September 25, 2012
Contact: University Relations
University of Baltimore School of Law student Amanda Webster is among the winners of the 2011-12 Annual Writing Competition for Law Students, held by the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers/ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law. Webster, a third-year student at UB, placed third in the competition for her scholarly paper, "The Collective Bargaining Chips are Down: How Wisconsin's Collective Bargaining Restrictions Place the U.S. in Violation of International Labor Laws." The paper will be recognized in a future issue of The ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law, in which the editors' page will identify Webster as a winner and include her paper's title and a brief summary of its topic and thesis.
"Our congratulations to Amanda for this significant achievement," said School of Law Dean Ronald Weich. "Collective bargaining by public employees is a hotly debated issue right now, and I applaud Amanda for addressing it in her scholarship. I'm proud to see her receive national recognition from the ABA."
Colin Starger, associate professor of law and Webster's faculty adviser for the project, praised Webster's paper and her perspective on the issue.
"Amanda's paper made a sharp argument on a timely topic based on solid research," Starger said. "She knocked it out of the park—and well deserves the ABA's recognition."
Law students' submissions for the competition came from schools across the United States and Canada, with no limit on the number of submissions per school. They were judged by a panel including highly respected labor and employment law attorneys in the U.S. and Canada.
Webster, originally from Ocean City, Md., is focusing on civil litigation at UB. She will be joining the commercial litigation department at Saul Ewing in Baltimore next September.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Affairs and the Merrick School of Business.