Writing Contests:
Information provided by Dean Sowle's Office
1999-2000 Academic Year

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New listings added for the current week are indicated in italics.  Print copies of the rules and regulations governing the writing contests listed here are available from Denise Lang in Suite 320.  Note:  Additional information on law student writing competitions is available on the University of Memphis Law School website. The University of Memphis site may have information about writing contests not listed here. 

The Asian Law Journal is sponsoring a student writing competition to encourage legal scholarship addressing the legal issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans. Submissions must be original, unpublished works exploring legal issues that affect the Asian Pacific American community. Analyses of individual Asian Pacific American ethnic groups are welcome, as well as discussions of domestic or international issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans in general. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: Asian Pacific American political empowerment, the use of "cultural defenses" in criminal law, or Asian Pacific Americans and affirmative actions. The winning entrant will receive a cash award of $500 and have his or per paper published in the Asian Law Journal. Submissions must be postmarked by October 15, 1999.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners announces its first annual Joe E. Covington Prize for Scholarship in Bar Admissions Topics, which will be awarded to the winning essay on one of the following topics:  (1) Computer-based testing for the bar examination: can adaptive testing or complex format testing better gauge applicant abilities? (2) How can the bar examination and bar admission processes enhance the professional committment of newly admitted Lawyers to integrity, civility, and the advancement of basic societal values in the practice of law? (3) Bar admissions in the 21st century: should the bar admission process be change?  Submissions must be received by November 30, 1999.

The Roscoe Pound Foundation announces the 2000 Roscoe Hogan Enviornmental Law Essay Contest on the topic: "Causation standards for toxic torts."  The winning entrant will receive a $5,000 cash award and a paid trip to Chicago to receive the award at the annuanl Convention of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  Each entry must be submitted through a faculty adviser.  Entrants must submit an intent-to-enter form by February 11, 2000.  The essays themselves must be submitted no later than March 31, 2000

The law firm of Foley & Lardner announces its Intellectual Property Competition 2000. Twelve prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded.  Acceptable topics "are as broad as a candidate's initiative, creativity and vision." Representative examples incude, but are not limited to: protecting intellectual property rights to maximize competitive opportunities; extracting untapped value from intellectual property; auditing patents to determine whether they should be enforced, licensed, donated or terminated; and identifying prospective IP licensees. Submissions must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2000.

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