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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 entry must discuss any topic relating to administrative law.


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 18 years old, and

(d) U.S. citizens.

Employees of the ABA, its respective affiliates, and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible for the Competition.

Format Submissions must be in Microsoft Word.

The text of the essay must be double-spaced, in twelve-point font, with one-inch margins; footnotes or endnotes should be single-spaced, also in twelve-point font and with one-inch margins. Citations may be embedded in text or set out in footnotes or endnotes and should conform to the current edition of the Uniform System of Citation (Bluebook).

Submissions may not exceed 14,000 total words including footnotes, but not including end-notes, the title page, and table of contents, if any. Please also include a Microsoft Word version with a separate title page and page numbers. (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.)

Submissions may include papers submitted for a law school course, law review notes and comments, or pieces written specifically for the Competition. If previously published or submitted for publication in a law student publication (such as a law review), the cover page must indicate to which publication the work was submitted and if the work was published, the 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. Entry Procedure There is no entry form of any kind.

Entrants must submit two files to Section Director Anne Kiefer via email to anne.kiefer@americanbar.org.

The first file should be a cover page only with contestant information, including 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 to a law student publication, the cover page should also indicate to which publication the work was submitted and if the work was published, the publication date.

The second file should be the paper with a cover page listing the title only; the contestant’s name and other identifying information, such as school name, MAY NOT appear on any page within this file. Entries must be received by 7:00 pm Eastern time on May 1, 2018. Staff of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice will assign a random number to each entry. Neither the contestant’s identity nor his/her law school will be known to the selection committee. T

he Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure. Judging The entries will be judged anonymously by Fellows and leaders of the Section. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity and clarity of the proposal or thesis
  • Organization
  • Quality of the analysis and research
  • Grammar, syntax and form Decisions of the Sponsor (including the committee judging the entries) are final.

Opt-Out Option

Any individual may elect to opt out of receiving future contest or competition mailings from the ABA by calling the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221.

Privacy Policy/Data Collection Information provided by entrants in connection with this Competition is subject to the ABA’s privacy policy, available at http://www.americanbar.org/utility/privacy.html . Sponsor

The ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 662-1690 Fax: (202) 662-1529 http://www.americanbar.org/adminlaw


February 06 2018


Date: February 6
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