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.

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Deadline: Tuesday, 2/28/2017
Award: 1st Place: $3,000; 2nd & 3rd Place: $1,000
Website: www.kentlaw.iit.edu/institutes-centers/institute-for-law-and-the-workplace/louis-jackson-writing-com
SPONSORS: Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, The Institute for Law and the Workplace.

TOPIC: Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.

REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY: (1) Entries must be the law student author's own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere; (2) Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law; (3) Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: An entry consists of three [3] copies of the paper submitted as a packet with three ([3] removable cover sheets indicating the law student author's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, law school, paper title, labor and employment law course work history, and a brief paragraph describing the genesis of your interest in the field. Judging will be blind, so the only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.

FOR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/louis-jackson-writing-competition


Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691

QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions to Professor Martin H. Malin at mmalin@kentlaw.iit.edu, or phone (312) 906-5056 or Program Associate Sharon Wyatt-Jordan at swyattj@kentlaw.iit.edu.
Competition #5 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 1/19/2017)

2017 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Deadline: Friday, 3/3/2017
Award: 1st Place: $5,000
Website: ambar.org/LPLEssayContest
SPONSOR: Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability of the American Bar Association (LPL) and Long and Levit LLP.

TOPIC: The contest hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a law firm seeks to affiliate itself with litigation funding companies, including undertaking representation of one such company and, in turn, recommending its services to the firms clients.


QUESTIONS: Call 312.988.5763

NOTE: Must be a member of the American Bar Association (or have enrolled as members) no later than March 3, 2017 to be eligible for this contest.
Competition #4 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 1/19/2017)

Sports Lawyers Association 5th Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Monday, 3/20/2017
Award: 1st Place: $5,000; 2nd Place: $3,000 and 3rd Place: $2,000
Website: http://www.sportslaw.org/publications/student_writing_competition.cfm
SPONSORS: The Sports Lawyers Association.

TOPIC: Choose a current issue in sports law and advocate a position.

REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY: (1) Entry is limited to 3,000 words maximum, including footnotes. (2) Entrant warrants that the submitted entry is original and unpublished. (3) Co-authorship of a manuscript is not permitted.

SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY: sla@sportslaw.org

Contact the Sports Lawyers Association at:
Sports Lawyers Association
12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130
Reston, VA 20190
703-437-4377 ext. 4085, 4070 or 4071
or go to: www.sportslaw.org/contact/index.cfm
Competition #7 (Added/Updated: Monday, 1/30/2017)

The Law School Admission Council Diversity Committee Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 3/31/2017
Award: 1st Place: $5,000 (One winner in each of the three categories, 1L, 2L, 3L)
Website: www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/jd-docs/lsac-writing-competition-memo-2017.pdf
SPONSOR: The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee.

TOPIC: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.

ENTRY PROCEDURES: Include a cover page with your submission. The cover should only contain the author's name, title of the paper, mailing address, law school affiliation, law school status (1L, 2L, 3L), a telephone number where the author may easily be reached, and an email address.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: Email entries to DiversityOffice@LSAC.org. Only electronic files (PDF or Word) will be accepted.

Please send your inquiries to the LSAC Diversity Initiatives Office: DiversityOffice@LSAC.org.
Competition #3 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 1/19/2017)

Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 4/28/2017
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.

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

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

Phone: 574.631.6749
Email: sumption.1@nd.edu
Competition #11 (Added/Updated: Friday, 2/10/2017)

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)

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)

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