Writing competitions


WRITING COMPETITION update:

THE COLLEGE OF LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS & ABA SECTION OF LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW ANNUAL LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION [DEADLINE: JUNE 15, 2020 BY MIDNIGHT EST]

Eligibility: This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to Dec. 1,2019. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.

Topic: Labor and employment law

Awards:

  • First Place: $3000
  • Second Place: $1000
  • Third Place: $500

The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Complete details and Student Information Form: Available @ laborandemploymentcollege.org/images/pdfs/AME_COL_WRITING_COMPETITION_ANNOUNCMENT_AND_RULES_2020.pdf


WRITING COMPETITION update:

2020 HOGAN/SMOGER ACCESS TO JUSTICE ESSAY COMPETITION [DEADLINE: APR. 30, 2020 BY 11:59 P.M. ET]

The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is sponsored by R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates in Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, California. It is administered by Public Citizen.

Eligibility: Open to all current law students, post 2015 law graduates, and all masters of law students. Co-authored submissions are eligible; if selected, the co-authors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work, but simultaneous submissions will be accepted.

Topic: “Court’s Secrecy”

In your essay, COURT SECRECY may be treated broadly or very specifically. However, underlying your essay should be how secrecy may or may not affect unsafe products, problematic practices, or behavior that should be discouraged. For instance, you may consider the practice, risks, or remedies of entering into or signing documents such as: 1) protective orders; 2) confidentiality orders or agreements; or 3) non-disclosure agreements. Essays may also discuss the benefits of any of these, as well as any existing or suggested limitations.

Essays also may (again at your discretion) address topics such as how subsequent courts should deal with or have dealt with items that have been made secret either by courts in prior related or unrelated litigation or between parties whose precise dispute is not before the court that must weigh the secrecy provided by the previously signed agreement or order. For example, an essay could advocate that it should be considered unethical conduct for a lawyer or judge to sign a protective order or confidentiality agreement that does not make an exception for evidence of public safety hazards, dangerous product design, or unsafe practice.

Essays can also discuss secrecy imposed by forced arbitration agreements.

Awards: $5,000

Submission guidelines: Submissions must be emailed as Microsoft Word documents. They may be full-length law review articles or shorter academic essays and should use footnotes (not endnotes). The word count may be between 6,000 and 25,000 words, not including footnotes.

Complete details: Available @ citizen.org/article/the-2020-hogan-smoger-access-to-justice-essay-competition/

Contact: Please contact Amanda Fleming with any questions @ afleming@citizen.org


WRITING COMPETITION update:

THE SPORTS LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (SLA) – 7TH ANNUAL LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION [DEADLINE: FEB. 28, 2020 BY 5 P.M. PACIFIC TIME]

Eligibility: Each entrant must be a current law or LLM student and 18 years of age or older, and member in good standing of the Sports Lawyers Association

Topic: Choose a current issue in sports law and advocate a position

Awards:

  • $5,000 will be awarded for first place selection and submission will be published in the Sports Lawyers Journal (subject to SLA’s editorial standards)
  • $3,000 awarded for second place selection
  • $2,000 awarded for third place selection
  • Complimentary registration to the 2020 SLA Annual Meeting for fourth place selection
  • All four finalists will receive a complimentary registration for the 2020 SLA Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Miami (recipients recognized and final order of awards presented at the SLA Annual Meeting in Miami). Winners need not be present at the announcement.
  • Winners are solely responsible for taxes on their prize winnings and must provide SLA with social security number for tax reporting purposes.

Submission guidelines: (a) Each entry is limited to 3,000 words maximum, not including title of reasonable length (footnotes and references included); (b) must be submitted in Microsoft Word or equivalent Google Documents file format; (c) entrant warrants that the submitted entry is original and unpublished; (d) co-authorship of a manuscript is not permitted in the contest; (e) each author may submit only one entry; (f) previous winners and/or finalists are ineligible.

Complete details: Available @ sportslaw.org/publications/student_writing_competition.cfm

Contact:

Sports Lawyers Association
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350
Reston, VA 20191
703-437-4377 ext. 4085, 4070 or 4071
sportslaw.org/contact/index.cfm


WRITING COMPETITION update:

13TH ANNUAL RICHARD D. CUDAHY NATIONAL WRITING COMPETITION ON REGULATORY AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW [DEADLINE: FEB. 2, 2020 BY 11:59 P.M.]

This annual national writing competition honors the late Judge Cudahy’s contributions to the field of administrative law. Judge Cudahy’s distinguished contributions to the fields of regulatory and administrative law combined a keen grasp of legal doctrine, deep insight into the institutional forces that determine how doctrine is implemented, and an appreciation of the public impact of doctrinal and institutional choices, including the consequences for fundamental values such as fairness, participation, and transparency. This competition seeks to encourage and reward these qualities in the scholarship of others.

Eligibility: All lawyers and law students

Topic: Submissions should be focused on American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or deregulation; doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development; and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation, and transparency.

Awards: The author of the winning paper in each category (lawyer and law student) will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the 2020 ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS. For example, ACS’s two journals, the Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) and Advance, will consider publication of appropriate pieces that meet their word limit guidelines (under 10,000 words for HLPR and under 5,000 words for Advance).

Submission guidelines: (1) A wide range of formats are eligible and encouraged, from traditional full-length law review articles to less academic, lightly-cited essays written to be accessible to a wide audience; (2) Entries submitted must be in Word format and any citations in submissions should appear in footnotes, not endnotes; (3) Submissions should be less than 25,000 words, not including footnotes. Shorter submissions are strongly encouraged.

Complete details: Available @ acslaw.org/get-involved/awards-and-competitions/the-richard-d-cudahy-writing-competition-on-regulatory-and-administrative-law/

Contact: Please email cudahy@acslaw.org with questions

 

CONSTANCE BAKER MOTLEY NATIONAL STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION ON A PROGRESSIVE VISION OF THE CONSTITUTION [DEADLINE: FEB. 9, 2020 BY 11:59 P.M.]

This annual national student writing competition honoring Constance Baker Motley, a civil rights leader, elected official, and the first African American woman appointed to the federal bench.

Eligibility: Open to all law students who are dues-paying ACS members

Topic: ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include: census report, civil legal aid, civil liberties, constitutional convention, consumer rights, criminal justice, disability rights, freedom of speech, immigration, indigent defense, money in politics (including judicial elections), labor law, LGBTQ+ rights, privacy, protection of health, safety, and the environment, racial equality, religion, role of state attorneys general, second amendment and guns, separation of powers and federalism, women’s reproductive rights and reproductive freedom, voting and political process, and whistleblower protection.

Awards: The winning paper author will be awarded $3,000 and each of the 2 runners-up will receive $1,000. The winning authors of the top 3 papers will be featured during the 2020 ACS National Convention and on ACS’s website and social media platforms. The top paper also receives an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. 

Complete details: Available @ acslaw.org/get-involved/awards-and-competitions/constance-baker-motley-national-student-writing-competition/


WRITING COMPETITION update:

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LEGAL MEDICINE FOUNDATION 2020 STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION IN LAW, MEDICINE & BIOETHICS [DEADLINE: JAN. 15, 2020]

Eligibility: All students studying Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Podiatry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Science, Healthcare Administration or Public Health are encouraged to compete

Topic: Legal medicine

Awards: The first-place paper will be named the Hirsh Award Winner. The Winner of the Hirsh Award will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the American College of Legal Medicine. In addition, the ACLM Foundation will reimburse the Hirsh Award Winner for reasonable coach airfare and one night of lodging at the host hotel to present his or her paper at the ACLM 2020 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • $1,000 Hirsh Award for first place
  • $500 2nd prize
  • $250 3rd prize

Complete details: Available @ aclm.memberclicks.net/student-writing-competition

 

INTA: LADAS MEMORIAL AWARD COMPETITION [DEADLINE: JAN. 17, 2020]

Eligibility:

  • Student Category: Eligible students must be enrolled as either full- or part-time law or graduate students. For students outside the United States, university enrollment is acceptable.
  • Professional Category: Authors may be legal practitioners, business professionals and/or academics. No restrictions apply regarding level of experience or years in practice.

Topic: A paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks

Submission guidelines: Available @ inta.org/Academics/Documents/2020_ladas_flyer.pdf

Complete details: Available @ inta.org/Academics/Pages/LadasMemorialAward.aspx

Contact: ladasaward@inta.org