Deborah Hecht served as the Director of the Legal Writing Center at Touro University School of Law for eight years. During that time, she worked to develop Touro's Legal Resources Center, including developing a website. She was also active in LWI and in its smaller legal writing specialists group, writing articles for The Second Draft's "From the Desk of the Writing Specialist" column. Deborah died on November 4, 2005, and she is greatly missed by all in the legal writing community, particularly the members of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists. To honor her memory and her contributions to the legal writing profession, the legal writing specialists received approval from the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors to create the Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award. The award is given to the writing specialist who writes the best article for The Second Draft during a two-year period. The award is presented during the LWI Biennial Conference.
The 2018 Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Award Winner is Ann L. Nowak, Director of the Writing Center at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, for her article, Discovering a Predictor of Reader Comprehension Difficulties. Her article can be found in the Fall 2017 issue of the Second Draft available here.