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Health Law Section

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

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May 24, 2018

Health Law Section Writing Competition Results

The Health Law Section hosted a Student Writing Competition for students at Virginia law schools for the 2017-18 academic year.  Contestants submitted papers on a topic pertaining to a health law issue or the practice of health law.  Entries were judged by a committee of the Health Law Section on the basis of subject matter originality, relevance to health law, quality of analysis and research, and quality of writing.  The winning entries were:

1st Prize and $1500: Katherine Mann for CRISPR and Human Germline Editing: Improving U.S. Regulation to Address Safety, Social, and Ethical Concerns

2nd Prize and $1000: Lauren Howes for Surrogate Decisions to Withdraw Life-Sustaining Treatment: A Comparison of the United Kingdom and the United States

3rd Prize and $500: Christopher Spadaro for Frozen: Procreational Autonomy and Disputes over the Disposition of Cryopreserved Pre-Embryos and Gametes

The Health Law Section intends to hold a similar competition for the 2018-19 academic year.  If you have questions or would like more information about the competition, please contact Sara Heisler,