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Drake Law students win national writing awards

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 (shown right) 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 (shown left) 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 website.