Writing Competitions

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PLEASE NOTE: The competitions on this page are not administered by Washburn University or its School of Law. The organizations offering these awards are outside entities that privately support the competitions with their own funding. Applicants apply directly to the sponsoring organization, not Washburn University or its School of Law.

Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 4/24/2015
Award: Winner: $2,500
Website: www.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf
SPONSER: Notre Dame Law School.

TOPIC: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Entries must be original, unpublished work
Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes
Coauthored essays may be submitted
Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame law School

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf

SUBMIT TO: Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing
Notre Dame Law School
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Phone: (574) 631 - 6749
E-mail: sumption.1@nd.edu
Competition #15 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 3/3/2015)

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Thursday, 4/30/2015
Award: Winner: $1,000
SPONSER: National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees.

TOPIC: Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

FORMAT: Entries must contain original work done exclusively by a single author. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.

Send via email as MS Word or PDF document
No longer than 15 pages of text, including notes
Citation style should conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook A Uniform System of Citation

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION TO: Trustee@Ch13austin.com

QUESTIONS: Trustee@Ch13austin.com
Competition #17 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 3/3/2015)

Selma Moidel Smith Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 5/1/2015
Award: Winner $500
SPONSER: National Association of Women Lawyers.

TOPIC: Write on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.

Must be the student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere
Papers written by student for coursework or independent study are eligible for submission
No longer than 15 pages of text, excluding endnotes
Citation style should conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook A Uniform System of Citation
Submitted via email as MS Word document.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION TO: Professor Jennifer Martin: jmartin@stu.edu

QUESTIONS: Professor Jennifer Martin: jmartin@stu.edu
Competition #18 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 3/3/2015)

College Labor & Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 5/15/2015
Award: 1st Place: $1,500; 2nd Place: $1,000; 3rd Place: $500
Website: www.laborandemploymentcollege.org
SPONSER: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers which is co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law.

TOPIC: Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Students are encouraged to discuss (a) a public policy issue, (b) practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, (c) a statute or the need for a statutory modification, or (d) a common law doctrine.

ELIGIBILITY: All currently enrolled law students attending accredited law schools in the United States. Articles must be original from the applicant. Student's article must not presently be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

FORMAT: (1) Typewritten in Microsoft Word using Times New Roman 12-point font, (2) Double-spaced on 8 1/2" x 11" paper with 1" margins; (3) May not exceed 20 pages in length; (4) Citations are to conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th Edition; (5) Include a title page with your entry stating your name, e-mail and mailing address, phone number (both school and permanent), name of school and year of graduation; (6) Submit the manuscript and cover page as a single attachment in both Microsoft Word and PDF documents.

SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY TO: swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org using the subject line "Writing Competition."
Competition #7 (Added/Updated: Monday, 11/10/2014)

International Association of Defense Counsel
Deadline: Friday, 5/15/2015
Award: $2000 1st place; $1000 2nd place; $500 3rd place
Website: www.iadclaw.org/publications-news/publications/Legal-Writing-Contest/
Topic: Subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.
Competition #19 (Added/Updated: Friday, 3/27/2015)

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger
Deadline: Wednesday, 7/1/2015
Award: Winner - $5,000
Website: www.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize
Topic: Write on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Competition #20 (Added/Updated: Friday, 3/27/2015)

Tannenwald Writing Competition - Tax Law
Deadline: Wednesday, 7/1/2015
Award: 1st Place: $5,000; 2nd Place: $2,500; 3rd Place: $1,500
Website: www.tannenwald.org
Topic: Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).
Competition #21 (Added/Updated: Friday, 3/27/2015)

Fifth Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Wednesday, 10/7/2015
Award: $500 Winner
Website: www.WCLCenterforHR.org
TOPIC: The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender. Papers should focus on the ways in which IHL intersects with gender issues, such as the role of women as combatants, the gendered use of sexual violence during times of armed conflict, the impact of gender stereotyping on international humanitarian law, etc. Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed.

Questions to: : TeachingIHL@wcl.american.edu or call (202) 274.4180
Competition #22 (Added/Updated: Friday, 3/27/2015)

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