USD School of Law Alumna Linda Nelte ’20 (JD) Wins Second Prize in Two Writing Competitions

Linda Nelte ’20 (JD) Wins Second Prize in Two Writing Competitions

Linda Nelte

SAN DIEGO (December 23, 2020) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumna Linda Nelte, ’20 (JD), took Second Prize in the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law student writing competition.

Nelte was awarded the prize for her article entitled “Advancement and Ademption by Satisfaction: An Empirical Study of Parental Intent." The paper examines whether lifetime gifts from parents to their children should be considered as absolute or as advancement. Through a critical analysis of the Uniform Probate Code (UPC) and an online questionnaire, Nelte gave empirical insight into this issue and highlighted discrepancies between the two doctrines.

In earning the ABA prize, Nelte’s article will receive consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Journal, and the title will be published in the eReport newsletter.

Nelte was also awarded Second Prize in the Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition for the same article. This writing competition honors the late Mary Moers Wenig, a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s (ACTEC) Legal Education Committee and law school professor for over 30 years.

As part of the ACTEC prize, Nelte’s article will receive publication consideration for the ACTEC Foundation’s website with possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.

It is very uncommon to be awarded prizes in both competitions during the same year.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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