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." The Warren E. Burger Prize will be presented as part of the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Deadline: 07/01/2015
Contact Information:
Cindy Dennis
American Inns of Court
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 770
Alexandria, VA   22314

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

James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition
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Topic: The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $750
Third Prize: $500
Award: The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association ("PIABA") Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, elect to print additional submissions. Winners will be announced at the PIABA Annual Meeting and posted on The PIABA Foundation and PIABA websites.
Deadline: 09/18/2015
Contact Information:
Robin S. Ringo
The PIABA Foundation
2415 A Wilcox Drive
Norman, OK   73072

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

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

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
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Professor Alan C. Weinstein
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH   44115

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

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