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Student receives 2008 Equal Justice Award

MAY 21, 2008—Congratulations to law student Bryan M. Seiler ('08), who was chosen as the 2008 winner of the Equal Justice Award by the Minnesota Women Lawyers organization (MWL). The $1,000 prize honors an article or essay that best analyzes an equal justice topic, and that offers original solutions and fresh approaches to solving the problems within it.

Seiler's article, "Moving from 'Broken Windows' to Healthy Neighborhood Policy: Reforming Urban Nuisance Law in the Public and Private Sectors," was selected by a team of judges out of a field of 12 entries from law students across the state. The article was published in the February 2008 issue of Minnesota Law Review (92 Minn. L. Rev. 883).

Seiler's article argues that the application of nuisance law often is initiated by residents concerned with renters or racial minorities in their neighborhood, he said in an interview. "The problem is, public nuisance law is so attractive to city and state governments because it avoids the protections offered by landlord-tenant and criminal law."

While pursuing his law degree, Seiler also is working toward a Master's degree in Public Policy through the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Since 1991, MWL has bestowed 16 Equal Justice awards; 13 of them were given to University of Minnesota Law School students.

Portrait of Bryan Seiler

Bryan M. Seiler