Competition Details

Competition Details:

Deadline: ACS is now accepting submissions for the 2017 competition. Submissions must be emailed by Sunday, February 5, 2017, 11:59pm EST. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered. Papers must be emailed to cudahy@acslaw.org in Word format.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all lawyers and law students. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to participate. Coauthored submissions are eligible and if selected, the coauthors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original academic work that is either unpublished or was published no more than one year prior to the competition deadline (specifically, not before January 2016). If a submission has been published or accepted for publication, the author should include written consent from the journal to make sure it will consent to ACS posting the publication on its website, with appropriate attribution.

Content: Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or deregulation; doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development; and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency.

Format: A wide range of formats are eligible and encouraged, from traditional full-length law review articles to less academic, lightly-cited essays written to be accessible to a wide audience. Entries submitted must be in Word format and any citations in submissions should appear in footnotes, not endnotes.  Submissions should be less than 25,000 words, not including footnotes. Shorter submissions are strongly encouraged.

Judging Process: All submissions will go through an initial screening process. Finalists from that process will be reviewed by the panel of judges. Submissions will be judged on their depth of analysis, quality of writing, readiness for publication, originality (in topic selection and treatment), and thoroughness of research. The winner will be announced at the 2017 ACS National Convention.

Award: The author of the winning paper in each category (lawyer and law student) will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the 2017 ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS. For example, ACS’s two journals, the Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) and Advance, will consider publication of appropriate pieces that meet their word limit guidelines (under 10,000 words for HLPR and under 5,000 words for Advance).

Additional Questions: Check here for updates or email cudahy@acslaw.org.

Past Judging Panels:

2016 Judging Panel:
• The Honorable Paul Oetken, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
• The Honorable Alok Ahuja, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District
• Jeffrey P. Kehne, former Principal, Hill & Kehne LLP
• Allison M. Zieve, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group 
• Jack M. Beermann, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
• Amy Widman, Associate Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2015 Judging Panel:
• The Honorable Paul Oetken, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
• The Honorable Alok Ahuja, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District
Jeffrey P. Kehne, former Principal, Hill & Kehne LLP
Allison M. Zieve, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group 
Jack M. Beermann, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Amy Widman, Associate Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law

2014 Judging Panel:
• The Honorable David Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Alejandro Camacho, Professor of Law and Political Science; Director, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, University of California, Irvine
Jeffrey P. Kehne, former Principal, Hill & Kehne LLP
Eloise Pasachoff, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Amy Widman, Assistant Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law
Allison M. Zieve, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group 

2013 Judging Panel:
• The Honorable David Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Lisa Bressman, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Vanderbilt Law School
Alejandro Camacho, Professor of Law and Political Science; Director, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, University of California, Irvine
Jeffrey P. Kehne, former Principal, Hill & Kehne LLP
Amanda Cohen Leiter, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Allison M. Zieve, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group

2012 Judging Panel:
• The Honorable David Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Alejandro Camacho, Professor of Law and Political Science; Director, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, University of California, Irvine
Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Cente
Jeffrey P. Kehne, Principal, Hill & Kehne LLP
Amanda Cohen Leiter, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Allison M. Zieve, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group

2011 Judging Panel:
• The Honorable David Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Jeffrey Kehne, Partner, Hill & Kehne LLC
Gillian Metzger, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Eduardo M. Penalver, Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School
Allison Zieve, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group

2010 Judging Panel:
Cynthia Farina, Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School
• The Honorable David Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
William D. Henderson, Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington
Jeffrey P. Kehne, Partner, Hill & Kehne LLC
Paul Kim, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
Allison Zieve, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group

2009 Judging Panel:
Cynthia Farina, Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School
• The Honorable David Hamilton, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana (1994-2009)
William D. Henderson, Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington
Jeffrey P. Kehne, Partner, Hill & Kehne LLC
David Vladeck, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
Allison Zieve, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group

2008 Judging Panel:
• The Honorable David Hamilton, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana (1994-present)
• The Honorable Patricia M. Wald, Judge on the U.S.Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1979-1999)
Jeffrey P. Kehne, Partner, Hill & Kehne LLC
Allison Zieve, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Cynthia Farina, Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School
William D. Henderson, Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington