’09 law grad wins top prize in national writing competition
Shea B. Airey, a May graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, won first place in the 2009-10 Real Property/Trust & Estate Law Student Writing Contest, held this past summer by the American Bar Association.
Airey’s entry, “Conservation Easements in Private Practice: A Detailed Overview of the Device and Why It Should Be Embraced by the American Lawyer,” was judged best among 29 entries, including ones submitted by Jonathan Ohring of Emory Law School of and Elliott Joh of the University of Chicago School of Law, the second- and third-place finishers, respectively. Airey worked with Upstate Forever, a non-profit land-conservation group in Greenville, in summer 2007, and it was from that experience that he acquired the background information for his winning paper.
Airey will receive $2,500 cash, among other awards, and his essay will be considered for publication in a future issue of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal.
Airey is the son of Steven and Debbie Airey of Boone, N.C. He now practices law in Walhalla, S.C., with the Corley law firm, where he focuses on estate planning, real estate and land conservation.