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September 2014

The PIABA Foundation

The PIABA Foundation is sponsoring the 2014 James E. Beckley Student 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 PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, elect to print additional submissions.

The deadline for submission is September 19, 2014.

ABA Section of Public Contract Law

The ABA Section of Public Contract Law is sponsoring the 2014 Public Contract Law Journal Annual Writing Competition.  Papers 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.

The deadline for submission is September 30, 2014.


American Society of International Law’s International Refugee Law Interest Group

IRLIG is sponsoring an annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition.  Papers may address any topic related to international law and refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and forced migrants.  The winner will receive a $100 cash award and the opportunity to have the paper considered for publication in the International Journal of Refugee Law.

The deadline for submission is September 30, 2014.

 

October 2014

ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security is sponsoring the 2013-2014 National Security Law Student Writing Competition.  The topic is: Surveillance and Privacy Issues and National Security Law: student analysis of a timely issue at the intersection of law and national security.  The winning essay will receive $500 and free registration and travel to the Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference to be held in Washington, DC., and publication of the winning essay.

The deadline for submission is October 1, 2014.

 

November 2014

ABA Section of Taxation

The ABA Section of Taxation is sponsoring its Law Student Tax Challenge.  Work in a team of two to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Teams are initially evaluated on two criteria: a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on the written work product, six teams from the J.D. Division and four teams from the LL.M. Division receive a free trip to the Section of Taxation 2015 Midyear Meeting in Houston, TX, where each team will defend its submission before a panel of judges consisting of the country’s top tax practitioners and government officials, including tax court judges.

The deadline for submission is November 7, 2014.

Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni

ASECA is sponsoring its annual Securities Law Writing Competition.  They essay can be on any subject in the field of securities law.  The first place winner will receive $5,000; second, $3,000; third, $2,000.

The deadline for submission is November 15, 2014.

Center for Alcohol Policy

The Center for Alcohol Policy is sponsoring its Seventh Annual Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is: “As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?”   First prize, $5,000; second, $2,500; third, $1,000.

The deadline for submission is November 17, 2014.


New York State Bar Association

The International Section of the New York State Bar Association is sponsoring the annual Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition.  The topic may reflect any aspect of public or private international law and practice.  The winner will receive $2,000; and publication of the article in the New York International Law Review.  

The deadline for submission November 21, 2014.

 

December 2014

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

The ACCFSL is sponsoring its Annual Writing Competition.  Eligible entries must discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.  The winner will receive $1,000, a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2014.


ABA Health Law Section

The ABA Health Law Section is sponsoring its13th Annual ABA Health Law Student Writing Competition.  Topic selection is one of the criteria judged and should strive to advance and serve the interest and understanding of an emerging area of Health Law.  The first place award will include publication in The Health Lawyer; a $500 honorarium, and airfare, hotel for two nights and a $50 per diem for two days to attend the Emerging Issues conference.The second place winner will also be published in The Health Lawyer.

The deadline for submission is December 5, 2014.


New York State Bar Association

The Labor and Employment Law section of the New York State Bar Association is sponsoring the Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth D. Stein Memorial Writing Competition.  The topic can involve any current issue in public or private employment law.  The first place winner will receive $3,000; second place, $2,000; third place, $1,000.

The deadline for submission is December 5, 2014.


The Expert Institute

The Expert Institute is sponsoring a Legal Blog Post Writing Competition.  Submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation.  The first place winner will receive $500, and the article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in the weekly newsletter; second place, $200 and blog publication; third place, blog publication.

The deadline for submission is December 31, 2014.

 

January 2015

American College of Legal Medicine

The ACLM is sponsoring its 2015 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine, and Bioethics.  The papers can address any topic in legal medicine - medical science, medical practice and other healthcare delivery.  The Hirsch award winner will receive $1,000; second place, $500; third place, $250.

The deadline for submission is January 5, 2015.

ABA Business Law Section

The ABA Business Law Section is sponsoring the 2014-2015 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest.  Papers may be on a topic of choice within Business Law, defined broadly.  Recommended areas can be found on the website.  First place will receive $2,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.  Each winner will receive an all-expense paid trip by the Section to attend the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting to collect his/her prize.  Outstanding papers may also be included in The Business Lawyer.

The deadline for submission is January 9, 2015.


ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

The ABA Forum on the Construction Industry is sponsoring its 2015 Law Student Writing Competition.  Papers should address a topical issue of interest to the construction industry.  The winner will receive $2,000, and travel expenses and registration to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2015.

The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers is sponsoring its 2014 Law Student Writing CompetitionThe scope of permissible topics is broad, i.e., any aspect of workers’ compensation law.  Students are encouraged to present: a public policy issue,a critique of a leading case or doctrine, or a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification.  The winner will receive $2,000, plus $1,000 to winner's law school scholarship fund, and the essay will be published in the Workers’ First Watch, The Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) magazine, and the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section Law Journal.  Second prize, $1,500; Third, $1,000.

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2015.


Pacific Legal Foundation

The Pacific Legal Foundation is sponsoring the Law Student Writing Competition 2014.  Three topic prompts can be found on the website.  The first place receives a $3,000 cash prize; second place $2,000; third place, $1,000.  The Program for Judicial Awareness will work with the first place winner to find a law journal to publish the winning article, and reasonable expenses will be paid to attend the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala.

The deadline for submission is January 16, 2015.


Epstein Becker Green

Epstein Becker Green is sponsoring its 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition.  Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials).  First place will receive $4,000; second, $2,000; third, $500.  Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

The deadline for submission is January 23, 2015.

 

February 2015

International Trademark Association

INTA is sponsoring the Ladas Memorial Award.  Subject of the paper must be trademark law or a matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks. Two student winners will each receive $2,500 and a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting. The winning papers will be published in The Trademark Reporter, INTA’s legal journal.

The deadline for submission is February 6, 2015.


American Constitution Society

ACS is sponsoring the Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law.  Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Topic ideas can be found on their website. The author of the winning paper will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning paper will receive special recognition at the Summer 2015 ACS National Convention and will be considered for publication in the Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) and Advance.

The deadline for submission is February 6, 2015.

American Constitution Society

ACS is sponsoring the Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing CompetitionACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly.  Examples of possible topics can be found on their website.  First place will receive $3,000 and be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.  The two runners-up will each receive $1,000.  Winning papers will be posted on the website and the authors will be recognized at the national convention.

The deadline for submission is February 13, 2015.

 

April 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.

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