2020 Donald C. Alexander Tax Writing Competition – Deadline January 7, 2020

The  Federal  Bar  Association  Section  on  Taxation  sponsors  an  annual  writing  competition and invites  law  students  to  participate. The  Section  on  Taxation  has  named  this  annual  competition—the Donald  C.  Alexander   Tax  Law  Writing   Competition—in  honor   of  former  IRS  Commissioner  Don Alexander, who  passed away in 2009.   Throughout  his career, Mr. Alexander was both a widely admired role  model  and  an  advocate  for  writing  skills  and  style  in  tax  law.

Competition Rules:

Eligibility:  All full-time and part-time law students currently seeking a juris doctor (JD) or a master of laws (LLM)  at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition.  Students
may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation.  Papers must be (i) a minimum of twenty pages and a maximum of fifty pages, including footnotes,  and (ii)  double spaced, with one-inch
margins and twelve-point Times New Roman font (though footnotes may be single spaced and in ten point font).  Only one paper per student is permitted.  Joint papers are eligible, provided that
they are written by a maximum of two co-authors.

Papers  written in connection with  a law school  course, seminar, or paid employment are eligible, provided that they are written in the form of a scholarly article and do not contain any
client-specific work product.  Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other legal journals are eligible for the competition.   However,  student  papers  that,  at  the  time
of  entry,  have  already  been  published in a law review or other legal journal, or that have been selected for publication, are not eligible for the competition. Student papers submitted to
other competitions are eligible for the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.

Entry   Process:   Submissions   must   be   emailed   by   11:59   p.m.   on   January   7,   2020 via email with  the  subject  line  “Donald  C.  Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.”    The submission  must  be  emailed  in  PDF  format  with  any identifying  information removed from the paper.  The email body must include the following information for each student-author: (i)  full  name;  (ii)  law  school;  (iii)  year  of  study;  (iv)  phone  number,  and  (v)  email  address. Each student-author must also attach a completed PDF of the below Warranty and Authorization To Publish:  (i) guaranteeing that the  paper has not  been published or  selected for publication  as of  the date  the paper is submitted to this competition, and (ii) agreeing to permit the FBA Section on Taxation to publish the paper.

Winners  &  Prizes:    Two  winning  papers  will  be  selected  by  the  officers  of  the Federal  Bar Association Section on Taxation.  The authors of the first place and second place
papers will receive:

(i)        A cash prize ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second place); and

(ii)       A trip to the Annual FBA Tax Law Conference in Washington, DC,  March 5 – 6, 2020 (airfare and lodging only, value not to exceed $700), where each winner will be presented with a
commemorative plaque and a complimentary, one-year membership in the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation.

The first place and second place papers (and/or summaries thereof) also may, in the Section’s sole discretion,  be  published  in  Inside  Basis,  the  newsletter  of  the  Section,  and/or  The
Federal  Lawyer, the magazine of the Federal Bar Association.  To be eligible for publication in The Federal Lawyer, the paper must be on a topic that is of general interest to the Federal Bar
Association membership.

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. The Section reserves  the right to award  fewer or lesser prizes (or no prizes at all) if the judges determine that insufficient entries merit selection.

Release: By participating,  each  entrant agrees  to these rules and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, releases and discharges the FBA, subsidiary and affiliated entities, and each of
their respective officers, directors,  members,  employees,  independent  contractors,  agents, representatives,  successors,  and assigns from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this competition, including without limitation legal claims,  costs,  injuries,  losses  or damages,  demands  or  actions  of any kind  (including without  limitation personal  injuries, death,   damage  to,  loss   or  destruction  of  property,  rights  of  publicity  or  privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light).

DEADLINE: January 7, 2020.

For additional information, please contact your CDO advisor and/or view the competition website.