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2014–2015 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 Records, 300 Hutchins Hall.

Call For Proposals: "Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time"

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary graduate student conference entitled "Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time," to be held at Indiana University, Bloomington on March 26-28, 2015. Join us for the 13th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.Conceptualizations of the future can simultaneously direct and disrupt the way we live, work, and plan for what's next. "Breaking Futures" invites scholars from the humanities, sciences, education, law, and public health to explore the diverse meanings of the future across texts, methodologies, and time periods. How do some futures "break" by intruding on the present? How are others "broken:" interrupted, reformed, or altogether destroyed? Why do some futures disappear while others become ubiquitous? What generates our expectations, fears, and hopes about the future, and how do these affects change over time? How do genre, discipline, and methodology impact representations of, expectations for, and prescience regarding the future? What do local, national, and global futures look like from the vantage point of higher education's shifting landscape?
We invite proposals for individual papers as well as panels organized by topic. We also welcome the interaction of scholarly and creative work within papers or panels.
December 15th, 2014
Please submit (both as an attachment AND in the body of the email) an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a few personal details (name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email, and phone number) by December 15th, 2014, to
Below are some suggestions for possible topics affiliated with our conference theme. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome submissions engaged with other subject matters.

The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is accepting original scholarship to publish in our spring 2015 volume.

We would love to receive submissions from you! Please refer to our guidelines below, and visit our website at to view our past publications.

Ahmed Alawami & Prabhdeep Kehal
University of Michigan | Gerald R. Ford School of Public PolicyCo-Editors-in-Chief, Michigan Journal of Public Affairs
Submission Guidelines
Length: Articles should not exceed 6,000 words including footnotes and citations. Notes, such as book reviews or commentary on developing policy issues, should not exceed 3,000 words including footnotes and citations.
Style: Chicago Manual of Style.
Format: Email with a .DOC, .DOCX, or .WPD version of your work. Please do not submit .PDF or other files.For more information about our process, policies, and publishing timeline, read our FAQs at You may also contact the MJPA Editorial Team at
ADLINE: 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, December 22nd, 2014


Legal Blog Post Writing Contest Brought to you by The Expert Institute Contest Overview

You love the law, but your friends think it's boring. Show them that legal topics can be interesting, and even entertaining, while still providing substantive legal insights by entering The Expert Institute's Legal Blog Writing Contest.
TOPIC:  To participate, submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation.
First Place:       $500
Second Place:  $200
Third place:  Blog publication
:  December 31, 2014

2015 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Contest

The Florida State University Center fore Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. The writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.
There is a growing consensus that the U.S. health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services. One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal system, and that health care professionals' efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability. Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.

Outstanding paper by a law student - $250
Midnight (EST) on January 2, 2015.
For more information go to:

The FBA Section on Taxation would like to announce the 2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

TOPIC:  Any original paper concerning federal taxation between
Winning authors receive $2000 (first place) or $1000 (second
place) and a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in
Washington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the
Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.
DEADLINE:  January 5, 2015
Entries may be submitted by email to Marcellus Howard at
or by mail to:
Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation
Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
1220 N. Fillmore Str. Suite 444
Arlington, VA 22201
For more information, see

Disability and the Law Jameson Crane III Writing Competition

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.
  Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care
Judging  Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. Judging will be on the basis of the following criteria:
Thesis originality
Topic complexity
Research quality
Organization and analysis
Writing quality

First prize: $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR's editorial standards.
Second prize: $1000   Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner. By submitting a paper to this competition, the author grants Thomas Jefferson School of Law the right to edit, as necessary, and publish that paper in the TJLR.
DEADLINE: January, 15, 2015All submissions must be submitted electronically to All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January, 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.
Contact:  Questions should be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp:


Forum 2015 Writing Competition

The Forum on Construction Law is Looking for the Best Law Student Writers in the Country
TOPIC:  Papers should address a topical issue of interest to the construction industry.
First place:  $2,000; travel expenses and registration to attend the next annual meeting of the ABA Forum on Construction Law (where a first prize plaque will be presented); a one-year membership in the Forum and recognition in both the Forum newsletter, Under Construction, and on the Forum's website. In addition to the first place winner, one or more authors may be judged a finalist and recognized with a plaque and in Forum publications.
DEADLINE:  January 15, 2015. All articles shall be submitted to Tamara Harrington and Marilyn Klinger by email in Word format

Pacific Legal Foundation—Law Student Writing Competition 

Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness promotes the publication of works of legal academic scholarship that advance an understanding of key constitutional issues before the nation's courts. Essays submitted to the writing competition address one of three questions on areas of the law within PLF's mission, incorporating pertinent case law and applicable academic literature.
1.  In Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 505 U.S. 1003 (1992), the Supreme Court held that a land use restriction that eliminates all economically beneficial use of property effects a taking for which the owner is entitled to just compensation.  But it held that compensation is not required when the restriction "inhere[s] in the title itself ... [as part of] background principles of the State's law of property and nuisance."  What are, or should be, the limits on the power of courts to interpret these background principles?
2.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 imposes liability for discrimination if the plaintiff proves that the defendant employs policies that have a "disparate impact" on members of a minority group.  Is "disparate impact" a proper test for determining that a defendant has engaged in illegal discrimination — or does imposing such liability itself violate the constitutional right to equal protection?
3.  In the past, environmental regulations focused primarily on local pollution concerns — for example, on protecting species in a particular location or preventing pollution of rivers and streams.  But the focus of the environmental debate is increasingly shifting to global warming, a phenomenon that would affect the planet as a whole rather than a particular locale.  In this new context, how should the government balance environmental protection against constitutional protections and property rights?

First place:      $3,000
Second place:  $2000
Third place:     $1000
The Program for Judicial Awareness will work with the first place winner to find a law journal to publish the winning article. The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala.  PLF will pay for the winner's reasonable travel costs to attend the gala.
January 16, 2015
For more information:

Please direct any questions about the contest to Pagona Stratoudakis, Assistant Director of the Program for Judicial Awareness, (916) 419-7111 or

CALL FOR PAPERS Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 4th Annual Conference University of Cambridge,
8–9 May 2015 Developing Democracy
Conversations on Democratic Governance in International, European and Comparative Law

The editors of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL)
and Hart Publishing welcome submissions for the Journal’s 4th annual conference to
be held at the University of Cambridge on 8–9 May 2015. Conference highlights
include a keynote address by Dame Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC, former President of
the International Court of Justice.
The CJICL welcomes a wide variety of proposals in the fields of International,
European and Comparative Law which identify current challenges to democratic
governance and explore promising solutions. The conference theme understands
democracy as a work in progress and attempts to promote a fruitful exchange on
various transnational experiences. Papers can encompass empirical approaches,
theoretical discussions and perspectives from practice.
TOPICS: Include, but are not limited to:
Contemporary challenges of transnational democracy (global and European);
Democracy and the sources of international law;
Parliamentary democracy in times of economic and financial crisis;
Counter-terrorism and democracy;
New forms of democratic accountability;
Domestic referenda on international agreements; 
Democracy and the use of force;
The role of courts in defining and protecting democratic governance;
Transparency and the principle of democracy;
Public-private partnerships and democratic representation;
Democratic representation of refugees;
Comparative perspectives on democratic governance.
Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the
Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law. Abstracts should be
submitted on the basis that the subsequent paper will be available for publication.
Submission of paper proposal and CV: 16 January 2015
Notification of acceptance: 6 February 2015
Final paper submission: 17 April 2015
Submission of paper for publication in CJICL: 30 June 2015

2014-2015 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law 

Co-sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, the Institute for Law and the Workplace
TOPIC: Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
:First place: $3,000
Second places:  two $1,000
In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be required.)
DEADLINE: January 20, 2015
Entries should be mailed to:
Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
Questions may be directed to Professor Martin H. Malin by e-mail to     

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 17th 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.

TOPICS:  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). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
First place:      $4000
Second place:  $2000
Third place:     $500
DEADLINE:  All submissions are due by January 23,2015
Please feel free to contact us with questions, by email at or by phone at (202) 861-0900.

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