Virginia Law Weekly Wins ABA Best Newspaper Award for Second Year in a Row
Virginia Law Weekly Staff: Sitting (left to right): Andrew Christensen '08, Michael Warner '09, Dan Balserak '08. Standing (left to right): Ryan Dougherty '09, Chris Tucker '08, John Sheehan '08, Allison Muth '09, Michael Seeligson '09, Alec Zadek '08, Craig Smith '09, Seth Brostoff '09, Mike Lecaroz '08, Alison Mueller '09, Josephine Liu '08, and Samson Habte '09.
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For the second consecutive year, the Virginia Law Weekly brought home the American Bar Association’s Best Newspaper Award. The winner was announced at the ABA’s Annual meeting in San Francisco earlier this month where the Law Weekly beat out 10 other law schools to take the top prize. The student-run paper has been continuously published since 1948 and has garnered recognition throughout its history.
“Two in a row, there’s no question that’s going to have an influence on our motivation to maintain the high level of quality people have come to expect from the Law Weekly every week when they pick it up,” said Andrew Christensen '08, executive editor at the Law Weekly. “Way back in the 60s and 70s we won a lot of these awards and that’s actually what inspired us to apply last year.”
Each year, the Law Weekly produces 26 issues at their Wednesday night production meetings. Over pizza and refreshments, the staff cranks out each section of the paper for its midnight deadline. When the paper comes out each Friday, students, faculty, and staff read the latest news, tongue-in-cheek columns, ANG (Around North Grounds), which is known for its thumbs up and thumbs down acknowledgement of praise for a fellow classmate who has done a good job and a scold for a faculty member who dismisses class late, for example, and humorous faculty quotes collected by students during lectures.
“We play an important role every week in informing and entertaining the Law School community,” Christensen said. “It really is a group effort and the award is a testament to how we can pull something off like that every week with busy, busy law students who are involved in a lot of different things. It feels good to be recognized for it.”
• Reported by Emily Williams