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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.

The Indigenous Law Journal Volume 14 Call for Submissions

The Indigenous Law Journal is dedicated to developing dialogue and scholarship in the field of indigenous legal issues, both within Canada and internationally. We encourage submissions from all perspectives on these issues. Our central concerns are indigenous legal systems and the interaction of other legal systems with Indigenous peoples. We are the only legal periodical in Canada with this focus. We welcome the addition of your voice to the discssion.
For more details, go to:​
Send submissions to:
Please address questions to Shardae Fortier & Danielle Muise, Co-Editors-in Chief:
DEADLINE:  October 6, 2014


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
Questions? Contact:
Ahmed E. Souaiaia
Associate Professor, Islamic Studies
University of Iowa

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.


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:

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?
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


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.
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 You will receive a confirmation by email.


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