ABA Section of Business Law – Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Deadline: 01/11/2013

Competition Website

2013 Guidelines

  • ABA-accredited law schools may nominate high quality papers on a business law topic written in the 2011-2012 or current academic year by a student currently enrolled in the law school’s J.D. program.
  • The paper may be specifically prepared for this contest; submitted in a class, seminar, or as an independent study; or a proposed law review/journal note, comment or article.
  • Papers that have been submitted to or published by a student publication are acceptable for submission to the contest. The application form must indicate to which publications the work has been submitted and if it has been published.
  • Papers submitted are normally 20-30 pages long, but in any event should not exceed 100 pages of double-spaced typed text, including footnotes.
  • A student need not be a member of the Business Law Section to participate.

To apply: All entries for the 2012-2013 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest must be submitted electronically by Friday, January 11, 2013. A cover form is available for download here.  Please contact Lauren Shores with any questions by email (lauren.shores@americanbar.org) or at 312-988-6398.

First Place:
Hannah Lee, Fordham University Law School, New York, NY
The Supreme Court Should Hold that Secured Creditors Have an Absolute Right to Credit Bid

Second Place:
Katherine Peebles, William & Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, VA
Negligent Hiring and the Information Age: How State Legislatures Can Save Employers from Inevitable Liability

Third Place:
Lisa Farrell, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR
A Step in the Right Direction: Regulation of Debit Card Center Change Fees in the Durbin Amendment


The prizes for the writing contest are:

  • First Place: $2,500 to the first place winner to be presented at the Business Law Section Spring.
  • Second Place: $1,000 to the second place winner to be presented at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting.
  • Third Place: $500 to the third place winner to be presented at the Section of Business Law Section Spring Meeting.

Each winner will receive all expenses paid by the Section to attend the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting to collect his/her prize.

  • Judging

The papers will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. Depending on the topic, prior publication, and other factors, a previously unpublished first place winning essay may be considered for publication in a Section publication.

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