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The T.C. Williams Legal Essay Contest Catalog is the Web's largest collection of writing competitions for law students. Essay contents provide students with opportunities to display the exceptional legal research, analysis, and composition skills honed here at the University of Richmond School of Law.

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Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/resources/essay_contest.html

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Deadline: April 14, 2017

Essay Topic: The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Family law includes 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. Family Law generally does not include Juvenile Justice, Probate, Labor, Immigration Law, and sociology topics unless those topics are related to more traditional Family Law subjects. Since winning entries may be published in Family Law Quarterly, entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. Essays on such subjects usually include citations to the law of several jurisdictions. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $1500

Certificate of Recognition as First-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

2nd Place: $750

Certificate of Recognition as Second-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

3rd Place: $350

Certificate of Recognition as Third-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website

One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

Notes:

For full contest criteria and submission guidelines vist the website HERE.

The breadth of originality and analysis of past winners is a great testament to the quality of our nation's law schools and educators. Past topics of winning essays include transsexuals and the legal determination of sex, same-sex marriages, federal responsibility for indigent elderly, interpretation of Islamic marriage contracts, the Indian Child Welfare Act, polygamy and marital counseling laws. We look forward to an outstanding pool of entries this year as we continue to marvel at the oustanding thought produced by future attorneys.

ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://papers.abi.org/

Sponsor: The American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI")

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Essay Topic: We invite papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. 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.

Prize Information:

1st Prize $2,000

2nd Prize $1,250

3rd Prize $750

plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter

Notes:

Papers must comply with the guidelines for submissions found at http://papers.abi.org/guidelines. Only one paper may be submitted per student.

For full submission guidelines and competition rules go HERE.

The Marshall Manne Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure

Competition Website: http://criminallaw.calbar.ca.gov/CriminalLaw/StudentWritingCompetition.aspx

Sponsor: Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Essay Topic: The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is seeking entries for The Marshall Manne Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country. Deadline for submissions was midnight, February 28.  For information about the competition, write to Lynn Taylor at criminallaw@calbar.ca.gov.

Prize Information:

1st Prize $1,500
The Grand Prize -winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California.
One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section.

Honerable mention Prizes: $500
Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status may be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California.
One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section.

Notes:

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition.

For submission guidelines go HERE.

The ICC Institute of World Business Law Prize

Competition Website: http://www.iccinstituteprize.org/

Sponsor: International Chamber of Commerce

Deadline: April 7, 2017

Essay Topic: International commercial law (including arbitration)

Prize Information:

Prize 10,000 Euro

Notes:

Must be doctoral dissertations and long essays of a minimum of 150 pages

Drafted in French or English

Must be aged 40 or under on 7 April 2017

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November 2016

WCL National Health Law Writing Contest
Health Law$1000 to $1499November 2016

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/health/writing/

Sponsor: American University - Washintgton College of Law

Deadline: November 30, 2016

Essay Topic: Health law encompasses aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any area of the law as applied to the health care industry (e.g., antitrust, criminal, corporate, ERISA, among others) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, reimbursement, privacy, access to health care, pharmaceutical/drug law, among others).

Prize Information:

1st Prize - $1,000
2nd Prize - $500

Entries will be considered for publication in the WCL Health Law and Policy Brief.

Notes:

All questions should be directed to Professor Asha Scielzo at scielzo@wcl.american.edu.

For full competiton rules and requirements go HERE.

Chapman LLC Scholarship for Law Students
Practice & Profession$0 to $299November 2016

Competition Website: http://www.johnschapman.com/law-school-scholarship/

Sponsor: Chapman LLC

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Essay Topic: This is a scholarship. It requires an application essay.

Prize Information:

Scholarship Award: $1,000

Notes:

ELIGIBILITY

  • Law student accepted to attend or currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S.
  • U.S. citizen 18 years or older
  • Applicants may not be current or past employees of Chapman LLC or be directly related to a current employee

ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition
Securities Law$5000 or moreNovember 2016

Competition Website: http://www.secalumni.org/writing-competition

Sponsor: Association of Securities and Exhange Commission Alumni, Inc.

Deadline: November 10, 2016

Essay Topic: Papers may address any subject in the field of securities law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000

2nd Prize: $3,000

3rd Prize: $2,000

Award winners will be invited to attend ASECA’s Annual Dinner in Washington, DC on February 24, 2017.  Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.

Notes:

Students must be enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the 2016 fall semester. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2016, and papers scheduled for publication in 2016 or 2017 are eligible for submission.

All submissions must include author’s name and contact information, including e-mail, postal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation.  For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included.  Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

For full contest rules and submission guidelines go HERE.

December 2016

Farzad Family Law Scholarship
Family Law$1500 to $1999December 2016

Competition Website: http://farzadlaw.com/farzad-family-law-scholarship/

Sponsor: Farzad Family Law

Deadline: December 15, 2016

Essay Topic: The 2016 essay topic is as follows: 1. Assume the State you live in has a law that states the following: “Family Code §1234. (a) Custody may be granted to both parents jointly or to either parent solely. In making an order granting custody to either parent, the court shall consider, among other factors, which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent and continuing contact with the noncustodial parent and shall not prefer a parent as custodian because of that parent’s sex. The court, in its discretion, may require the parents to submit to the court a plan for the implementation of the custody order. (b) This section establishes neither a preference nor a presumption for or against joint legal custody, joint physical custody, or sole custody, but allows the court and the family the widest discretion to choose a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the child.” Further assume you have been asked to write a proposed change to Family Code §1234 that states in a child custody case (regardless of whether the parents are married), there is a rebuttable presumption that joint legal custody, joint physical custody and equal parenting time are in a child’s best interest. (the new law you write should be between 100-400 words) a. Write the actual law (the way you believe it should read in the Family Code), the legal standard it would take to rebut the presumption (preponderance of the evidence or clear and convincing standard) and the factors that may be considered by the court when ruling on whether the presumption has been rebutted. 2. Write an explanation as to why you believe the law that you have drafted is better than the existing Family Code §1234 on the issues of child custody and visitation. This explanation will be used to advocate why your proposed, new Family Code §1234 should be adopted. (500-1000 words) 3. Write the opposition to the law you drafted (as if you didn’t draft the law) and explain why the current, existing Family Code §1234 should not be changed and why the change in the law, as proposed, is not in the children’s best interest. (500-1000 words)

Prize Information:

First Prize $1,500

Notes: For additional information and submission guidelines see the website HERE.

National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest
Law & Society$0 to $299December 2016

Competition Website: http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Essay Topic: Suggested Topics:  ​Cybersecurity Issues - Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices Election 2016 Coverage Tax Issues Constitutional Issues - First Amendment, Gun Control Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage, Transgender Accomodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Prize Information:

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.  No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.

  • Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.

  • Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

  • Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.

  • All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).

Articles will be judged by NLR staff members on the basis of readability, clarity, organization, and timeliness. Tone should be authoritative, but not overly formal. Ideally, articles should be straightforward and practical, containing useful information of interest to legal and business professionals.

Notes: For full submission guidelines and requirements go HERE.

The Expert Institute's Annual Legal Writing Scholarship
Legal Writing$2000 to $2499December 2016

Competition Website: https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/

Sponsor: The Expert Institute

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Essay Topic: J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses

Prize Information:

1st prize: $2,000

In addition, your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys.

Notes:

For full contest information and the submission form and criteria go HERE.

Articles must be 1,500 – 2,500 words in length, and written in a blog post format.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Consumer Financial Services Law$1000 to $1499December 2016

Competition Website: http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/

Sponsor: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Essay Topic: Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation. Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Prize Information:

Prize depends on particular work submitted.

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.

Books - $2,500

Articles, Review, Book Chapters - $2,000

Student Papers - $1,000

Plus 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.

Notes:

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2016, and entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the twelve months preceding that date. Unpublished manuscripts should be double-spaced and conform to law review standards. All entries should be submitted in electronic format.

For more information go HERE.

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Essay Contest
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Law$2000 to $2499December 2016

Competition Website: http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/

Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy

Deadline: December 2, 2016

Essay Topic: The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition and put control over alcohol regulation directly in the hands of the states. Though each state’s alcohol control policies are unique, they all include distinct regulations for different types of alcohol. Why are various types of alcohol regulated in different ways? Should they be?

Prize Information:

First prize: $2,500

Second prize: $1,250

Third prize: $500

Notes: For full contest information, rules, and submission guidelines go HERE.

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
Legislation$1500 to $1999December 2016

Competition Website: https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/

Sponsor: The Expert Institute

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Essay Topic: To win, your article not only has to be logically rigorous and substantive, it also needs to be engaging, entertaining, and eye-catching. Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful. Eligibility and Topic: J.D. Students - Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses.

Prize Information:

1st Place: Cash prize $2000; Blog publication; Newsletter circulation; Email announcement.

2nd Place: Blog publication.

3rd Place: Blog publication.

Notes:

Parameters: Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples; Must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion; Citations should be inline - no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged; 1,500 - 2,500 words, written in a blog post format.

For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE.

January 2017

Missouri-American Society of International Law Dispute Resolution Interest Group Contest
International Law$300 to $999January 2017

Competition Website: http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/wip-issues-in-international-dispute-resolution/writing-competition/

Sponsor: Missouri-American Society of International Law Dispute Resolution Interest Group

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Essay Topic: Submissions should discuss an issue involving both public and private international dispute resolution, whether it be in the context of international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, international mediation, international negotiation, international litigation in national courts or international litigation in international courts. There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $450 and is eligible to have his or her winning submission considered for publication in the Journal of Dispute Resolution
2nd Prize: $125

The Journal is recognized as leader in the area of alternative dispute resolution and contains articles written by nationally and internationally prominent authors on a wide variety of topics.

Notes: For additional contest guidelines and submission rules go HERE.

Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
Accounting & Law$2000 to $2499January 2017

Competition Website: http://www.fedbar.org/Sections/Section-on-Taxation/Writing-Competition.aspx

Sponsor: The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

Deadline: January 6, 2017

Essay Topic: Students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation.

Prize Information:

First Place: $2000

Second Place: $1000

Both will receive a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.

Notes:

For full contest guidelines and submission instructions go the contest website HERE.

Papers written in connection with a law school course, seminar, or paid employment are eligible provided that they are written in the form of a scholarly article and do not contain any client-specific work product. Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other legal journals are eligible for the competition.

However, student papers that have already been published in a law review or other legal journal, or that have been selected for publication, are not eligible for the competition. Students must sign the attached Warranty and Authorization to Publish guaranteeing that the paper has not been published or selected for publication as of the date the paper is submitted to this competition and agreeing to permit the Section on Taxation to publish the paper. Student papers submitted to other competitions are eligible for the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.

Loletta M. Orr Post-doctorial Student Writing Competition
Legal Medicine$1000 to $1499January 2017

Competition Website: http://www.aclm.org/?page=student_writing_comp

Sponsor: American College of Legal Medicine

Deadline: January 5, 2017

Essay Topic: Again this year, the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) will present an award for the outstanding original post-doctoral paper on legal medicine. All post-doctoral attorneys or health professionals enrolled in full-time studies are encouraged to compete.

Prize Information:

First Prize $1,000
Runner Up $500

The first place paper will be named the Orr Award Winner. The Winner of the Orr Award will be invited to serve on the 2018 Awards Committee and receive a complimentary one-year membership in the American College of Legal Medicine.
In addition, the ACLM Foundation will reimburse the Orr Award Winner for reasonable coach airfare and one night of lodging at the host hotel to present his or her paper at the ACLM 2017 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Notes:

For full submission guidelines, applicant criteria, and format information go HERE.

Applicants MUST have already obtained a doctorial degree (DDS, DMD, DO, DPM, DVM, EdD, JD, MD, PhD, PharmD, etc.) and be enrolled in an accredited Law, Medical, Podiatric, Nursing, Dental, Health Science or healthcare advanced training program in the United States or Canada.

American College of Legal Medicine's 2016 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics
Bioethics$1000 to $1499January 2017

Competition Website: http://www.aclm.org/?page=student_writing_comp

Sponsor: The American College of Legal Medicine

Deadline: January 5, 2017

Essay Topic: Every year, the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) presents an award for the outstanding original paper on legal medicine. All students studying Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Podiatry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Service, Healthcare Administration or Public Health are encouraged to compete. Legal medicine is the professional and academic discipline that concerns itself with legal aspects of medical science, medical practice and other healthcare delivery. Practitioners of the specialty have sufficient training, knowledge and expertise to address the scope of the specialty from a scholarly, scientific and practical perspective. As the subject matter of legal medicine is broad, we are looking for quality papers that cover any aspect of legal medicine.

Prize Information:

Hirsh Award Winner - $1,000

2nd Prize - $500

3rd Prize - $250

The first place paper will be named the Hirsh Award Winner. The winner of the Hirsh Award will be invited to serve on the 2017 Awards Committee and receive a complimentary one-year membership in the American College of Legal Medicine. In addition, the ACLM Foundation will reimburse the Hirsh Award winner for reasonable coach airfare and one night of lodging at the host hotel to present his or her paper at the ACLM Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Notes: For full contest information, applicant criteria, rules and submission guidelines dowload the contest flyer HERE.

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
American Indian (Native American) Law$1000 to $1499January 2017

Competition Website: https://www.law.ou.edu/content/writing-competition

Sponsor: American Indian Law Review

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Essay Topic: Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.

Prize Information:

The first place winner receivs $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution.

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250

Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook version of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis, and will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review.

For full contest information and submission rules see the website HERE.

Notes:

Eligibility: The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Jan. 29, 2016. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.

Judges: Papers will be judged by members of the legal profession with an interest in American Indian Law and by the edicors of the American Indian Law Review.

Standards: Papers will be judged on the babsis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.

Form: Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.). The body of the email must contain the author's name, social security number, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address. Inquiries may be replied to by email. No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself. All entries must have only one author. Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions. Papers entered in the American Indian Law Review writing competition may not be submitted for consideration to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced. Any entries not fully in accord with required form will be ineligible for consideration.

Submission: Submissions may be emailed to the American Indian Law Review at mwaters@ou.edu by the competition deadline. Entries may be sent as Microsoft Work, WordPerfect, or PDF documents. Although email submissions are preferred, hardcopies are acceptable. If submitting hardcopies, mail them to AILR Writing Competition, American Indian Law Review, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019. Please send an email to mwaters@ou.edu on or before the deadline to notify the AILR that you are sending a hardcopy submission.

Contact: Telephone Numbers - (405) 325-2840 and (405) 325-5191; Fax: (405) 325-6282; E-mail: marcelo.pendleton@gmail.com;

2016 College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Law Student Writing Compensation
Workers Compensation$1500 to $1999January 2017

Competition Website: http://www.cwclawyers.org/2016_CWCL_Student_Writing_Contest_Flyer.pdf

Sponsor: The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The 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.

Prize Information:

PRIZES:

First prize - $2,000, plus $1000 to winner's law school scholarship fund

Second price - $1,500.00

Third prize - $1000.00

The winner's article will also be considered for publication in the Workers' First Watch. The Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) magazine, and the ABA tort and Insurance Practice Section Law Journal. The winner will also be invited (expenses paid) to the Annual College Induction Dinner to be honored during the program.

Notes:

For the full contest announcement flyer click HERE.

1. Articles must be original from the applicant and limited to one entry. Articles must not presently be under sondiferationfor any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

2. All articles are to be submitted in the following format:

  • Submitted by email (no author name in body of article, only in cover letter) to susan.wan@cwclawyers.org (Please reference "Writing Competition" in the subject line.);
  • All articles are to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2017;
  • Double-spaced, on 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch margins;
  • Entries should be between 10 and 20 pages in length (including bottom of page footnotes);
  • Citations are to conform to "A Uniform System of Citation" (The Bluebook".

3. If published by the College, the articles become the property of the College. No submitted article may be published elsewhere until after announcement of the winners of the competition. Announcement of the winners will be made at least 30 days in advance of the Annual College Induction Dinner, Spring 2017.

4. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address and phone number (both school and permanent), name of school and year of graduation.

5. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school or submit entry within a year of graduation.

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
Health Care Law$0 to $299January 2017

Competition Website: http://med.fsu.edu/?page=innovativeCollaboration.home

Sponsor: Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law

Deadline: January 2, 2017

Essay Topic: In 2017, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill. 2017 Contest Question: There is a 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 systems, and that health care professionals' 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 professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.

Prize Information:

Outstanding Paper by a Law Student -- $250

Outstanding Paper by a Medical Student or Medical Resident -- $250

Notes:

Applicant and Paper Criteria

  1. All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.
  2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
  3. The submitted paper must be responsive to the 2017 Contest Question.
  4. Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.

Format:

  1. The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).
  2. No abstract is required.
  3. All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.
  4. All paper are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes. The body of papers must be doubl-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one inch margins. All pages must be numbered.
  5. The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author's name, full contact information, and school or residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.
  6. At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.
  7. If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.

Judging:

  1. All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.
  2. Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.
  3. Papers will be judged according to the following criteria: responsiveness to the competition question, originality and thoughtfulness, quality of analysis, quality of writing, citation of authority supporting arguments.

Deadline and Submission:

  1. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2017.
  2. Papers must be submitted electronically to marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu
  3. Direct questions to: Mollie and Paul Hill Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 323206-4300; Phone: 850-645-9373; Web: http://med.fus.edu/?page=InnovativeCollaboration.html; Email: marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu
  4. Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2017.

19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entertainment Law$5000 or moreJanuary 2017

Competition Website: https://www.grammy.org/grammy-foundation/preservation/entertainment-law-initiative-eli

Sponsor: GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries

Deadline: January 4, 2017

Essay Topic: The GRAMMY Foundation, in concert with some of the nation's most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. Now in its 18th year, the program has grown to include a national writing competition, recently added writing competition workshops, a GRAMMY Week scholarship luncheon, and significant panel presentations focusing on relevant and challenging issues with some of the country's most prominent entertainment, intellectual property and copyright attorneys. ELI continues to foster future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation's top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. Writing Competition Workshops ELI Writing Competition Workshops will be offered at select law schools around the country. For a complete list of workshop dates, competition rules, and deadlines, go to the ELI Page on Facebook or visit www.entertainmentlawinitiative.com. This could be your chance to attend the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Prize Information:

First Place Winner Receives $5,000

Four Second-Place Winners Receive $1,500

All five finalists receive one GRAMMY Awards ticket, hotel accommodations, round trip airfare, one ticket to the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon, one ticket to MusiCares® Person of the Year dinner, and an invitation to the GRAMMY Nominee Reception

Notes:

For full cometition guidelines and submission guidelines visit the cometition announcement HERE.

www.facebook.com/grammyfoundationeli

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Completed manuscripts and accompanying documents (to be defined below) must be submitted via email to eli_submissions@grammy.com on or before January 4, 2017 at 10am PST (1pm EST). Late manuscripts will not be considered. Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted. Winners will be notified on or before January 27, 2017.

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Human Rights Law$5000 or moreJanuary 2017

Competition Website: http://www.pacificlegal.org/pja/writingcomp

Sponsor: The Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness

Deadline: January 13, 2017

Essay Topic: 1. The Clean Water Act was passed to improve the quality and biological health of the waters of the United States. Federal courts have struggled to clarify the meaning of “waters of the United States” and the jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which are tasked with enforcing aspects of the law. Does the “waters of the United States” rule recently proposed by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers accurately describe the reach of Congress’s commerce power? If so, explain why. If not, explain how a judge should determine the outer boundary of Congress's power. 2. In Auer v. Robbins, 519 U.S. 452 (1997), the Supreme Court reaffirmed Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., 325 U.S. 410 (1945), for its proposition that judges must defer to an agency interpretation of its own ambiguous regulation unless that interpretation is plainly erroneous or inconsistent with the regulation. What are the best arguments against that rule? 3. All state governments regulate and license certain occupations for the stated purpose of protecting the public from health and safety risks. An increasing number of licensed occupations consist mainly, or even entirely, of advice (e.g., tour guides, real estate advertisers, and providers of individually tailored information online or in print, such as diet plans, parenting tips, or veterinary guidance). How should courts draw the line between regulating professional conduct (typically subject to rational basis review under the Fourteenth Amendment) and free speech protected by the First Amendment? 4. Takings litigants are generally prohibited from bringing takings claims for just compensation in federal court unless they have first sought (and been denied) relief in state court. This de facto abstention doctrine arises from the Supreme Court’s holding in Williamson Cty. Reg’l Planning Comm’n v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City, 473 U.S. 172 (1985), and subsequent interpretations of the case by federal circuit courts, and departs from the general rule that one need not exhaust state court remedies before presenting a federal constitutional claim in federal court. Should the Supreme Court reconsider Williamson County’s holding that one may not present a takings claim for just compensation in federal court unless on has first litigated the matter in state court? Why or why not?

Prize Information:

First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $3,000

Third Place: $1,000

The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala. PLF will pay for the winner’s reasonable travel costs to attend the gala and will assist with travel arrangements.

Notes:

Please email your submission to PJA@pacificlegal.org. In the body of the email please include your contact information, the law school you attend, and your expected graduation date. You will be notified via email when your submission is received.

For full submission guidelines and contest rules go HERE.

First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Disability Law$1500 to $1999January 2017

Competition Website: http://www.tjsl.edu/cranewritingcompetition

Sponsor: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Essay Topic: 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.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR's editorial standards.

Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner. By submitting a paper to this competition, the author grants Thomas Jefferson School of Law the right to edit, as necessary, and publish that paper in the TJLR.

Notes:

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.

The written submission shall be an original work of a single author not previously published or under consideration for publication. The work must be produced in conjunction with course work toward a degree or under the supervision of a faculty member at the student's home institution.

All submissions must be submitted electronically to cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu. All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2017. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2017.

Questions should be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp: susanb@tjsl.edu

For more information and submission guidelines go HERE.

February 2017

The Marshall Manne Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
Criminal Procedure$1500 to $1999February 2017

Competition Website: http://criminallaw.calbar.ca.gov/CriminalLaw/StudentWritingCompetition.aspx

Sponsor: Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Essay Topic: The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is seeking entries for The Marshall Manne Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country. Deadline for submissions was midnight, February 28.  For information about the competition, write to Lynn Taylor at criminallaw@calbar.ca.gov.

Prize Information:

1st Prize $1,500
The Grand Prize -winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California.
One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section.

Honerable mention Prizes: $500
Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status may be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California.
One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section.

Notes:

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition.

For submission guidelines go HERE.

Family Law Writing Competition
Family Law$0 to $299February 2017

Competition Website: http://law.hofstra.edu/pdf/academics/journals/fcr/fcr_writing_competition.pdf

Sponsor: The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Essay Topic: The subject of entries may be within any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged. Articles should concentrate on a current legal issue and must have a strong foundation in legal research. Use of interdisciplinary sources may also be appropriate for many topics.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $500

  • Certificate of recognition as the winner
  • Consideration for publication of the article in the Family Court Review
  • Letter to the dean of the student’s law school

Honorable Mention: $250

  • Certificate of recognition as the honorable ­‐ mention winner
  • Consideration for publication of the article in the Family Court Review
  • Letter to the dean of the student’s law school

Notes: For more information about the contest and submission guidelines go HERE.

Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Law$3000 to $3999February 2017

Competition Website: https://alcorehab.org/scholarship/

Sponsor: AlcoRehab.org

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Essay Topic: The submitted essays must not exceed 1,200 words and should answer the following questions: • How alcohol abuse and addiction affects the modern society? • What steps can be taken to decrease the impact of alcohol abuse and addictions on people and society?

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $3,000

2nd Prize: $2,000

3rd Prize: $1,000

The scholarship awards may only be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses.

Notes: For additional rules and submission guidelines please go HERE.

Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition
Business Law$300 to $999February 2017

Sponsor: The Michigan State University College of Law Jounal of Business & Securities Law

Deadline: February 5, 2017

Essay Topic: East Lansing, MI - The Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2017 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition. Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format to jbsl@law.msu.edu by February 5, 2016. All inquiries should be directed to Pamela Burneski: jbsl@law.msu.edu

Prize Information: Prize: $500 and publication in the Journal of Business & Securities Law.

Notes:

Submission Procedure:

If you are a law student at an ABA accredited law school, then submit:

(1) An electronic copy of your article, either as a PDF or as a Word document;

(2) A brief abstract of your article; and

(3) Your curriculum vitae (CV) with complete contact information.

See the complete contest flyer HERE.

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
Administrative Law$1500 to $1999February 2017

Competition Website: https://www.acslaw.org/special-projects/richard-d-cudahy-writing-competition

Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Deadline: February 5, 2017

Essay Topic: Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or of deregulation; doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development; and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency.

Prize Information:

Prize: $1,500

The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.

Notes:

For compete contest guidelines and submission guidelines go HERE.

Papers must be emailed to cudahy@acslaw.org in Word format.

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$3000 to $3999February 2017

Competition Website: https://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

Sponsor: American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter

Deadline: February 12, 2017

Essay Topic: The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench, Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people. The deadline for this year's competition February 13, 2017.  ACS 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, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include: Civil Liberties Civil Legal Aid Consumer Rights Criminal Justice Disability Rights Protection of Health, Safety, and the Environment Education Freedom of Speech Privacy Immigration Voting and Political Process Racial Equality Religion Money in Politics (including Judicial Elections) Separation of Powers and Federalism Women's Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Freedom LGBT Rights Human Rights 2nd Amendment and Guns Education Indigent Defense Labor Law

Prize Information:

First Prize: $3000

Two Second Place Prizes: $1000 each

Papers will be judged on the quality of their analysis and writing. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2017The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

Notes: For full contest rules and submission guidelines see the officila contest flyer HERE.

2017 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299February 2017

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Essay Topic: The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay has to be a legal article.

Prize Information:

The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

  • A full scholarship* to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options
  • Travel expenses to and from Washington D.C.
  • Housing at the university dorms
  • Per diem for living expenses

The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

*Scholarship is not applicable to enroll for ABA Credit. All expenses are subject to limitations.

Notes: For full submission guidelines and instructions go HERE

March 2017

ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition
Bankruptcy Law$2000 to $2499March 2017

Competition Website: http://papers.abi.org/

Sponsor: The American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI")

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Essay Topic: We invite papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. 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.

Prize Information:

1st Prize $2,000

2nd Prize $1,250

3rd Prize $750

plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter

Notes:

Papers must comply with the guidelines for submissions found at http://papers.abi.org/guidelines. Only one paper may be submitted per student.

For full submission guidelines and competition rules go HERE.

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Business Law$2000 to $2499March 2017

Competition Website: https://tlcp.law.uiowa.edu/trandafir-writing-competition

Sponsor: University of Iowa College of Law

Deadline: March 3, 2017

Essay Topic: Any contemporary international business or economic concern.

Prize Information:

Prize $2,000

The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Notes:

Submit too:

Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
The University of Iowa College of Law
Boyd Law Building
185 Iowa City, IA 52242-1113
United States of America

or

E-Mail: law-trandafir@uiowa.edu

Brogdon and Champion Law School Essay Contest
Legal Ethics$2500 to $2999March 2017

Competition Website: http://brogdonchampion.com/essay-contest

Sponsor: Brogdon and Champion LLC

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Essay Topic: The topics for the essay contest can be any ethical issue that arises in the context of representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.

Prize Information:

1st Prize $2,500 and publication on our firm’s website.
2nd Prize $1,000

Notes: For more information and submission guidelines go HERE.

April 2017

The ICC Institute of World Business Law Prize
International Law$5000 or moreApril 2017

Competition Website: http://www.iccinstituteprize.org/

Sponsor: International Chamber of Commerce

Deadline: April 7, 2017

Essay Topic: International commercial law (including arbitration)

Prize Information:

Prize 10,000 Euro

Notes:

Must be doctoral dissertations and long essays of a minimum of 150 pages

Drafted in French or English

Must be aged 40 or under on 7 April 2017

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Family Law$1500 to $1999April 2017

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/resources/essay_contest.html

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Deadline: April 14, 2017

Essay Topic: The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Family law includes 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. Family Law generally does not include Juvenile Justice, Probate, Labor, Immigration Law, and sociology topics unless those topics are related to more traditional Family Law subjects. Since winning entries may be published in Family Law Quarterly, entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. Essays on such subjects usually include citations to the law of several jurisdictions. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $1500

Certificate of Recognition as First-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

2nd Place: $750

Certificate of Recognition as Second-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website
One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

3rd Place: $350

Certificate of Recognition as Third-Place Winner
Consideration of essay's publication in Family Law Quarterly
Consideration of essay's publication on the ABA Section of Family Law website

One-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership

Notes:

For full contest criteria and submission guidelines vist the website HERE.

The breadth of originality and analysis of past winners is a great testament to the quality of our nation's law schools and educators. Past topics of winning essays include transsexuals and the legal determination of sex, same-sex marriages, federal responsibility for indigent elderly, interpretation of Islamic marriage contracts, the Indian Child Welfare Act, polygamy and marital counseling laws. We look forward to an outstanding pool of entries this year as we continue to marvel at the oustanding thought produced by future attorneys.

May 2017

Virginia State Bar Health Section Writing Contest
Health Law$1500 to $1999May 2017

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Association Health Section

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Essay Topic: Articles must relate to a health law issue or the practice of health law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $1,500 and consideration for publication on the Health Law Section’s website and in Virginia Lawyer, the official publication of the VSB.

2nd Prize: $1,000

3rd Prize: $500

Notes:

See contest flyer HERE for full contest rules and submission guidelines.

There is no minimum length, but articles should not exceed 50 pages, including end-notes. Entries must include the student’s name, address, telephone number, law school, expected graduation date, and the following signed statement: “I declare that during the 2016-17 academic year, I was enrolled and in good standing (i) at a Virginia law school, or (ii) at a law school outside Virginia as a Virginia resident. I further declare that this entry was written solely by me while enrolled and in good standing in law school.” The student author’s inclusion of this statement in the transmittal email, together with his or her typed name between two forward slashes (i.e. /Jane M. Doe/) shall constitute a signature for the purpose of the signed statement requirement.

All entries must be sent by email to Sara Heisler at sheisler@vhha.com no later than May 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in May 2017.

June 2017

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$3000 to $3999June 2017

Competition Website: http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/images/pdfs/WRITINGCOMPETITIONRULES2016-2017.pdf

Sponsor: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law

Deadline: June 15, 2017

Essay Topic: Entries should address aspects 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. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country. Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources. We discourage students from writing articles about recent a Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision.

Prize Information:

First Place: $3000

The first place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Second Place: $1000

Third Place: $500

Notes:

For full contest guidelines and submission details please go to the contest posting HERE.

Students are strongly encouraged to confer or consult with a labor or employment law professor or practitioner on topic selection and in the formation of arguments presented in the paper.  However, manuscripts must be the original work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. 


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