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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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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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Civil-Rights Law

The 19th Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference (MAPOC) Student Writing Competition
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Description: Papers should address the conference theme (The New Color Lines: What Will It Mean to Be an American?) but will accept papers on other topics as well. Papers should be between 15,000-25,000 words in length. Please email submissions (and any questions) to erosser@wcl.american.edu.
First Prize: $300.00
Second Prize: $100.00
Third Prize: $100.00
Additional Prize(s): The winning submission will also receive travel expenses to attend The 19th Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference (MAPOC) The New Color Lines: What Will it Mean to Be an American? at West Virginia University College of Law on January 29-31, 2015.
Deadline: 10/15/2014
Contact Information:
E. Rosser
WVU College of Law
101 Law School Drive
Morgantown, WV   26506
erosser@wcl.american.edu

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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

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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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Ethics and Professionalism

Law School Essay Contest
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Description: 1-800-Law-Firm, the Competition's sponsor, is accepting essays that answer the following question: "What would you do to improve the legal system?"
First Prize: $10,000.00
Additional Prize(s): Possible posting on the sponsor's website.
Deadline: 10/05/2014
Contact Information:
Mindy Herman
1-800-Law-Firm
26700 Lahser Rd, Suite 400
Southfield, MI   48033
248.782.7081
mherman@1800lawfirm.com

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General Legal Issues

Law School Essay Contest
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Description: 1-800-Law-Firm, the Competition's sponsor, is accepting essays that answer the following question: "What would you do to improve the legal system?"
First Prize: $10,000.00
Additional Prize(s): Possible posting on the sponsor's website.
Deadline: 10/05/2014
Contact Information:
Mindy Herman
1-800-Law-Firm
26700 Lahser Rd, Suite 400
Southfield, MI   48033
248.782.7081
mherman@1800lawfirm.com

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: 10/03/2014
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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