From the 2008 News Archive
Cordish Award Winners Focus Work on Insurance, Legal Issues Surrounding Hurricane Katrina
Austen Endersby ’08 was named the winner of the 2008 Paul Cordish Memorial Writing Competition for his paper "Nearly Blown Away: How Policyholders Affected By Hurricane Katrina May Recover Under Their Insurance Policies In The Face Of Anti-Concurrent Causation Language." His paper traces the history and application of ACC clauses in property insurance contracts and seeks how, in spite of these clauses, public adjusters can effectively advocate for policy-holders whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Supported by the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) and the Paul Cordish Memorial Fund, the competition is intended to spur legal research in the field of insurance adjusting by awarding $10,000 to the University of Maryland School of Law students who write the best paper on an issue related to insurance law, ethical issues and/or legal issues related to the public adjusting profession. In addition to the $7,500 first prize, Endersby was asked to participate in a panel discussion at the next NAPIA convention.
"We are pleased and proud to have this competition at the School of Law to honor my grandfather’s memory and to develop scholarship concerning the legal issues that public insurance adjusters encounter," said Jonathan Cordish, who presented the awards. "This is the competition’s third year and a record number of students participated. As a member of the awards committee, I can tell you that this year’s submissions were the strongest set of papers that the committee has seen to date."
The Paul Cordish Memorial Fund was established in memory of the late Paul Cordish, who served as executive director and counsel to NAPIA for more than 50 years. The purpose of the fund is to ensure the future of the organization and he profession that Cordish nurtured and served.
Kimberly Myers ’09 took the $1,500 runner-up prize for her paper "Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses Enforcement and Implications." Julie Galbo ’09 won third place and $1,000 for her work, "When the ‘Business of Insurance’ and the State Action Doctrine Burden the Public Adjuster: Stripping Away Antitrust Immunity in the Insurance Field."