Writing Competitions

Organization

Scholarship

Deadline


$2,500 for books, $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,000 for student work
12/1/2015

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/
$1,500 ACEBC Award, $1,500 Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award
6/2/15

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

​Eligibility/Topics. Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled fulltime or part-time in law school between August 15, 2014 and August 15, 2015 and seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., L.L.M. or S.J.D.). Papers must deal with employee benefits topics. As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.
  • a. Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, in 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes. Footnotes should be single-spaced endnotes starting on a separate page.
  • b. Papers must be submitted as email attachments to bdougherty@morganlewis.com and should be submitted as Word or pdf documents. No information identifying the author or law school should be included in the text, the footnotes, or the filename. That information, an address, a telephone number and enrollment status information should be provided in the email message.
  • c. Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
  • d. Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet published are eligible for the Prize, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Prize does not reflect any changes made to the paper after submission of the manuscript to any publication and (ii) the College receives any consents necessary to publish.

Selection of Winners
Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant. Among other facts, the Committee will consider: (i) depth and creativity of legal analysis; (ii) thoroughness of legal research; (iii) organization and writing style; (iv) difficulty of subject matter; and (v) consideration of employee benefits policy implications. The determination of the Committee is final. It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 24, 2015, or shortly thereafter.

Publication of Winning Articles(s)
The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or other professional publications, subject to receiving any necessary consents from the author and any other journal. In addition, the winning papers will be distributed to the Fellows of the College.

Prizes
Cash prizes will be awarded for up to two winning papers. The College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two awards. Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on September 19, 2015 in Chicago IL.

Deadline
Papers must be submitted in the manner described in paragraph 1(b) above and must be received no later than Midnight, Eastern Time, on June 2, 2015.

Disclaimer
The College disclaims responsibility for any failure to give due consideration to any submission due to any email or other electronic transmission, storage or archival errors, regardless of the cause. However, the Committee may waive the eligibility requirements applicable to any student whose submitted paper was not afforded due consideration on account of such an error in a prior year’s contest.

Questions concerning the Competition should be directed to Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee at bdougherty@morganlewis.com.

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