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Drake law students win national writing awards

February 19, 2009

CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Two third-year Drake University Law School students Ashley
Dose and Lauren Yates recently received honors in national health law writing
competitions for their seminar papers.

"The papers authored by Ms. Dose and Ms. Yates were
extremely well written and deserving of national recognition" said Stacey
Tovino, associate professor of law and director of the Health Law and Policy
Center.

Dose of Boone, Iowa, won first place in the 2009 American College
of Legal Medicine Letourneau Writing Competition.
Her paper was titled
"Government Endorsement of Living on a Prayer: The Religion Clauses and
Religious Exemptions from the Duty to Provide Medical Treatment for
Children." 

As part of her award, Dose received a $1,000 cash prize
and her paper is being considered for publication in the Journal of Legal
Medicine.

Yates of Bettendorf, Iowa, competed in the American Bar
Association's 2009 Health Law Section Student Writing Competition and
received an honorable mention for her paper on abortion.

Her paper, "The Right to Abortion: Irish Identity in
Crisis," received positive remarks from the judges who commented that she
tackled a complicated topic and the paper was well written.

The mission of the Health Law and Policy Center is to
advance the understanding and development of health law, bioethics, and the
medical humanities, and to prepare students for professional success and
personal satisfaction through leadership and service in the health care and
health law communities. 

For more information on Drake's Health Law and Policy
Center, visit the Web site.