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Administrative Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
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Description: Papers should address the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.
First Prize: $10,000.00
Deadline: 07/01/2016
Contact Information:
Tasha Kincade
Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicao, IL   60661
tkincade@kentlaw.iit.edu

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution
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Description: The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is accepting papers on any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory, or research .
First Prize: $1,000.00
Additional Prize(s): The winner's paper will be posted online; a runner-up will also have his or her paper posted online.
Deadline: 06/12/2016
Contact Information:
Professor Andrea Kupfer Schneider
Director, Dispute Resolution Program
Marquette University Law School
1215 W. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, WI   53233
414.288.5373
andrea.schneider@marquette.edu

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Criminal Procedure

American Association for Justice Class Action Litigation Group Law Student Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address 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.
First Prize: $2,000.00
Second Prize: $1,000.00
Third Prize: $500.00
Additional Prize(s): The winning submission will be published in Advance (https://www.acslaw.org/publications/advance), an annual digital compendium of the American Constitution Society. The student authors of the top three papers will receive recognition in the CALG Summer Convention Newsletter. The winning author will also be profiled in the fall issue of Trial magazine, AAJs award-winning magazine for attorneys, law professors, judges, and others in the legal community.
Deadline: 05/30/2016
Contact Information:
AAJCALG@gmail.com

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Environmental Law

ABA's Energy Law Student Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to energy law
First Prize: $700.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $200.00
Additional Prize(s): Winning authors will, in addition to receiving the monetary awards above, be published nationwide in an ABA (electronic) publication.
Deadline: 05/20/2016
Contact Information:
Dana Jonusaitis
Dana.Jonusaitis@americanbar.org

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Ethics and Professionalism

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
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Description: Papers should address issues of legal excellence, including skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
First Prize: $5,000.00
Additional Prize(s): The winning essay will be published in the "South Carolina Law Review."
Deadline: 07/01/2016
Contact Information:
Cindy Dennis
American Inns of Court
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 770
Alexandria, VA   22314
800.233.3590x104
cdennis@innsofcourt.org

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General Legal Issues

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
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Description: Papers should address "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."
First Prize: $2,000.00
Second Prize: $1,000.00
Third Prize: $500.00
Additional Prize(s): There may be, in addition to the prizes just described, Honorable Mention winners. All winners will be considered for publication in the "Defense Counsel Journal."
Deadline: 05/20/2016
Contact Information:
Amy O'Maley, Esq.
IADC Professional Development Director
International Association of Defense Counsel
303 West Madison, Suite 925
Chicago, IL   60606
312.368.1494
mdannevik@iadclaw.org

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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Litigation

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
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Description: Papers should address "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."
First Prize: $2,000.00
Second Prize: $1,000.00
Third Prize: $500.00
Additional Prize(s): There may be, in addition to the prizes just described, Honorable Mention winners. All winners will be considered for publication in the "Defense Counsel Journal."
Deadline: 05/20/2016
Contact Information:
Amy O'Maley, Esq.
IADC Professional Development Director
International Association of Defense Counsel
303 West Madison, Suite 925
Chicago, IL   60606
312.368.1494
mdannevik@iadclaw.org

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Tax

The Tannenwald Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address "any federal or state tax-related topic."
First Prize: $5,000.00
Second Prize: $2,500.00
Third Prize: $1,500.00
Additional Prize(s): The winning paper will be considered for publication in "The Florida Tax Review."
Deadline: 06/01/2016
Contact Information:
Herbert N. Beller
President
Tannenwald Foundation
700 Sixth Street, NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC   20001
202.383.0120
nabramo@wcl.american.edu

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Torts

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
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Description: Papers should address "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."
First Prize: $2,000.00
Second Prize: $1,000.00
Third Prize: $500.00
Additional Prize(s): There may be, in addition to the prizes just described, Honorable Mention winners. All winners will be considered for publication in the "Defense Counsel Journal."
Deadline: 05/20/2016
Contact Information:
Amy O'Maley, Esq.
IADC Professional Development Director
International Association of Defense Counsel
303 West Madison, Suite 925
Chicago, IL   60606
312.368.1494
mdannevik@iadclaw.org

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Workplace Law

Employee Benefits Writing Prize
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Description: Papers should address a topic in the field of employee-benefits law.
First Prize: $1,500.00
Second Prize: $1,500.00
Additional Prize(s): Winners will be honored during the Colleges annual black tie dinner on September 17, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College's Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.
Deadline: 06/02/2016
Contact Information:
Brian Dougherty
bdougherty@morganlewis.com

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Student Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encourage to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.
First Prize: $3,000.00
Second Prize: $1,000.00
Third Prize: $500.00
Additional Prize(s): The first-place winner will, in addition to receiving the cash prize described above, be published in the "ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law" (and all winners' names will be published there). He or she will also be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and be honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Any or all of the prize-winning manuscripts may also be published in a newsletter and/or on the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers' website.
Deadline: 06/15/2016
Contact Information:
Don Slesnick
President
The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD   21401
410.972.4711
swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org

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