wolters kluwer legal scholars program
TOPICS: 1) Health Law (including Medicare, Medicaid, life sciences, and health reform); 2) Cybersecurity (banking and financial privacy, securities, health care, insurance); 3) Products liability and consumer safety; 4) Employment law (including wage/hour, labor, and discrimination)
ELIGIBILITY: Any student currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school may submit one submission per category.
AWARD: Depending on the number of entries, 1-2 winners per category will be selected and published in a Wolters Kluwer publication the week of April 25.
DEADLINE: April 1, 2016
Winners will be notified by April 22.
BEVERIDGE & dIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW WRITING COMPETITION
Organized by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS), this annual competition invites law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond PC, one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation. Sample topics and full submission information at:
TOPIC: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, "federalism," or other cross-cutting component (See website for sample topics).
ELIGIBILITY: Students currently enrolled in law school, including those who graduate in 2016. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces or those slated for publication are ineligible.
AWARD: $2000 cash prize, offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a 1-year membership to ELI.
DEADLINE: April 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.
Please email entries and any questions to Talia Fox at email@example.com.
2016 DISH eDISCOVERY LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING COMPETITION
The DISH "Best in Class" eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition encourages law students to develop a thorough understanding of the evolution and practice of Information Governance and Discovery in civil litigation. The competition is the only one of its kind designed to challenge law students to explore the evolving issues of document management, electronically stored information, and ever-expanding technology--along with their application to the law. Additional contest information can be found at: http://www.dishediscovery.com, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARD: 1st place: $2500; 2nd place: $1000.
DEADLINE: April 11, 2016
THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL’S SCHOOL 2016 NATIONAL SECURITY LAW WRITING COMPETITION
Public-Private Partnerships & Technology in the AF
The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School (AFJAGS), established in 1950 by Major General Reginald C. Harmon (the first Judge Advocate General of the Air Force), has a proud tradition of providing the highest quality education and training to legal professionals from all military services and government agencies. Through its various publications, AFJAGS serves as a clearinghouse for cutting-edge ideas on topics of interest to military law students, practitioners, academics, and the general public. In furtherance of its mission to provide the highest-quality education to meet Air Force and Department of Defense requirements, AFJAGS, in partnership with the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce its inaugural writing competition for practitioners, academics and policy-makers to provide unique perspectives and insights on matters of national security law.
TOPIC: Public-Private Partnerships & Technology in the Air Force: This year’s writing competition topic encourages scholarship on issues surrounding the implications of public-private partnerships and technology in the Air Force.
ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all in possession of a law degree (JD, LLM, SJD, or equivalent) from an ABA accredited U.S. law school. Only original and previously unpublished papers are eligible.
DEADLINE: April 15, 2016
smith-doheny legal ethics writing competition
TOPIC: Any legal ethics topic.
ELIGIBILITY: Any current student at an American or Canadian law school with an interest in legal ethics.
• Entries must be original, unpublished work. Coauthored essays may be submitted.
• Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes, on 8.5x11 paper, double spaced, standard font.
• Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school. Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty at the Notre Dame Law School.
DEADLINE: April 29, 2016 (5 PM)
Questions and other inquiries should be directed to the Notre Dame Law School at (574)-631-6749.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS 2016 SELMA MOIDEL SMITH
LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION
The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women unter the law. Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reqard original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law.
TOPIC: An issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
AWARD: Cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal. The most recent winning paper was "The Practice of Name Suppression: How the News Media promotes the Stigmatization of Rape Vistimes" written by Emily Suran, University of Michigan Law School.
ELIGIBILITY: Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2015-16 school year. The essays must be the law students author's own work and must not have been sumbitted for publication elsewhere. papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.
Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook - A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or thart are not in the required format will not be read. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality , writing style, and timeliness. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of the essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word) to email@example.com
DEADLINE: May 1, 2016. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL.
For more information, please visit www.nawl.org
international association of defense counsel 2016 legal writing contest
The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) is a professional association that has been serving an invitation-only membership of international corporate and insurance civil defense lawyers since 1920.
TOPIC: Tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or managemnt of the defense of civil litigation.
AWARD: 1st place: $2,000 + plaque; 2nd place: $1,000 + plaque; 3rd place: $500 + plaque. Prize-winning articles and honorable mentions will be considered for publication in the Defense Counsel Journal, the IADC's quarterly academic publication that reaches a broad legal audience from around the world.
ELIGIBILITY: Current law student at an accredited law school. Entries must be the work of a single author, not previously published. While entrants are free to take positions on issues, their articles should be expository in nature, and their ability to make a thoughtful and balanced presentation will be considered. Suggested word limit: 12,000 words, including footnotes.
DEADLINE: May 20, 2016
2016 B. DAVIS SCHOLARSHIP
The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a scholarship for 2016.
Our website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships. We are trying to improve the students’ chances for success. The site is free and we charge nothing for the information or the application.
DEADLINE: May 23, 2016
robert t. matsui annual 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 Pacific American community.
TOPIC: Issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.
AWARD: $1500, publication in the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal.
ELIGIBILITY: All law students in the United States.
DEADLINE: June 1, 2016.
Winners will be announced on or about August 15, 2016.
the american college of employee benefits counsel 12th annual employee benefits writing prize
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 law, intitiates professional discussions of significant employee benefits issues and sponsors an extensive list of Continuing Legal Education programs.
TOPIC: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
AWARD: Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1500; Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1500. Winners will be honored during the College's annual black tie dinner on September 17, 2016, and papers will be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication.
ELIGIBILITY: All J.D. and graduate (L.L.M or S.J.D) law students enrolled any time between August 15, 2015 and August 15, 2016.
DEADLINE: June 2, 2016 (11:59 PM EST)
The law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is pleased to announce the establishment of the Honigman Securities Law Writing Competition
The purpose of the competition is to (1) create interest in business and securities laws among law students and (2) promote the knowledge and scholarship of federal Competition Prize
TOPIC: The article may address any aspect of state or federal securities laws, securities practice, securities arbitration, or securities litigation that the contestant chooses. The article can be based in theory or practice.
There is no page limit for this Competition.
AWARD: The winner of the Honigman Securities Law Writing Competition will receive $1,500 and will be featured at the annual Midwest Securities Law Institute, which is traditionally held in October at the Michigan State University College of Law. and state securities laws to the local bench and bar.
The competition is open to all full- and part-time J.D. law students who are enrolled at one of the following law schools:
• Michigan State University College of Law
• University of Michigan Law School
• Wayne State University Law School
• University of Detroit Mercy
• Submissions may include articles prepared for class assignments, law journals, or other purposes, as well as those written specifically for this Competition.
• Articles that have been submitted to or published by a student publication within the last year are acceptable for submission to the contest. The submission entry form must indicate to which publication(s) the work has been submitted and whether it has been published.
• The text of the article must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.
• An official entry form (attached) must be completed and accompany the submitted entry. All fields in the entry must be completed.
• The entry should be submitted to Linda Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email. The email should have the subject header, “Attn: Honigman Securities Law Writing Competition”.
• The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry.
• Neither the contestant’s identity nor her or his academic institution will be known to the Securities Law Writing Competition Committee doing the judging.
• Contestants will receive confirmation of the entry. The winner will be notified by electronic mail of his or her selection.
• Honigman is not responsible for any error, computer malfunction, or failed transmission.
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: clarity of the theme or thesis presented, significance of the topic to the field of securities law, originality and creativity of topic treatment, quality of analysis, quality of research and authority provided, and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax and form. The entries will be judged by Honigman’s Securities Law Writing Competition Committee, which is comprised of selected attorneys from the firm’s Corporate Department and Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation practices. The winning selection will be made by the Securities Law Writing Competition Committee and approved by the Committee Chair.
The Committee Chair will notify the winner of its selection by email no later than Friday, August 26, 2016. If the winner does not respond within 10 business days of notification, or notification is returned as undeliverable, the winner forfeits all rights to participate or receive the prize, and an alternate winner may be selected. Honigman reserves the right not to award any prize if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection.
By entering the competition, participants agree that the decision of the judges is final.
Each entry shall be the original work. The ideas and work reflected by each entry must be the author’s or authors’ own. The author(s) must perform all of the key tasks of identifying the topic, researching it, analyzing it, formulating positions and arguments, and writing and revising the article.
For more information, please contact Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
2290 First National Building, 660 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 U.S.A.
DEADLINE: June 17, 2016
annual criminal record policy essay competition
The Foundation for Continuing Justice and the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates are pleased to announce the first Annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition and Scholarship for law students. The competition is intended to expand the awareness of the consequences of criminal records and the laws that govern their retention, dissemination, and expungement, as well as to encourage research into the ways to improve related laws. Full information available at:
TOPIC: Choose one: 1) How to improve expungement related laws in state of your choice, 2) When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public? 3) Can criminal record expungement break cycles of recidivism?
AWARD: 1st place: $2000; 2nd place: $1000; 3rd place: $300; Honorable Mention (2): $200; Best Policy Recommendation: $250; Best Research: $250.
ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in a J.D. program in the United States during the 2015 or 2016 school year.
Only one essay submission per student.
Awarded funds are to be used to pay for law school-related expenses including past law school debts.
• Essay should be between 2,000-5,000 words.
• The essay must be original, unpublished work.
• The essay must be submitted in compliance with the terms set forth on the website.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2016.
Winners will be announced on or before July 31, 2016.
The Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation for
Excellence in Tax Scholarship
Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel
Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at http://www.tannenwald.org).
First place: $5000; Second place: $2500; Third place: $1500
DEADLINE: July 1, 2016, 9:00 p.m. EDT.
2016 American Inns of court warren e. burger prize
The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Information available at: www.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize.
TOPIC: A topic which addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
AWARDS: $5,000, publication in the South Carolina Law Review.
Prize will be presented during the annual American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.
Submission Guidelines: An original, unpublished essay of 10,000-20,000 words.
DEADLINES: July 1, 2016
2016 New York State Bar Association committee on animals and the law
The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide information resources for the New York State Bar Association's members and the public about non-human, animal-related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal
system. This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law. This competition provides law students with an incentive and
opportunity to learn more about this area of law.
TOPIC: Any topic on Animal Law.
AWARDS: First place: $1,000 and a certificate of achievement; Second place: $500 and a certificate of achievement. The Committee also reserves the right to offer the winners (and other entrants), in the Committee's discretion, the opportunity to publish his/her paper in the Committee's Laws & Paws publication. Offers to publish are purely within the discretion of the Committee and the Committee in no way guarantees entrant's the opportunity for publication.
ELIGIBILITY: Submission must be written by a student currently enrolled (full time or part time) in an ABA-accredited law school. Students expecting to receive their degree in 2016 are eligible for consideration. The submission must be written by one and only one student. i.e., papers jointly written by more than one stduetn or that have been subjected to line editing by professors or advosors shall not be considered. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered. Only one submission per entrant.
Submission Guidelines: Written submissions will be judges based on quality, clarity, originality, and organization. All papers will be type written, double spaced, no lexx 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. Each submission must have 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. 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 1, 2016, and addressed to:
Linda McMahon, NYSBA Staff Liaison
Committee on Animals and the Law
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
DEADLINE: July 1, 2016