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Kate Kalanick (’11) Wins NAWL Writing Competition

August 23, 2010—Third-year Law School student Kate Kalanick took first place in the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition for 2010. Her winning entry was entitled “Thirty Years of Labor Pains: How the Supreme Court Failed to Protect Working Women in AT&T v. Hulteen by Allowing Pregnancy Discrimination to Continue Into the 21st Century.”

Kalanick, who recently completed a summer associate position in Faegre & Benson’s Denver offices, will receive a $500 prize, and her paper will be published in the fall 2010 issue of NAWL’s Women Lawyers Journal.

“I feel very honored to receive the award,” she says, “particularly because I believe it’s important to raise awareness about gender inequality even as women continue to advance in the working world.”

Kalanick built on her undergraduate degree in communication from Boston College through numerous activities at the Law School. She has served as a student legal writing instructor, student articles editor for the Journal of Law & Inequality, publicist for the Asylum Law Project, vice president of fundraising for the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and a research assistant for Professor Bradley C. Karkkainen.

The annual Selma Moidel Smith writing competition, now in its fifth year, was created to encourage and reward student writing on issues concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. Entries are judged on the basis of content, research, originality, writing style, and timeliness. They must be the original work of a currently enrolled law school student and not submitted for publication elsewhere.

Smith is a past regional director of NAWL and a recipient of its Lifetime of Service Award. Her two-part history of NAWL was published by the ABA Senior Lawyers Division in Experience magazine’s fall 1998 and winter 1999 issues.

NAWL was founded in 1899 to promote the interests and advancement of women lawyers and to support women’s legal rights across the nation and around the world.



Kate Kalanick

Kate Kalanick