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Tax Analysts Announces Winners of Annual Student Paper Competition

August 3, 2015

FALLS CHURCH, Va. –Tax Analysts’ Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, and Tax Notes International magazines today announced the winners of their annual student paper competition. Winning contestants will have their articles published in the magazines beginning this week.

Tax Analysts announced the nationwide contest in April to provide students the chance to publish papers in a well-established and reputable magazine, as well as to receive a 12-month subscription to Tax Analysts’ daily and weekly publications after graduation. Entry rules required students to be enrolled in a law, business, or public policy program. Papers were between 2,500 and 12,000 words and focused on an unsettled question in federal, international, or state law or policy. Submissions were judged on originality of argument, content, grammar, and overall quality.

The first of the winning papers to be published is by Daniel Whipple, a recent graduate of George Washington University Law School. The paper, published in this week’s State Tax Notes, is titled “It’s Time to Reform Escheatment of Mutual Fund Shares” and discusses the escheat of mutual fund shares under state unclaimed property laws, argues that mutual fund shareholders are often harmed by policies allegedly designed to help them, and offers three suggestions for fairer treatment of mutual fund owners. Read the full article here.

The winner whose paper will be published in State Tax Notes on August 10 is:

Brian Levey
George Washington University Law School
JD, 2015

The winner whose paper will be published in Tax Notes International on August 17 is:

Christopher Worek
University of Illinois College of Law
JD, 2015

The winner whose paper will be published in Tax Notes on August 31 is:

Sean P. McElroy
Stanford Law School
JD Candidate, 2016