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2016–2017 Writing Competitions

Arranged chronologically by entry deadline. Additional information about these competitions and awards may be found in a binder located in the Office of Student Life, Hutchins Hall 316. Contact: Trudy Feldkamp.


The COFECE is committed to fulfilling its mission of guaranteeing free market entry and competition in the Mexican economy. COFECE acknowledges that many areas of scientific inquiry provide important insights into how markets work, and may therefore contribute to improving the implementation of competition policy in our country.

There is one category for this award: "Academic research related to the working of markets." The purpose of the award is to encourage researchers and postgraduate students to approach this topic. The theses studied may be addressed from a diversity of perspectives including, but not limited to, those of economics, law, and political science. Researchers of all nationalities are welcome to participate. All registered work, however, must be written in Spanish.

Prospective participants may register their work until May 28, 2017. The prizes for the first and second places are $200,000 Mexican pesos (approx. $10,000 USD) and $70,000 Mexican pesos (approx. $3,700 USD). In addition, the jury (comprised of representatives from prestigious Mexican academic and public institutions) is entitled to award as many as three Honorable Mentions. The call for submissions (in Spanish only) is available at:

Any questions need to be directed to the competition organizers listed on the website.

DEADLINE: May 28, 2017


CABA is proud to announce the 2017 edition of its annual student essay competition. This competition is an integral part of CABA's mission to provide a voice to Canadians in the United States and Americans in Canada and to foster a greater understanding of rules with cross-border implications as well as an engagement in their development.

TOPIC:  Since the North Agreement Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), a regional agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico to implement a free trade area, entered into force on January 1, 1994, the two-way trade between Canada and the United States has more than tripled, reaching some $2.4 billion in goods and services daily over the course of 2015.>[1]  Canada is now the top export destination for 35 American states, while the United States is the most important destination for Canada’s direct investments abroad.[2]
Despite this increasing level of economic interdependency and trade, during his campaign for the American presidential election, Donald Trump qualified NAFTA as the “worst deal ever made” and vowed to withdraw from the agreement if he cannot achieve a satisfactory renegotiation of the treaty.[3]  In the days following the election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that he was “happy to talk” about renegotiating NAFTA.[4]  A memo from Mr. Trump’s transition team obtained by the media indicates that the next American president intends to follow through on the renegotiation of NAFTA, and more particularly with regards to Canada, intends to target the rules currently regulating livestock and softwood lumber.[5]
Since it is likely that renegotiation over NAFTA will commence in 2016, we invite students to write essays identifying one issue which in their opinions should be part of the renegotiation of the agreement between Canada and the United States.  The essays should explain why the issue is in need of renegotiation, how it affects both countries, and how a renegotiated agreement should address the issue and why.

ELIGIBILITY:  Any student registered in a Canadian or American law school for the Winter and/or Spring semesters of 2017 (whether in the J.D., LL.B., B.C.L. or equivalent first degree program, or in the LL.M. program).  However, students completing doctoral or postdoctoral studies are not admissible.

In addition, based on this year's essay these, students registered in undergraduate or master's degree programs which have a mandatory international law component are also admissible.

RULES:  The essays should be drafted in English or French, submitted in both Word and PDF formats, and have no more than 3500 words, including the title and footnotes.  It should be submitted no later than May 31, 2017 via email at  In the cover email, the student should include the following information: (a) full name; (b) city of origin; (c) school; (d) program; (e) year level; (f) address; and (g) phone number.

The winner of the essay will be announced on or before July 31, 2017 [6].

AWARDS:  $500 USD from sponsor Dorsey & Whitney LLP and publication of the winning essay on CABA's website. [7]


[1] Government of Canada, "Canada and the United States," accessible online at (last accessed on November 20, 2016).

[2] Id.
[3] Stephen Gandel, "Donald Trump Says NAFTA Was the Worst Trade Deal the U.S. Ever Signed", September 27, 2016, accessible online at (last accessed on November 20, 2016).

[4] Jesse Winter, "Trudeau happy to talk about NAFTA with Trump", November 10, 2016, accessible online at (last accessed on November 20, 2106).
[5] Steven Chase, "Trump team flags Canadian livestock and lumber as targets in NAFTA reset", November 16, 2015, accessible online at (last accessed on November 20, 2016).

[6] CABA hereby reserves its right not to nominate a winning essay should the quality of the submissions fall below reasonable standards applicable to academic research and drafting.

[7] At its discretion, CABA may also organize an event during the Fall of 2017 on a theme related to the winning essay.


The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing the public's understanding of the practice of employee benefits law.  In pursuit of this goal, the College encourages the study and development of employee benefits laws, initiates professional discussions of significant employee benefits issues and sponsors an extensive list of Continuing Legal Education programs.

ELIGIBILITY/TOPICS:  Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2016 and August 15, 2017 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.

(a) Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes.
(b) Papers must be submitted as email attachments to and should be submitted as Word or pdf documents.  No information identifying the author or law school should be included in the text, the footnotes, or the filename.  That information, an address, a telephone number and enrollment status information should be provided in the email message.
(c) Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
(d) Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet published are eligible for the Prize, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Prize does not reflect any changes made to the paper after submission of the manuscript to any publication and (ii) the College receives any consents necessary to publish or republish the article.

SELECTION OF WINNERS:  Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant.  Among other factors, the Committee will consider: (i) depth and creativity of legal analysis; (ii) thoroughness of legal research; (iii) organization and writing style; (iv) difficulty of subject matter; and (v) consideration of employee benefits policy implications.  A focused, in depth analysis of a discrete topic generally is considered more favorably than a broad survey piece.  Presentation (e.g., organization, proofreading, proper grammar, etc.) also carries substantial weight.  The Committee may decline to consider a poorly organized paper or one laden with grammatical errors for those reasons alone.  The determination of the Committee is final.  It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 21, 2017, or shortly thereafter. 

PRIZES:  There are cash prizes for the two winning papers.  However, the College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two prizes.  Winner will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on October 16, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.  The College covers the travel and lodging expenses for the prize recipients.  The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in a professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the Writing Prize Committee and the publication's editors.  In addition, the winning paper will be posted on the College's website.  

DEADLINE:  Papers must be submitted as email attachments to and must be received no later than Midnight, Eastern Time, on June 1, 2017.

DISCLAIMER:  The College disclaims responsibility for any failure to give due consideration to any submission due to any email or other electronic transmission, storage or archival errors, regardless of the cause.  However, the Committee may waive the eligibility requirements applicable to any student whose submitted paper was not afforded due consideration on account of such an error in a prior year's contest.

Questions regarding the Competition should be directed to Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee at


ELIGIBILITY:  The Competition is open to law students at ABA accredited law schools and planning students at schools listed in the current Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning who are enrolled in or who will complete a program of study leading to the J.D., LL.B., Masters or Ph.D. degree during the 2016-2017 academic year.  All entries must be the work of an individual, jointly-authored entries will not be considered.  Entries may have been written for another purpose within the last year - e.g., a paper submitted for a course or internship - but must not have been previously published. 

TOPIC:  Papers should be on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.  Students are encouraged to submit relevant research papers prepared throughout the academic year, so this is an excellent outlet for completed law review and journal notes.  

ENTRIES:  Entries shall not exceed forty-five (45) pages with a 1" margin on all sides. Text should be double-spaced in a minimum ten-point pitch.  Manuscripts hould follow the stylistic guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition) published by the University of Chicago Press.  All citations should be footnoted and should conform to A Uniform Stystem of Citation (latest edition) published by the Harvard Law Review Association (the Blue Book).  

SUBMISSION:  To enter the competition, send five (5) copies of your entry, postmarked no later than June 5, 2017, to Professor Alan Weinstein at the address below.  Each copy must have two title pages: the first title page should contain the title of the entry, the name/address/e-mail of the student, and identify the student's school and date of graduation; the second title page should contain only the title of the entry.  

Address:  Professor Alan Weinstein; Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; Cleveland State University; 2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138; Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214

DEADLINE:  June 5, 2017

PRIZES:  The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Assocation's Section of State & Local Government Law.  The second place paper will receive a prize of $400, and one Honorable Mention prize of $100 will also be awarded. 


This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States.  Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2016.  Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.  

TOPIC:  Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.  Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.  Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country.  Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered.  Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law.  Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources.  We discourage students from writing articles about a recent Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court's decision. 

DEADLINE:  June 15, 2017

PRIZES:  First place $3,000, article published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law and will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; second place $1000; third place $500

Please visit the competition website for more information, including judging guidelines and paper requirements. 


This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice ("Section") of the American Bar Association ("ABA") (the "Sponsor").  The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section.  It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice filed, and to encourage scholarship in this field.  Each entrant must follow the rules of the competition found on the website.  

ELIGIBILITY:  The contest is open to students who, on the date the entry is submitted, attend and are in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions.  

TOPIC:  What technology is next? (see complete topic description on website, link above)

PRIZE:  Winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize (additional details on the website)

DEADLINE:  All entries must be received by the editor no later than July 1, 2017, 11:59 pm CST.  Faxed entries will not be accepted.  Entries to be sent to Erin Remotigue, Editor, Criminal Justice Magazine, American Bar Association, via electronic submission by e-mail to

All questions are to be sent to Erin Remotigue via e-mail or phone 312-988-6089.


This is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. The paper must be an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

PRIZE:  Cash prize of $5,000 and published in the South Carolina Law Review.

PROCEDURES:  See the website

DEADLINE:  July 1, 2017

For more information, please contact Cindy Dennis,


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 all full or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at 

Eligibility, topics, paper requirements, and selection criteria can also be found on the website listed above.

AWARDS:  Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning paper ($5,000), first runner-up ($2,500) and second runner-up ($1,500).  Appropriate recognition will also be given to the faculty sponsors of winning papers.  The Foundation may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes or award additional prizes.  Provided that the first-prize paper has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, the Foundation has arranged for the publication of such paper in The Florida Tax Review (subject to the normal review and editorial processes of that journal).  

DEADLINE:  All papers submitted for the Competition must be received by the Foundation by no later than 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2017.  The original of each paper (but no additional copies), along with the signed faculty sponsor communication, should be mailed or hand-delivered to the following address:

The Tannenwald Foundation
700 Sixth Street, NW, Ste. 700
Washington, D.C. 20001
Attn:  Sandie Kiedrowski
In addition, each paper and faculty sponsor communication should be transmitted electronically, in MS Word or PDF, to Ms. Kiedrowskit at:
Additional information can be found at the website.

Any inquiries regarding the competition should be directed to Nancy Abramowitz, at (202) 274 4164 (


The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Student Writing Competition.  

ELIGIBILITY:  All currently enrolled law students (J.D., L.L.M, Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) of an ABA-accredited law school are eligible to submit a paper.

TOPIC:  Any topic on Animal Law.

CRITERIA:  Written submissions will be judged based on quality, clarity, originality, and organization.  All papers must be type written, double spaced, no less than 12 point Times New Roman font, on 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins, and no more than 25 pages, including footnotes.  Footnotes should be single spaced, and no less than 10 point font.

One hard copy of the written submission and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word format on a disk or CD must be submitted by mail, postmarked no later than July 14, 2017, and addressed to:

Eva Valentin-Espinal, NYSBA Staff Liaison
Committee on Animals and the Law
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY  12207

All submissions must contain a cover page indicating the entrant's name, law school, expected year of graduation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.  All other references to identifying information, such as name, law school, and contact information should be deleted or redacted from the body of the submission.

AWARDS:  1st place, $1,000 and a certificate of achievement; 2nd place, $500 and a certificate of achievement.

The conference is inviting individuals to submit research papers to the 17th IETC which will be held between August 16-18, 2017 in Harvard University, Boston MA. This conference is a combined academic event of the Association of Science, Education and Technology (TASET), Sakarya University, Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Istanbul University and Governors State University in USA

The main aim of the IETC Conference is to bring together scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups who are interested in education and technology to present their works in this academic platform.

DEADLINE:  Abstract submission, August 11, 2017; Registration deadline, August 11, 2017; Full Paper Submission, September 20, 2017.  All accepted papers will be published in the Proceeding Book with ISBN and modified version of papers in English will be published in TOJET.  TOJET is indexed in ERIC and SCOPUS.

Visit the Conference Website for additional information.


The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-fourth annual Brown Award.  The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools.  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 submit a paper for the Award.  

AWARDS: First Place, $10,000; Second Place, $5,000; Third Place, $3,000; Finalist (2), $1,000; and, $5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sime, 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 my be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional.

DEADLINE:  Must be postmarked no later than August 18, 2017.

The submission must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student's sponsor.  There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor.  The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation.  

Award information and the 2017 recipient of the Brown Award, who will be notified by January 31, 2018, and listed with the other finalists, can be found at the Award website


This is a writing competition sponsored by The PIABA Foundation.  The purposes of the competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the fields of securities arbitration and securities law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students.

TOPIC:  May address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Ace, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.  The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all students who attend a law school in the United States.  Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible.

DEADLINE:  September 8, 2017

AWARDS:  First place winner will receive $1,000, publication in the PIABA Bar Journal, and will be invited to accept the award in person during the President's Dinner at the PIABA Annual Meeting on October 20, 2017.  Second place winner will receive $750; third place winner will receive $500.  

Additional information, such as format of submission, criteria for judging, and submission details, can be found at the Competition website.