Essay Contest

(March 2, 2020) The Center for Alcohol Policy is pleased to announce the winners of its 12th Annual Essay Contest.

To enter the contest, participants were asked to provide thoughtful responses to the following prompt:


During the United States Supreme Court 2019 term, the Court announced in June its decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas. Based on the Court’s decision, what do you believe will be the next steps for alcohol policy in the United States?


First Place: Travis Thickstun, Loyola University Chicago School of Law J.D. Candidate

“The Camel’s Nose Under the Tent: Next Steps for State-Based Alcohol Policy After Tennessee Wine and Spirits”

Second Place: Timothy Gervais, staff tax accountant, Tidwell & Associates

“Residency Requirements, the Commerce Clause, and the “Predominant Effects Test”: A Brief Analysis of Tennessee Wine and Spirits Association v. Thomas

Third Place: Adrienne Southworth, former deputy chief of staff to a Lt. Governor

“Erosion or Explosion? The Future of Alcohol Policy in the United States”

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Travis Thickstun

Timothy Gervais

Adrienne Southworth


The winning entrants received prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

All three award recipients will be invited to speak at the Center’s upcoming Alcohol Law and Policy Conference in Chicago, IL August 30 – September 1, 2020.

These essays were judged by the Center’s Advisory Council. Judges did not receive any names or personal information about the participants prior to judging. 

Read the 2018 winning essays.


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