The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) pleased to announce the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig (MMW) Student Writing Competition. The MMW Competition is open to all full-time or part-time law students who are currently or recently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions. The winners have a chance to win a full-tuition scholarship and cash prizes.
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.
Who May Eligible:
To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:
- Any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time)
- Must be currently or recently enrolled at the time of submission or during the 90-day period prior to submission as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions.
How to Apply & Competitions Rules:
To apply, the competition must need to download official entry forms through the given links:
Entrants are limited to one submission per year.
Area and Topics: The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined. Anyone 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)
- 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” papers, 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” papers, 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 a traditional law review style, presenting a scholarly discussion with full citation to authority in endnotes.
- The style must conform to the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
As a part of the application, the applicant must submit the following:
- Put only the title to the paper and the last 4 digits of 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 Foundation’s website at actecfoundation.org.
- Email paper in either MS Word or PDF, and scanned entry form to Amy Michaud at amy.michaud[@]actec.org.
The Competition prizes for law students as the following:
- 1st Prize: A Full Tuition Scholarship to the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning at the University of Miami School of Law for the 2018–19 or 2019-20 academic year, $5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.
- 2nd Prize: $3,000, an online publication on ACTEC’s website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.
- 3rd Prize: $1,000, an online publication on ACTEC’s website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.
The submission must be received on or before June 30, 2021.