Derek Demeri was the recipient of the 21st Annual Blaine E. Capehart Legal Writing Award, sponsored by the law firm of Capehart Scatchard. Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the annual award ceremony had to be cancelled. The award recipient will graduate from Rutgers Law School in Camden on May 28, 2020.
The Mt. Laurel-based firm awarded Mr. Demeri with a $2,500 prize 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.
Mr. Demeri’s piece, “Who Needs Legislators? Discrimination Against Sex Workers Is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII,” was nominated for the award by Katie Eyer, Professor of Law, at Rutgers Law School. Professor Eyer had this to say about the winning paper: “Derek’s work on this issue is novel, immaculately researched, and well-written. He is already gaining both a local and national name for himself as an expert in this emerging field. And for those who face pervasive discrimination in attempts to obtain work outside of the sex work field, work like Derek’s could make a real concrete impact on their lives. I would not be surprised in years to come to see Derek’s paper cited regularly in the emerging case law and advocacy on this issue. In short, Derek’s piece is eminently deserving of this award.”