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.

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize Writing Competition
Deadline: Saturday, 7/1/2017
Award: 1st Prize $5,000 and publication in the South Carolina Law Review
Website: home.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize
SPONSOR: American Inns of Court. Chief Justice Burger was a lifelong advocate of legal ethics and civility and a founding father of the American Inns of Court movement. The American Inns of Court is a national association of judges, lawyers and professors of law and their students who endeavor to maintain the highest standards of the legal profession.

TOPIC: Authors should address one or more aspects of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT: Submissions must be original and unpublished works of 10,000 to 20,000 words, including footnotes.

Cindy Dennis
American Inns of Court
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 770
Alexandria, VA 22314

Cindy Dennis
(800) 233.3590, ext. 104
Email: cdennis@innsofcourt.org
Competition #8 (Added/Updated: Wednesday, 2/1/2017)

The 2017 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Deadline: Wednesday, 7/5/2017
Award: 1st Place: $5,000; 2nd Place: $2,500; 3rd Place: $1,500
Website: www.tannenwald.org
SPONSORS: The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel.

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).

FORMAT: (1) Papers shall be 25 - 50 typewritten pages in length and may not be co-authored.

SUBMISSION: The original of each paper (but no additional copies), along with the signed faculty sponsor communication, should be mailed to the following address:

The Tannenwald Foundation
700 6th Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 or nabramo@wcl.american.edu.
Competition #1 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 1/19/2017)

Animal Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 7/14/2017
Award: 1st Place $1,000; 2nd Place $500
SPONSER: The New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law.

TOPIC: Anything regarding animal law.


Submissions must be type written, double spaced, 12 point font Times New Roman with one inch margins.
Paper limited to no more than 25 pages in length, including footnotes, which shall be single spaced.
Entrants must submit a cover page indicating the entrants 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.
Any paper not following these limitations will not be considered.


One hard copy of the written paper and one electronic copy in MS Word format on a disk or CD must be submitted by mail and 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
Competition #16 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 5/2/2017)

2017 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award Call for Entries
Deadline: Saturday, 7/15/2017
Award: $2,500 Prize (two awarded)
Website: www.theiaga.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131%3A2017-bybee-scholarship-cal
Awards: Two - $2,500 Prizes
Website: www.kentlaw.iit.edu/palmer-prize

SPONSOR: The awards honor the memory of Shannon Bybee, one of the IAGAs founders, who had a distinguished career as a gaming attorney, Nevada regulator, industry executive, and pioneer in the field of education in casino operations and gaming law.

TOPIC: Seeking law student research papers that enhance the understanding of gaming law or recommended a beneficial change in gaming law.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT: (1) submitted papers may be of any length, but it is recommended they be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, exclusive of footnoting; (2) submission must be accompanied by written confirmation from a law school instructor that the paper was written under the direction of that instructor.

Jennifer Roberts
2017 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award Committee
UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 456041
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154

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For Additional Information:
Jennifer Roberts
Competition #13 (Added/Updated: Wednesday, 4/5/2017)

24th Annual Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Deadline: Friday, 8/18/2017
Award: 1st Place $10,000; 2nd Place $5,000; 3rd Place $3,000; (2) Finalist Awards of $1,000 each
Website: www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award/
SPONSOR: Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation.

TOPIC: No restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 1. 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; 2. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional.

Student Package Must Contain: 1. Two copies of article submission; 2. a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; 3. the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and 4. the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student sponsor.

Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
1177 West Loop South, 10th Floor
Houston, Texas 77027
Competition #15 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 4/6/2017)

James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 9/8/2017
Award: 1st Place - $1,000; 2nd Place - $750; 3rd Place - $500
Website: piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition
SPONSOR: PIABA Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Foundation.

TOPIC: The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1 thru 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.

FORMAT & REQUIREMENTS: Submissions should be on one of the topics listed above. The text of a submission must be double spaced, with 12 point font and one inch margins. If the submission covers both a topic among those listed above and a topic not listed above, only the topic listed above will be evaluated. Submissions will not be penalized for arguing a position that would limit investor rights rather than expand them.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: The contestant name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. The PIABA Foundation will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission. Neither the contestant identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any Competition Judge. Each entrant may submit only one entry.

Email to www.piabafoundation.org
Competition #17 (Added/Updated: Wednesday, 5/24/2017)

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