Past Winners

2016 – Eighteenth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Laura Hagen (UC Hastings College of Law): “Coding for Health: Cybersecurity in Medical Devices”
  • Second Place ($2,000): Michael Grimes (American University Washington College of Law): “A Stark Contrast to Congressional Intent”

2015 – Seventeenth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Brian F. Jordan (The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law): “Remembering to Protect Those Who Cannot Remember: Rethinking Alzheimer’s Liability and Healthcare Solutions”
  • Second Place ($2,000): Nicholas G. Sumski (Suffolk University Law School): “Do What U Want (With My Body) – Biobanks: The Promise (and Perils) of the Future of Genetic Research”

2014 – Sixteenth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Sarah Imhoff (Georgetown University Law Center): “Non-Discrimination of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Providers: Section 2706 and Optimizing Patient Choice”
  • Second Place ($2,000): Sharone Assa (University of Wisconsin Law School): “FDCA Plus: Why United States v. Caronia Should Motivate the FDA to Adopt a Deceptive Advertising Framework”

2013 – Fifteenth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Abraham Gitterman (University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law): "One Click Away From Untangling the Web: How the United States Food and Drug Administration Should Regulate Direct-to-Consumer Advertising on the Internet and in Social Media"
  • Second Place ($2,000): James Hennessy (UCLA School of Law): "FQHCs and Health Reform: Up to the Task?"
  • Third Place ($500): Douglas Metcalf (Boston University School of Law): "Licensing a Generic Biologic as a Biosimilar Presents More Red Tape Than Licensing It as a New Molecular Entity"

2012 – Fourteenth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Kyle Thomson (Boston University School of Law): "The Common Rule: Updating Human Subject Research Protections for a New Era of Research"
  • Second Place ($2,000): Mark Nickas (Boston University School of Law): "Regulatory Challenges in Implementing the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act"
  • Third Place ($500): Ashley Mester (George Washington University School of Law): "Mission Impossible? Maintaining the Integrity of the Prescription Drug Distribution Chain"

2011 – Thirteenth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Mary Vitale (St. John's University School of Law): "NOTA's Ban on Bone Marrow Donation Compensation: Legal Compensation to Create a Life, but Not Save a Life"
  • Second Place ($2,000): Todd Rosenbaum (New York University School of Law): "Re-Thinking the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986: Proposals for Reform"

2010 – Twelfth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Matthew Vanderpool (Saint Louis University): "Love and Marriage: The Interdependency of Health Reform Initiatives and Vertical Integration"
  • Second Place ($2,000): Christopher Wintrode (Saint Louis University): "Disclosing Protected Health Information in the Digital Age: How the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) Impacts Health Care Business Associates in Public Health Emergencies"
  • Third Place ($500): Rachel Rose (Stetson University College of Law): "Poor Prognosis: The End Game Scenario That May Arise Through the Use of the Contracts Dispute Act of 1978 or Physician Exodus from Medicare"

2009 – Eleventh Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Alexis Gregorian (University of Virginia): "Post-Mortem Pregnancy: A Proposed Methodology for the Resolution of Conflicts Over Whether a Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Should Be Maintained on Life-Sustaining Treatment"
  • Second Place ($2,000): Sylvia Simson (Brooklyn Law School): "Breaking Barriers, Pushing Promise: America's Need for an Embryonic Stem Cell Regulatory Scheme"
  • Third Place ($500): Matthew J.B. Lawrence (New York University): "In Search of an Enforceable Medical Malpractice Exculpatory Agreement: Introducing Confidential Contracts as a Solution to the Doctor-Patient Relationship Problem"

2008 – Tenth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Place ($4,000): Steven Szymanski (Florida State University College of Law): "Informed Consent For Service Members in the Post 9/11 World"
  • Second Place ($2,000): Julianna Frisch (William & Mary Law School): "Ethical and Legal Concerns Surrounding Physician Assisted Suicide in General and in Crisis Situations"
  • Third Place ($500): Carrie Boyd (William & Mary Law School): "Entitled in Recompense: The Federal Government's Duty to Provide Comparable Health Care for Native Americans"

2007 – Ninth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Prize ($4,000): Charles Dunham (Albany Law School): "'Body Property': Challenging the Ethical Barriers in Organ Transplantation to Protect Individual Autonomy"
  • Second Prize ($2,000): Benjamin Falit (Harvard Law School): "Ancillary Service and Self-Referral Arrangements in the Medical and Legal Professions: Do Current Ethical, Legislative and Regulatory Policies Adequately Serve the Interests of Patients and Clients?"
  • Third Prize ($500): Eva Wilkins (Boston University School of Law): "Linking Protection of Human Subjects and Regulation of Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research: Justifying the Adoption of a New Regulatory Approach"

2006 – Eighth Annual Writing Competition

  • First Prize ($4,000): Holly Lynch (University of Pennsylvania Law School): "Give Them What They Want? The Legal and Ethical Permissibility of Pediatric Placebo-Controlled Trials Requested by the FDA Under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act"
  • Second Prize ($2,000): Darlene Ghavimi (Widener University School of Law): "Cosmetic Surgery in the Doctor's Office: Is State Regulation Improving Patient Safety?"
  • Third Prize ($500): Lisa Kinney (University of Virginia School of Law): "Preventing "Patient Dumping": Retaining a Narrow Interpretation of EMTALA Through Judicial Decisions and Regulatory Revisions"

2005 – Seventh Annual Writing Competition

  • First Prize ($4,000): Giuseppe A. Ippolito (University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York): "Does Plaintiff Exclusion Have A Role to Play in 21st Century Negligence Litigation."
  • Second Prize ($2,000): Amanda L. Kutz (College of William & Mary): "Finding a Home for Orphan Drugs in the Twenty-First Century: Revising the Statutory Framework."
  • Third Prize ($500): Holly K. Fernandez (University of Pennsylvania): "Straight to the Top: A Policy Approach to Negligence Liability of Institutional Review Board Members."