Sunday, January 18, 2009

$1,500 Employee Benefits; Deadline May 31, 2009

The content of this notice appears at the web site of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and the 2009 notice appears at this (pdf) url: 2009 Writing Competition Rules

$1,500 Employee Benefits; Deadline May 31, 2009

SUBJECT: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
OPEN TO: All J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D) law students
SUBMIT BY: May 31, 2009
PRIZES: Clarin M. Schwartz Memorial Award $1,500
Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500
Each winner will also receive an employee benefits treatise published by BNA Books. If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers will be published by the BNA Pension Benefits Reporter or in the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal. The winning will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States.

Eligibility/topics. Employee benefits papers written by full or part-time law school students (seekinga J.D. or a graduate law degree such as an L.L.M. or S.J.D.) enrolled at anytime between August 15,2008 and August 15, 2009 are eligible. Topics might include any legal issues related to employee benefits.For example, eligible submissions could address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses' or domesticpartners' benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA benefits litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits or contributions.

a. Papers submitted 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 starting on a separate page at the end of the document.

b. The text of the paper should not include information identifying the author or law school in the paper.

c. Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Competition.

d. Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet published are eligible for the Competition, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Competition 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.