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

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
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Topic: Papers should address issues of legal excellence, including skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
First Prize: $5000
Award: 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

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 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: $3000
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: 06/15/2016
Contact Information:
Don Slesnick
The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD   21401

Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
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Topic: 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: $1500
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $500
Award: 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: 02/29/2016
Contact Information:
Anne Perry
Criminal Law Journal
State Bar of California
Criminal Law Section
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA   94105

Dish Best in Class eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address the following topic: "On December 1, 2015, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended, in great part to address the impact of eDiscovery on civil litigation. The amendments to Rules 1, 16, 26, 34, and 37, in particular, were intended to decrease the cost of litigation without sacrificing fairness for litigants. The 2016 competition asks students to identify which amended rule will have the greatest impact on the civil litigation discovery process."
First Prize: $2500
Second Prize: $1000
Deadline: 04/11/2016
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Mollie C. Nichols

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: 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

James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution
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Topic: The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is accepting papers on any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory, or research .
First Prize: $1000
Award: The winner's paper will be posted online; a runner-up will also have his or her paper posted online.
Deadline: 06/12/2016
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Professor Andrea Kupfer Schneider
Director, Dispute Resolution Program
Marquette University Law School
1215 W. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, WI   53233

Law Student Legal Writing Competition
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Topic: Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community-development law.
First Prize: $1000
Award: The winner may receive, in addition to the monetary prize just listed, airfare and lodging to attend the sponsor's annual conference.
Deadline: 03/04/2016
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Laurie Hauber
Community Economic Development Program
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
4232 Forest Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO   63108

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
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Professor Norman Plate
Thomas M. Cooley School of Law
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI   48901

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: 06/01/2016
Contact Information:
Herbert N. Beller
Tannenwald Foundation
700 Sixth Street, NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC   20001

Tax Justice and Human Rights Essay Competition
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Topic: Papers should address: 3,500 word complaints to identify the plaintiffs, defendants, remedies sough, and arguments that are considered enforceable in an existing legal forum. We seek complaints that could form the basis of effective advice to developing countries, or to groups of citizens in countries at any income level who have suffered, and want to know how they could best use law to protect their or their people's human rights in the face of tax injustice.
Award: Winners will be flown to London for TJN's annual research workshop, but more significantly, submissions to this competition will be considered for active litigation.
Deadline: 03/13/2016
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