Mason Student Claims First Place in ABA Writing Competition

Sarah Graves (4E) was recently named the winner of the ABA Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition. Graves' first place paper will be published in the June edition of the Public Contract Law Journal and also has earned her a generous monetary award.

As winner of the national competition, Graves also was invited to present her paper at the 13th Annual Federal Procurement Institute attended by government contractors, private firms, government lawyers, and judges involved with the government contracting industry. 

Of her participation in the Federal Procurement Institute, Graves said, "Overall, it was an incredible experience. It was amazing to have the opportunity to present my paper to a prestigious industry audience, and it gave me the chance to meet people with whom I hope to practice (and even argue before) as I progress through my career."

Graves' article, entitled "'Winstar Wars' Revenge of the Thrift: A Viable Model to Right a Decade of Wrongs," examines the federal government's role in and response to the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s with an eye toward the impact of United States v. Winstar Corp