The Business Law Section sponsors an annual Student Writing Competition, open to
all students who are candidates for the JD or LLM degree at an accredited law
school during the year in which the article is submitted. The student articles
submitted in a given year that are judged first, second, and third best, provided they
are of publishable quality and otherwise meet the criteria of the Competition,
will receive cash prizes of $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively. At the discretion
of the editors, they also will be published in the NYSBA NY Business Law
Journal, which is sponsored by the Section in cooperation with Albany Law School and is
published in the Spring and Fall. Additional cash prizes may be awarded in the
discretion of the Section, and the Section reserves the right to award some,
all, or none of the prizes, depending on its determination of quality of
submissions. Entries that do not qualify for cash prizes may also
be considered for publication in the Journal.
Articles submitted will be judged on the following criteria:
Relevance to the Journal’s audience (New York business lawyers)
Timeliness of the topic
Quality of research and writing
Clarity and conciseness
The manuscript should follow blue book cite format (using endnotes rather
than footnotes) and be a minimum of 3,000 words (there is no maximum).
Submissions should be made by February 15 for the Spring issue and August 15 for
the Fall issue of the Journal. All submissions become the property of the NYSBA
and the Business Law Journal. By submitting an article, the student is deemed
to consent to its publication, whether or not a cash prize is awarded.
To enter, the student should submit an original, unpublished manuscript in
Word format to David L. Glass, editor in chief, NYSBA New York Business Law
The student should include a brief biography, including law school attended,
degree for which the student is a candidate, and expected year of
Congratulations to the 2016 Writing Competition Winners!
Recognized May 12, 2017 at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting (New York, NY)
Missed the winning entries? Business Law Section members can access past issues of the NY Business Law Journal 24/7 at www.nysba.org/businesslawjournal (see Summer 2016 issue).
1st prize - Caitlin Dance, New York Law School
"In re Coinflip,
2nd prize - Lawrence Crane-Moscowitz, Vanderbilt University Law School
"Except For All the
Others: A Compromise Proposal for Correcting the Incentives of Credit Rating
Agencies in the Wake of the Dodd-Frank Act"
1st prize - Amanda A. Godkin and Matthew K. Mobilia, Albany Law School
Co-authors of "Emerging Equities in
Paying for Municipal Services – The Problem with the Real Property Tax" (published in the NY Business Law Journal, Summer 2015)
2nd prize - Amanda Evans, University of Richmond School of Law
Advocating for Gender Parity on Corporate Boards" (published in the NY Business Law Journal, Summer 2015)
1st prize – Richard Jones, New York Law School
“The Counterintuitive Effects of the Volcker Rule and the Push-Out Rule”
(published in the NY Business Law Journal, Summer 2014)
2nd prize – Nithya Narayanan, Harvard Law School
“America’s Tweak to the Loser Pays Rule: A Board-Insulating Mechanism?”
(published in the NY Business Law Journal, Winter 2014)