Rosales Wins ABA Writing Prize

Posted: 2005-02-23 08:53:00

William E. Rosales, a third-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, is the first-place winner in the seventh annual writing competition held by the American Bar Association's Antitrust Law Section.

Rosales's winning paper is titled "Dethroning Economic Kings: The Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 and Its Modern Awakening." Rosales will receive a cash prize and a trip to the Antitrust Section's annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C., where his award will be presented to him formally on March 30, 2005.

In his paper, he examines federal courts' hesitation to apply the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 to address the consolidation of the meat-packing industry. His interest in the food industry began when he worked as a Congressional Hunger Fellow before coming to law school.

Rosales credits UW Law Professor Peter Carstensen with interesting him in the issue of the 1921 act. "My ability to write a thoughtful Comment on the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 and its recent legal utilization stems from the incredible mentoring I received from Professor Carstensen," Rosales says. "He challenged and questioned me to think about the problems plaguing the meat industry (and related agriculture industries) in a very innovative and thoughtful way. It is a rare opportunity when a student gets to be mentored by his small-group professor over his entire law school career."

Rosales is the Senior Note and Comment Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, and plans to pursue a career in litigation and trial advocacy.

The ABA Antitrust Law Section student writing competition is designed to encourage law student legal scholarship in the areas of antitrust law, competition policy, consumer protection and international competition law. Editors-in-chief of law reviews and legal journals nominated student-written papers published in 2004 on a topic of interest to the antitrust bar.

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