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Michael Carlin (’12) Wins National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition

JUNE 13, 2011—Michael Carlin (’12) is among the winners of the National Law Review (NLR) 2011 Law Student Writing Competition for his article, "Employers Are Watching Your Facebook: Worker Privacy Significantly Diminished in the Digital Era." Submissions to the competition are limited to students enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school and are judged by NLR staff on the basis of readability, clarity, organization, timeliness, and usefulness to legal and business professionals.

Carlin originally developed the paper, which focuses on the privacy infringement in non-public workplaces, for Professor Jane Kirtley's Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press class. "The competition appealed to me because it gave me the opportunity to publish a work that tied together concepts in privacy and employment law in a relevant and practical way," he says. "I hope the paper adds some value to the discussion on privacy at work and highlights how outdated privacy law is in regard to the 21st century workplace."

As a 2L, Carlin was a staff member for the Journal of Law and Inequality, and in the upcoming school year he will be a student articles editor for the journal. He was a student attorney for the Workers’ Rights Clinic and a board member of the Latino Law Student Association, and is currently president of the Law School Meditation Club. He was a participant in the 2010 Minnesota State Bar Minority Clerkship and a law clerk from last June until April 2011 at Kennedy & Graven. He also was an extern for Hennepin County Judge Susan N. Burke.

This summer Carlin is working with the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota through a Robina Fellowship.

NLR consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for lawyers, business executives, compliance officers, and other professionals. The writing competition offers law students an opportunity to have their articles published on the NLR Web site, with top articles featured in the monthly online NLR magazine.

Carlin’s article is among those featured in the June online magazine.


Michael Carlin

Michael Carlin (’12)