The College would like to congratulate
who share First Place in this year’s
Writing Competition for Law Students


“Haters Gonna Hate,” But Will Workers’ Compensation Pay? An Analysis Of Whether Injuries From Hate Crimes Are Compensable Under Workers’ Compensation Laws
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Kyle D. Black
University of Pittsburgh School of Law,
Class of 2015

Kyle Black is a first-year associate attorney in the workers’ compensation practice group at O’Brien, Rulis & Bochicchio (ORB). Kyle initially clerked at ORB until he was admitted into the Pennsylvania Bar in 2015. During law school, and prior to joining ORB, Kyle was employed in the workers’ compensation practice group for Edgar Snyder & Associates, a Pittsburgh-based law firm representing injured workers’ in Western Pennsylvania. Kyle graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2015, concentrating in International & Comparative Law. Kyle completed his undergraduate education at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, double majoring in economics and African- American studies.


Holding A Square Peg And Choosing Between Two Round Holes: The Challenge Workers’ Compensation Law Faces With Uber And The Sharing Economy
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Bradley R. Smith
Temple University, Beasley School of Law,
Class of 2015

Brad Smith is an Associate Attorney with Galfand Berger, LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Brad proudly champions the rights of injured workers, consumers, and individuals. He earned his Juris Doctor in 2015 from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. While in law school, Brad was a member of the Temple Law Review and had his Comment “Treating Professional Athletes Like Wall Street Executives: The Potential for Clawback Provisions in Sports Contracts” published in Vol. 87 of the Temple Law Review. Brad’s essay “Pennsylvania’s Mental Lapse: A History of Pennsylvania’s Treatment of Mental Disabilities Caused by Mental Stress in Workers’ Compensation” won the Grand Prize in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Centennial Essay Contest and was published in The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Centennial: A Narrative and Pictorial Celebration, edited by Judge David B. Torrey. Prior to law school, Brad graduated, magna cum laude, from Gettysburg College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

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