Robert Ballow Excellence in Writing Awards Celebrates Achievement in the Rigorous Writing Exercise

Eleven students were recognized for their writing achievement in the first Robert Ballow Excellence in Writing Awards – a result of their performance in the two-year Rigorous Writing Exercise.

The students, their mentors, family, and friends celebrated at a ceremony and reception hosted at the School November 20, 2019. Three papers earned top awards and a scholarship endowed by Ballow.  The winners and their mentors are:

  • 1st Place: Kate Nyquist         Hon. Patricia Cottrell
  • 2nd Place: Rivers Nesler      Chancellor Ellen Lyle
  • 3rd Place: Kaylee Houston   Judge Jennifer Hedge

The other finalists are:

  • Will Ayers
  • Claire Cobb
  • Corey Coleman
  • Don Duke
  • John Murphy
  • Doni Porteous
  • John Tomkins
  • John Wills

Robert L. Ballow, Esqgraduated from the School in 1963.  He is the founding partner of King & Ballow, a national law firm whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, more than 300 daily newspapers, and 100 radio and televisions stations.  Mr. Ballow has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1982 and one of the best 150 lawyers in Tennessee.  He is a member of the Media Law Reporter Advisory Board, the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the ABA Committee on Antitrust and Labor Relations.

The 11 finalists in the Rigorous Writing Exercise pictured: John Tomkins, John Murphy, Claire Cobb, John Wills, Doni Porteous (front), Will Ayers (back), Kate Nyquist, Rivers Nesler, Don Duke, Kaylee Houston, and Corey Coleman.

Read the papers by clicking on the links below:

Kate Nyquist – 1st PlaceHon. Patricia CottrellCaged-in By Body & Bars: The Interests at Stake for Transgender Inmates Housed in American Prisons
Rivers Nesler – 2nd PlaceChancellor Ellen LyleConstitutional Right of Disclosure of Jury Deliberations
Kaylee Houston – 3rd PlaceJudge Jennifer HedgeAn Intimate Connection: The Expectation of Privacy in Cell-Site Location Data After Carpenter
Will Ayers                                        Hon. Walter KurtzThe Doctor Will See You Now: The Effects of Direct Primary Care Legislation in Tennessee on Public Health and Medical Economics
Claire Cobb                            Ms. Cathryn ArmisteadX-Rays Cannot Detect PTSD:  Examining Tennessee’s Standard for Compensability of Stress-Related Work Injuries
Corey Coleman                          Judge Sharon GuffeeCriminal Justice Reform in Tennessee
Don Duke                                           Mr. Kevin McGeeEffective Alternative to Cash Bail
John MurphyCouncilman Bob MendesMandatory Arbitration in Consumer Agreements Should Violate as Matter of Public Policy
Doni PorteousMs. Suzanne KeithTennessee Revenge Porn Law:  Prosecutorial Problems and Potential Solutions
John Tomkins    Mr. Clint KellyThe Supreme Court of Tennessee: A Mere Conduit Through Which the Federal Edicts Flow
John WillsHon. Brandon GibsonThe Constitutionality of Capping Non-Economic Damages