The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel – Employee Benefits Writing Prize

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel – Employee Benefits Writing Prize

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing the public’s understanding of the practice of employee benefits law.  In pursuit of this goal, the College encourages the study and development of employee benefits laws, initiates professional discussions of significant employee benefits issues and sponsors an extensive list of Continuing Legal Education programs.

Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel are selected by the Board of Governors from among employee benefits attorneys nominated for that honor and recommended for consideration by the Board’s Membership Committee after considering the recommendations of regional screening committees. Fellows have a minimum of 20 years’ experience. Selection as a Fellow reflects the Board’s judgment that a nominee has made significant contributions to advancements in the employee benefits field.

In addition to the monetary prizes described in the attachment, the law students who submit the winning papers will be our honored guests at our annual black tie dinner in Chicago on September 12, 2020.  

Each year the writing prize attracts submissions from approximately 20 law students from law schools around the country. Winning papers were submitted by law students enrolled in the following law schools: University of Akron; Cardozo Law School (2 winners), University of Chicago Law School (3 winners), Chicago-Kent College of Law, Florida A&M Law School, John Marshall Law School, University of Michigan Law School, University of New Hampshire Law School, New York Law School, St. Johns University School of Law, Saint-Louis University School of Law, Seaton Hall University Law School, Temple University Law School, UCLA Law School, University of Virginia School of Law (4 winners), Lewis & Clark Law School, University of Maryland School of Law, and University of Nebraska College of Law (2 winners).  Several former winners have gone on to practice law in the field of employee benefits.