Students Excel in Writing Competitions

GW Law students in the Government Procurement Law Program excelled in major writing competitions in 2011. These scholars won $21,000 in prize money, published numerous articles in leading journals and earned the opportunity to present their research at major conferences. Their efforts were supported both by faculty in both the Legal Research and Writing and Government Procurement Law Programs, including adjunct professors, who mentored students during the research and writing processes.

These 2011 award winners included:

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Public Contract Law 2011 Writing Competition:

  • Division II (open to LL.M. candidates), First Place ($5,000): Hugh McClean, “Defense Base Act Insurance: Allocating Wartime Contracting Risks Between Government and Private Industry”
  • Division II, Second Place ($2,500): Philip Hadji, “Death Benefits for Soldiers: A case Study on the Department of Veterans Affairs and its Life Insurance Contract”
  • Division I (open to J.D. candidates), First Place ($5,000): Collin D. Swan, “Dead Letter Prohibitions and Policy Failures: Applying Government Ethics Standards to Personal Service Contractors”
  • Division I, Second Place ($2,500): Katie John, “Try Before You Buy: Saying 'Yes,' to Free Product Testing and Reconciling the Tension Between Market Research and Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Information Technology Acquisition”
  • Division I, Third Place ($1,000): Sarah Fehm, “From IPOD to E-Waste: Building a Successful Framework for Extended Producer Responsibility in the United States”

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) 2011 Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program:

  • First Place, Graduate Research ($5,000): Timothy Bunting, “Lock-Out Specifications: An Argument for Systemic Reform”
  • Honorable Mention: Gregory Harding, “Technological Solutions for Safeguarding the Federal Procurement System”

These papers, and others by GW Law students, have been published or are forthcoming in the Public Contract Law Journal, the Journal of Contract Management, and The George Washington Law Review. The GW Law community congratulates our students on these remarkable achievements.


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