ABA's Energy Law Student Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address any issue related to energy law.
First Prize: $700
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $200
Award: Winning authors will, in addition to receiving the monetary awards above, be published nationwide in an ABA (electronic) publication.
Deadline: 05/16/2014
Contact Information:
Cristina Celis
312.988.5625
Cristina.Celis@americanbar.org


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." 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: 05/15/2014
Contact Information:
John E. Sands
President
The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD   21401
410.972.4711
swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org


Employee Benefits Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address a topic in the field of employee-benefits law.
First Prize: $1500
Award: This competition will award two $1500 prizes. Winners will also receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise, and they will be honored at the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel's annual black-tie dinner. If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers may be published in the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal, or some other journal. Articles will be distributed to the College's fellows.
Deadline: 06/03/2014
Contact Information:
Brian Dougherty
bdougherty@morganlewis.com


Judicial Education and the Art of Judging: From Myth to Methodology
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Topic: At this point, it is expected that the topic of the competition will revolve around the symposium topic of judges and judicial education and that papers will be due in August or September 2014. However, those details may change, so interested persons are encouraged to check back.
Deadline: 08/01/2014
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Professor S.I. Strong
University of Missouri School of Law
strongsi@missouri.edu


National Bankruptcy Forum Essay Contest
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Topic: Papers should address how to solve America's student-loan-debt problem.
First Prize: $1500
Award: 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


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


A Writing Competition on Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color and Students from Other Underrepresented Groups in Law Schools
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Topic: Papers must address the following question: "What techniques, resources and strategies should law schools utilize to recruit and retain students of color and other students who are from groups underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession?"
First Prize: $5000
Award: Three $5000 awards will be given: one each to the winner in the 1L, 2L, and 3L category. In addition, the papers will be posted on www.DiscoverLaw.org and one paper may be published in the Journal of Legal Education.
Deadline: 05/01/2014
Contact Information:
LSAC Diversity Initiatives Office
DiversityOffice@LSAC.org