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Law alumna wins national writing competition

March 1, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law alumna Bobbi Roquemore, J.D. ’12, won first place in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers 2012 Writing Competition for Law Students. Roquemore entered the competition as a third-year law student last year before graduating. Loyola adjunct law professor Frank Whiteley, J.D., a New Orleans workers’ compensation attorney, served as her adviser on the winning research paper.

Roquemore will receive $1,500 and a trip to the Annual College Induction Dinner March 16 in Coral Gables, Fla. Loyola’s College of Law will also receive $1,000 for her winning entry, “Comparing Workers’ Compensation Coverage of Professional Athletes in Social Insurance Systems Worldwide – and Why a National System for Athletes Could Work in America.” The paper analyzes workers’ compensation or “social insurance” systems of other nations, notably Italy, Iceland, Russia and the U.K. It tracks how professional athletes are covered under each system to see what could be implemented for athletes and athletic team employers in America.

As a law student at Loyola, Roquemore was the articles/symposium editor of the Loyola Law Review. Whiteley also served as her adviser on her preceding Law Review article as a student. In addition, Loyola law professors Craig Senn, J.D., and Dian Tooley-Knoblett, J.D., also provided guidance in her research and writing on the topic.

Roquemore’s article will be posted on the College of Workers’ Compensation website and will be considered for publication in “Workers’ First Watch,” the magazine of the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group, and the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal.

“Bobbi clearly has a depth of insight into certain aspects of the workers’ compensation legal system that is extraordinary for someone who was still in law school,” said Sharon F. Murphy, Esq., president of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers.

Roquemore received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Marquette University. Prior to law school, she was a journalist for 10 years at several prominent publications including the Dallas Morning News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Ebony Magazine.

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