Abbe receives $2,500 in financial support from McCoy & Hiestand ahead of her first year of law school.
LOUISVILLE, KY, January 13, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — McCoy & Hiestand poses a thought-provoking question to students applying for its “The 7th Amendment” Scholarship. Students submitting essays have an obligation to think critically about the Amendment that entitles citizens to civil jury trials. McCoy & Hiestand specifically request that students consider the 7th Amendment in its practical applications as well as within a broader understanding of civil justice.
This year, Madilyn Abbe offers the firm an astute assessment of the 7th Amendment’s value. In her essay, “Dollars and Sense: Rethinking Literal Interpretation of the 7th Amendment,” she calls on several experts to help establish her thesis: the core of the 7th Amendment has value, but the Amendment itself is outdated.
Abbe takes a three-pronged approach to her breakdown of the 7th Amendment’s literal interpretation, addressing the exorbitant cost of a jury trial, decreased public opinion of the process, and the unrealistic promise of a minimum of $20 in damages.
In Abbe’s own words:
“Ultimately, rigid adherence to the 7th Amendment without considering the resulting financial implications places an unfair burden on American citizens. The cost associated with a civil jury can be astronomical, potentially deterring individuals and businesses from pursuing legal recourse altogether.
Yet, the civil jury holds a distinctive place within American jurisprudence, serving as a vital catalyst for civic engagement, legitimizing the justice system, and nurturing the tenets of a thoughtful and participatory democracy.”
Abbe’s essay not only meets McCoy & Hiestand’s expectations for its scholarship applicants; it exceeds them. Her essay reflects a highly critical mind that the firm believes will excel as she pursues her academic ambitions.
The firm proudly offers Abbe $2,500 in financial support ahead of her 1L year at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
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