3L is One of Ten Nationwide to Win Distinguished Law360 Writing Award


Third-year law student Jean Phillip “J.P.” Shami was recently named a 2017 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award winner. Shami, who serves as Executive Editor of the University of Miami Law Review, was one of ten law students across the country to receive this prestigious award. The award is presented by The Burton Foundation, in association with the Library of Congress and Law360.


J.P. Shami

Now in its 18th year, the Burton Awards rewards great achievements in law, with a special emphasis on writing and reform. The winners are selected by law school professors and judges, including professors from Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and UC Berkeley Law School.

Shami’s paper, “A Promise Realized? A Critical Review of Accountable Care Organizations since the Enactment of the Affordable Care Act” was also a finalist for the 23rd annual Brown Award, sponsored by The Judge R. Brown Scholarship Foundation.

“I am very honored to have been selected as a 2017 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award winner through the Burton Awards,” said Shami. “This prestigious award is a high honor. I am happy to see that others appreciate my note and find the information within it valuable to greater conversation on the Affordable Care Act. I hope that these recognitions bring light to the paper and allow others to use it to beneficially influence American health policy.”

Shami’s paper provides an in-depth review of the Accountable Care Organization model of care under the Affordable Care Act. It reviews the statutory language that provides the basis for the Accountable Care Organization model of care and considers the successes, and failures of the model on three main themes: cost of care, quality of care, and access to care.

“I wanted to present my paper in order to bring to light relevant topics in health law, and I was curious to see what others would think of the note,” said Shami. “While the note is legal in nature, it is written to reach an audience across multiple disciplines, including law, public health, business, and medicine.”

Professor Frances Hill is Shami’s faculty advisor and helped him develop the topic and the general framework of the paper.

“Professor Hill also provided me substantive feedback to ensure that the note was thorough, timely, and beneficial to the reader,” said Shami. “Her expertise in the area allowed me to write a note that was targeted and relevant to the topic.”

In addition to his work with the University of Miami Law Review, Shami has served as past president of the Society of Bar & Gavel, as well as a legal intern for the Health Rights Clinic and a research assistant for Professor Caroline Mala Corbin.

The University of California, Berkeley graduate is working towards his joint degree in law and public health at Miami Law.