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The Mary Moers Wenig 2014 Student Writing Competition
Official Rules for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig 2014 Student Writing Competition
Description of Competition: The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) announces the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig 2014 Student Writing Competition. This competition was created by ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, which consists of law school professors who teach in the area of trusts and estates and practitioners who teach as adjuncts in the trusts and estates field. The competition honors the late Mary Moers Wenig, a member of ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, who was a law school professor for over 30 years.
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States, Canada and other parts of the world who are elected as Fellows of the College. Fellows are selected on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities.
Consistent with ACTEC’s purposes, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition was created to encourage and reward scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates. ACTEC’s purposes are to maintain an association of lawyers, international in scope, skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents; to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility, to bring together qualified lawyers whose character and ability will contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes. The funding for the competition will be provided by the ACTEC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports educational projects relating to trust and estate law.
Eligibility: This competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions.
Only papers that have not been previously published or accepted for publication are eligible. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are the entrant’s original work. Unless a work is co-authored, each entry shall be the original work of a single individual. A co-authored paper by no more than two individuals is acceptable provided the paper submitted is the original work of the co-authors.
Area and Topics: The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined. Any one or more of the following topics are appropriate for discussion:
Business Planning
Charitable Planning
Elder Law
Employee Benefits
Fiduciary Accounting
Fiduciary Administration
Fiduciary Income Taxation
Fiduciary Litigation
Estate Planning and Drafting
Professional Responsibility
Substantive Laws for the Gratuitous Transmission of Property
Wealth Transfer Taxation (Estate, Gift and GST Tax)
Note: Entrants should write on issues of general interest, rather than state specific issues. Entrants should only write on issues within a topic (e.g., business planning, employee benefits, professional responsibility or elder law) that are specifically relevant to the trusts and estates area.
Format: The body of the paper must be between twenty and thirty double-spaced pages in length and should be formatted on 8 ½” x 11” paper, with one-inch margins. In addition, endnotes, not to exceed an additional five single-spaced pages in length, should be formatted on 8 ½” x 11” paper, with one-inch margins. The type for both the body of the paper and the endnotes should be in 12 point Times New Roman or Times Roman font. Entrants should write papers in traditional law review style, presenting a scholarly discussion with full citation to authority in endnotes. Style must conform to the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
Submission Rules: Submit the following:
•     Put only the title to the paper and your social security number (or numbers) on the paper. Your name is not to be on any copy of the paper submitted. This will assure that papers are graded anonymously.
•     An official entry form, which includes a publication and liability release form. The form is available from the public side of ACTEC’s website at www.actec.org.
•     Email paper in either MS Word or WordPerfect and scanned entry form to: Amy Michaud at amy.michaud@actec.org.
Deadline for submission: The submission must be received on or before June 13, 2014. An otherwise eligible submission will be considered as part of any 2015 writing competition if it is received after June 15, 2014 and before June 15, 2015 by a law student who was in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions law at the time the paper was submitted.
Acceptance of paper for publication after its submission to this competition: If a paper submitted to this competition is accepted for publication after having been submitted to this competition, the individual (or co-authors) must immediately notify ACTEC’s office of this fact at the email address listed under Submission Rules. The paper’s acceptance for publication elsewhere may, but will not necessarily, preclude its continued consideration.
Effect of Submission:

•     By submitting the paper and official entry form, the entrant agrees that (1) the entrant has read the competition rules and accepts the conditions stated; (2) the paper is one written by the entrant (or is one co-authored by the entrant); (3) the entrant releases ACTEC and the ACTEC Foundation from all liability; and (4) the entrant releases the use of his or her paper and name for publication in any medium and for editorial, advertising, and promotional usage, without compensation, in connection with the promotion of this writing competition and succeeding writing competitions sponsored by ACTEC and the ACTEC Foundation.

Note: In compliance with Tennessee law, the entry form for Tennessee residents will exclude the requirement that the entrants allow the use of their names in any medium, and for editorial, advertising, and promotional usage, without compensation, in connection with the promotion by ACTEC and the ACTEC Foundation and succeeding writing competitions sponsored by ACTEC and the ACTEC Foundation.

Tennessee residents please contact Amy Michaud to obtain the appropriate entry form. Ms. Michaud's email address is amy.michaud@actec.org

•     Papers will not be returned.

•     A PAPER THAT FAILS TO COMPLY WITH ALL FORMAT AND OTHER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Judging: The papers will be judged anonymously by a panel of judges who will be appointed by ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee. The judges will include Academic Fellows of ACTEC, other ACTEC Fellows and a member of the editorial board of the ACTEC Law Journal.
The papers will be judged on the basis of research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. If there are suitable submissions, a national first, second, and third-place winner will be selected on or before September 1, 2014. If there are not suitable submissions, the judges may decide not to select first, second or third-place winners. In addition, the judges may select one or more papers to receive an honorable mention prize. The decision of the judges shall be final.
Prizes:
1st Prize:
$ 5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.
2d Prize:
$ 3,000, online publication on ACTEC’s website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.
3d Prize:
$ 1,000, online publication on ACTEC’s website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.
Honorable Mention Prize:
Variable amount based on number of papers selected.

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