Recent graduate Patrick Woods, Class of 2012, was selected as the winner of Effective NY's first constitutional essay competition for New York state law school students.
Woods' essay, “Automatic Lieutenant Gubernatorial Succession: Preventing Legislative Gridlock without Sacrificing the Elective Principle,” is available on the Effective NY website, and it is also scheduled for presentation at a conference this fall and publication in a future issue of the Albany Law Review.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have my article chosen. New York State Constitutional reform, including many issues beyond those I discussed, is such an important issue right now. I’m honored that Effective NY selected my small contribution to this movement," said Woods, who received a $1,000 cash prize for his winning essay.
Woods, who was editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review until graduating this past May, will begin his clerkship with Judge Richard K. Eaton '74 at the United States Court of International Trade in the fall.
The issue of a defined line of succession for the New York lieutenant governor's position made headlines in 2009, when then Governor David Paterson unilaterally appointed a replacement in absence of clear guidance from the state constitution.
Founded this year, Effective NY is a non-partisan organization dedicated to helping New York citizens create a more effective state constitution.
Photo, from left, Bill Samuels, New Roosevelt Chair; Patrick Woods, Albany Law School Class of 2012; and Brian Kolb, Assembly Minority Leader