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Student Writing Competitions

April 2015

Environmental Law Institute

ELI is sponsoring the 2014-2015 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing CompetitionAny topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that a significant constitutional or "federalism" component are eligible.  Sample topics are provided on the website.  The winner will receive $2,000 and an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.

The deadline for submission is April 6, 2015.


ABA Criminal Justice Section

The Criminal Justice Section is sponsoring the 2015 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition.  The topic: has the Terry "stop and frisk" gone too far?  Does the law need redefinition or merely clarification and enforcement?  The winner will receive $2,000, a plaque, and possible publication of the entry in Criminal Justice magazine. 

The deadline for submission is April 7, 2015.
 

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law is sponsoring the inaugural Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition.  Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.  The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication; two second place winners will each receive $1,000.

The deadline for submission is April 15, 2015.

May 2015

ABA Section of Family Law

The ABA Section of Family Law is sponsoring the 2015 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest The subject may be any aspect of family law including dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony (maintenance), attorney's fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues.  First place will receive $1,500; second, $750; third, $350.  Winning essays will be considered for publication in Family Law Quarterly and on the ABA Section of Family Law website.

The deadline for the entry form is April 17, 2015; the deadline for submission is May 1, 2015.

ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

The Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice is sponsoring the 2015 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition.  The paper may discuss any topic relating to  administrative law.  The winner will receive $5,000 and a trip Washington, D.C. to attend the Section conference.  The entry may be published in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News and/or the Administrative Law Review.

The deadline for submission is May 1, 2015.

National Association of Women Lawyers

NAWL is sponsoring the 2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition.  Papers should address an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.  The author of the winning essay will receive $500 and be published in the Women Lawyers Journal.

The deadline for submission is May 1, 2015.

ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section

TIPS is sponsoring its Annual Law Student Writing Competition.  Papers should be on a current topic in a legal area covered by one of the Section's substantive law committees and should be of national interest.  First prize includes $1,500, travel to the annual meeting in Chicago, and possible publication in the ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Law Journal.

Deadline for submission is May 1, 2015.


College of Labor and Employment Law and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law

The College of Labor and Employment Law and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law is sponsoring their 2014-2015 Writing Competition.  Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.  Additional requirements and suggestions can be found on their website.  First place receives $1,500; second, $1,000; third, $500.  The first place entry will also be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2015.


American Association of Law Libraries and LexisNexis

AALL is sponsoring the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award.  Papers may address any subject relevant to law librarianship.  The winner will receive $650, possible publication in the Law Library Journal, and an opportunity to present the paper at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2015.


The LGBT Bar

The LGBT Bar is sponsoring the Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition.  The topic should concern a legal issue affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or intersex community.  First place will receive $1,000, travel expenses to attend the Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair, and publication in the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality: a Review of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Law.

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2015.


International Association of Defense Counsel

The IADC is sponsoring its 2015 Legal Writing Contest.  Entries should be on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.   First place will receive $2,000; second, $1,000; third, $500.

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2015.


ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

SEER is sponsoring its 2015 Law Student Writing Competition.  The submissions can discuss any aspect of energy law by advocating a position, educating the reader, or analyzing one or more cases.  The first place winner will receive $1,000; second, $750; third, $500. 

The deadline for submission is May 18, 2015.

June 2015

ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

The Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is sponsoring theTwelfth Annual Law Student Writing Competition.  The article should address domestic and sexual violence and the law from a national or international perspective.  The winner will receive a resolution for the Commission, honorarium, and publication in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

The deadline for submission is June 1, 2015.


ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law

The Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law is sponsoring the 2015 K. William Kolbe Writing Competition.  Papers should address a current topic of general interest in a legal area covered by the Section (see website).  The website will receive $2,500, a free Section membership, and airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section's fall meeting.

The deadline for submission is June 1, 2015.


Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund

AEF is sponsoring the 2015 Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition.  The competition seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.  The winner will receive $1,500 and the essay will be published by the Asian Pacific American Law Journal.

The deadline for submission is June 1, 2015.


American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

ACEBC is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize.  Papers should address employee benefits issues.  Up to two $1,500 prizes will be awarded.  Winners will also receive an employee benefits treatise.

The deadline for submission is June 2, 2015.


American Planning Association

The APA is sponsoring the 32nd Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition.   The entry should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law such as land use, local government, or environmental law.    The winner will receive $2,000 and possible publication in The Urban Lawyer.  Second place will receive $400; honorable mention, $100.

The deadline for submission is June 5, 2015.


Food and Drug Law Institute

FDLI is sponsoring the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions.  One competition is for papers with a maximum of 40 pages, and one is for papers between 41 and 100 pages.  Papers should provide an in-depth analysis of a current legal issue concerning food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices or tobacco.  Topic ideas are listed on the website.  The first place winner in each category will receive $4,000; second place, $1,000.  Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.

The deadline for submission is June 5, 2015.


American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

ACTEC is sponsoring the Mary Moers Wenig 2015 Student Writing Competition.   The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined (see website for examples).   First prize included $5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.  Second price receives $3,000; third, $1,000.  Second and third place entries will be published on the ACTEC website.

The deadline for submission is June 12, 2015.


ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

The Section of Dispute Resolution is sponsoring the James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution.  The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory, or research that the contestant chooses.  The winner will receive $1,000 and be considered for publication in Dispute Resolution Magazine.

The deadline for submission is June 12, 2015.


American Intellectual Property Law Association

AIPLA is sponsoring the  Robert C. Watson Award.  Articles should relate to a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property that reflects a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and displays original and creative thought.  The winner will receive travel expenses to Washington, D.C. to receive the award.

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2015.


ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

RPTE is sponsoring its 2015 Law Student Writing Contest.  Articles should be of timely topics and have not been previously published.  First place includes $2,500 and transportation to the Leadership Meeting in Florida; second place, $1,450; third place, $1,000.  All three winners will be considered for publication in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal and receive a free section membership.

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2015.

July 2015

Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship

The Tannenwald Foundation is sponsoring the Tannenwald Writing Competition.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted.  First place will receive $5,000 and publication in the Florida Tax Review.  Second prize, $2,500; third prize, $1,500).

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2015.


American Inns of Court

The American Inns of Court is sponsoring the Warren E. Burger Prize.  Authors should address one or more aspects of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large.  The winner will receive $5,000, have the essay published in the South Carolina Law Review, and receive the award during the annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States.

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2015.

September

PIABA Foundation

The PIABA Foundation is sponsoring the 2015 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition.  The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.  The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the PIABA Bar Journal; second place receives $750; third, $500.

The deadline for submission is September 18, 2015.


ABA Section of Public Contract Law

The Section of Public Contract Law is sponsoring its 2015 Writing Competition.  The paper should address a topical issue of interest to the public contract and grant law community.  The first place winner will receive $5,000; second place, $2,500; third place, $1,000.  Winning entries will be considered for publication in the Public Contract Law Journal and may be invited to present their papers at the Federal Procurement Institute.

The deadline for submission is September 30, 2015.

October

NACTT Academy

The NACTT Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education, Inc. is sponsoring the Fall 2015 Law Student Writing Competition.  Submissions should encompass any topic or issue concerning Chapter 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.  First place receives $750; second, $500; third, $250.  Winning submissions will be published on the website.

The deadline for submission is October 31, 2015.

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