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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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Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition

Competition Website: http://www.vsb.org/site/sections/intellectualproperty-news/2018_vsb_ip_law_section_writing_competition_deadline_may_31_2018

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Essay Topic: Articles must relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law. Preference may be given to topics demonstrating particular relevance to contemporary events, addressing unsettled issues of law, or presenting novel and unique perspectives.

Prize Information:

1st Prize $5,000

The IP Section may also award a Second Place prize of $2,500 in its discretion.

Notes:

For more information, rules and submission guidelins go HERE.

No article submitted as an entry in this competition may be published in any other forum until the competition has ended and the winner has been announced. After that time, articles submitted but not selected as the winning article may be published without limitation.

Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

Competition Website: https://www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award/

Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: June 3, 2019

Essay Topic: This year there is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.

Prize Information:

1st Place $10,000

Second Place $5,000
Third Place $3,000
Finalist $1,000
Finalist $1,000

$5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

Notes:

Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B. degree is eligible to receive the Award.

In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional.

For full contest information and submission guidelines go HERE.

ACM Computer Science and Law Student Paper Competition

Competition Website: https://internetpolicy.mit.edu/cslaw2019-student-paper-cfp/

Sponsor: ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law

Deadline: June 10, 2019

Essay Topic: Security, privacy, encryption, and surveillance Cyber espionage, cyber war, and cyber diplomacy Cyber crime, cyber law enforcement, and digital forensics Freedom of expression online (or the lack thereof) Online market structure, platform monopolies, and antitrust law Online government services Digital intellectual property Legal informatics Automation of legal reasoning and legal services Fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics (FATE) in machine learning and data mining Methodological compatibility and incompatibility between the disciplines of computer science and law We encourage submissions of papers written for university courses covering topics in computing and law. Courses listed in departments or schools of computer science, law, public policy, information science, information studies, and other relevant disciplines are eligible. Additionally, we encourage students who have completed substantial course projects that aren’t papers, including development of computer systems that address policy challenges, to submit papers that describe those projects and the findings and conclusions that the led to.

Prize Information:

The symposium organizers will provide a travel stipend for at least one student per successful submission to present their work and attend the entire symposium.

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

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 26, 2019

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 26, 2019.

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

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April 2019

Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
Environmental/Land Use Law$2000 to $2499April 2019

Competition Website: https://www.eli.org/constitution-courts-and-legislation/current-diamond-constitutional-environmental-law-writing-competition

Sponsor: Environmental Law Institute

Deadline: April 8, 2019

Essay Topic: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component. (See sample topics on website)

Prize Information:

First Prize $2,000

And an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

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

WCL National Health Law Writing Contest
Health Law$1000 to $1499April 2019

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/health/competition/

Sponsor: American University - Washintgton College of Law

Deadline: April 16, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers must address an issue or issues related to health law and/or food and drug law.

Prize Information:

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

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

Notes:

Please direct all questions to Professor Asha Scielzo at scielzo@wcl.american.edu.

For full competiton rules and requirements go HERE.

Virginia State Bar Health Section Writing Contest
Health Law$1500 to $1999April 2019

Competition Website: http://www.vsb.org/site/sections/health/competition

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Association Health Section

Deadline: April 26, 2019

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 2018-19 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 April 26, 2019. The winner will be announced in May 2019.

National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest
Law & Society$0 to $299April 2019

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

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: April 30, 2019

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.

2019 Paul Faherty Tax Writing Competition
Tax Law$3000 to $3999April 2019

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

Sponsor: John Marshall Law School

Deadline: April 13, 2019

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 2019)

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$300 to $999April 2019

Competition Website: https://www.aallnet.org/lhrbsis/awards-grants/

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

Deadline: April 15, 2019

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 2019 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Civil Liberties$5000 or moreApril 2019

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

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

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Essay Topic: Essay submissions are sought on the topic: “Legal Strategies to Address Gun Violence”

Prize Information:

Prize: $5,000

Complimentary 2019 Public Citizen membership

Notes:

Submissions must be emailed on or before Saturday, April 30, 2019, 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 2019

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/awards-initiatives/essay_contest/

Sponsor: American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Deadline: April 12, 2019

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 2019

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

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Deadline: April 26, 2019

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 26, 2019.

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 2019

The Georgetown Law Technology Review Writing Competition
Technology Law$4000 to $4999May 2019

Competition Website: https://www.georgetowntech.org/writingcompetition

Sponsor: Georgetown Law┬┐s Institute for Technology Law & Policy and The Georgetown Law Technology Review

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Essay Topic: Entrants are invited to submit papers addressing a legal or public policy question relating to artificial intelligence, machine learning, the use of data analytics and/or algorithmic decision-making. Example topics include: questions of data ownership, questions relating to transparency or testability, questions relating to intellectual property, privacy, consumer protection, competition, issues of bias and discrimination, or product liability; or subject-matter- specific legal issues arising from various applications of a technology. Preference will be given to papers that are relevant to current legal and public policy debates or present an original perspective.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $4,000

2nd Prize: $2,500

3rd Prize: $1,000

Winning papers may be selected for publication in The Georgetown Law Technology Review.

Notes:

Papers must be submitted via email to TechInstitute@law. georgetown.edu in Word format with the file named in the format “LastName_FirstName_WritingCompetition”.

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

Intellectual Property Law Student Writing Competition
Intellectual Property$5000 or moreMay 2019

Competition Website: http://www.vsb.org/site/sections/intellectualproperty-news/2018_vsb_ip_law_section_writing_competition_deadline_may_31_2018

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Essay Topic: Articles must relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law. Preference may be given to topics demonstrating particular relevance to contemporary events, addressing unsettled issues of law, or presenting novel and unique perspectives.

Prize Information:

1st Prize $5,000

The IP Section may also award a Second Place prize of $2,500 in its discretion.

Notes:

For more information, rules and submission guidelins go HERE.

No article submitted as an entry in this competition may be published in any other forum until the competition has ended and the winner has been announced. After that time, articles submitted but not selected as the winning article may be published without limitation.

June 2019

ACM Computer Science and Law Student Paper Competition
Accounting & Law$0 to $299June 2019

Competition Website: https://internetpolicy.mit.edu/cslaw2019-student-paper-cfp/

Sponsor: ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law

Deadline: June 10, 2019

Essay Topic: Security, privacy, encryption, and surveillance Cyber espionage, cyber war, and cyber diplomacy Cyber crime, cyber law enforcement, and digital forensics Freedom of expression online (or the lack thereof) Online market structure, platform monopolies, and antitrust law Online government services Digital intellectual property Legal informatics Automation of legal reasoning and legal services Fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics (FATE) in machine learning and data mining Methodological compatibility and incompatibility between the disciplines of computer science and law We encourage submissions of papers written for university courses covering topics in computing and law. Courses listed in departments or schools of computer science, law, public policy, information science, information studies, and other relevant disciplines are eligible. Additionally, we encourage students who have completed substantial course projects that aren’t papers, including development of computer systems that address policy challenges, to submit papers that describe those projects and the findings and conclusions that the led to.

Prize Information:

The symposium organizers will provide a travel stipend for at least one student per successful submission to present their work and attend the entire symposium.

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

CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Student Writing Competition in California Legal History
Legal History, Rare Law Books, Legal Arc$2000 to $2499June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.cschs.org/programs/student-writings/

Sponsor: California Supreme Court Historical Society

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Essay Topic: Original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of legal history that deals significantly with California, ranging from the Supreme Court itself, and its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical importance — including biography, significant cases, independent state interpretation, the California Constitution, and reorganization of the court system, as well as areas of law such as criminal law, civil rights, family law, tort liability, environmental law, and taxation — in any time period from 1846 to the present.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $2,500 publication in the Society’s journal, California Legal History

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250

Notes: For full contest rules and submission guideline see the official flyer HERE.

Robert C. Watson Award
Intellectual Property$0 to $299June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.aipla.org/resources/programs-awards/robert-c.-watson-award

Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Association

Deadline: June 28, 2019

Essay Topic: Law students are encouraged to submit an article on an IP topic, written on or before June 28, 2019. Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2018.

Prize Information:

The winner will receive reasonable expense reimbursement to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 24 – 26, 2019 in Washington DC, to receive their award.

Notes:

To be eligible for consideration, articles must be:

  • Written solely by a full-time law student (day or evening) or prepared in connection with a law school course.
  • Emailed and received by AIPLA on or before June 28, 2019
  • Approximately 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 typed pages)
  • Please submit 1 copy (Submission must be made in PDF or text format) to wastsonaward@aipla.org
  • Accompanied by the writer’s name, current address, phone number, e-mail address and employment information if appropriate

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
Wills & Trusts$5000 or moreJune 2019

Competition Website: https://actecfoundation.org/resources-for-law-students/law-student-writing-competition/

Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Deadline: June 17, 2019

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.

Tax Analysts Annual Student Writing Competition
Tax Law$0 to $299June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.taxnotes.com/awards/for-students

Sponsor: Tax Analysts

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Essay Topic: Submissions should focus on an unsettled question in federal, state, or international tax law or policy.

Prize Information:

Winning entries are published in one of Tax Analysts’ weekly magazines and will be eligible to receive a 12-month subscription to Tax Analysts’ daily and weekly products. Winners’ names and schools will be prominently featured on the Tax Notes website. All winning articles will remain in the Tax Notes archives indefinitely. Winning entrants will be subject to Tax Analysts’ editorial process and publication policies, including signing an outside author agreement.

Notes: For submission guidelines and rules go HERE.

Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Legal Writing$5000 or moreJune 2019

Competition Website: https://www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award/

Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: June 3, 2019

Essay Topic: This year there is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.

Prize Information:

1st Place $10,000

Second Place $5,000
Third Place $3,000
Finalist $1,000
Finalist $1,000

$5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

Notes:

Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B. degree is eligible to receive the Award.

In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional.

For full contest information and submission guidelines go HERE.

Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition
Labor & Employment Law$1500 to $1999June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.acebc.com/employee-benefits-writing-competition

Sponsor: American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Deadline: June 3, 2019

Essay Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

Prize Information:

Alvin D Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500

Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on September 21, 2019 inWashington, DC. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College's Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.

Notes:

Eligibility/Topics: applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2018 and August 15, 2019 and seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., L.L.M. or S.J.D.).
Papers must deal with employee benefits topics. As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively - bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.
Questions concerning the Competition should be directed to Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee at brian.dougherty@morganlewis.com.

For full contest rules and submission guidelines see the official flyer HERE. Dates on flyer are incorrect but rules information is accurate.

Larry M. Simonsmeier Award
Pharmacy Law$0 to $299June 2019

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

Sponsor: American Society for Pharmacy Law

Deadline: June 30, 2019

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:

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 (2017 and 2018). The 2019 Award includes an honorarium plus support for travel to the ASPL Developments in Pharmacy Law Seminar XXX in San Diego, CA  November 7-10, 2019.

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.

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition
Food and Drug Law$300 to $999June 2019

Competition Website: https://www.fdli.org/career/austern-writing-competition/

Sponsor: The Food and Drug Law Institute

Deadline: June 10, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers should provide an indepth analysis of a current legal or regulatory issue concerning FDA regulated industries: food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices or tobacco. FDLI welcomes the submission of papers prepared for course work, but entrants must pay attention to competition details and edit such papers accordingly

Prize Information:

1st place - $750

2nd place - $500

3rd place - $250

Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Notes:

We do accept submissions that have been submitted to other writing contests, however, if you win FDLI’s competition and are chosen to be published in the Food and Drug Law Journal it must be the first publication that includes your article.

Students should register for submission in our online competition portal; all papers must be submitted within the portal.

For full submission guidelines and contest rules go HERE.

July 2019

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Criminal Procedure$2500 to $2999July 2019

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/criminal_justice_magazine/greenhalgh_2019.pdf

Sponsor: Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Essay Topic: TOPIC: The Use of Drones by Law Enforcement—How should drones enhance public safety, how should drones be regulated, and what role does the Fourth Amendment play? For example, drones could assist police with pursuits of armed individuals or help find missing people. On the other hand, drones can peer into people’s windows in the upper floors of a high rise. Drones can carry many different devices – high resolution cameras, sensitive microphones, weapons, GPS trackers. Is this comparable to or different from these devices being in a police car? 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.

Admiral John S. Jenkins Prize for Excellence in Military Studies
Military Law$0 to $299July 2019

Competition Website: https://nimj.org/nimj-writing-competitions/rear-admiral-john-s-jenkins-writing-award/

Sponsor: National Institute for Military Justice (NIMJ)

Deadline: July 31, 2019

Essay Topic: Submissions will be evaluated by a committee of law professors and practitioners based on the criterion of "excellence in writing on military law."

Prize Information:

First Prize $250

Notes:

Students may nominate their own work, including work that has been published in a law journal; faculty may also nominate deserving student papers. Papers and/or published articles are eligible for this award if they were written by a candidate for a J.D. degree (that is, by a student who has not yet completed his or her degree) in academic year 2018-19.

Interested students or recommending faculty should submit the paper, along with the author¹s name, phone and email, and any publication information on the paper, to NIMJ at http://dev.nimj.org/contact-us/ no later than 31 July 2019.

Tannenwald Writing Competition
Tax Law$5000 or moreJuly 2019

Competition Website: https://www.tannenwald.org/2019-Competition-Announcement

Sponsor: The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship, Inc. and The American College of Tax Counsel

Deadline: July 8, 2019

Essay Topic: Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to full or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.). Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at www.tannenwald.org).

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000

2nd Prize: $2,500

3rd Prize: $1,500

Notes:

Official rules HERE.

Deadline for submitted papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 8, 2019.

Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Ste. 700, Washington, DC 20001, Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski.

For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202-274-4164 (nabramo@wcl.american.edu).

Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
Asian Pacific American Law$5000 or moreJuly 2019

Competition Website: http://www.aefdc.org/matsui-writing-competition/

Sponsor: Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF)

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law. The Competition is open to all law students and anyone who graduated from law school within the last five years (i.e., 2014 or later) in the United States. Submissions must address a legal topic of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

Prize Information: The winner of the 2019 Competition will receive a monetary award of $6,000, and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA School of Law's Asian Pacific American Law Journal.

Notes:

For additional information go HERE.

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Legal Ethics$5000 or moreJuly 2019

Competition Website: http://home.innsofcourt.org/AIC/Awards_and_Scholarships/Warren_E_Burger_Prize/AIC/Awards_and_Scholarships/Warren_E_Burger_Prize/Warren_E_Burger_Prize.aspx

Sponsor: American Inns of Court

Deadline: July 1, 2019

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

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.

George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award
Education Law$0 to $299July 2019

Competition Website: https://educationlaw.org/ela-award-nominations/george-jay-joseph-award

Sponsor: The Education Law Association in cooperation with the Journal of Law and Education

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Essay Topic: The subject matter must address one or more legal issues within any of the various contexts of education, including public and private K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues in elementary and secondary public education.

Prize Information:

The winner of the competition will be recognized at the Education Law Association's Annual Conference (ELA), and the manuscript will be published in the Journal of Law and Education. Additionally, the winner will be invited to present on the topic of the article at the ELA Annual Conference and receive a commemorative plaque, a year's membership in ELA, waiver of the registration fee for the annual conference, and national recognition via an ELA press release.

Notes:

Works submitted for the competition must not have been previously published and must not be under review elsewhere for publication.

Doctoral dissertations are not eligible. However, manuscripts that synthesize dissertations may be submitted, provided that they meet the specifications.

Format: double-spaced, with 12-point font and one-inch margins, with footnotes on each respective page (rather than at the end) carefully conforming to Blue Book citation style.

Authorship: single-authored by a law student (not LL.M.) or a student in a graduate program in education (not postdoctoral).

Length: between 35 and 55 pages including footnotes.

For submission guidelines go HERE


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