Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation Annual Writing Competition

December 6, 2010Duke Law News

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. The Section on Taxation has recently named the annual competition the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition in honor of former IRS Commissioner (1973-1977) Don Alexander, who passed away last year. Mr. Alexander was a widely admired role model and advocate for writing skills and style in the area of tax law throughout his career.

All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a juris doctor (J.D.) and all full-time law students currently seeking a master of laws (LL.M.) at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. Students may submit any original and unpublished paper, which was not written as part of paid employment, concerning federal taxation.

Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) depth of research; (2) originality of thought; (3) quality, clarity, and efficiency of presentation; and (4) relevance to current tax policy or events. Papers must be a minimum of twenty pages and a maximum of thirty pages (double spaced, twelve-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and endnotes) and must be postmarked or e-mailed by January 12, 2011. Additionally, each student must sign and return the attached warranty (a .pdf copy by e-mail is acceptable).

If mailing submissions, please use the following address:

Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation
Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition 1220 N. Fillmore Street, Suite 444
Arlington, VA 22201

If e-mailing submissions, please e-mail to Adrienne Woolley at awoolley@fedbar.org, with the subject line “Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.”

Two winning papers will be selected by the Officers of the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation.

The author of the First Place paper will receive:

(i) A $2,000 cash prize; and
(ii) A trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, DC, on February 25, 2011 (value not to exceed $700), where the First Place winner will be presented with a Commemorative Plaque and complimentary one-year membership in the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation.

The author of the Second Place paper will receive:

(i) A $1,000 cash prize; and
(ii) A Commemorative Plaque and complimentary one-year membership in the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation.
Both the First Place and Second Place papers may be published in the Report, the newsletter of the Section and/or The Federal Lawyer, the magazine of the Federal Bar Association. To be eligible for publication in The Federal Lawyer, the paper must be on a topic that is of general interest to the Federal Bar Association membership.

If you have any questions, please contact
Christine Hooks Marissa Rensen at Christine.S.Hooks@usdoj.gov mrensen@mayerbrown.com