Writing Contests:
Information provided by Dean Sowle's Office
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. 

The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. has extended the deadline for its securities law writing competition  to January 30, 1999.  The winning paper will receive a cash prize of $2,500, and the winner will be invited to attend the Association's annaul dinner in February.  The second prize winner will receive $1,000. 

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The Houston Journal of International Law invites submissions for its James Baker Hughes Prize, awarded to the best unpublished student-written manuscript on the subject of international economic law.  A cash award of $500 will be given to the winning entry, which will also be published in the Journal.  Manuscripts must be received by March 1, 1999.

The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School announce the 1998-1999 Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition.  Entries should provide an in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.  Submissions must be received no later than March 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 Berkeley Technology Law Journal announces its 1999 student writing competition.  Submissions may be on any issue relevant to law and technology.  First prize will be $1,000; second prize, $750; third prize, $500.  Submissions must be postmarked by 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

The Santa Clara University Computer and High Technology Law Journal announces its 1999 Comment Contest on the topic, "legal issues of the next millennium."  Suggested areas include: privacy, internet copyright issues, on-lin contracts, encryption, cloning, gene mapping and manipulation, Y2K and other computer bugs, and other emerging technical areas requiring legal guidelines.  Prizes will be awarded as follows:  first place $2,000; second place $1,5000; third place $1,000.  Entries must be postmarked by June 1, 1999.

The Federal Circuit Bar Association announces its 1999 George Hutchinson Writing Contest.  Submissions may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  An award of $2,000 will be given to the first place entry.  Second and third place awards may be given at the discretion of the judges.  Submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1, 1999.

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association announces its Thirteenth Annual Entertainment Law Writing Competition.  Entries may be on any area of entertainment law.  Three prizes will be awarded:  first place $1,000; second place $5000; third place $250.  The first place article will be published in COMM/ENT, Hastings Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law.  Each law school may submit up to two articles written during the current academic year by second or third year or LL.M. students.  Entries should be submitted to Dean Sowle no later than June 15, 1999. 
The American College of Tax Counsel announces its Eighteenth Annual Student Writing Contest.  The winning paper will be published in the American Journal of Tax Policy and the winner will receive $1,000.  Second prize is $600, and third prize $400.  Submissions must concern tax policy and must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.  Entries must be postmarked no later than June 30, 1999.
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