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2017–2018 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 Life, Hutchins Hall 316. Contact: Trudy Feldkamp.


The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Student Writing Competition.  

ELIGIBILITY:  All currently enrolled law students (J.D., L.L.M, Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) of an ABA-accredited law school are eligible to submit a paper.

TOPIC:  Any topic on Animal Law.

CRITERIA:  Written submissions will be judged based on quality, clarity, originality, and organization.  All papers must be type written, double spaced, no less 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.

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 14, 2017, and addressed to:

Eva Valentin-Espinal, NYSBA Staff Liaison
Committee on Animals and the Law
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY  12207

All submissions must contain 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.

AWARDS:  1st place, $1,000 and a certificate of achievement; 2nd place, $500 and a certificate of achievement.

The conference is inviting individuals to submit research papers to the 17th IETC which will be held between August 16-18, 2017 in Harvard University, Boston MA. This conference is a combined academic event of the Association of Science, Education and Technology (TASET), Sakarya University, Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Istanbul University and Governors State University in USA

The main aim of the IETC Conference is to bring together scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups who are interested in education and technology to present their works in this academic platform.

DEADLINE:  Abstract submission, August 11, 2017; Registration deadline, August 11, 2017; Full Paper Submission, September 20, 2017.  All accepted papers will be published in the Proceeding Book with ISBN and modified version of papers in English will be published in TOJET.  TOJET is indexed in ERIC and SCOPUS.

Visit the Conference Website for additional information.


The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-fourth annual Brown Award.  The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools.  Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award.  

AWARDS: First Place, $10,000; Second Place, $5,000; Third Place, $3,000; Finalist (2), $1,000; and, $5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sime, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007.  The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper.  Only one paper my be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional.

DEADLINE:  Must be postmarked no later than August 18, 2017.

The submission must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student's sponsor.  There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor.  The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation.  

Award information and the 2017 recipient of the Brown Award, who will be notified by January 31, 2018, and listed with the other finalists, can be found at the Award website


This is a writing competition sponsored by The PIABA Foundation.  The purposes of the competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the fields of securities arbitration and securities law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students.

TOPIC:  May address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Ace, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.  The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all students who attend a law school in the United States.  Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible.

DEADLINE:  September 8, 2017

AWARDS:  First place winner will receive $1,000, publication in the PIABA Bar Journal, and will be invited to accept the award in person during the President's Dinner at the PIABA Annual Meeting on October 20, 2017.  Second place winner will receive $750; third place winner will receive $500.  

Additional information, such as format of submission, criteria for judging, and submission details, can be found at the Competition website.