3L student wins national writing contest

Third-year law student Billy Dalto’s paper about how Oregon’s Elder Abuse Prevention Act strengthens protections for elderly people who have been financially fleeced won first place in a national writing contest.

 A judging panel determined that Dalto’s paper, “How Oregon’s Elder Abuse Prevention Act Ups the Ante in State Securities Law Cases,” was the best submitted in the 2011 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) Student Journal Writing Competition. An interview with Dalto will be in a future issue of NAELA News, sent to all members of NAELA.

 Dalto’s paper noted that under Oregon’s Elder Abuse Prevention Act, elderly victims of financial fraud are entitled to triple damages from perpetrators. “It’s a pretty powerful tool,” he said. “As more and more baby boomers retire, more and more people will come under the protection of this act.”

 Dalto wrote the paper for his securities law class, taught by Prof. Meyer Eisenberg. After he graduates, Dalto says, he plans to practice commercial litigation.