Public Contract

Awards

Awards

Awards

2020 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition

Entries for the 2020 ABA Public Contract Law Journal Annual Writing Competition for law students, young lawyers, and LL.M graduates have concluded.

Through our writing competition, the PCL Section introduces itself to the next generation of public contract lawyers. In addition to cash awards, quality papers are considered for publication in the Public Contract Law Journal. Papers should address a topical issue of interest to the public contract and grant law community.

The competition will be conducted in two divisions. Each division will be judged separately, and separate prizes will be awarded to the winners of each division.

  • Division I is open to candidates for a J.D. degree attending ABA-approved law schools within the United States and its possessions or have a J.D. degree in 2020 from an ABA-approved law school within the United States and its possessions.
  • Division II is open to (a) lawyers under the age of 36 years or admitted to practice less than five years as of September 30, 2020, and (b) LL.M. students and recent LL.M graduates who attended law schools within the United States and its possessions and completed their LL.M. degrees after September 30, 2019.

Qualifying entrants must be members in good standing of the ABA and Section of Public Contract Law. Membership information, including reduced rates for current law students, may be obtained by contacting the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221 or visiting ambar.org/pcjoin.

The deadline for receipt of articles for the 2020 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition was 11:59 pm Central Time on September 30, 2020. No additional entries are being accepted.

Writing Competition Rules: 2020 Submission Deadline - September 30, 2020

Congratulations to our 2019 Public Contract Law Journal writing competition winners!

Division I

Division II

  • 1st PlaceMichael Pangia, George Washington University Law School

Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded Alan E. Peterson in recognition of over three decades of exceptional service to the legal profession, accounting community, the American Bar Association and the Section of Public Contract Law.

Public Contract Law Section Fellows' Spirit of Leadership Award

Public Contract Law Section Fellows’ Spirit of Leadership Award is to be given periodically by the Fellows to recognize a Public Contract Law Section member who has demonstrated significant leadership, the highest degree of professionalism, and a substantial, consistent and long‑term record of encouragement and support to others to become and remain active in the Section. It may also be given to an individual who has contributed exceptional service to the support, development, and implementation of programs to enhance participation and leadership development within the Section and the public contract community. This award is intended to support and encourage individual efforts to grow participation in the Section and develop leadership qualities in Section members and assure it is recognized that such efforts are core values of the Section.

The Section Fellows consists of past Section Chairs and Section members who have been elected to membership because of their distinguished service and significant contributions to public contract law and the American Bar Association.

Donald McL. Davidson Award

The Donald McL. Davidson Award is presented periodically to a member of the Section of Public Contract Law whose participation has been outstanding in the promotion of state and local procurement activities in the Section.

Mr. Davidson was a long-time member of the Section, holding offices as a Council Member, State and Local Division Chair, Chair of Region VIII, and Co-Chair of the Region Division. His tireless efforts on behalf of the Section resulted in increased membership and activities. Also, in spite of a severe physical disability as a result of polio, he led a vigorous professional life as a construction trial lawyer and was active in legal and civic affairs.

Allan J. Joseph Excellence in Leadership Award

The Allan J. Joseph Excellence in Leadership Award was established in 2012 to recognize a Section member or associate for exceptional individual effort and accomplishments and extraordinary contributions to the Section of Public Contract Law. Allan Joseph’s legal career, spanning over five decades, was devoted to the work of the Section of Public Contract Law and to the American Bar Association. This award is presented at the discretion of the Section officers and is presented on occasion and not on an annual basis.

Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

2015
Alan E. Peterson


Fellows Spirit of Leadership Award Recipients

2006
Judge Ruth C. Burg
2007
Alan E. Peterson
2008
Allan J. Joseph
2011
Marshall J. Doke, Jr.
2014
Marilyn Neforas

Donald McL. Davidson Award Recipients

1991
Thomas B. Treacy
1992
Larry C. Ethridge
1993
James M. Marsh
1994
Paul F. Dauer
1996
Margaret E. McConnell
1999
Craig Othmer
2006
Donald G. Featherstun
2007
Dr. John B. Miller
2011
Melissa J. Copeland
2015
Gerard E. Wimberly, Jr.

Allan J. Joseph Excellence in Leadership Award

2012
John S. Pachter
2013
Marshall J. Doke, Jr.
2014
Marilyn Neforas