American Bar Association Writing Competitions
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Topic: 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.
Award: 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


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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Topic: Papers should address "any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar." Students are encouraged to: (a) present a public-policy issue; (b) analyze the practical implications of a leading case or doctrine; (c) comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification; or (d) comment on a common-law doctrine.
First Prize: $1500
Second Prize: $1000
Third Prize: $500
Award: 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: 05/15/2015
Contact Information:
William J. Kilberg
President
The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD   21401
410.972.4711
swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org


Dish Best in Class eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address the following topic: Courts are increasingly expecting "transparency" and "cooperation" among counsel during the discovery phase in civil litigation although we still expect lawyers to be advocates who are bound by strict confidentiality parameters regarding the secrecy of client confidences and work product protected by privilege. Identify the issues that you see impacted by these competing policy interests and provide your analysis and suggestions on how lawyers should navigate the civil discovery process to address these concerns. The judges are looking for creativity and support for arguments as well as excellent writing and reasoning.
First Prize: $3500
Deadline: 04/13/2015
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contactus@dishediscovery.com


Employee Benefits Writing Prize
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Topic: Papers should address a topic in the field of employee-benefits law.
First Prize: $1500
Second Prize: $1500
Award: Winning papers will be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. They may also be published in the "BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter," the "BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal," or some other professional publication. All winners will be honored guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner.
Deadline: 06/02/2015
Contact Information:
Brian Dougherty
bdougherty@morganlewis.com


International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest
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Topic: 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: $2000
Second Prize: $1000
Third Prize: $500
Award: 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: 05/15/2015
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


LatCrit Student Scholar Program
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Topic: Papers should address any critical aspect of race and/or other socio-legally salient dimensions of identity, power, and the law.
Award: Each awardee will receive: (1) reimbursement for a reasonable amount of expenses related to traveling to and from the LatCrit Conference; (2) in-kind contributions covering the conference registration and meal costs; and (3) double-occupancy lodging (with another student) for the conference. Winners will also be assigned a faculty mentor to assist their professional development and have the opportunity to publish their work in a LatCrit-affiliated publication.
Deadline: 06/15/2015
Contact Information:
Professor Marc-Tizoc González
P.O. Box 248243
Coral Gables, FL   33124
mtgonzalez@stu.edu


Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address "any issue within the general category of legal ethics."
First Prize: $2500
Deadline: 04/24/2015
Contact Information:
John Robinson
Associate Professor
University of Notre Dame
The Law School
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN   46556
574.631.6749
sumption.1@nd.edu


Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address any aspect of tax law. Students are encouraged to submit a paper addressing: a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine.
First Prize: $3000
Second Prize: $1000
Third Prize: $1000
Award: The winner's paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issues of the Center's TaxEB InBrief magazine.
Deadline: 04/30/2015
Contact Information:
Lurene Contento
315 S Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL   60604
312.360.2653
7aruldos@jmls.edu


Scribes Membership
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Topic: 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


Smith Babcock Williams Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law (e.g., land use, local government, or environmental law).
First Prize: $2000
Second Prize: $400
Third Prize: $100
Award: The winning entry will be submitted for publication in "The Urban Lawyer," the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law.
Deadline: 06/05/2015
Contact Information:
Professor Alan C. Weinstein
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH   44115
216.687.3758
alan.weinstein@law.csuohio.edu


The Tannenwald Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address "any federal or state tax-related topic."
First Prize: $5000
Second Prize: $2500
Third Prize: $1500
Award: The winning paper will be considered for publication in "The Florida Tax Review."
Deadline: 06/01/2015
Contact Information:
Nancy Abramowitz
Professor of Practice of Law
Tannenwald Foundation
700 Sixth Street, NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC
Washington, DC   20001
202.274.4164
nabramo@wcl.american.edu


Yanez & Associates Family Law Scholarship Program
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Topic: Papers should address one of a number of pre-determined topics. Please consult the competition website for more information.
First Prize: $2000
Second Prize: $1000
Award: The two winning essays will be posted on a professional website.
Deadline: 08/31/2015
Contact Information:
Bettina Yanez
625 The City Dr S
Suite 490
Orange, CA   92868
714.971.8000
bettinayanez@yanezlaw.com