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2006 Alumna Wins Award from Supreme Court Historical Society for Student Essay on Justice Robert Jackson

June 18, 2008 – 
Constance L. Martin, a 2006 graduate of Rutgers School of Law–Newark and an associate in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson P.C., won the 2007 Hughes-Gossett Prize for Best Student Article from the Supreme Court Historical Society for an essay she wrote while a Rutgers student. The article, “The Life and Career of Justice Robert H. Jackson,” was published in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Supreme Court History. Martin received the award from Justice Anthony Kennedy on June 2 at the Supreme Court.

“This is an exceptional honor for Constance and we are very proud of her achievement,” said Dean Stuart L. Deutsch. “As a community, we also are gratified to have nurtured her clear love of history and respect for scholarship.”

The essay was written for a seminar on The Supreme Court: Genesis and Progression taught by Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. It examines how the life experiences of Justice Jackson influenced his career and informed his jurisprudence. Justice Jackson, who served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1941-1954, participated in landmark cases involving President Roosevelt’s New Deal. He also is remembered for his role as chief American prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.

At Rutgers, Martin was managing notes & comments editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. After graduation she clerked for Judge Edward F. Harrington of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. At Fish & Richardson her practice focuses on patent litigation and intellectual property litigation.

In addition to a J.D. from Rutgers-Newark, Martin holds degrees from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and from Harvard/Radcliffe College.