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January 2015

Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law

The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law is sponsoring the Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medial-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration.  The contest question:   There is a growing consensus that the U.S. health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services.  One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal system, and that health care professionls' efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability.  Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professionals may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.  The Outstanding paper by a Law Student will receive $250.

The deadline for submission is January 2, 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.

Federal Bar Association

The Federal Bar Association is sponsoring the 2015 Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.  Students may submit any unpublished, original paper concerning federal taxation.  The first place winner receives $2,000; second place, $1,000.  Both winners will receive a trip to the FBS's Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. and possible publication in either the Report or The Federal Lawyer.

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.


Richmond Journal of Law and Technology

The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is sponsoring the 2014-2015 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition.  Topics should focus on the intersection of technology and the law.  First place will receive $1,500; second, $700.

The deadline for submission is January 11, 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.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law is sponsoring the First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition.  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 will receive $1,500 and the Thomas Jefferson law Review will consider the paper for publication; two second place winners will each receive $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.


DISH

DISH is sponsoring the "Best inClass" eDiscovery Legal Research & Writing Competiton.  Submissions must address the difficult topic of competing interests between counsel's cooperation during the discoverty phase in civil litigation and the disclosure of privileged information.  Specific guidelines are provided on the website.  The winner will receive $3,500 and an opportunity to present the paper in a webinar hosted by Redgrave, LLP.

The deadline for submission is January 16, 2015.


Jackson Lewis, LLP and and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Jackson Lewis, LLP and and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law are sponsoring the 2014-2015 Louis Jackson Writing Competition.  The essay may address any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employee discrimination.  One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented, and all three top entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.

The deadline for submission is January 20, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.


ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability

The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability is sponsoring the 2015 Levit Essay Contest.  The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention.  The assignment will be posted in late November.  The winner will receive  $5,000 and an all expense paid trip to the National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC.

The deadline for submission is February 20, 2015.


Michigan State University College of Law

MSU College of Law is sponsoring the 2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition.  Papers should be on topics related to business or securities law and in law review format.  The winner will receive $500 and publication of the paper in the Journal of Business & Securities Law.

The deadline for submission is February 20, 2015.

 

March 2015

American Bankruptcy Institute

ABI is sponsoring its Seventh Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition.  The paper may address any current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings from either a business or consumer standpoint.  The first place winner will receive $2,000 and have the winning essay published in the ABI Journal; second place will receive $1,250 and be published in an ABI committee newsletter; third place will receive $750 and be published in a committee newsletter.

The deadline for submission is March 2, 2015.

New York Intellectual Property Law Association

NYIPLA is sponsoring the Hon. William C. Connor Writing Competition.  The essay should cover one of the traditional subject areas of
intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.   The winner will receive $1,500; runner-up, $1,000.

The deadline for submission is March 4, 2015.


ABA Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development Law

The Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development Law is sponsoring the 2015 Law Student Legal Writing Competition.  The papers may address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.  The winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Annual Conference.

The deadline for submission is March 6, 2015.

 

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.

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.


Internation 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.

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