Tax Notes logo

Student Writing Competition

Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing

The Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing recognizes superior student writing on unsettled questions in tax law or policy. It is named in honor of the late Christopher E. Bergin, former president and publisher of Tax Analysts and longtime editor of Tax Notes Federal. The award, given annually, epitomizes the qualities that Chris championed.

To learn more about Christopher E. Bergin, click here.

  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program during the academic year.
  • Topic: Submissions should focus on an unsettled question in federal, state, or international tax law or policy.
  • Evaluation: Our editorial staff blindly evaluates entries on originality, readability, organization, reasoning, and overall quality of content.

Click here for competition guidelines.

For general questions, contact


2021 Winner
Bailey Hans
Notre Dame Law School, J.D. Class of 2021

2021 Honorable Mention
Sadi Moradi
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. Class of 2021


Past Winners

  • Alex Zhang

    Yale Law School

  • Alana Paris

    Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

  • Benjamin Marcus Satterthwaite

    University of Florida Levin College of Law
    University of South Carolina School of Law

  • Daniel Pessar

    Harvard Law School

  • David Hancock

    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

  • Sarah Bonner

    Bond University

  • Caleb Trimm

    Washington University School of Law

  • Paul Hawkins

    University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Kyle Rose

    University of San Francisco

  • Paul George

    University of Notre Dame Law School

  • Jeremy Mandell

    University of Illinois College of Law

  • Christopher Massie

    University of Illinois College of Law

  • Zoe Nutter

    University of Sydney Law School

  • Ben Livni

    Loyola Law School

  • Shelby Miner

    UCLA School of Law

  • Rémi Gagnon

    NYU School of Law, Tax LL.M.

  • Philippe Gamito

    University of Oxford

  • Milla Ivanova

    Bond University