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Temple Law Student Wins 2013 Ruth Bader Ginsburg “In Pursuit of Justice” Writing Competition

Matthew Tom And Justice GinsburgMatthew Tom '13 has been named the winner of the 2013 Ruth Bader Ginsburg "In Pursuit of Justice" Writing Competition by the Philadelphia Bar Association.  His winning paper is titled "Application of the Exclusionary Rule in Immigration Proceedings: Not Just Egregious Violations, Recommendations for Meaningful Protection of Civil Rights."  Matthew received the award from Justice Ginsburg herself at a reception following her appearance at the National Constitution Center on September 6, 2013.

Matthew wrote the paper for Professor Lee Carpenter's Introduction to Public Interest Law course. He developed the idea for the paper after noticing "the parallels between immigration law and criminal procedure, and the absence of constitutional protections in immigration law that are present in criminal law. " Professor Carpenter, who encouraged Matthew to submit the paper to the competition, noted that it is "truly impressive.  It is, as all legal writing ought to be, rigorously researched and clearly presented.  But more than that, it's an example of what Temple students do best.  First, they develop a deep understanding of law.  Next, our students take that knowledge out into the world, where they use what they've learned to creatively solve real-world problems and boldly confront pervasive injustice."

Temple Law students have a long record of success in the Ginsburg Competition, having taken top honors in nine of the eleven years the Competition has been in existence. This "track record of winning the Ginsburg," said Professor Carpenter, " is just one example of why I'm proud to be part of the Temple Law community."

Since submitting the paper to the Ginsburg Competition, Matthew has graduated from Temple Law and is now an associate at the Philadelphia firm of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, P.C., where he works in their construction litigation group.

Photo credit: Philadelphia Bar Association.

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