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Administrative Law

The Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness Law Student Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address one of the following topics:

1)In Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 505 U.S. 1003 (1992), the Supreme Court held that a land use restriction that eliminates all economically beneficial use of property effects a taking for which the owner is entitled to just compensation. But it held that compensation is not required when the restriction inhere[s] in the title itself ... [as part of] background principles of the States law of property and nuisance. What are, or should be, the limits on the power of courts to interpret these background principles?

2) Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 imposes liability for discrimination if the plaintiff proves that the defendant employs policies that have a disparate impact on members of a minority group. Is disparate impact a proper test for determining that a defendant has engaged in illegal discrimination  or does imposing such liability itself violate the constitutional right to equal protection?

3) In the past, environmental regulations focused primarily on local pollution concerns  for example, on protecting species in a particular location or preventing pollution of rivers and streams. But the focus of the environmental debate is increasingly shifting to global warming, a phenomenon that would affect the planet as a whole rather than a particular locale. In this new context, how should the government balance environmental protection against constitutional protections and property rights?
First Prize: $3,000.00
Second Prize: $2,000.00
Third Prize: $1,000.00
Additional Prize(s): The Program for Judicial Awareness will work with the first place winner to find a law journal to publish the winning article. The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala. PLF will pay for the winners reasonable travel costs to attend the gala.
Deadline: 03/16/2015
Contact Information:
Pagona Stratoudakis
Assistant Director
930 G Street
Sacramento, CA   95814
916.419.7111
pas@pacificlegal.org

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Bankruptcy Law

National Bankruptcy Forum Essay Contest
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Description: Papers should address how to solve America's student-loan-debt problem.
First Prize: $1,500.00
Additional Prize(s): The $1,500 prize must be applied towards law school (or other college) tuition. The winning submission will be published to the National Bankruptcy Forum's website.
Deadline: 11/15/2014

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Business Law

Securities Law Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address any subject in the field of securities law.
First Prize: $5,000.00
Second Prize: $3,000.00
Third Prize: $2,000.00
Additional Prize(s): Award winners will, in addition to receiving the cash prizes listed above, be invited to ASECA's annual dinner in Washington, DC on February 20, 2015 where they will receive their prizes. The dinner is attended by SEC Commissioners and many SEC senior staff members. Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.
Deadline: 11/15/2014
Contact Information:
Thomas Riesenberg
President
ASECA
P.O. Box 5767
Washington, DC   20016
202.462.1211
info@secalumni.org

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Civil Procedure

The Expert Institute Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
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Description: Papers should address the use of expert witnesses in litigation.
First Prize: $500.00
Second Prize: $200.00
Additional Prize(s): 1ST PLACE Blog publication Newsletter circulation Email announcement 2ND PLACE Blog publication 3RD PLACE Blog publication
Deadline: 12/31/2014
Contact Information:
The Expert Institute Group, LLC
75 Maiden Lane
Suite 704
New York, NY   10038
888.858.9511

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Constitutional Law

The Center for Alcohol Policy's National Essay Contest
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Description: Papers should address the following question: "As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?"
First Prize: $5,000.00
Second Prize: $2,500.00
Third Prize: $1,000.00
Deadline: 11/17/2014
Contact Information:
Brannon P. Denning
Center for Alcohol Policy Advisory Council Member and Professor
Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
1101 King Street, Suite 600 - A
Alexandria, VA   22314
703.519.3090

Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
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Description: Papers should address matters that pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.
First Prize: $1,500.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $500.00
Additional Prize(s): The first prize winner and three honorable mention prize winners will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California and will receive one-year student memberships in the Criminal Law Section.
Deadline: 02/28/2015
Contact Information:
Anne Perry
Co-Editor
Criminal Law Journal
State Bar of California
Criminal Law Section
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA   94105
619.546.7964
Anne.Perry2@usdoj.gov

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Criminal Law

Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
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Description: Papers should address matters that pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.
First Prize: $1,500.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $500.00
Additional Prize(s): The first prize winner and three honorable mention prize winners will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California and will receive one-year student memberships in the Criminal Law Section.
Deadline: 02/28/2015
Contact Information:
Anne Perry
Co-Editor
Criminal Law Journal
State Bar of California
Criminal Law Section
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA   94105
619.546.7964
Anne.Perry2@usdoj.gov

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Criminal Procedure

Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
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Description: Papers should address matters that pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.
First Prize: $1,500.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $500.00
Additional Prize(s): The first prize winner and three honorable mention prize winners will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California and will receive one-year student memberships in the Criminal Law Section.
Deadline: 02/28/2015
Contact Information:
Anne Perry
Co-Editor
Criminal Law Journal
State Bar of California
Criminal Law Section
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA   94105
619.546.7964
Anne.Perry2@usdoj.gov

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Disability Law

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.
First Prize: $1,500.00
Second Prize: $1,000.00
Third Prize: $1,000.00
Additional Prize(s): Submissions will be considered for publication in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review.
Deadline: 01/15/2015
Contact Information:
Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp
1155 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA   92101
619.297.9700
susab@tjsl.edu

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Environmental Law

The IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address any topic related to energy development. This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.
First Prize: $2,500.00
Additional Prize(s): The Hartrick Scholar selected by the the Judging Committee will be notified on February 4, 2015. The Scholar will receive a $2,500 cash award at the Institute for Energy Law's 66th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference to be held February 19-20, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The Hartrick Scholar will also be recognized for his or her work at the IEL's Annual Law School Symposium, to be held at South Texas College of Law in Houston on March 27-28, 2015. Selection as the Hartrick Scholar includes, in addition to the $2,500 cash award, reimbursement of the cost of travel to attend the Conference in Houston and the Law School Symposium.
Deadline: 12/19/2014
Contact Information:
Lilly Hogarth
Project Manager
Institute for Energy Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, TX   75024
972.244.3424
lhogarth@cailaw.org

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Family Law

Yanez & Associates Family Law Scholarship Program
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Description: Papers should address one of the following topics:

1) Should parents found guilty of domestic violence have their parental rights terminated?

2) 10 Best ways to protect yourself and your family from domestic violence.

3) Can domestic violence abusers change their behavior?

4) Are children who are victims of domestic violence doomed to repeat the cycle?

5) What are some warning signs of a potential domestic violence abuser?

(Please remember that the winning essays will be made public; therefore, you should avoid writing personal sensitive information)
First Prize: $2,000.00
Second Prize: $1,000.00
Additional Prize(s): The two winning essays will be posted on the cafamilydivorcelawyer.com article section and credit will be given to the winning writers.
Deadline: 08/31/2015
Contact Information:
Bettina Yanez
625 The City Dr S
Suite 490
Orange, CA   92868
714.971.8000
bettinayanez@yanezlaw.com

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General Legal Issues

Securities Law Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address any subject in the field of securities law.
First Prize: $5,000.00
Second Prize: $3,000.00
Third Prize: $2,000.00
Additional Prize(s): Award winners will, in addition to receiving the cash prizes listed above, be invited to ASECA's annual dinner in Washington, DC on February 20, 2015 where they will receive their prizes. The dinner is attended by SEC Commissioners and many SEC senior staff members. Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.
Deadline: 11/15/2014
Contact Information:
Thomas Riesenberg
President
ASECA
P.O. Box 5767
Washington, DC   20016
202.462.1211
info@secalumni.org

The Center for Alcohol Policy's National Essay Contest
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Description: Papers should address the following question: "As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?"
First Prize: $5,000.00
Second Prize: $2,500.00
Third Prize: $1,000.00
Deadline: 11/17/2014
Contact Information:
Brannon P. Denning
Center for Alcohol Policy Advisory Council Member and Professor
Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
1101 King Street, Suite 600 - A
Alexandria, VA   22314
703.519.3090

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address some aspect of consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the twelve months preceding that date. Unpublished manuscripts should be double-spaced and conform to law review standards.
First Prize: $2,500.00
Second Prize: $2,000.00
Third Prize: $1,000.00
Additional Prize(s): The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers will, in addition to awarding the winning author a cash prize, mentioned above, provide him or her with a Certificate of Recognition from the College and travel expenses to attend the College's spring meeting (where the winner will be honored).
Deadline: 12/01/2014
Contact Information:
L. Jean Noonan
Chair, ACCFSL Writing Competition Committee
Hudson Cook, LLP
1020 19th Street, NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC   20036
202.327.9700
jnoonan@hudco.com

Scribes Membership
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Description: Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers - is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to improving legal writing and honoring legal writers.
Any editor working for a legal journal qualifies for regular membership. The dues are normally $65 per year, but Scribes may offer discounted memberships to student editors.
Deadline: 12/30/2025
Contact Information:
Professor Norman Plate
Thomas M. Cooley School of Law
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI   48901
517.371.5140
platen@cooley.edu

American Bar Association Writing Competitions
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Description: The ABA sponsors a number of writing competitions on a wide variety of subjects. The deadlines vary; please consult the information for the specific competition in which you are interested to determine the relevant deadline.
Additional Prize(s): Prizes differ from competition to competition; please consult the information for the specific competition in which you are interested to determine the prizes for that competition.
Deadline: 01/01/2050
Contact Information:
American Bar Association
Law Student Division
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL   60654
312.988.5624
abalsd@americanbar.org

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Health Law

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
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Description: Papers should address the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.
First Prize: $250.00
Deadline: 01/02/2015
Contact Information:
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law
115 W. Call Street
Tallahassee, FL   32306
850.645.9473
marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu

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International Law

Leonard V. B. Sutton Award Contest
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Description: Papers should address any area of international or comparative law.
First Prize: $4,000.00
Additional Prize(s): A prize of $4,000 will be provided in the form of tuition, travel and expenses to attend The Hague Academy of International Law during the 2015 summer term. The winning essay is to be submitted to the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy for possible publication.
Deadline: 01/12/2015
Contact Information:
Karlyn Shorb
University of Denver College of Law
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Room 405
Denver, CO   80208
303-871-6655
kshorb@law.du.edu

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Law and Technology

Student Law and Technology Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address "topics at the intersection of technology and the law."
First Prize: $1,500.00
Second Prize: $700.00
Additional Prize(s): Possible publication of the paper in the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology.
Deadline: 01/11/2015
Contact Information:
Laura Bedson
Editor in Chief
University of Richmond
The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology
T.C. Williams School of Law
Richmond, VA   23173
804.289.8202
jolt@richmond.edu

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Sports and Entertainment Law

The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Fashion Law Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry.
Additional Prize(s): The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.
Deadline: 03/23/2015
Contact Information:
Brittany Rawlings
239.293.4391
brittany@fashionboss.com

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