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March 2014

American Bankruptcy Institute

ABI is sponsoring the Sixth Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition.  Any topic about current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings is welcome. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.  The first place winner will receive a prize of $2,000; second place, $1,500; third place, $750.  All winners will receive publication of his or her paper in the prestigious ABI Journal and a one-year ABI membership. 

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2014.


New York Intellectual Property Law Association

NYIPLA is sponsoring the 2014 NYIPLA Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition. All entries should be on a traditional subject area of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, and antitrust.  The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500 and a plaque at the NYIPLA Annual Meeting.  Second prize is $1,000 and a plaque at the Meeting.  The winning paper will be considered for publication by the NYIPLA.

The deadline for submission is March 7, 2014.


University of Iowa College of Law

The University of Iowa College of Law's journal, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, is sponsoring the Trandafir Writing Competition.  The topic may concern any issue of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.  The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and publication of the essay. 

The deadline for submission is March 21, 2014.


Public Justice

Public Justice is sponsoring the Hogan/Smoger Access To Justice Essay Contest.  For the 2014 competition, writers are asked to address the following question: Are Recent Supreme Court Preemption Decisions Consistent with the Seventh Amendment?  The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.  All entrants must fill out and submit the "intent to enter" form by February 28, 2014.

The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014.

 

 

April 2014

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is sponsoring its Annual Law Student Writing Competition.  Entries 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 cash, airfare and hotel accommodations to the Section’s Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, and possible publication in the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Law Journal. Second prize is $500 and an honorable mention in the section magazine; third prize is an honorable mention in the section magazine.

The deadline for submission is April 1, 2014.


Environmental Law Institute

The Environmental Law Institute is sponsoring the 2013-2014 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition.   Papers may be on any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or "federalism" component. Suggested topics appear on their website.  The author of the winning essay will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.                

The deadline for submission is April 7, 2014.


DISH Network, LLC

DISH Network, LLC and Redgrave, LLP are sponsoring the The DISH® “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition.  The topic should address: What changes should be made to the civil discovery rules to better facilitate the just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of matters?  The winning selection will receive a $3,500 cash award along with an invitation to present his/her paper on a webinar hosted by Redgrave, LLP.

The deadline for submission is April 15, 2014.

The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees

The NACTT is sponsoring the 6th Annual Law Student Writing Competition.  The topic should be on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.   First place includes a $1,000 cash prize, free registration and room for the NACTT annual seminar in Chicago, and publication in the NACTT Quarterly

The deadline for submission is April 30, 2014.

 

May 2014

ABA Section of Administrative law and Regulatory Practice 

The ABA Section of Administrative law and Regulatory Practice is sponsoring the 2014 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition.  Papers may discuss any topic relating to administrative law.  The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference in Washington, DC. The winning entry may be selected for publication in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News and/or the Administrative Law Review

The deadline for submission is May 1, 2014.


National Association of Women Lawyers

The National Association of Women Lawyers is sponsoring the 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition.  Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.  The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in NAWL’s Women Lawyers Journal in Fall 2014.

The deadline for submission is May 1, 2014.


ABA Section of Family Law

The ABA Section of Family Law is sponsoring the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest.  The subject may be any aspect of family law, such as 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 prize is $1,500; second, $750; third, $350.  All finalists will be considered for publication in Family Law QuarterlyEntrants should complete an entry form by Friday, April 18, 2014.

The deadline for submission is May 2, 2014.


IT-Lex and Foley & Lardner LLP

IT-Lex and Foley & Lardner LLP are sponsoring the 2014 Technology Law Writing Competition. Students in good standing at an ABA accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. Submissions must be on topic that address technology law. Winners will receive cash prizes, publication in the IT-Lex Journal, and invitations to become IT-Lex members. First place will receive $6,000 and the opportunity to present his or her article at the IT-Lex Innovate Conference on October 9-10, 2014. Second place receives $2,000 and third place receives $1,000.

The deadline for submission is May 2, 2014.


American Association of Law Libraries/LexisNexis

AALL/LexisNexis are sponsoring their Call for Papers.  Papers may address any subject relevant to law librarianship.  The winner will receive $650, plus the opportunity to present their winning papers at a program during the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

The deadline for submission is May 15. 2014.


ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2013-2014 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. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.  First Place: $1,500; Second Place: $1,000; Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and its author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2014.


ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is sponsoring the 2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition.   The topic may be any issue related to energy law.  Winning entries will be published in an ABA committee electronic publication.  First place receives $700; second, $500; third, $250.

The deadline for submission is May, 16, 2014.


ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law is sponsoring the 2014 Law Student Writing Contest.  The essay can be on any current topic dealing with real property, trust and estate law.  The first-place winner will receive $2,500, a one-year free membership in the Section, and free round-trip  airfare and accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Leadership Meeting in Laguna Beach, CA. The essay will be considered for publication in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Journal.  Second place will receive $1,450; third place, $1,000.

The deadline for submission is May 16, 2014.


The National LGBT Bar Association

The National LGBT Bar Association is sponsoring the Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition.  The topic may be on any legal issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or intersex community.  First Place includes a $1,000 cash prize; registration, air fare and hotel costs for the 2014 Lavender Law Conference; 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 16, 2014.


International Association of Defense Counsel

The IADC is sponsoring the International Association of Defense Counsel 2014 Legal Writing contest.   Essays 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 receives $2,000; second, $1,000; third, $500.  All will be made available for publication in Defense Counsel Journal.

The deadline for submission is May 16, 2014.


ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

The ABA Section on Domestic & Sexual Violence is sponsoring its 11th Annual Law Student Writing Competition.  Articles should address domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective and must further the legal needs of victims of domestic violence or domestic violence victims and their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.  First prize is publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law and a resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and honorarium.

The deadline for submission is May 30, 2014.

 

June 2014

ABA Section on Criminal Justice

The ABA Section on Criminal Justice is sponsoring the William W. Greenhalgh Writing CompetitionThe essay should address whether the Fourth Amendment permits police to conduct a warrantless search of mobile phone content incident to a lawful arrest when the phone is found in possession of the arrestee.  The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize that may be presented at a CJS event, as well as transportation costs to the event.  The essay may be selected for publication in Criminal Justice magazine.

The deadline for submission is June 1, 2014.


ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law

The ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law is sponsoring the K. William Kolbe Writing Competition.  Papers should address a current topic of general interest in a legal area covered by the Section.  The winner will receive $2,500, plus a free Section membership, and airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting.

The deadline for submission is June 1, 2014.


American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is sponsoring its Tenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition.  Students may write about any topic in the field of employee benefits law.  Two $1,500 prizes will be awarded to the winning authors.

The deadline for submission is June 3, 2014.


Food and Drug Law Institute

The FDLI is sponsoring the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition.  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.  First place will receive $4,000; second, $1,000.  Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal. There are two competitions – one for papers with a maximum of 40 pages, and one for papers between 41 and 100 pages.

The deadline for submission is June 8, 2014.


ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

The ABA 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.  The winner receives $1,000 and the posting of the winning essay online.

The deadline for submission is June 13, 2014.


American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

ACTEC is sponsoring the Mary Moers Wenig 2014 Student Writing Competition.  The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined.  See the website for suggested topics. First prize is $5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal; second prize, $3,000; third prize, $1,000. 

The deadline for submission is June 13, 2014.


American Society for Pharmacy Law

The ASPL is sponsoring the Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award.  Papers related to Pharmacy Law, as defined above, published in or accepted for publication in any English-language peer-reviewed journal (including law reviews) during the period from January 2012 through December 2013 are eligible.  The 2014 Award includes an honorarium plus support for travel to the ASPL Developments in Pharmacy Law Seminar.

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2014.


American Intellectual Property Law Association

The AIPLA is sponsoring the Robert C. Watson Award.  Students are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property.  Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper to travel to Washington, DC to receive the Watson Award.

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2014.

 

July 2014

American Inns of Court

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 author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review.  The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States.

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2014.


The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship

The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and the American College of Tax Counsel are sponsoring the Tannenwald Writing Competition.  Papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).  First prize is $5,000; second, $2,500; third, $1,500. 

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2014.

 

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.

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