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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 Papers: The Arab Spring in a Global Context

Undergraduate students, graduate students, professional, experts, and scholars are invited to submit abstracts for the upcoming Provost’s Global Forum at the University of Iowa, “The Arab Spring in a Global Context,” to be held in Iowa City, Iowa, April 30 to May 1, 2015.
The wave of uprisings known as the Arab Spring may have changed or at least challenged the relationship between the governed and governing actors not only in Arab countries but in other societies with Muslim people around the world. Emerging issues and changing circumstances are providing scholars from all academic disciplines with opportunities to apply and/or revise old theories, and this conference will facilitate an exchange and sharing of new ideas. Activities will include presentations of research papers and reports, roundtable conversations, panel discussions, musical performances, book exhibits, film and documentary screenings, and more.
AWARDS:  Competitive prizes will be awarded to exceptional undergraduate and graduate student papers.
DEADLINE:  Financial support is available to subsidize travel cost for qualified presenters who submit paper abstracts before October 15, 2014. Otherwise, the deadline for submitting paper abstracts is November 30.
For more information about the conference and to submit abstracts, visit http://international.uiowa.edu/arab-spring-global-context.
Questions? Contact:
Ahmed E. Souaiaia
Associate Professor, Islamic Studies
University of Iowa

Securities Law Writing Competition
Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni

TOPIC:  Any subject in the field of securities law
ELIGIBILITY: Students must be enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the 2014 fall semester. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2014, and papers scheduled for publication in 2014 or 2015 are eligible for submission.  Co-authored papers are not eligible.
AWARDS:
1st Place   $5,000
2nd Place  $3,000
3rd Place  $2,000
DEADLINE:  November 15, 2014
MAIL TWO COPIES OF SUBMISSIONS TO:
   ASECA
   P. O. Box 5767
   Washington, DC 20016
Questions may be directed to Mitzi Moore, ASECA Executive Director at info@secalumni.org.
Award winners will be invited to attend ASECA’s Annual Dinner in Washington, DC on February 20, 2015.  Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.
 

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is now accepting entries for its Seventh Annual Essay Contest. 

The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United State
TOPIC:  As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?”
 AWARDS: 
 First place:      $5000
 Second place:  $2500
 Third place:     $1000
DEADLINE:  The deadline for entries is November 17, 2014.  Winners will be announced in early 2015.
For more information go to: http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/, or please call (703) 519-3090.
 

The Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) is pleased to invite submissions for its fourth volume.

TOPIC:  The Board welcomes long articles, short articles, case notes and book reviews that engage with themes of public and private international and comparative law, as well as EU and transnational law. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review by our Editorial Board. In addition, all long articles are sent to our Academic Review Board, which consists of distinguished international and comparative law scholars and practitioners. A full list of reviewers is available on our website.
AWARDS: 
Submissions received will be considered for publication in volume 4, issue 1, to be published in Spring 2015. Submissions must be uploaded via the submissions page on our website, where further information and a link for uploading may be found.
DEADLINE:  1 December 2014
Further information is available at www.cjicl.org.uk

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
2015 Writing Competition

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.
TOPICS:  Eligible entries must discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.
AWARDS: Include a cash payment ($2,500 for books, $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,000 for student work), a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Guidelines For 2015
DEADLINE:  December 1, 2014, and entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the twelve months preceding that date. Unpublished manuscripts should be double-spaced and conform to law review standards. All entries should be submitted in electronic format.
Entries for the 2015 competition should be submitted to:
L. Jean Noonan, Esquire
Writing Competition Chair
Hudson Cook, LLP
1020 19th St., NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Tel (202) 327-9700
Fax (202) 223-6935
jnoonan@hudco.com

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.
AWARDS: 
First Place:       $500
Second Place:  $200
Third place:  Blog publication
DEADLINE:  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.
TOPIC:  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.
AWARDS:
Outstanding paper by a law student - $250
DEADLINE:  Midnight (EST) on January 2, 2015.
For more information go to:  http://www.law.smu.edu/Current-Students/Student-Activities/Writing-Competitions/2015-Mollie-and-Paul-Hill-Student-Writing-Contest.aspx 

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.
TOPIC:
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.
Eligibility
The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.
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
AWARDS:
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, 2015
All submissions must be submitted electronically to cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu. 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: susanb@tjsl.edu

 

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. 
TOPICS:  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?
AWARDS:
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.
DEADLINE:   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 pas@pacificlegal.org.
 

2014-2015 BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND
CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW WRITING COMPETITION

Organized by the Environmental Law Institute and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies
The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.
TOPIC: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component.
AWARDS:  
First place: $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.
DEADLINE:  5:00 PM ET on Monday, April 6, 2015.
For more information:  Please email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox at fox@eli.org. You will receive a confirmation by email.

 

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