Writing Competition Winners

2016

2016 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Abbey L. Hendricks
Paper: Multiemployer Pension Plans: Reforms to Sustain and Innovate/em>

2016 Alvin D. Lurie Award
Author: Deepa Das Acevedo
Paper: Addressing the Retirement Crisis with Shadow 401(k)s

2015

2015 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Brian J. Fahey
Paper: Make-Whole Relief: Non-Economic Loss, Punitive Damages & Back-Pay Availability Under ERISA §502(a)3) in the Wake of Cigna Corp. v. Amara

2015 Clarin M. Swartz Award
Author: Lindsay Ryan Lowe
Paper: Disability Insurance Standards Differentiate Between Substance Use and Physical Health Conditions: Can a Claim Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Successfully Contest These Discriminatory Standards?

2014

2014 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Tyrone B. Crawford
Paper: An Apology for Stephan: Why the Fiduciary Exception is Necessary

2013

2013 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Madeline Sexton Lewis
Paper: The Legislative History of the Nondiscrimination Provision of Qualified Retirement Plans

2013 Clarin M. Swartz Award
Author: Mark Franke
Paper: The Detroit Pension Bankruptcy Trust: A Proposal for the Resolution of Detroit’s Pension Obligations under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

2012

2012 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Emily C. Lechner
Paper: Relief Under ERISA: Where the Court’s Interpretation Stands and the Need to Redefine Its Analysis to Reflect the Trust-Law Basis of ERISA

2012 Clarin M. Swartz Award
Author: Jason E. Shapiro
Paper: Employee Benefits Law: The Hidden Gap Enabling Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Employment

2011

2011 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Robin Bara
Paper: Defining "Other Appropriate Equitable Relief" Post Sereboff: Support for the Adoption of the Made Whole Doctrine as a Default Rule in ERISA Plans

2011 Clarin M. Swartz Award
Author: Frances McCorkle
Paper: Automatic IRAs: A Step in the Wrong Direction

2010

2010 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Eirik Cheverud
Paper: Reforming the United States Retirement System in the Wake of the Great Recession

2010 Clarin M. Swartz Award
Author: Jessica Barclay-Strobel
Paper: Shooting the Messenger: How Enforcement of FLSA and ERISA Is Thwarted by Courts’ Interpretations of the Statutes’ Anti-Retaliation and Remedies Provisions

2009

2009 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Christopher Frankenfield, U. of Virginia Law School
Paper: The Relationship Between ERISA, State and Local Health Care Experimentation, and the Need for National Health Care Reform

2009 Clarin M. Schwartz Award
Author: Raymond A. Franklin, St. John's U. Law School
Paper: Vesting Retirement Benefits: Revisiting Yard-Man and its Unacknowledged PresumptionVesting Retirement Benefits: Revisiting Yard-Man and its Unacknowledged Presumption

2008

2008 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Brian A. Benko, John Marshall Law School>
Paper: Not All Plan Failures are Created Equal: Inventing the Code §409A Correction Program

2008 Clarin M. Schwartz Award
Author: Timothy Kennedy U. of Virginia Law School
Paper: Shifting Responsibility for Providing Retiree Health Benefits from Employers to Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Associations

2007

2007 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Author: Marc Adler, Seton Hall U. Law School

2007 Clarin M. Schwartz Award
No award in 2007

2006

2006 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award:
Author: Benjamin Takis, Cardozo Law School

2006 Clarin M. Schwartz Award
Author: Brian Neulander, Temple U. Law School

2005

2005 Sidney M. Perlstadt Award
Amanda Walls, Akron U. Law School

2005 Clarin M. Schwartz Award
Jamie Lund, Chicago U. Law School