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Santa Clara University School of Law announces fifth annual national technology writing contest for law students

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif.- November 6, 2001- Santa Clara University School of Law's Computer and High Technology Law Journal today announces its fifth annual technology writing contest for law students in the United States. The topic is "Legal Issues Surrounding Advancements in Technology."

The Computer and High Technology Law Journal is a student-run, semi-annual publication that is a practical resource for the high technology industry and the corresponding legal community.

The law firm of Skjerven Morrill MacPherson LLP has sponsored the contest since its inception in 1998. Skjerven is a broad-practice firm focusing on the legal needs of high technology companies.

Today marks the opening of entry submissions. Entries must be received by June 1, 2002. Winners will be announced in September 2002.

"The ability to develop and deliver technology efficiently to an increasingly complex world market is determined as much by legal issues as by market conditions," said Elizabeth Enayati Powers, assistant dean for law and technology at SCU. "This year's competition allows student contestants to apply what they have learned in the law school classroom to today's technology advancement challenges."

Alexandra J. Horne, managing partner of Skjerven's San Jose office and an alumna of the SCU School of Law said, "We are proud to have been the sole sponsor of this program and to join with SCU today in celebrating the competition's fifth anniversary. Over the past four years this competition has given law students around the country a chance to link their education to the practical world of technology. The contestants, in return, have given the legal community many useful perspectives on the significant developments that have occurred in the technology arena."

The grand prizewinner will be awarded $2,000, and the second and third place winners will receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. Winning entries may also be published in Volume 19 of the SCU School of Law's Computer and High Technology Law Journal.

To enter, a participant must be a current law school student in the United States. Entries should be submitted to: Computer and High Technology Law Journal, 2002 Comment Contest, Santa Clara University School of Law, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0421, and must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2002.

For contest rules and technical requirements, visit the Computer and High Technology Law Journal Web site at, or call (408) 554-4197.


About Santa Clara University School of Law

The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Its students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law or public interest law, and LL.M degrees in intellectual property law and international law. For more information, visit

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, located in Northern California's Silicon Valley, is a Jesuit university with 7,350 students. It was recognized in 2001 by the American Association of Colleges and Universities for its undergraduate programs, and is known nationally for the quality of its graduate and professional schools. For more information, visit

About Skjerven Morrill MacPherson

Skjerven Morrill MacPherson counsels both domestic and international companies in high technology and other industries, serving clients in both mature and emerging markets. The firm provides advice and representation in a broad range of areas, including: patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, licensing, Internet and electronic commerce transactions, intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, employment, environmental, corporate real estate and commercial transactions, and antitrust. In addition to its headquarters in San Jose, it has offices in San Francisco and Newport Beach, California and in Austin, Texas.

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