The 2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

Requirements are as follows:  

  • Full and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible.
  • Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20-50 double spaced pages is welcome.
  • Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible.  

Winning authors receive $2000 (first place) or $1000 (second place) and 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.

Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) depth of research; (2) originality of thought; (3) quality, clarity, and efficiency of presentation; and (4) relevance to current tax policy or events. Additionally, each student must sign and return the warranty (available at the CDO) (a .pdf copy by e-mail is acceptable).

Deadline is January 5, 2015.


Entries may be submitted by email to Marcellus Howard or by mail to:


Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition

1220 N. Fillmore Str. Suite 444

Arlington, VA 22201


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