A short story written by Jenner & Block Associate John M. Power was a winner in a recent legal fiction contest sponsored by the Journal of Legal Education, a publication of the Association of American Law Schools. Mr. Power’s story, entitled “Trusts,” placed among the top 10 stories of 129 entries from throughout the United States and Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, and South Africa.
The entries, which were works of original fiction related to law school or the practice of law, were judged on originality, quality of writing and depth of character. Contestants who submitted their works included professors, law school deans, judges, lawyers, law students, and professional writers. Judges for the competition included international bestselling authors such as Michael Connelly, who wrote The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as TV writers such as Marshall Goldberg, who wrote for “L.A. Law,” “Paper Chase,” and “Newhart,” among other programs.
This was the first legal fiction contest sponsored by the JLE, and the winning stories were published in a special Journal of Legal Education: The Fiction Issue in February 2013.
Mr. Power is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Complex Commercial Litigation, Class Action, and Media and First Amendment Practices. He was a member of the Firm team that represented the court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States. Mr. Power also has substantial experience litigating restrictive covenants in employment contracts and litigating breaches of fiduciary duties by corporate officers.