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A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

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June 12, 2017

Law Student Writing Competition Winners Announced

The Health Law Section hosted a Student Writing Competition for students at Virginia law schools for the 2016-17 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-Nicholas Rutigliano of the University of Virginia School of Law, Preempting Harms of Surreptitious Genetic Testing 2nd Prize and $1000-Alexander Kalyniuk of Wiliam & Mary Law School, Going Around the Middleman: FDA Law Mechanisms for Health Insurers to Gain Leverage Over Drug Manufacturers and Mitigate Rising Drug Prices 3rd Prize and $500-Katherine Rockwell of William & Mary Law School, When One Pill Is Not Enough: The Addiction Epidemic Plaguing This Country and Congress's Response to the Growing Tragedy

The Health Law Section intends to hold a similar competition for the 2017-18 academic year, and additional details will be posted on the VSB Health Law Section page soon.  If you have questions or would like more information about the competition, please contact Sara Heisler,

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