James Clancy was the recipient of the 20th Annual Blaine E. Capehart Legal Writing Award, presented at the law firm of Capehart Scatchard on May 14th. The award recipient will graduate from Rutgers Law School in Camden on May 23, 2019.
The Mt. Laurel-based firm presented Mr. Clancy with a $2,500 award in recognition of his exemplary legal writing and research abilities. The Firm offers this award to a graduating Rutgers law student on an annual basis in honor of the late Blaine E. Capehart.
Kelly Ann Dugan, Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Real Estate and Land Use Group, presented this year’s award. Ms. Dugan reminded the audience that this was the 20th Anniversary of the Blaine E. Capehart Legal Writing Award presentation to a Rutgers Camden Law Student, evidence of the strong and long standing partnership the firm shares with the Law School. In particular, Ms. Dugan spoke about the firm’s desire to honor accomplishment as the core value espoused by our founding partner Blaine Capehart: excellence in the practice of law, with an emphasis on high caliber legal writing. She commended this year’s recipient, James Clancy, for the exemplary skill in both legal research and legal writing demonstrated in his work. Ms. Dugan concluded by stating that, “No matter what the changes and developments in the legal profession may be, excellent communication skills, including excellent writing skills, will always be essential to a successful legal career.”