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Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition

The Award

Created in 2006, the Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award 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 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 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.

2024 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition Instructions

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition Instructions

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition: Recipients

Shunhe Wang
, Yale Law School, “Check Your [Deliberative Process] Privilege—Revealing the Foibles of FOIA’s Framing via a Ride into the Sunset/Retention Mismatch”

Laura Stanley
, The George Washington University Law School
"Supervising Guantanamo Tribunals: Appointments Clause Challenges After Arthrex"

Adira Levine
, Harvard University
"FOIA Disclosure and the Supreme Court"

Johnathan Hall
, Duke Law School
"The Gorsuch Test: Gundy v. United States, Limiting the Administrative State, the Future of Nondelegation"

Benjamin Miller-Gootnick
“Boundaries of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act"

David Hahn
, University of Minnesota Law School,
"Late for an Appointment: Balancing Impartiality and Accountability in the IRS Office of Appeals"

Laura Dolbow
, Vanderbilt University Law School, “Appropriating Agencies: How Congress Leverages Legislative History to Direct Agency Action”

Gugandeep Kaur
, Boston University School of Law,“Indian Pharmaceutical Industry’s Compliance Problems with the United States Food and Drug Administration and Proposed Solutions”

Brian T. Apel
, University of Michigan Law School, Class of 2016, “An Administrative Meter Maid: Using Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review to Curb Exclusivity Parking Via the Failure to Market Provision of the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Matthew P. Downer
, Vanderbilt University Law School, “Tentative Interpretations: The Abracadabra of Administrative Rulemaking and the End of Alaska Hunters”

Taylor M. Owings
, Vanderbilt University Law School, Identifying a Maverick: When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor

Daniel Kazhdan
, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law,Wyeth and PLIVA: The Law of Inadequate Drug Labeling

Aaron Moore
,American University Washington College of Law, "Preserving the Ark of Our Safety: How a Stronger Administrative Approach Could Save Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act"

Jasmine C. Hites
, University of Oregon School of Law, "NERC: Nuked by Constitutional Flaw?"

Connor Raso
, Yale Law School, "Do Agencies Use Guidance Documents to Avoid Presidential Control?"

Karen Weathersbee
, University of Baltimore School of Law,"Quarantine: Its Use and Limitations" 

Scott Keller
, University of Texas School of Law, "Expanding Federalism Clear Statement Canons Instead of Chevron Step Zero"

Kari Bergeron
, Southern University Law Center, "Singing the Blues: Muddy Waters and the Scope of Federal Authority Over Isolated, Inland Wetlands under the Clean Water Act"