First year student Hadley Brown received the Don G. McCormick Writing Prize for her ELA II Brief written on the side of the Defendant-Appellant. The case concerned the issue of whether a tribal entity qualified for an exemption under the Americans with Disabilities Act in a retaliation claim filed by a worker. This $2,000 prize, previously established in Mr. McCormick's honor, recognizes the student whose writing best exemplifies the qualities of clarity, conciseness, ethical advocacy and rigorous adherence to proper legal citation, and is awarded following an annual student writing competition each year.
Don G. McCormick was born in Oklahoma in 1907. He attended the University of Oklahoma, obtaining his L.L.B in 1933. He practiced law in New Mexico, mainly in Carlsbad, from 1933 until his death in 1986. He was instrumental in the drafting of the New Mexico Uniform Jury Instructions – Civil, served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Mr. McCormick believed that lawyers had a duty to communicate effectively, with precision and honesty, and that an attorney's character, as well his or her ability and intellect, was on display in every written communication the attorney produced. The UNM School of Law is fortunate to have both this named prize and the guidance and support of Mr. McCormick’s daughter, Margo McCormick (C’77). Ms. McCormick and her husband Ranne Miller (C’67) are both graduates of the UNM School of Law. Sally Paez (’09) was the reader. Sally has been a law clerk for the honorable Charles Daniels and currently is serving as a New Mexico Supreme Court Attorney.
June 11, 2013