Writing Competitions, Awards, Grants and Scholarships
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MARSHALL M. SCHULMAN 2016-2017 COMPETITION FOR STUDENT PAPERS IN CRIMINAL LAW AND/OR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country.
To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition. $1500 cash prize
The deadline for entry is February 28, 2017. Click here for additional information.
Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination. Entries must be the law student author’s own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2016 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.
Entries must be received by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
To submit an entry, go to http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/louis-jackson-writing-competition
Hard copies may be mailed to:
Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
Brogdon Champion, LLC Writing Competition
The essay contest is open to any law student enrolled at a law school in the United States. Unpublished papers prepared for law school credit are eligible for entry in the competition. The content submitted must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Joint papers are not acceptable. Multiple submissions are acceptable; however, each author will only be eligible for one award. Eligibility determinations will be made by Brogdon Champion, LLC. The topics for the essay contest can be any ethical issue that arises in the context of representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
Entries are due by March 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. The first place winner will receive $2,500 and publication on our firm’s website. The second place winner will receive $1,000. Click here for additional information.
Trandafir International Business Law Writing Competition
The Trandafir International Business Writing Competition is sponsored by the journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (TLCP) at the University of Iowa College of Law located in Iowa City, Iowa. The competition is open to all students and submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on March 3, 2017. The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and publication in our academic journal.
For more details about this competition, please click here.
The 2017 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers
The contest is open to Young Lawyers Division or Law Student Division members of the ABA, in good standing as of March 3, 2017 according to the membership records of the Association. Excluded from the competition are previous winners; current ABA officers and members of the Board of Governors; employees of the ABA or its sections, divisions and committees; and officers and employees of the American Bar Foundation or the American Bar Endowment). Only one essay may be submitted by each entrant, and no co-authored essays will be accepted.
The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention. Case prize of $5,000. All-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2017. Deadline is March 3, 2017. For additional information and contest rules, click here.
Fourth Annual Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Writing Competition
The Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association continues to strive to achieve a diverse membership body, in hopes of fostering a rich environment within which ideas are cultivated.
Topic: Any law or legal issue affecting seniors and/or persons with disabilities, with a specific focus on historically underserved populations. Examples include, but are not limited to, access to education, healthcare and housing. All students attending an accredited ABA law school within New York State and recent law graduates seeking employment are eligible.
There will be two $1,000 prizes. To enter please email all submissions to both Judy Nolfo McKenna, Judy@McKennalawny.com and Tara Anne Pleat, TPleat@WPLawNY.com
Deadline is March 15, 2017 and no extensions will be granted.
The Law School Admission Council's Diversity Committee Announces (LSAC) a Writing Competition on Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession
For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates who will enter the legal profession.
All papers must be sent no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances.
Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at DiscoverLaw.org. In addition, one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication.
Please send your inquiries to the LSAC Diversity Initiatives Office – DiversityOffice@LSAC.org For additional information and rules, click here.
Judge Bernard S. Meyere Scholarship 2017
The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship. Established in 2004 by the law firm, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., the scholarship will be awarded to a law school student who excels in legal writing and advocacy skills. Previous winners of this scholarship have gone on to hold positions at law firms such as Cravath and Cadwalader, and as in-house counsel at organizations including Cancer Genetics, Inc. and NY Arc. An essay that displays excellence in legal writing and advocacy skills must be submitted for consideration of this scholarship.
The scholarship is open to all second-year (2L) students as of spring 2017 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York.
The scholarship is valued at $5,000 and will be awarded to one (1) student. For additional information and rules, click here.
2016-2017 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. Organized by ELI with funding from Beveridge & Diamond, this annual competition invites law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.
Our goal is to recognize students who have advanced the state of scholarship through original analysis of cutting-edge topics in this area. The winner receives a $2,000 cash prize, public recognition, an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship journal, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), and a one-year individual membership to ELI.
Submissions are due on April 10, 2017. For additional information about the competition and past winners, please click here.
The Philip R. Shawe Scholarship Competition
The Philip R. Shawe Scholarship Competition is a writing and oratorical contest focusing on a controversial corporate law case brought before the State of Delaware Chancery Court and recently affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court involving TransPerfect Global and its co-CEOs, Phil Shawe and Elizabeth Elting. The competition, open to all second- and third-year law school students, focuses on the TransPerfect case, (In re: TransPerfect Global, Inc.,” Civil Action No. 9700-CB and “Elizabeth Elting v. Philip R. Shawe, et al.” Civil Action No. 10449-CB) in which the Delaware Chancery Court, to create a non-negotiated exit strategy for one of the company shareholders, ordered the forced sale of the entire company against the will of the other two shareholders.
Contestants will write briefs on the U.S. constitutional implications (Due Process and Takings Clauses) of the Delaware courts’ powers to adopt a forced sale remedy when shareholders of a highly profitable privately-held corporation are deadlocked. The contestants will be asked to write an argument to be heard by the United States Supreme Court reversing a decision by the Delaware Supreme Court which affirmed the decision by the Delaware Chancery Court.
Participating contestants will be provided with the necessary briefs, case files, decisions and oral arguments. They will have ample time to write a brief of not more than 15 pages arguing to reverse the Delaware Supreme Court which affirmed the Delaware Chancellor's decision, in whole or in part, and dispose of the case. Three finalists will deliver their arguments in a short speech to a panel of judges, comprised of Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, (Ret) Senior Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, Justice Melvin Schweitzer, (Ret) New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Professor Alan Dershowitz, and Joseph D. Hansen, former Director of Interns for Justice Schweitzer, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division.
First place will be awarded $65,000, second place $25,000, and third place $10,000. Submissions due April 20, 2017. Additional information can be found here.
Nassau County Women's Bar Foundation Scholarships
The Nassau County Women's Bar Foundation (the I.R.C. § 501(c)(3) sister organization of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association) will be awarding scholarships at our 2017 Scholarship Luncheon to outstanding women residents of Nassau County who have been accepted to, or currently are enrolled in an accredited law school in the New York metropolitan area and who have displayed a commitment to continuing to attend law school through their 2L and 3L years. Attached is this year's application. We would greatly appreciate it if you would disseminate the application to your women law students and encourage them to apply for scholarships. The postmark deadline for applications is April 30, 2017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the application.
Canadian American Bar A Essay Competition
The Canadian American Bar Association holds an essay competition to engage law students in addressing relevant cross-border legal issues. This year’s essay topic will be announced in January 2017 and submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for submissions will be May 2017. This competition is an integral part of CABA’s mission to provide a voice to Canadians in the United States and Americans in Canada and to foster a greater understanding of rules with cross-border implications as well as an engagement in their development. For additional information and rules, click here.
Prize of $500 USD from our sponsor Dorsey & Whitney LLP and publication of the winning essay on CABA’s website.
Deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Legal Writing Contest
The International Association of Defense Counsel invites you to participate in its 2017 Legal Writing Contest. The IADC is a professional association that has been serving an invitation-only membership of international corporate and insurance civil defense lawyers since 1920.
All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.
Deadline for articles is Friday, May 19, 2017. Copies of contest rules, writing guidelines, and entry forms can be found on here.
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor Law and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2016. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged 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 Place: $3000, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.
For additional information including competition rules, click here.
Articles must be submitted to email@example.com, using the subject line "Writing Competition," by midnight on June 15, 2017.
The 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize
The Warren E. Burger prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. The 2017 Warren E. Burger will be presented during the annual American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC on October 21, 2017.
Submissions are due July 1, 2017. Additional information may be found here.
The 2017 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Sponsored by The Theodore Tannenwald Jr.Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel
Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at http://www.tannenwald.org).
Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.
Deadline for submitting papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2017.
Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980, Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski.
For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2017 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
The contest is open to students who, on the date the entry is submitted, attend and are in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions. Membership in the Criminal Justice Section is not a requirement. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize that may be presented at an agreed-upon CJS event with approved transportation costs not to exceed $800 to be covered by the Section.
All entries must be received by the editor no later than July 1, 2017, 11:59 pm CST. For rules click here.
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation's 24th Annual Brown Award
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-fourth annual Brown Award. The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. The awards for 2017 will be as follows:
$10,000 First Place,
$5,000 Second Place,
$3,000 Third Place,
$1,000 Finalist, and
$5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.
In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007
Submission must be postmarked no later than August 18, 2017. Additional information may be found here.