Announcing the 2022 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition

The ABA Administrative Law Section is now soliciting submissions for the 2022 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award. The Section welcomes submissions discussing any topic in administrative law. All entries must be emailed by 7:00 pm ET on June 30, 2022.

Entrants must submit two files to Section Director Anne Kiefer via email to [email protected]. The first file should consist only of a cover page showing the paper’s title and the entrant’s name, law school, year of expected graduation, mailing and email address, phone number, and ABA Membership ID number. If the essay was previously submitted for publication, the cover page should also indicate to which publication the work was submitted, and if relevant, the actual or anticipated publication date. The second file consists of the entire paper with a cover page that includes nothing but the title; the contestant’s name and other identifying information, such as school name, MAY NOT appear on any page within this file.

Created in 2006, the Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition (“Competition”) honors the memory of two men who left us too soon: Ernest Gellhorn, a distinguished law dean, administrative law professor, and practitioner who was Chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (“Section”); and Thomas Sargentich, a distinguished administrative law professor at American University’s Washington College of Law who was a great friend of the Section. The Competition is sponsored by the Section, located at 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 (the “Sponsor”). The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section, attract students to the administrative law practice fields, and to encourage scholarship in these fields. Each entrant must follow the rules of the Competition detailed herein.

The Competition is open to law students who are, at the time of entry, (a) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, (b) members of the ABA and the Section, (c) at least 21 years old, and (d) U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Employees of the ABA, its affiliates, and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible for the Competition.

Submissions must be in Microsoft Word. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, in twelve-point font, with one-inch margins; footnotes should be single-spaced, also in twelve-point font and with one-inch margins and page numbering. Citations may be embedded in text or set out in footnotes and should conform to the current edition of the Uniform System of Citation (Bluebook). End-notes are not permitted. Submissions may not exceed 14,000 total words including footnotes and appendices, but not including the title page, and table of contents, if any. (At the discretion of the Section, the winning student may be asked to prepare a shorter version for inclusion in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News.).

If the submission has been previously published or submitted for publication, the cover page must indicate to which publication the work was submitted and, if relevant, the actual or anticipated publication date. Essays must be the work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. Co-authored papers are ineligible. Failure to submit an original essay will result in disqualification and may result in the selection of a new winner. Only one essay may be submitted per entrant.

Announcing the 2022 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition

 

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition

The Award

Created in 2006, the Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition honors the memory of two men who left us too soon, Ernest Gellhorn, a distinguished law dean, administrative law professor, and practitioner who was Chair of the Section; and Thomas Sargentich, a distinguished administrative law professor at American University’s Washington College of Law who was a great friend of the Section.

The goal of the competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section, attract students to the administrative law practice fields, and to encourage scholarship in these fields.

2021 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition Instructions

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition Instructions

2020 Award Winner

Johnathan Hall, Duke Law School
“The Gorsuch Test: Gundy v. United States, Limiting the Administrative State, the Future of Nondelegation”

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition: Recipients

2019
Benjamin Miller-Gootnick
“Boundaries of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act”

2018
David Hahn
, University of Minnesota Law School,
“Late for an Appointment: Balancing Impartiality and Accountability in the IRS Office of Appeals”

2017
Laura Dolbow, 
Vanderbilt University Law School, “Appropriating Agencies: How Congress Leverages Legislative History to Direct Agency Action”

2016
Gugandeep Kaur
, Boston University School of Law,“Indian Pharmaceutical Industry’s Compliance Problems with the United States Food and Drug Administration and Proposed Solutions”

2015
Brian T. Apel
, University of Michigan Law School, Class of 2016, “An Administrative Meter Maid: Using Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review to Curb Exclusivity Parking Via the Failure to Market Provision of the Hatch-Waxman Act.

2014
Matthew P. Downer
, Vanderbilt University Law School, “Tentative Interpretations: The Abracadabra of Administrative Rulemaking and the End of Alaska Hunters”

2013
Taylor M. Owings
, Vanderbilt University Law School, Identifying a Maverick: When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor

2012
Daniel Kazhdan
, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law,Wyeth and PLIVA: The Law of Inadequate Drug Labeling

2011
Aaron Moore
,American University Washington College of Law, Preserving the Ark of Our Safety: How a Stronger Administrative Approach Could Save Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act”

2010
Jasmine C. Hites
, University of Oregon School of Law, “NERC: Nuked by Constitutional Flaw?”

2009
Connor Raso
, Yale Law School, “Do Agencies Use Guidance Documents to Avoid Presidential Control?”

2008
Karen Weathersbee
, University of Baltimore School of Law,“Quarantine: Its Use and Limitations” 

2007
Scott Keller
, University of Texas School of Law, “Expanding Federalism Clear Statement Canons Instead of Chevron Step Zero”

2006
Kari Bergeron
, Southern University Law Center, “Singing the Blues: Muddy Waters and the Scope of Federal Authority Over Isolated, Inland Wetlands under the Clean Water Act”