15th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

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This competition is open to any J.D. and graduate law students enrolled at any time between August 15th, 2018 and August 15th 2019, who have not at any time engaged in the practice of law.


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.  

b.         Papers must be submitted as email attachments to brian.dougherty@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 or republish the article. 


Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on September 21, 2019 in Washington, DC.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. 


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 3, 2019. 


Please contact Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee at brian.dougherty@morganlewis.com.

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