Adams and Hicks win national Scribes Brief-Writing Award


Friday, January 13, 2017

UGA law school wins national legal writing award

Athens, Ga. – The American Society of Legal Writers recently announced that two University of Georgia School of Law 2016 graduates won its national Scribes Brief-Writing Award for 2017. D. Tyler “Ty” Adams and Kathleen B. “Kate” Hicks will be presented with the honor, which seeks to “encourage good legal writing by recognizing the finest examples” at a luncheon in April.

Both Adams and Hicks represented Georgia Law in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition during their final year in law school. The pair won the regional round of the tournament advancing to the national round where they finished as national quarterfinalists. At the national tier of the contest, they captured the Best Brief Award. This brief was the one submitted and ultimately judged the best of the best by the American Society of Legal Writers.

“I am so very proud of Ty and Kate, and Thomas Burch, who serves on the law school’s faculty and also served as the team’s adviser,” Kellie Casey, Georgia Law director of advocacy, said. “This is the first time that UGA has won this prestigious writing award recognizing the best of the best. Only briefs that win best brief awards at national advocacy competitions can be submitted. It is a great honor for Georgia Law to win this prestigious award. Ty and Kate performed so well at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and this recognition is just more icing on the cake.”

The award notification letter stated that there was “a deep pool candidates and many fine briefs” but the award committee found the Georgia Law brief to be “far and away the best of the bunch.”


Writer: Heidi M. Murphy, 706-583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu Contact: Kellie Casey, 706-542-2739, krcasey@uga.edu

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long-standing commitment to providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.