Student Joe Diedrich wins humor writing competition

Joe Diedrich

Joe Diedrich, a third-year University of Wisconsin Law School student, has won the Terence T. Evans Humor and Creativity in Law Competition.

The award is given annually to a Wisconsin lawyer or law student for an original, humorous piece of writing that relates to the law in some way. The competition was created by the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association to honor the memory of the late Judge Terence Evans, who was known for demonstrating pragmatism and wit in his judicial opinions. Evans served on the federal bench in the Eastern District of Wisconsin before being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Diedrich says his essay, "Sandowitz Motors, LLC v. Norman's Custom Catering, Inc.," involves a fictitious contract dispute. "Sandowitz contracted with Norman's to serve sandwiches at a grand opening event,” he explains. “After Norman's showed up with pizzas, the Eastern District of Wisconsin now finds itself with cross-motions for summary judgment, forcing it to contemplate the important question of whether a pizza is a sandwich."

Diedrich will be honored at the annual meeting of the EDWBA, where he will receive a cash prize of $500. His winning essay will also appear in the EDWBA newsletter.

Diedrich grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and completed his undergraduate degree in music composition at UW-Madison. He will receive his J.D. in May.

--Dan Patterson


Submitted by Law School News on April 28, 2017

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