Paul Cordish Writing Award

The Paul Cordish Memorial 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 Writing Award competition advisory board to choose the winning entrant.
Recipients of the Paul Cordish Writing Award are announced in May and recognized during the NAPIA Annual Meeting in June.   

Paul Cordish Writing Award Papers:

The Downstream Impacts of Different State Review Procedures for First Party Property Insurance Products: An Analysis of "Prior Approval" and "File and Use" Systems
By Galen Rende

Appraisers Should be Allowed in the Role of Advocacy to Ensure Fairness in the Appraisal Process
By Devaki Patel

Assignment of Benefits in the Context of First Party Property Insurance: A Tool Enabling Restoration Contractors to Act as Insurance Adjusters
By Timothy Scott


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

Overhead and Under Paid – A Review of the Inclusion of General Contractor Overhead and Profit in Property Claims
By Brett Baulsir

Shifting Gears: Toward Better Enforcement of the Prohibition against the Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting
By Josh Shettle

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

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 A. Heinlein

Toward National Uniformity in the Treatment of Public Insurance Adjusters Under State Unauthorized Practice of Law Provisions
By Clayton P. Solomon

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

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