2014 Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation is once again sponsoring an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. The annual competition was recently renamed the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition in honor of former IRS Commissioner (1973-1977) Don Alexander, who passed away in 2010. Mr. Alexander was a widely admired role model and advocate for writing skills and style in the area of tax law throughout his career.
All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a juris doctor (J.D.) and all full-time law students currently seeking a master of laws (LL.M.) at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. Students are allowed to submit any original paper conerning federal taxation, so long as it is not written as part of paid employment, concerning federal taxation. Papers should be between 20-50 pages, doubled spaced. Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible.
Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Depth of research
- Originality of thought
- Quality, clarity, and efficiency of presentation
- Relevance to current tax policy or events
January 6, 2014
How to Submit:
Entries may be submitted by email to Sherwin Valerio or by mail to:
Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation
Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
1220 N. Fillmore St. Suite 444
Arlington, VA 22201
First place: $2000
Second place: $1000
(Both will receive a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.)
The Section on Taxation of the Federal Bar Association wishes to congratulate the following winners of the 2013 Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.
First Place: "Historic Boardwalk Hall and the Substance-over-Form Doctrine," William Halliday, Universityof Virginia School of Law
Second Place: "Close the Loophole: The Marketplace Fairness Act and its Likely Passage," Bryan Soukup, University of Richmond School of Law
Honorable Mention: "Unfair and Unintended: The Tax-Exempt Organization Blocker Loophole," Andrew Dougherty, Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
The Section on Taxation of the Federal Bar Association wishes to congratulate the following winners of the 2012 Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.
First Place: The Challenges of Redefining Corporate Tax Residence in a Competitive Global Market
by Kara Baquizal, Fordham University School of Law
Second Place: General Anti-Avoidance Regulations: An Acceptable Alternative to Limitation on Benefits Provisions?
by Chris Davis, George Washington Law School
The Section on Taxation of the Federal Bar Association wishes to congratulate the following winners of the 2011 Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.
First Place: Nonprofit Hospital Joint Ventures and Community Benefit: A New Approach
by Gail Rebecca Floyd
, St. Louis University School of Law
Second Place: An Imprudent Proposal: The Case Against Restricting the CUT Method in U.S. Transfer Pricing
by Stephen Faivre
, University of Georgia School of Law