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2013–2014 Writing Competitions

Arranged chronologically by entry deadline. Additional information about these competitions and awards may be found in a binder located in the Registrar's Office, 300HH.

INTER-AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
LAW STUDENT BEST PAPER AWARD
At each of its annual international conferences, the Inter-American Bar association (IABA) awards prizes to three law students from the Americas for presenting the best papers on legal topics.
TOPICS:  Legal Topics
AWARDS: Awards will be given to the
Award Committee Criteria:  Once the author has established that they have met the preliminary requirements, the Selection Committee will evaluate papers based on the following criteria:
1. Formal presentation, clarity           10 points
2. Originality of the topic                  30 points
3. Coverage and depth                     40 points
4. Literary style                               20 points
Total                                            100 points
DEADLINE:  April 30, 2014
For more information go to: www.iaba.org

National Association of Women Lawyers®
2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)® is a national voluntary legal professional organization whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and women's rights.
TOPIC:  Original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law.
AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will
also publish the winning essay in NAWL's Women Lawyers Journal in Fall 2014.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 1, 2014
For more information go to:  http://law.duke.edu/news/4407

2014 Sovereignty Symposium XXVII Awards Cash for Scholarly Writings
The Sovereignty Symposium is the foremost legal gathering on Native American law in the world. It was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues regarding Indian law can be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment.
The 2014 Sovereignty Symposium XXVII will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 4 and June 5, 2014. Law students are invited to submit a paper.
AWARDS 
First place:      $1,500
Second place:  $1,000
Third place:     $750
TOPIC: 
Students are encouraged to write papers on any issue concerning Native American law.
DEADLINE:
Submit papers no later than May 1, 2014, by e-mail to: kyle.shifflett@oscn.net. Submissions will only be accepted in Word or WordPerfect format by e-mail.

For more information go to:  http://www.law.smu.edu/Private-Scholarships/2014-Sovereignty-Symposium-XXVII-Cash-for-Scholarl.aspx
If you have any questions, please call (405) 556-9371.

THE LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION COUNCIL'S DIVERSITY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES A WRITING COMPETITION ON:
BEST PRACTICES FOR RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF STUDENTS OF COLOR AND STUDENTS FROM OTHER UNDERREPRESENTED BROUPS IN LAW SCHOOLS

TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN LAW SCHOOLS AND IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
TOPIC:  What techniques, resources and strategies should law schools utilize to recruit and retain students of color and other students who are from groups underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession?
AWARDS:  One winning paper will be selected from each of the three qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L).  Each winner will receive a $5000.00 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at www.DiscoverLaw.org.
DEADLINE:  5:00 pm EST on May 1, 2014
For more information go to:  DiversityOffice@LSAC.org

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law – Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2013-2014
TOPIC:  Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. 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, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. 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. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, and relevance to the practicing labor and employment law bar.
AWARDS: 
First Place: $1500
Second Place: $1000
Third Place: $500
DEADLINE:  Articles must be submitted by 6 p.m. EDST on May 15, 2014
For more information go to:  http://www.law.umn.edu/abajlel/2012-13-national-student-writing-competition.html


The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law – Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2013-2014

TOPIC:  Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. 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, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. 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. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, and relevance to the practicing labor and employment law bar.
AWARDS: 
First Place: $1500
Second Place: $1000
Third Place: $500
DEADLINE:  articles must be submitted by 6 p.m. EDST on May 15, 2014
For more information go to:  http://www.law.umn.edu/abajlel/2012-13-national-student-writing-competition.html

2014 IADC Legal Writing Contest
Sponsor: Int'l Association of Defense Counsel
TOPIC:   Must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.
AWARD: 
First place:  $2,000
Second place:  $1,000
Third place:  $500
DEADLINE:  May 16, 2014
Submission information: http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx

2014 Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and Brooklyn Law School (BLS) are sponsoring the 2014 Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition to encourage law students who are interested in careers in customs and international trade law.
ELIGIBILITY
Entrants must be currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program at any of the nation's law schools.
TOPICS
An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.
AWARDS:
First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. Awards will be presented at the CITBA's semi-annual dinner in the fall.
INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION
DEADLINE: May 23, 2014.
For more information go to: http://www.law.smu.edu/getmedia/6d91ef1f-084a-45e5-b4cc-0f683faad991/2014_Andrew_P_-Vance_Flyer.pdf
Papers must be electronically submitted to: vance.competition@brooklaw.edu. The deadline for submission is May 23, 2014.

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COUNSEL
is pleased to announce the
TENTH ANNUAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS WRITING COMPETITION
SUBJECT:    Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
OPEN TO:     Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2013 and August 15, 2014.
AWARDS: Clarin M. Schwartz Memorial Award    $1,500
Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award    $1,500
DEADLINE:   BY: June 3, 2014.
Winners will be honored during the College's annual black tie dinner on October 25, 2014 in Washington, D.C. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by BNA Books. If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers will be published by the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, who are experienced attorneys that 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.
For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, contact Brian Dougherty at bdougherty@morganlewis.com or consult the website at www.acebc.com.

Judge John R. Brown Award
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-first 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 receive the Award.
TOPIC:  There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. 
AWARD:  This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. 
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.
DEADLINE:  The submission must be postmarked no later than June 6, 2014.
The 2014 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by November 21, 2014, and listed with the other finalists at the website
For more information go to
www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award.


The 2014 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel, 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 time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.
TOPIC: 
Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules.
AWARDS:  Cash prizes of
First place:  $5,000,
Second place:  $2,500 
Third place:  $1,500
for the top three papers.
DEADLINE: for submitting papers:  9:00 p.m. DST, July 1, 2014.
Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW,   Suite 700, Washington, DC20001-3980, Attn:  Karen Jezierski.
For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 or visit:  http://www.tannenwald.org/Home

 

2014 Robert T. Matsui Writing Competition
The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by the Asian Pacific
American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments.Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian
TOPIC
Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.
AWARDS: 
The winner of the 2014 Competition will receive a monetary award of $1,500, and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA School of Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Journal.
DEADLINE:
 June 15, 2014
For more information go to:  www.aefdc.org or contact
Rakesh Kilaru at
rakeshkilaru@gmail.com



 
 

 

 
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