Danielle DeBold ’14 has won the 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition for her paper, “The Decriminalization of Rape on America’s College Campuses: How Federal Sex Discrimination Policy Has Diminished the Role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Sexual Violence.”

The competition is run by the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), which supports the rights of women and women lawyers in all areas of legal expertise. The award highlights original writing about women’s rights or the status of women in the law.

DeBold adapted her winning entry from a paper she wrote last year for a seminar led by Deborah Ellis ’82, former assistant dean for public interest and an adjunct professor until 2013. The judges praised DeBold’s “well-documented analysis of a significant education and criminal justice policy issue.” DeBold, who joins the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison this September, will receive a $500 prize, and the article will be published in NAWL’s quarterly Women Lawyers Journal.

Posted July 28, 2014