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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: 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.

William P. Butterfield Award for Excellence in eDiscovery Writing

Competition Website: https://thesedonaconference.org/Butterfield_Award

Sponsor: The Sedona Conference and Hausfeld, LLP

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers submitted may present innovative technical or legal solutions or proposals, quantitative or qualitative research, or other topics that advance the field of eDiscovery or promote cooperation in discovery. Papers may be of a theoretical, legal, or technical nature. Papers should not be advocacy pieces expressing or promoting policy or litigation outcome preferences of one or the other side of the "v," nor should they serve as a promotional tool for commercially available products. Instead, papers should focus on research and solutions that promote a balanced, truth seeking approach to discovery, to which Bill was dedicated. Technical pieces (for example, advancing innovative technologies for eDiscovery) should be written in plain language, with an eye toward nontechnical practitioner and judicial audiences. Papers submitted may not have been previously accepted for publication by another journal if the author seeks publication in The Sedona Conference Journal as part of the Award. Entrants submitting previously published papers shall so note with their submission.

Prize Information:

The winner of the competition will be recognized in a news release announcing the Award, receive a $10,000 cash award from Hausfeld LLP and, at the option of the winner and The Sedona Conference, have his or her winning paper published in the next volume of The Sedona Conference Journal.

Notes: AFor full contest information and submission guidelines see the website HERE.

2019 Paul Faherty Tax Writing Competition

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)

Robert C. Watson Award

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

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January 2019

Article I Initiative Writing Contest
Legislation$0 to $299January 2019

Competition Website: https://fedsoc.org/opportunities/2nd-annual-article-i-writing-contest

Sponsor: The Federalist Society

Deadline: January 7, 2019

Essay Topic: In the annals of republicanism and civil government, few documents surpass the Federalist Papers in terms of influence and exposition. In Federalist 51, James Madison asserted that “ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” The three branches of government – Legislative, Executive, and Judicial – were each imbued with separate, distinct, theoretically balanced powers of government, in the hopes that the ambition of each branch would “check” the ambitions of the other two branches, thereby ensuring that power remains separated and limited. In light of Congress’ modern forbearance within our Constitutional order, was Madison correct that ambition, rightly channeled, is the best preservative of free government? If so, how can the ambition of Congress best be restored to renew the separation of powers as originally envisioned? If not, what superior alternative exists to make government effective, but limited? What factors – be they political, cultural, geographic, etc. – account for this distortion in Madison’s vision?

Prize Information:

1st Place: $5,000 cash prize and will receive free registration, accommodations, and travel to the Federalist Society’s 2019 Student Symposium, March 23-24 in Phoenix, Arizona

2nd Place: $2,500

2 Honorable mention: $1,000

Notes: See contest webpage for submission guidelines and rules HERE.

ABA Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition
Antitrust$2500 to $2999January 2019

Competition Website: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/antitrust_law/gen-01374-2018-2019-antitrust-rules%2010-18-2018.pdf

Sponsor: ABA Section of Antitrust Law Intellectual Property Committee

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Essay Topic: The goal of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition (“Competition”) is to encourage and reward law student writings on antitrust law and competition law subjects of general and current interest. As part of this effort, the ABA will sponsor the Competition which invites editors of law school publications to submit to the ABA Section of Antitrust Law published articles on a current topic dealing with antitrust law and consumer protection law. The Competition is designed to attract students to the antitrust law and consumer protection law field and to strongly encourage scholarship in these areas.

Prize Information:

1st Place: $2,500

also including one-year free membership in the Section of Antitrust Law, and free round-trip airfare (if outside the Washington, DC area) and three nights’ accommodations to attend the Section’s Annual Spring Meeting, March 28-30, 2019 in Washington, DC (airfare, hotel accommodations, and luncheon ticket are valued at approximately $1,000). The winner will also be announced in an upcoming issue of Antitrust, the Section’s magazine, and Antitrust Source, the Section’s e-magazine

Notes: Additional Information and submission guidelines can be found HERE.

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights
Reproductive Rights$300 to $999January 2019

Competition Website: https://www.ifwhenhow.org/resources/2019-weddington-writing-prize-call-for-submissions/

Sponsor: Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Essay Topic: The suggested theme for this year is “Democracy, Governance, and Reproductive Justice.” Drawing on case law and statutory interpretation, discuss the role of law in making reproductive justice a reality. Submissions might explore how voter disenfranchisement, administrative and judicial appointments, or other issues of civic engagement and governmental responsibility can be viewed through an intersectional, reproductive justice lens.

Prize Information:

1st Place $750

2nd Place $500

3rd Place $250


in addition to a copy of the textbook, Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice (Murray & Luker). The first-place winning submission will also be granted a “presumption of publishability” and receive expedited review by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.

Notes:

Send your submission as an email attachment (in Word format, saved with your name in the title) along with the name of your law school, graduation year, and mailing address to submissions@ifwhenhow.org.

Full contest guidelines can be viewed HERE.

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

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

Sponsor: The National Law Review

Deadline: January 31, 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.

American College of Legal Medicine's 2019 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics
Bioethics$1000 to $1499January 2019

Competition Website: https://aclm.memberclicks.net/student-writing-compeition

Sponsor: The American College of Legal Medicine

Deadline: January 15, 2019

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 2019 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 Los Angeles.

Notes: Click here for more information regarding the Student Writing Competition.

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
American Indian (Native American) Law$1000 to $1499January 2019

Competition Website: http://www.law.ou.edu/faculty-and-scholarship/journals/american-indian-law-review/writing-competition

Sponsor: American Indian Law Review

Deadline: January 31, 2019

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: Papers will be judged on the basis 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. All entries will be checked for plagiarism via an online service.

INTA's 2019 Ladas Memorial Award Competition
Trademark Law$2500 to $2999January 2019

Competition Website: http://www.inta.org/Academics/Pages/LadasMemorialAward.aspx

Sponsor: Ladas and Parry LLP

Deadline: January 18, 2019

Essay Topic: The award is presented every year for the best student and professional paper on trademark law or a matter that directly related to or affects trademarks.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $2,500

Complimentary registration to the 2019 Annual Meeting.

The winning papers will be considered for possible publication in The Trademark Reporter (TMR), INTA’s legal journal. Publication will be subject to the TMR Committee’s editorial review and approval

Notes:

Eligible students must be enrolled as either full- or part-time law or graduate students. For students outside the Unitest States, university enrollment is acceptable. The top two papers will be selected as award recipients.

Complete the online application and submit your paper for consideration. Please visit www.inta.org/ladas or email ladasaward@inta.org with questions.

Full submission guidelines and competition rules HERE.

Epstein Becker & Green - Health Law Writing Competition
Health Law$4000 to $4999January 2019

Competition Website: http://www.ebglaw.com/health-law-writing-competition/

Sponsor: Epstein Becker & Green

Deadline: January 25, 2019

Essay Topic: Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials).

Prize Information:

1st Place: $4,000

2nd Place: $2,000

3rd Place: $500

Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annuals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Notes:

Competition entries are due by January 25, 2019.

Questions? Please contact Wenxi Li in Epstein Becker Green's Washington D.C. office, at (202)861-0900 or ebgcompetition@ebglaw.com

For more information, contest rules, and instructions on submitting a paper go HERE.

21st Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entertainment Law$5000 or moreJanuary 2019

Competition Website: https://www.grammy.com/entertainment-law-initiative

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

Deadline: January 2, 2019

Essay Topic: 21st Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition The Recording Academy™, 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 21st year, the program has grown to include a national legal writing competition and a GRAMMY® Week event. ELI fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. The ELI writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nation panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to juris doctorate candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. The ELI event will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles and at this function the winner of the ELI Writing Competition will be recognized. This event also features recognition of a top music industry legal figure and serves as a key gathering of the industry’s legal and executive community during GRAMMY® Week. Further details and ticket information for this event will be announced soon. In the meantime, law students are encouraged to participate in the ELI Writing Competition to further their knowledge, better connect to the music and legal community and also to get a chance to attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® in Los Angeles in 2019.

Prize Information:

WINNER WILL RECEIVE

  • $10,000 scholarship
  • Two tickets to and recognition onstage at the 21st Annual ELI Event & Scholarship Presentation
  • Two tickets to the MusiCares® Person of the Year gala honoring Dolly Parton on Feb. 8, 2019
  • Two tickets to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Feb. 10, 2019
  • Round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events

RUNNER-UP WILL RECEIVE

  • $2,500 scholarship

Notes:

Completed manuscripts and accompanying documents (to be defined below) must be submitted via email to eli_submissions@recordingacademy.com on or before January 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). Winners will be notified on or before January 18, 2019 by email, phone and/or express mail.

See the website HERE for full contest details.

February 2019

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Business Law$2000 to $2499February 2019

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

Sponsor: University of Iowa College of Law

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Any contemporary international business or economic concern. Recent winning submissions have included such topics as recommendations the United States should follow to update its privacy laws to harmonize with international general data protection regulation commitments, why international labor organizations should adopt fair trade as an enforcement mechanism to end labor violations, and why the United States Treasury should wait for Congress to end corporate tax sheltering tactics.

Prize Information:

Prize $1,800

The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law. TLCP reserves the right to work with the winner to edit the winning submission in order to meet the standards necessary for publication.

Notes: For rules and submission guidelines see HERE.

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
Administrative Law$1500 to $1999February 2019

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

Sponsor: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Deadline: February 3, 2019

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.

Medes Hershman Student Writing Contest
Business Law$2500 to $2999February 2019

Competition Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/mendes_hershman.html

Sponsor: American Bar

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers should be written on a business law topics and will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic.

Prize Information:

1st place: $1,000

Second Place and Third Place winners: eligibility to have their essays considered for publication in Business Law Today, the premier digital platform of curated, peer-reviewed content for the ABA Business Law Section.

Notes:

All entries must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019

For contest submission form go HERE.

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Constitutional Law$3000 to $3999February 2019

Competition Website: https://www.acslaw.org/get-involved/awards-and-competitions/constance-baker-motley-national-student-writing-competition/

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

Deadline: February 10, 2019

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 10, 2019.  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 2019The 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.

2019 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
Human Rights Law$0 to $299February 2019

Competition Website: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/hracademy/award/

Sponsor: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Deadline: February 1, 2019

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. Topic for 2019: The Protection of Migrants under International Human Rights Law

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 2019

William P. Butterfield Award for Excellence in eDiscovery Writing
Accounting & Law$5000 or moreMarch 2019

Competition Website: https://thesedonaconference.org/Butterfield_Award

Sponsor: The Sedona Conference and Hausfeld, LLP

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Essay Topic: Papers submitted may present innovative technical or legal solutions or proposals, quantitative or qualitative research, or other topics that advance the field of eDiscovery or promote cooperation in discovery. Papers may be of a theoretical, legal, or technical nature. Papers should not be advocacy pieces expressing or promoting policy or litigation outcome preferences of one or the other side of the "v," nor should they serve as a promotional tool for commercially available products. Instead, papers should focus on research and solutions that promote a balanced, truth seeking approach to discovery, to which Bill was dedicated. Technical pieces (for example, advancing innovative technologies for eDiscovery) should be written in plain language, with an eye toward nontechnical practitioner and judicial audiences. Papers submitted may not have been previously accepted for publication by another journal if the author seeks publication in The Sedona Conference Journal as part of the Award. Entrants submitting previously published papers shall so note with their submission.

Prize Information:

The winner of the competition will be recognized in a news release announcing the Award, receive a $10,000 cash award from Hausfeld LLP and, at the option of the winner and The Sedona Conference, have his or her winning paper published in the next volume of The Sedona Conference Journal.

Notes: AFor full contest information and submission guidelines see the website HERE.

ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition
Bankruptcy Law$2000 to $2499March 2019

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

Sponsor: The American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI")

Deadline: March 18, 2019

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:

The First Place Winner, sponsored by Blank Rome, LLP, will receive a prize of $2,000, plus publication of his or her paper in the prestigious ABI Journal.

The Second Place Winner, sponsored by Jenner & Block, will receive a cash prize of $1,250, plus publication of his or her paper in an ABI committee newsletter.

The Third Place Winner, sponsored by Wolcott Rivers Gates, will receive a cash prize of $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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

June 2019

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.

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.

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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