Writing Contests:
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1998-99 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. 

Suffolk University Law School and the Suffolk Lawyers Guild announce the Fourth Annual Academic Convocation for Law Students.  This year's writing contest theme is Law in a Changing Society.  First prize is $500, second prize is $250, and third prize is $100.  To be eligible to present papers, you must send a one page abstract of your paper on or before December 31, 1998.  If your proposal is accepted, your finished paper must be postmarked no later than January 30, 1999. 

The ABA Section of Antitrust Law announces its first annual writing competition to reward student articles in the area of antitrust law and competition policy.  Each law review sponsored by an ABA-accredited law school may nominate an article for consideration.  The article must be written by a currently enrolled student and published in the law review during calendar year 1998.  The winning entrant will receive a prize of $1,000 and an expenses-paid trip to the Section's annual Spring meeting in Washington, D.C. Entries must be postmarked no later than January 4, 1999

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. announces its 1998-1999 health care law writing competition.   Papers must address an issue of current interest relating to health care law.  A first prize of $3,000 and a second prize of $1,000 will be awarded.  Entries must be received by January 8, 1999

The Federal Taxation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association invites submissions of short essays (no longer than five pages) on one of the following topics:  (1) Explain why the timing of income and deductions is important under the tax law; (2) Discuss the Internal Revenue Code deduction phase-out provisions in a comprehensive manner; (3) How do the tax laws influence the decision to operate a business as a sole proprietor, partnership, limited liability company, S corporation, or C corporation; (4) Discuss the recent changes to Internal Revenue Code Section 355 and court decisions in a comprehensive manner; or (5) Explain the techniques for valuing closely held businesses for estate and gift tax purposes.   A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the winning entry. Entries must be submitted by January 11, 1999.

The American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry announces a writing contest open to second and third year students on the topic, "recovering consequential damages in construction disputes."  The author of the winning paper will receive a cash award of $500.  Submissions must be received no later than February 1, 1999. 

The Alliance Defense Fund announces an essay competition on the issue of "The legal definition of marriage as it exists today, as the union of one man and one woman."  The paper submitted may be published in a law review or similar scholarly journal.  The winner of the competition will receive the William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship in the amount of $7,500.  Entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 1999

The Roscoe Pound Foundation announces the 1999 Roscoe Hogan Enviornmental Law Essay Contest on the topic: "What is an environmental expert?  The impact of Daubert and Joiner on the Admissibility of Expert Testimony."  Three prizes will be awarded:  first place $3,000 and a paid trip to San Francisco to receive the award at the annuanl Convention of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; second place $2,000; third place $1,000.  Each entry must be submitted through a faculty adviser.  Entrants from Fall semester classes must submit an intent-to-enter form by December 11, 1998.  Entrants from Spring semester class must submit an intent-to-enter form by February 12, 1999.  Students participating outside of a class assignment may use either intent-to-enter date.  The essays themselves must be submitted no later than March 31, 1999

The ABA Section of Family Law invites submissions for its 1999 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest in Family Law.  The contest is open to second- and third-year full-time students and second- through fourth-year part-time students.  Submissions can be on any aspect of family law.  Entries must be postmarked on or before April 2, 1999.

The International Association of Defense Counsel announces its 1999 writing contest.  Papers must be on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, for example, relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.  First prize is $2,000, second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500.  Entires must be postmarked on or before April 7, 1999

The Food and Drug Law Institute announces its 1998-1999 H. Thomas Austern Writing Award Competition.  Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.  Papers should be on a current issue relevant to the food and drug field.  Three prizes will be awarded:  first place $3,000; second place $2,000; third place $1,000.  Papers must be received no later than May 14, 1999

The National Lawyers Association Foundation announces a writing competition on the following subject:  "What is the legal connection, or relationship, between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America?"  First prize is $1,000 and expenses to attend the Annual Convention of the National Lawyers Association.  Submissions must be received no later than June 1, 1999.
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