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May 25, 2010

Michael Goodwin, Minnesota Lawyer, Wins 2010 ABA Levit Essay Competition Award

Michael Goodwin (second from right) displays the plaque he received as the winner of the 2010 Bert W. Levit Essay Coontest. With him are (from left) Kathleen Ewins and Joe McMonigle, both with the San Francisco firm of Long & Levit, and Edith Matthai, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. Long & Levit, the firm of the late Bert W. Levit, helps judge essays in the writing competition.

Michael Goodwin (second from right) displays the plaque he received as the winner of the 2010 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest. With him are (from left) Kathleen Ewins and Joe McMonigle, both with the San Francisco firm of Long & Levit, and Edith Matthai, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. Long & Levit, the firm of the late Bert W. Levit, helps judge essays in the writing competition.

Michael Goodwin of St. Anthony, Minn., a lawyer with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, is the winner of the 2010 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.  LPL provides information on legal malpractice claim statistics and information on insurance for lawyers in addition to malpractice prevention information and assistance.

Goodwin received a cash award and a trip to the Spring Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, D.C., during April.  He is a member of the ABA Young Lawyers Division and represents under-privileged children and other children in cases involving education law.

He is a 2009 graduate of the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn., where he served on the Law Review Board of Editors and was a certified student attorney with both the Hennepin (Minn.) County Attorneys Office and the Hamline Small Business/Nonprofit Law Clinic.

A graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., with a degree in English and journalism, he worked as a reporter/photographer with the Beatrice (Neb.) Daily Sun before attending law school.

Open to members of the ABA Law Students and the Young Lawyers Divisions, the Levit Essay Competition has recognized outstanding legal essays on a predetermined topic since 1998.  It is named in memory of Bert W. Levit, a lawyer with the San Francisco firm of Long & Levit, who was one of the founders of the California Fair Plan and several other insurance companies.

Comments (1)

  • Claudia Agnes
    12:09 PM January 29, 2011

    CONGRATULATIONS, Michael!