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Paul Cordish Memorial Award

The Paul Cordish Memorial Award Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of the late NAPIA Executive Director and Counsel, Paul L. Cordish, Esq., to ensure the future of the association and the profession he nurtured and served so well. Each year the Foundation funds a prize, award or fellowship for students at the University of Maryland School of Law who successfully compete in a writing contest or other competitive process based on criteria developed in consultation with NAPIA and approved by the law school. Entrants in the competition may choose any topic they wish so long as it focuses on public insurance adjusting.

To enter the competition, authors must have completed the first year in the full-time or part-time program at the University of Maryland School of Law or have been accepted as a transfer student at the time of submission. All applicants must currently be enrolled as a candidate for a J.D. degree and be in good standing at the school at the time of submission. No paper that has been published previously in any form will be considered.

A University of Maryland School of Law faculty committee selects papers to be forwarded to the Paul Cordish Memorial Award competition advisory board to choose the winning entrant(s).

Recipients of the Paul Cordish Memorial Award are announced in May and recognized during the NAPIA Annual Meeting in June.

2007 PCMA Paper

"Plain Meaning or Fuzzy Interpretation? The Future of First-Party Property Coverage for Mold," by Jason McCaul

2008 PCMA Paper

Nearly Blown Away: How Policyholders Affected by Hurricane Katrina May Recover Under Their Homeowner’s Insurance Policies in the Face of Anti-Concurrent Causation Language,” by Austen Endersby

2009 PCMA Paper

Toward National Uniformity in the Treatment of Public Insurance Adjusters Under State Unauthorized Practice of Law Provisions,” by Clayton Solomon

2010 PCMA Paper

"Commercial Speech in the Sunshine State: Florida’s Forty-Eight-Hour Ban on Solicitation by Public Insurance Adjusters Is Unconstitutional and Bad Public Policy," by Peter Heinlein

2011 PCMA Paper

"Sawgrass Mutual’s Prohibition on Retaining Public Adjusters: Public Adjustment Faces a New (But Surmountable) Hurdle in the Sunshine State," by Melissa Clarke

2012 PCMA Paper

"Shifting Gears Toward Better Enforcement of the Prohibition against the Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting," by Josh Shettle

2013 PCMA Paper

    "Overhead and Under Paid - A Review of the Inclusion of General Contactor Overhead and Profit in Property Claims,"

    by Brett Baulsir

2014 PCMA Paper

"Bucking the Trend: The Reyelts Case and the End to the Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting," by William Bell