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Health Law Writing Competition Rules

1. The Health Law Writing Competition is open to submissions written by J.D. and L.L.M. degree candidates who are currently attending a U.S. law school or who attended a U.S. law school during the school year ending in May/June 2013.

2. Papers must address an issue relating to health law. Papers may address traditional areas of the law as applied to the health care field (e.g., antitrust, tax or corporate) or may address areas of law unique to the health care field (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid or clinical trials).

3. Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) originality of thought; (2) clarity of presentation; (3) technical excellence; (4) relevance to current health law issues; (5) timeliness of topic and (6) depth of research.

4. Papers authored by two or more eligible students may be submitted for consideration in the Health Law Writing Competition. All submissions must be the product of the author or authors, without substantial assistance from others.

5. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible for entry in the Health Law Writing Competition provided that the work is original and the editing and citation work has been done by the author(s).

6. Authors may submit more than one paper for consideration in the Health Law Writing Competition. Please submit each paper separately.

7. All submissions must adhere to the following three requirements: (1) papers must be double-spaced; (2) papers must include footnotes instead of endnotes; and (3) papers must be 30 pages or less. Papers exceeding the 30 page maximum will be disqualified. It is recommended, but not required, that papers conform to the Bluebook citation style.

8. All submissions are due by January 24, 2014. No late entries will be accepted.

9. Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word format and should contain no identifying information except for the title, as all submissions are reviewed on an anonymous basis. Entrants will be asked to verify that the papers have been de-identified before submission.

10. Papers should be submitted via the Health Law Writing Competition page at the Epstein Becker Green web site (http://www.ebglaw.com/healthentryform.aspx).

11. If you are unable to submit your entry form(s) and paper(s) electronically, please contact Serra Schlanger in Epstein Becker Green's Washington, DC, office at (202) 861-0900 or by e-mail at ebgcompetition@ebglaw.com.

12. Winners must provide a Social Security number and a mailing address in order to collect the cash prizes. The author of the first place entry will receive a cash award of $4,000; the author of the second place entry will receive a cash award of $2,000; and the author of the third place entry will receive a cash award of $500. If a winning paper has more than one author, the prize will be split equally among the co-authors. The judges may elect, at their discretion, to award honorable mention prizes.

13. Authors retain all ownership rights with respect to their work submitted to the Health Law Writing Competition. However, by submitting a paper, authors grant Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. the right to publish the title of the paper and the author's name and law school in materials relating to the Health Law Writing Competition. Also, authors receiving any award or honorable mention agree to include a footnote on the first page of any publication of the work noting the Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Health Law Writing Competition award.

14. The editorial board of the Annals of Health Law, a publication of the Institute for Health Law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, will consider the top 20 percent of papers in the Health Law Writing Competition for publication. If you would not like your paper to be considered for publication, please so indicate on the entry form. Decisions relating to publication in the Annals are solely at the discretion of the staff of that publication.

15. An impartial panel will judge the Health Law Writing Competition entries. Awards will not be made if none of the submissions are deemed by the judges to be of sufficient quality.

16. Winners will be announced and contacted approximately eight months after the due date, depending on the volume of submissions received.

Return to this page to submit your paper for consideration in the Fifteenth Annual Health Law Writing Competition.  All submissions are due by January 25, 2013.  If you have questions about the competition, please contact Serra Schlanger in Epstein Becker Green's Washington, DC, office at (202) 861-0900 or by e-mail at ebgcompetition@ebglaw.com.

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