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Health Law Section

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

May 29, 2019

Law Student Writing Contest Winners Announced

The Health Law Section’s writing competition for students at Virginia law schools for the 2018-19 academic year has selected this year’s top entries and awarded prizes totaling $3,000. 

Contestants submitted papers on health law issues 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 are:

1st Prize and $1500: Jonah Hein of the University of Virginia for The Parents (Don’t) Know Best: Increasing Immunization Access for Minors.


2nd Prize and $1000: Megan E. Italiano of William & Mary Law School for Does VA Medicaid Expansion Change the Landscape for COPN?


3rd Prize and $500: Svitlana Makoviy of William & Mary law School for Achieving the Goals of the Value-Based Purchasing Program: Defining a Standard for External Data Use.

The Health Law Section intends to hold the competition again for the 2019-20 academic year.  If you have questions or would like more information about the competition, please contact Sara Heisler.