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Third-Year Student Wins SEC Alumni Association Writing Award

2013 news archive


Newton, MA--Third-year student Michael Palmisciano won first place in the 2012 Securities & Exchange Commission Alumni Association’s writing competition. Palmisciano, who is managing editor of the Boston College Law Review, submitted his Law Review note, and accepted the $5,000 award at the SEC Alumni annual dinner held in Washington, D.C on February 22.

“I am so excited and honored to have won this award, which would not have happened without all the training and support over the past three years at BC Law,” Palmisciano said. “From Professor Chirba, who taught me how to write persuasively in LRRW, to Professor Berk, who introduced me to class actions in our civil litigation seminar, to my fantastic Law Review editors, I'm really grateful for the guidance I received every step of the way.”

Palmisciano’s note is about securities fraud class actions, and how recent restrictions on these claims in U.S. courts and the emergence of aggregate litigation in Europe sets the stage for American plaintiffs to resolve their claims in Europe. The note is available on SSRN for download:

The SEC Alumni Association’s writing competition awards program is held in the fall of each year and is available to students currently enrolled at an accredited degree-granting law school in the United States. The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law. Papers were screened by a panel of judges consisting of securities practitioners and law professors. The best papers were submitted to the Board of Directors of ASECA, who chose the award winners.