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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.

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 Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2014, and papers scheduled for publication in 2014 or 2015 are eligible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.


1st Place   $5,000
2nd Place  $3,000
3rd Place  $2,000

DEADLINE:  November 15, 2014


P. O. Box 5767
Washington, DC 20016

Questions may be directed to Mitzi Moore, ASECA Executive Director at

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?"


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:, or please call (703) 519-3090.

Do you have a special interest in Women & The Law?


To find out how to enter contact:

Mrs Linda Henfrey
Victoria Fisher
Memorial Prize Fund
Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 2363

You are invited to write an essay of not more than 10,000 words relating to the above topic.

First place: £250.
  • About the Prize: The purpose of the annual prize is to stimulate interest in the relationship between women and the law.
  • About Victoria Fisher: Victoria was a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Leicester. She was a founder member of the Women and Law group and an active trade unionist.
  • DEADLINE: Entries to be received by 30 November 2014.

    For more information go to:

    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.


    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

    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 securi ties 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

    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.

    DEADLINE:  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.

    Futurescapes, Biological & environmental futurism, Deep time,The longue durée,  The anthropocene, Periodization and periodic/epistemic breaks, Post-raciality/black pessimism, Afrofuturism, Queer futurity, Disabled futurity & crip time, Reproductive futurity, Techno-futurism, Transhumanism, Post-feminism/structuralism/colonialism/modernism/humanism/gender, Science fiction & cyberpunk, Retrofuturism, Memory & dreams, Eschatology, Premeditation, Political revolution & reform, Monumentalization,Social-scientific projection & mathematical modeling,The future of the university,STEM to STEAM,Digital humanities, Utopias & dystopias, Optimism & pessimism.

    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

    DEADLINE: 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

    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.


    Outstanding paper by a law student - $250

    DEADLINE: Midnight (EST) on January 2, 2015.

    For more information go to:

    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.



    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, 2015

    All 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:

    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.

    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

    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

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