Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition

Deadline: 01/04/2016

Competition Website

In 2016, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.

Outstanding Paper by a Law Student — $250
Outstanding Paper by a Medical Student or Medical Resident — $250

2016 Contest Question

In recent years, Ebola and other infectious diseases, natural disasters, threatened acts of bioterrorism, the rise of obesity and obesity-related ailments, the recreational use of tobacco and drugs, and other actual or potential developments have threatened the health of the public in the United States and elsewhere. Successfully preparing for and effectively addressing these and other public health dangers will require use of an array of tools involving expertise and experience possessed and practiced by medical and legal professionals. Discuss some of the ways in which medical and other health care professionals can work innovatively and collaboratively with members of the legal profession in the next few years to jointly protect and promote public health in the U.S. and beyond in the face of actual and potential challenges, while also respecting individual and institutional personal and property rights.

Applicant and Paper Criteria

1. All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.

2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.

3. The submitted paper must be responsive to the 2016 Contest Question.

4. Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.


1. The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).

2. No abstract is required.

3. All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.

4. All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes. The body of papers must be double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one inch margins. All pages must be numbered.

5. The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author’s name, full contact information, and school or residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.

6. At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.

7. If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.


1. All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.

2. Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.

3. Papers will be judged according to the following criteria:

Responsiveness to the competition question
Originality and thoughtfulness
Quality of analysis
Quality of writing
Citation of authority supporting arguments

Deadline and Submission

1. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 4, 2016.
2. Papers must be submitted electronically to
3. Direct questions to:
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300
Phone: 850-645-9473 Web:
4. Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2016.

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