Louis Jackson Writing Competition Winners

The following law students have won recognition in the Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Links to PDFs of the winning papers appear below.

Competition Winners


WINNERS of the 2016-17 Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition:

Shannon Auvil - 1st Place Winner (TIED)

The University of Alabama School of Law
Title VII: The Next Weapon for Female Soldiers

Michael Fahner - 1st Place Winner (TIED)
New York University School of Law
Promising Protection: An Assessment of New York City's Freelance Isn't Free Act

Ruth Lesser - 3rd Place Winner
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Exit Searches: Before You Leave, Let Me Look in your Briefcase, Bag, and Car


Chris Schmidt - 1st Place Winner
University of Nebraska College of Law
A Ticket to Ride? Not so Fast: Members-Only Collective Bargaining as a Possible State Response to a Judicially Recognized Right to Work

Clare Horan - 2nd Place Winner
University of Iowa College of Law
Confronting and Critiquing White Privilege in Anti-Discrimination Enforcement

Nicholas J. Caplin - 3rd Place Winner
Pepperdine University
The NLRA and Social Media: Why the NLRB Can Be "Facebook Friends" With Both Employees and Employers


Christopher J. Bryant - 1st Place winner
Duke University School of Law
An Untrustworthy Presumption: Replacing the Moench Presumption With a Sound Standard for Stock-Drop Litigation

M. Caroline Hyatt - 2nd Place Winner
University of Cincinnati Law School
The Legal Enforcement of "Proper" Gender Performance Through Title VII

Amy Berenbaum - 3rd Place Winner
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Healthcare Workers' Religious Objections to Mandatory Influenza Vaccination: Examining Title VII's Religious Accommodation Requirement


Hunter Swain - 1st Place Winner
University of Colorado Law School
Sinking the Unpaid Externship: How Many Unpaid Externships Violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and Yield Exceptionally Broad Joint Liability 

Amanda Walck - 2nd Place Winner
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Overregulation or Fair Interpretation: Christopher v. SmithKline and the Question of Judicial Deference in Department of Labor Rulemaking 

Andrew Galle - 3rd Place Winner
George Mason University School of Law
Square with the House: The Case for Ending Ex-Offender Employment Discrimination


Deepti Shenoy - 1st Place Winner
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Courting Substantive Equality: Employment Discrimination Law in India 

Jamie Siebrase - 2nd Place Winner
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Got Milk?: The New Health Insurance Law and Its Requirements Securing A Mother's Right to Express Breast Milk in the Workplace 

Jon Luke Dueltgen - 3rd Place Winner
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
Mezonos, Hoffman and the Notion of Intent


Jeremy V. Farrell — 1st Place Winner
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Blended Liability for a Blended Tort: The Interaction Between At-Will Employees, Non-Compete Covenants and Tortious Interference Claims

Travis M. Sumter — 2nd Place Winner
Floridal Coastal School of Law
ATTENTION BLACK APPLICANTS! Be Cautious of "Unequal" Opportunity Employers and How Racially Motivated Stereotypes and Groomings Policies Can Impede Your Employment Outlook

Xenia Tashlitsky — 3rd Place Winner
University of California, Irvine School of Law
A Critique of Supplying the NLRB with Social Science Expertise through Party/Amicus Briefs

Brendan Hanner White — 3rd Place Winner
The University of Georgia School of Law
Discrimination v. Retaliation: What Level of Harm is Necessary to Establish a Cause of Action Under Title VII?


Matthew J. Bartmes — 1st Place
Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Law and the Workplace
Interest Arbitration in the New Economy

Caroline B. Park — 2nd Place Winner
University of Connecticut School of Law
Action Speaks Louder Than Form: The Case for Protecting Oral Complaints Under the FLSA

Kimberly Y. Chin — 3rd Place Winner
Boston College Law School
Continuing the White Collar Unionization Movement: Imagining A Private Attorneys Union


Tracy Scholnick Gruber — 1st Place
Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Law and the Workplace
Transsexual Discrimination: Discrimination "Because of . . . Sex"

Susannah L. Ashton — 2nd Place Winner
Brooklyn Law School
Transgender Teachers as Role Models for a Tolerant Society: The Impact of Societal Views and Their Influence on Employment Anti-Discrimination Laws

Chris Cazenave — 3rd Place Winner
George Mason University School of Law
The Supreme Court's Decision in Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture: Why the Court Should Have Chosen the Scalpel Instead of the Meat-Axe

Melissa Beyer — 3rd Place Winner
University of Oregon School of Law
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: Protecting Privacy and Ensuring Fairness in Health Insurance and Employment Practices


Mariya Starchevsky — 1st Place
George Mason University School of Law
ERISA Federal Preemption Problem with a State-Based Solution: The Need for Regulatory Subdivision in Employee Benefits

Lindsay Niehaus — 2nd Place
Northern Kentucky University -Salmon P. Chase College of Law
The Fifth Amendment Disclosure Obligations of Government Employers When Interrogating Public Employees

Juliana Poindexter — 2nd Place
University of San Francisco School of Law
Has the FLSA Failed to Adapt to the New Information and Service Economy? The Case of Insurance Adjusters


Michael M. Oswalt — 1st Place
Duke University School of Law
The Grand Bargain: Revitalizing Labor Through NLRA Reform and Radical Workplace Relations

Matthew Light-Oglander — 2nd Place
University of California at Los Angles School of Law
Shifting the Burden: A Proposal for Practical Application of the Interactive Process Duty in Disability Accommodations

Fermin De La Torre — 2nd Place
University of Tennessee College of Law
The New Hired Guns: Who Should Be Liable for The Conduct of Off-Duty Law Enforcement Officers Employed As Private Security Officers


Brooke Deines — 1st Place
City University of New York School of Law
HOT GOODS AND COLD CASH: Hot Goods Laws, The Joint Employment Doctrine and Retailer Liability Under The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

Wilson G. Barmeyer — 2nd Place
University of Georgia School of Law
Reasonable Accommodation for Employees with Perceived Disabilities: An Alternative Approach Based on Relationship

Charlotte Johnson — 2nd Place
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Justice Ginsburg's Fiduciary Loophole: A Viable Achilles' Heel to HMO's Impenetrable ERISA Shield


Ross J. Davidson — 1st Place
University of California at Los Angeles
Faster Reemployment Is Not Always Better Employment: The Bonus/Training Conflict in the Personal Reemployment Account Proposal

Joel Mandelman — 2nd Place
University of Wisconsin Law School
Paging Health-Care Workers: The NLRB Takes a Scalpel to Section 8(g) after Beverly

Sharon Baldasare — 2nd Place
Wake Forest University School of Law
The Road Less Traveled-Going Beyond the Family and Medical Leave Act to Create a Family-Friendly Legal Profession


Maureen - Eldredge — 1st Place
University of Colorado School of Law
The Quest for a Lactating Male: Biology, Gender, and Discrimination

Stephanie Kastrinsky — 2nd Place
Brooklyn Law School
ERISA §404(c) and Investment Advice: What Is an Employer or Plan Sponsor to Do?

Dianne LaRocca — 2nd Place
Harvard Law School
The Bench Trial: A More Beneficial Alternative to Arbitration of Title VII Claims


Margo Eberlein — 1st Place
St. John's University School of Law
Recovering Retirement Security: An Analysis of The Lockdown Claims Under ERISA, as Illustrated by the Enron Litigation

John R. Autry — 2nd Place
University of Georgia School of Law
Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA: Are Employers Required to Participate in the Interactive Process? The Court's Say "YES" But the Law says "NO"

Lara M. Gardner — 2nd Place
Lewis & Clark Law School
State Employer are Not Sovereign: By Analogy, Transfer the Market Participant Exception to the Dormant Commerce Clause to States as Employers


G. Mica Wissinger — 1st Place
Northeastern University School of Law
Informing Workers of the Right to Workplace Representation: Reasonably Moving From the Middle of the Highway to the Information Superhighway

Sarah Pawlick — 2nd Place
University of Toledo College of Law
Levitz Furniture Co.: The End of Celanese and the Good-Faith Doubt Standard for Withdrawing Recognition of Incumbent Unions

Jared Gross — 2nd Place
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Recognition of Labor Unions in a Comparative Context: Has the United Kingdom Entered A New ERA?


Christopher Grant — 1st Place
University of Illinois College of Law
Unions in a Fragmented Society

Nichole S. Richter — 2nd Place
Valparasio University School of Law
The Americans with Disabilities Act After University of Alabama v. Garrett: Should the States be Immune From Suit?

Lisa I. Fried-Grodin — 2nd Place
St. John's University School of Law
Disciplining Sexual Harassers in the Unionized Workplace: Judicial Precedent is Influencing Arbitrator Attitudes, Awards


Lisa Dowlen Linton — 1st Place
Baylor University School of Law
Past Sexual Conduct in Sexual Harassment Cases

Anne T. Nichting — 2nd Place
University of Denver College of Law
OSHA Reform: An Examination of Third Party Audits

Stefanie Vines Efrati — 2nd Place
Brooklyn Law School
Between Pretext Plus and Pretext Only: Shouldering the Effects of Pretext on Employment Discrimination after St. Mary's Honor Center v. Hicks and Fisher v. Vassar College


Carol Brooke — 1st Place
University of North Carolina School of Law
Nonmajority Unions, Employee Participation Programs, and Worker Organizing: Irreconcilable Differences?

Thomas Segars — 2nd Place
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bad Medicine: The Anticompetitive Side-Effects of Physician Unionization

Kimi Jackson — 2nd Place
University of Denver College of Law
Farmworkers, Nonimmigration Policy, Involuntary Servitude, and a Look at the Sheepherding Industry