June 18, 2015

Professors Aaron Edlin, Rebecca Haw, Andrew Gavil, and Harry First have been selected as the recipients of the 13th Annual Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for their groundbreaking antitrust scholarship.  They will receive the award during the gala luncheon at the American Antitrust Institute’s Annual Conference on June 18, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

The Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award was created through a trust established in honor of the late Jerry S. Cohen, an outstanding trial lawyer and antitrust writer.  It is awarded each year to the best antitrust writing during the prior year that is consistent with the principles of economic justice that animated Jerry S. Cohen’s professional life.  It is administered by his former law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. 

The 2014 award selection committee was comprised of: Warren S. Grimes, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School; Roger Noll, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Stanford University; Robert H. Lande, Venable Professor of Law, University of Baltimore - School of Law; John B. Kirkwood, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law; Roberta D. Liebenberg, Senior Partner at Fine, Kaplan & Black; Christopher Leslie, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine; Zachary D. Caplan, Associate at Berger & Montague; and Daniel A. Small, Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.

Professors Edlin and Haw were recognized for their article, Cartels by Another Name:  Should Licensed Occupations Face Antitrust Scrutiny?, 162 U. PA. L. REV. 1093 (2014), which proposes applying the strictest version of the test for state action immunity to the anticompetitive actions of state licensing boards.  Professors Gavil and First were recognized for their book, THE MICROSOFT ANTITRUST CASES: COMPETITION POLICY FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, which provides a comprehensive account of the decades-long effort to police Microsoft using both the public and private institutions of antitrust enforcement. 

Aaron Edlin is the Richard Jennings Professor of Law and Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley; Rebecca Haw is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School; Andrew Gavil is a Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law; and Harry First is the Charles L. Denison Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.

Three other articles were named as award winners by the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award Committee in the following categories:

  • Best Economics Article of 2014:  John Asker & Heski Bar-Isaac,Raising Retailers’ Profits: On Vertical Practices and the Exclusion of Rivals, 104(2) AMER. ECON. REV. 672 (2014).
  • Best Vertical Restraints Article of 2014:  Margaret Levenstein & Valerie Suslow, How Do Cartels Use Vertical Restraints? Reflections on Bork’s The Antitrust Paradox, 57 J. LAW & ECON. S33 (2014).
  • Best Section 2 Article of 2014:  Stephen Maurer & Suzanne Scotchmer, The Essential Facilities Doctrine:  The Lost Message of Terminal Railroad, 5 CALIF. L. REV. CIRCUIT 287 (2014).