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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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Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://law.nd.edu/assets/226328/smith_doheny_ndlaw_writcompposter_proof.pdf

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Deadline: April 28, 2017

Essay Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Prize Information:

A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.

Notes:

All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.

The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Candadian law schools.

Entries must be original, unpublished work.

Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5 x 11 paper, double spaced, and standard font.

Coauthored essays may be submitted.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.

All entries must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017.

Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.

All entries should be submitted to:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School

P.O. Box 780

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(574) 631-6749

Fax: (574) 631-8612

Email: sumption.1@nd.edu

Website: http://law.nd.edu/assets/226328/smith_doheny_ndlaw_writcompposter_proof.pdf

ABA Domestic & Sexual Violence Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/domestic_violence/awards/14th_annual_writing_competition.html

Sponsor: ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

Deadline: May 19, 2017

Essay Topic: Submissions must further the legal needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence or their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.

Prize Information:

1st Place: National recognition from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, $500 honorarium, publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and national publicity via our website and social media.

2nd Place: National recognition from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and national publicity via our website and social media.

3rd Place: National recognition from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and national publicity via our website and social media.

Notes: For submission guidelines and other contest information see the rules HERE.

2017 Admiralty and Maritime Law Student Writing Contest

Sponsor: The Admirality and Maritime Law Committee of the ABA & Gard (North America), Inc.

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Essay Topic: One (1) recent development in any area of admiralty and maritime law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $1,000 +

  •  $500 reimbursement to attend either the TIPS Section Conference in Chicago or the ABA Annual Meeting in New York;
  •  up to $500 in reimbursement of expenses to experience a day in marine insurance with Gard (North America), Inc. in New York;
  •  publication in a 2017 edition of the AMLC’s quarterly newsletter.

Notes: For additional rules and submission guidelines see the official contest flyer HERE & the full rules flyer HERE.

Founders First Freedom Law Student Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://foundersfirstfreedom.org/announcing-the-2017-law-student-writing-competition/

Sponsor: Founders First Freedom

Deadline: July 23, 2017

Essay Topic: Trinity Lutheran Church applied for Missouri’s Scrap Tire Grant Program so that it could provide a safer playground for children who attend its daycare and for neighborhood children who use the playground after hours–a purely secular matter. But the state denied Trinity’s application solely because it is a church. The Eighth Circuit affirmed that denial by equating a grant to resurface Trinity’s playground using scrap tire material with funding the devotional training of clergy. The Eighth Circuit’s decision was not faithful to this Court’s ruling in Locke v. Davey, 540 U.S. 712 (2004), and deepened an existing circuit conflict. Three lower courts–two courts of appeals and one state supreme court–interpret Locke as justifying the exclusion of religion from a neutral aid program where no valid Establishment Clause concern exists. In contrast, two courts of appeals remain faithful to Locke and the unique historical concerns on which it relied. The question presented is: Whether the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violates the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clauses when the state has no valid Establishment Clause concern.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $1,500

2nd Place: $750

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

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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.

National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest
Law & Society$0 to $299February 2017

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

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: February 28, 2017

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.

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.

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Labor & Employment Law$3000 to $3999February 2017

Competition Website: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/institutes-centers/institute-for-law-and-the-workplace/louis-jackson-writing-competition

Sponsor: Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, The Institute for Law and the Workplace

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Essay Topic: Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.

Prize Information:

First Place: $3000

Second & Third Place: $1000 each

In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be required.)

Notes:

For full contest guidelines and submission information see the official contest announcement HERE.

Requirements & Eligibility: Entries must be the law student author's own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2016 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.

Format: Entires must be suitable for publication in a law review. Citations must conform to current Bluebook style. Papers must be printed on 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper and must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes, set in 12 point Times New Roman font with double spacing and one inch margins.

An entry consists of three copies of each paper, submitted as a packet with three removable cover sheets indicating the law student author's name, address, telephone number, email address, law school, paper title, labor and employment law course work history, and a brief paragraph describing the genesis of your interest in the field. Judging will be blind, so the only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.

Judging: Entries will be blind-judged by an independent panel of law professors from across the United States. The determination of the judges' panel is final. Neither Jackson Lewis LLP nor the Institute for Law and the Workplace will be involved in judging the competition.

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

Law School Admission Council Diversity Committee Writing Contest
Diversity$5000 or moreMarch 2017

Competition Website: http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/jd-docs/lsac-writing-competition-memo-2017.pdf

Sponsor: Law School Admission Council

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Essay Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000 x 3

One winning paper will be selected from each of the three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L,3L/4L). Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at DiscoverLaw.org. In addition, one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication.

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

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.

The 2017 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Professional Responsibility$5000 or moreMarch 2017

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability/awards.html

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability

Deadline: March 3, 2017

Essay Topic: The 2017 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under  the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a U.S.-based law firm seeks to affiliate itself with litigation funding companies, including undertaking representation of one such company and, in turn, recommending its services to the firm’s clients.

Prize Information:

Winner Prize: $5,000

All-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2017 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Boston, MA, April 19-21, 2017.

Notes:

The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the American Bar Association no later than March 3 2017.

For full submission guidelines and rules go HERE.

Berkeley Technology Law Journal 2017 Writing Competition
Technology Law$1000 to $1499March 2017

Competition Website: http://btlj.org/2017/01/spring-2017-writing-competition/

Sponsor: Berkely Technology Law Journal

Deadline: March 6, 2017

Essay Topic: We will accept submissions on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, information privacy/data protection, telecommunications, biotechnology, internet, and cybercrime.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $1,000 and Publication in the Fall 2017 Issue of BTLJ*

2nd Prize: $750

3rd Prize: $500

Notes:

DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by 5pm PST on March 6, 2017.

For full guidelines and submission rules 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

2017 Admiralty and Maritime Law Student Writing Contest
Admiralty Law$1000 to $1499April 2017

Sponsor: The Admirality and Maritime Law Committee of the ABA & Gard (North America), Inc.

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Essay Topic: One (1) recent development in any area of admiralty and maritime law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $1,000 +

  •  $500 reimbursement to attend either the TIPS Section Conference in Chicago or the ABA Annual Meeting in New York;
  •  up to $500 in reimbursement of expenses to experience a day in marine insurance with Gard (North America), Inc. in New York;
  •  publication in a 2017 edition of the AMLC’s quarterly newsletter.

Notes: For additional rules and submission guidelines see the official contest flyer HERE & the full rules flyer HERE.

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$300 to $999April 2017

Competition Website: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/lhrb/awards

Sponsor: The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries

Deadline: April 17, 2017

Essay Topic: Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives; criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation and contribution to the field. The subject should be explored in depth with appropriate reference to sources.

Prize Information:

First Prize $500

The author of the first-place essay will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning, and a joint LH&RB-Gale Cengage award of up to $1000 for travel, lodging, food and other AALL annual meeting attendance expenses.
The author of the winning and runner-up essays will have the opportunity to publish the essay in LH&RB's online annual scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  

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

The 2017 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Civil Liberties$5000 or moreApril 2017

Competition Website: http://www.citizen.org/law-school-contest

Sponsor: R. Ben Hogan, III, of Hogan Law Office, PC and Gerson H. Smoger & Associates

Deadline: April 28, 2017

Essay Topic: Essay submissions are sought on the topic: “What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Access to Justice?"

Prize Information:

Prize: $5,000

Complimentary 2017 Public Citizen membership

Notes:

Submissions must be emailed on or before Saturday, April 28, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered.

For full information and submission guidelines go HERE.

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.

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Legal Ethics$2500 to $2999April 2017

Competition Website: http://law.nd.edu/assets/226328/smith_doheny_ndlaw_writcompposter_proof.pdf

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Deadline: April 28, 2017

Essay Topic: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Prize Information:

A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.

Notes:

All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.

The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Candadian law schools.

Entries must be original, unpublished work.

Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5 x 11 paper, double spaced, and standard font.

Coauthored essays may be submitted.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.

All entries must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017.

Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.

All entries should be submitted to:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School

P.O. Box 780

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(574) 631-6749

Fax: (574) 631-8612

Email: sumption.1@nd.edu

Website: http://law.nd.edu/assets/226328/smith_doheny_ndlaw_writcompposter_proof.pdf

May 2017

ABA Domestic & Sexual Violence Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Accounting & Law$0 to $299May 2017

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/domestic_violence/awards/14th_annual_writing_competition.html

Sponsor: ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

Deadline: May 19, 2017

Essay Topic: Submissions must further the legal needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence or their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.

Prize Information:

1st Place: National recognition from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, $500 honorarium, publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and national publicity via our website and social media.

2nd Place: National recognition from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and national publicity via our website and social media.

3rd Place: National recognition from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and national publicity via our website and social media.

Notes: For submission guidelines and other contest information see the rules HERE.

IDEA 2017 Student Writing Contest
Intellectual Property$300 to $999May 2017

Competition Website: http://law.unh.edu/about/unh-law-publications/idea-journal-franklin-pierce-center-intellectual-property/idea-annual

Sponsor: IDEA®: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center For Intellectual Property

Deadline: May 26, 2017

Essay Topic: We are looking for original, publishable papers addressing compelling issues in intellectual property law (patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, publicity and related antitrust issues).

Prize Information:

1st prize - $500 and publication in IDEA®;
2nd prize - $200 and publication in IDEA®;
3rd prize - A one-year subscription to IDEA®.

Notes:

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must focus on intellectual property law and have been written solely by a student.

For full submission guidelines and contest rules go HERE.

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.

2017 Paul Faherty Tax Writing Competition
Tax Law$3000 to $3999May 2017

Competition Website: http://www.jmls.edu/academics/taxeb/writing-competition.php

Sponsor: John Marshall Law School

Deadline: May 16, 2017

Essay Topic: The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad—any aspect of tax law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit: a paper addressing: a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $3,000

Two (2) Honerable mention papers: $1,000 each

The winning paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center's TaxEB InBrief magazine.

Notes:

For full contest information and submission guidelines see the official contest flyer HERE.

(Dates on flyer are incorrect but contest IS running for 2017)

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
Civil Litigation$2000 to $2499May 2017

Competition Website: http://www.iadclaw.org/publications-news/publications/Legal-Writing-Contest/#About%20Legal%20Writing%20Contest

Sponsor: International Association of Defense Counsel

Deadline: May 19, 2017

Essay Topic: The International Association of Defense Counsel invites you to participate in its 2017 Legal Writing Contest. The IADC is a professional association that has been serving an invitation-only membershi of international corporate and insurance civil defense lawyers since 1920. Prize-winning articles and honorable mentions will be considered for publication in the Defense Counsel Journal, the IADC's quarterly academic publication that reaches a broad legal audience from around the world. Subject Matter: Entries must be submitted in the English language 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.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

Honorary mentions receive no monetary awards.

Authors of monetary award articles and of those awarded honorable mention will receive commemorative plaques, and their articles will be made available for publication in Defense Counsel Journal, IADC's quarterly law review. At the time of submission, entrants must execute the assignment of copyright in the entry certificate. IADC will copyright articles published in Defense Counsel Journal, but release the copyright assignment back to entrants whose works are not published. Acceptance for publication in any publication other than Defense Counsel Journal prior to notice to the author of an award in this contest will disqualify the entry. Entrants are expected to notify IADC promptly of such prior acceptance by another publication.

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

June 2017

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
Wills & Trusts$5000 or moreJune 2017

Competition Website: http://actecfoundation.org/mary-moers-wenig-student-writing-competition/mary-moers-wenig-official-rules-2016/

Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Deadline: June 15, 2017

Essay Topic: Area and Topics: The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined. Any one or more of the following topics are appropriate for discussion: Business Planning Charitable Planning Elder Law Employee Benefits Fiduciary Accounting Fiduciary Administration Fiduciary Income Taxation Fiduciary Litigation Estate Planning and Drafting Professional Responsibility Substantive Laws for the Gratuitous Transmission of Property Wealth Transfer Taxation (Estate, Gift and GST Tax)

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.

2nd Prize: $3,000 online publication on ACTEC’s website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal

3rd Prize: $1,000 online publication on ACTEC’s website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.

Notes:

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

NOTE: The contest says 2016 but submissions are on a rolling basis and they are running a contest in 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. 

Larry M. Simonsmeier Award
Pharmacy Law$0 to $299June 2017

Competition Website: http://www.aspl.org/larry-m-simonsmeier-award

Sponsor: American Society for Pharmacy Law

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Essay Topic: ASPL recognizes outstanding scholarship related to Pharmacy Law with the Simonsmeier Award. The Award recognizes an outstanding paper relating to the interests of ASPL published during the prior two years (2014-2016).

Prize Information:

The 2017 Award includes an honorarium plus support for travel to the ASPL Developments in Pharmacy Law Seminar XXVIII in Scottsdale, AZ, November 2-5, 2017.

Notes:

The Award is named in honor of the late Larry Simonsmeier (1944-2009), who was a pharmacist and attorney, professor and dean of Washington State University College of Pharmacy, president of ASPL, and editor of Rx Ipsa Loquitur for more than twenty years.

For full nomination and submission guidelines go HERE.

July 2017

Founders First Freedom Law Student Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$0 to $299July 2017

Competition Website: http://foundersfirstfreedom.org/announcing-the-2017-law-student-writing-competition/

Sponsor: Founders First Freedom

Deadline: July 23, 2017

Essay Topic: Trinity Lutheran Church applied for Missouri’s Scrap Tire Grant Program so that it could provide a safer playground for children who attend its daycare and for neighborhood children who use the playground after hours–a purely secular matter. But the state denied Trinity’s application solely because it is a church. The Eighth Circuit affirmed that denial by equating a grant to resurface Trinity’s playground using scrap tire material with funding the devotional training of clergy. The Eighth Circuit’s decision was not faithful to this Court’s ruling in Locke v. Davey, 540 U.S. 712 (2004), and deepened an existing circuit conflict. Three lower courts–two courts of appeals and one state supreme court–interpret Locke as justifying the exclusion of religion from a neutral aid program where no valid Establishment Clause concern exists. In contrast, two courts of appeals remain faithful to Locke and the unique historical concerns on which it relied. The question presented is: Whether the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violates the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clauses when the state has no valid Establishment Clause concern.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $1,500

2nd Place: $750

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

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Criminal Procedure$0 to $299July 2017

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/criminal_justice/greenhalgh_rules.authcheckdam.pdf

Sponsor: Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Essay Topic: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees "[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” This provision has become an incredibly powerful protector of privacy since its applicability to the states and the advent of the exclusionary rule. Notwithstanding, the one-sentence amendment is vague and the threshold of reasonableness has been left to the judicial branch for interpretation. This has led to a mountain of case law that may conflict from one jurisdiction to the next, penned by jurists with differing interpretive philosophies. Moreover, we are now amid a new era where the ancient text of the Fourth Amendment has intersected with emerging technology. Technology improves at an exponential rate. With technological innovations comes the potential for law enforcement to develop new “tools” to investigate crimes and arrest those responsible. The Fourth Amendment’s vague mandates are exacerbated when courts are called upon to apply it to perpetually evolving situations and technologies unforeseeable by the original framers. For example, in Kyllo v. United States, 533 U.S. 27 (2001), the Supreme Court held that police use of thermal imaging technology to detect the heat produced by an indoor marijuana grow operation, although deployed from a public street, constituted an illegal search. The Court supported its holding in part by noting that the technology was not in use by the general public—thereby making it reasonable to believe that the indoor activity was free from prying eyes. In United States v. Jones, 132 S. Ct. 945 (2012) the Court held that the Fourth Amendment was violated after law enforcement placed a GPS device on the undercarriage of a vehicle while it was parked in a public parking lot. The device tracked the vehicle for 28 days and gathered information about its movements. The Court looked to the common-law regarding trespass and was bothered that the government’s placement of the device required the physical occupation of private property to obtain the information. Finally—and most recently—the Supreme Court issued its decision in Riley v. California, 134 S. Ct. 2473 (2014) holding it illegal for police to search a cellular phone incident to arrest. The Court was concerned with the extent of information that may now be accessed through a cellular phone given modern smartphone capabilities. The question now seems to be, “What technology is next?” So-called “pole cameras” are utilized by law enforcement to conduct around-the-clock surveillance of— from a public area—the exterior of a suspect’s home. Social media permits law enforcement a means of monitoring an individual’s profile, and therefore one’s activities, at any time, day or night, and from any place in the world with an internet connection. Additionally, aerial drones have become a useful military tool and private hobby alike. These drones may also be employed by law enforcement for investigative purposes. These drones may allow police to surreptitiously get a “closer view”—albeit from a legal vantage point—of activities that would otherwise expose police presence if gathered by a human agent. In light of the above, contestants should address the following questions: 1. How has the emergence of various technologies impacted the “reasonableness” of privacy expectations? Has social media, information technology, and surveillance technology available to the public reduced what one may honestly believe is private”? 2. Those answering “no” should prepare an argument supporting this position. In addition, contestants should anticipate and address foreseeable counter-arguments and attempt to persuasively argue against them. 3. Those answering “yes” should explain why. Likewise, these contestants should also anticipate the arguments that may be raised by the other side and attempt to argue persuasively against them. 4. All contestants should address the “reasonableness” standard and argue whether the advent of new technologies demands a new Fourth Amendment standard to protect citizens’ from police monitoring. If so, what should the standard be? Why? Clear, persuasive and original analytical reasoning that is well-supported with concrete examples and references are essential and will weigh heavily in the determination of the contest winner.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2,500 cash prize that may be presented at an agreed-upon CJS event with approved transportation costs not to exceed $800 to be covered by the Section. (The winner is solely responsible for taxes on both the cash prize and reimbursed travel.)

Notes: For full contest guidelines and submission information see the official flyer HERE.

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Legal Ethics$5000 or moreJuly 2017

Competition Website: www.innsofcourt.org

Sponsor: American Inns of Court

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Essay Topic: 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.

Prize Information:

Winning Prize: $5,000

The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States

Notes:

For full contest guidelines and submission information see the official contest announcement HERE.

The winning essay will be announced on or before August 31.


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