Student Writing Competitions

2018 ACLM Student Writing Competition Award Winners

Mark Fadel (left)
Robert W. Buckman, PhD, FCLM, President, ACLM Foundation (center)
Kimberley Meathrel (right)
ACLM 2018 Student Writing Competition Awards
1st Place – Hirsh Award
Mark Fadel
MD/JD Candidate Class of 2019
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and College of Law
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1st Place – Postdoctoral Orr Award
Kimberley Meathrel
Queen’s University Faculty of Law

2017 ACLM Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics Winners

1st Place Hirsh Award
Meghan Sweeney
Chicago Kent College of Law
Cutting the Yellow Tape with 42 C.F.R. Part 2: A Healthcare-based Approach to Combating Gun Violence

2nd Place 
Vanessa Turley
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
A Legal and Ethical Overview of Medical Repatriation

3rd Place 
Kelsey Russo
Brooklyn Law Center
The Digital Life of Henrietta Lacks: Reforming the Regulation of Genetic Material

2017 ACLM Post-Doctoral Student Writing Competition – ORR

1st Place – ORR Award
Titilayo Agunloye
SIU School of Law
Is There a Doctor In the House? How the Adoption of Regulations by Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance, Encouraging House Calls, May Help Establish Laws that Reduce the Physician's Standard of Care

2016 ACLM Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics Winners

1st Place Hirsh Award
Gurney Fields Pearsall III
University of Colorado Law School
The Bacterial Renaissance: A Supply-Side Answer to the Icarus Paradox of Antibiotic Usage Undermining Its Own Usefulness

2nd Place 
Laura E. Robinson
Western University, Ontario Canada
Assisted Dying Legislation: Its History Around the World and Its Future in Canada

3rd Place 
Jeffrey L. Roberson
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The Use of Incentive Schemes to Encourage Increased Immunization Coverage

2016 ACLM Post-Doctoral Student Writing Competition – ORR

1st Place – ORR Award
Needum Lekia
Southern University Law Center
Abortion: The Downfall of China

2015 ACLM Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics Winners

1st Place Hirsh Award
Stuart Portman
The George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
In-Home Health Coverage by Illinois' Medicaid Program

2nd Place 
Maureen DeAngles
Nova Southeastern University
National Electronic Health Record Database Regulation and Synchronization of National and State Privacy Laws Needed to Increase the Efficiency and Reduce Costs in Healthcare

3rd Place 
Daniel Heil
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Addressing Inadequate Federal Legislation Concerning Viral Disasters: A Hard Look at the Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act

2015 ACLM Post-Doctoral Student Writing Competition – ORR

1st Place – ORR Award
Philip Eskew, DO, JD, MBA 
Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center 
Direct Primary Care: A Legal and Regulatory Review of an Emerging Practice Model

2nd Place
Benjamin Shibata
Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide: Rejectig Euthanasia and Accepting Physician Assisted Suicide with Palliative Care

2014 ACLM Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics Winners


1st Place 
Jennifer Tharp
Carnegie Mellon H. J. Heinz III College
Stark Law and the Affordable Care Act: Bridging the Disconnect

2nd Place 
Elisabeth Fontugne
Stetson University College of Law
To Treat or Not to Treat: End of Life Care, Patient Autonomy, and the Responsible Practice of Medicine

3rd Place 
Christian Cyphers
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Banning Sexual Orientation Therapy: Constitutionally Supported and Socially Necessary

2014 ACLM Post-Doctoral Student Writing Competition – ORR


1st Place 
Leah M. Octavio
Villanova University School of Law
The Patient Eligibility of Personalized Medicine Technologies

2013-14 National Health Law Competition Winners


The 2013-14 National Health Law Competition was held at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale on November 1 and 2, 2013. Hosted and run by the SIU Moot Court Board, the Competition was again sponsored by SIU’s Center for Health Law and Policy, the American College of Legal Medicine, the ACLM Foundation, and the SIU School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Humanities. Twenty nine teams from twenty three law schools across the country competed this year while over 100 attorneys and judges participated in judging the rounds. 

The team of Alex Silagi and Christina Yousef from Seton Hall University School of Law won the competition in an outstanding final round against Elizabeth Isaacs and Elsie Puma from University of Oklahoma College of Law. The team from Georgia State University College of Law, including Kara Gordon, Janelle Alleyne, and Nivi Shah finished third. Thebest preliminary rounds and overall oralist awards went to Alex Silagi from Seton Hall.

A committee appointed by the ACLM, including Monique Anawis, Francois M. Blaudeau, Henry H. Chan, David Donnersberger Jr., Charles R. Hollen, Alejandro Moreno, Sameer Vohra, and Veling W. Tsai reviewed and scored the competing teams’ written briefs. Based upon their review, the team of Jessica Robinson, Brandon Jackson, and Matthew Ward representing Faulkner University School of Law was recognized for submitting the best appellate brief. The ACLM’s Journal of Legal Medicine will publish the winning brief in the December, 2014 issue. The second best brief was submitted by the Seton Hall team.

The judges for the final round included Judge Julio Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Judge Patrick Murphy of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois; Victoria Green, MD, JD, the president of the American College of Legal Medicine; and Professor Anita Bernstein from Brooklyn Law School, who authored this year’s problem (which involved the use of social media and a physician’s First Amendment free speech rights as well as Health Care Quality Improvement Act immunity.

2014-2015 Competition is tentatively scheduled for early November, 2014


Participating law schools were Belmont University School of Law, Franklin Tenn.; Boston University School of Law; Chicago-Kent College of Law; Faulkner University School of Law, Montgomery, Ala.; Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta; Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minn.; Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis; Loyola University Chicago School of Law; New York Law School, New York, N.Y., Northeastern University School of Law, Boston; Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Davie, Fla.; St. Louis University School of Law; Seton Hall School of Law, Newark N.J.; South Texas College of Law, Houston; Suffolk University Law School, Boston; UCLA School of Law, Van Nuys, Calif., University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore; University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, N.M.; University of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Ind.; University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Okla.; University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Okla.; Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pa., and West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, W.Va.

2013 ACLM Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics Winners


1st Place
Christopher Granger
Southern University Law Center
Medicaid Versus The Usufruct: A Look At The Conflicts Between Asset Determination Under Medicaid and Louisiana Property Law
2nd Place
Akiesha R. Gilcrist
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Undocumented Immigrants: Lack of Equal Protection and Its Impact on Public Health
3rd Place
Nicole D. Stringfellow
University of Illinois College of Law
Changing the Costs: A rational choice perspective on African Americans’ healthcare consumption decisions

2013 ACLM Post-Doctoral Student Writing Competition – ORR


1st Place
Ellia Ciammaichella
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Are Claims OF Isolated DNA Eligible Subject Matter under Section 101 or is it simply an attempt to patent human genes?
2nd Place
Philip Eskew
Danville Regional Medical Center
Obtaining Medical Licensure Without Federal Graduate Medical Education Funding