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 Association for Justice Class Action Litigation Group Writing Competition
Deadline: Sunday, 4/30/2017
Award: Winner: $2,000; 2nd Place $1,000; 3rd Place $500
Website: www.justice.org/node/233874
SPONSER: The American Association for Justice Class Action Litigation Group (CALG).

TOPIC: Entries may focus on any topic associated with class action jurisprudence on the state or federal level. Papers may focus on legal analysis, policy, normative considerations, procedural concerns, or any other subject associated with the law of class actions.

(1) Entries must be students original work and must not have been submitted for publication
(2) Entries must not exceed 3000 words, including notes
(3) Students should use a citation style that conforms to the most recent edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.justice.org/node/233874


Competition #12 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 2/14/2017)

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Deadline: Monday, 5/1/2017
Award: 1st Place: $750; 2nd Place: $500; 3rd Place: $250
Website: www.thesovereigntysymposium.com/scholarships.aspx
SPONSORS: The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. John B. Doolin was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1972, and he served as Chief Justice from 1987 1988. He loved to read and write, collect Indian art, and buy Navajo rugs. He recognized the need for a forum to address Native American issues as a result of his service on the Indian Affairs Committee at the National Chief Justices Conference. He authorized the formation of the Sovereignty Symposium in 1988.

TOPIC: The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.

(1) Papers must be not less than thirty (30) single spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single spaced pages in length. The paper used shall be 8.5 x 11 in size.
(2) Use a 12 point font in Times New Roman format. The left and right margins must be 2 inches; the top and bottom margins must be 1.5 inches.
(3) The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on a cover page. Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text. The author name should appear on the cover page only.
(4) Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format.

EMAIL ENTRIES TO: kyle.shifflet@oscn.net

QUESTIONS: Phone 405.556.9371 or Email sovereignty.symposium@oscn.net.
Competition #10 (Added/Updated: Monday, 2/6/2017)

International Association of Defense Counsel Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 5/19/2017
Award: Winner: $2,000; 2nd Place $1,000; 3rd Place $500
Website: www.iadclaw.org/publications-news/publications/Legal-Writing-Contest/
SPONSER: International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). Founded in 1920, the IADC is an association of lawyers, barristers, solicitors, corporate counsel, and insurance executives from over 40 nations.
TOPIC: Entrants should submit an essay covering the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.
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. Suggested word limit: 12,000 including footnotes.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OF PAPER AND ENTRY FORM TO: Melisa Maisel Vanis at mmaisel@iadclaw.org

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.iadclaw.org/publications-news/publications/Legal-Writing-Contest/
Competition #2 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 1/19/2017)

The Nineteenth Annual Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 5/19/2017
Award: 1st Prize $1,000; 2nd Prize $500

TOPIC: An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.

SUBMIT TO: vance.competition@brooklaw.edu
Competition #9 (Added/Updated: Friday, 2/3/2017)

ABA 14th Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 5/19/2017
Award: Winning article will be published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law
Website: www.americanbar.org/groups/domestic_violence/awards/14th_annual_writing_competition.html
SPONSER: The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence.

TOPIC: Submissions must further the legal needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence or their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.

Submissions must be double spaced with one inch margins.
Any paper not following these limitations will not be considered.
There is no word limit. Papers should be of appropriate length for publishing, length will not control the judging process.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit website noted above.
Competition #14 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 4/6/2017)

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)

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

Or Email To:

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)

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