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 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 American Academy of Adoption Attorneys announces a writing contest on subjects germane to adoption law and practice.  First place will receive a cash award of $500; second place, $250.  The first and second place entries will be published in the Academic Journal of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.  Submissions must be received no later than April 1, 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.  Entries must be postmarked on or before April 7, 1999

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation announces a competition for the sixth annual Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.  The winner of the competition will receive a stipend of $5,000.  There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic, except that submissions must be on a legal subject.  Entries must be received no later than April 23, 1999

The Cleveland State Law Review announces the 1999 Judge John M. Manos Writing Competition on Evidence.  Submissions may be on any issue regarding evidence in the federal courts.  An award of $500 will be given to the student who submits the winning entry.  The deadline for submissions is May 1, 1999. 

The Telecommunications Policy Research Conference issues a call for papers by graduate or law students for its 27th annual conference.  Three prizes will be awarded:  first place $1,000; second place $500; third place $300.  Submissions must be accompanied by a letter of nomination by a faculty member, and must be received no later than May 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

The University of Alberta announces its first annual Holocaust Remembrance Essay Competition.  Submissions can be on any topic, provided only that they somehow address the relationship between law and the Holocaust.  Entries must be submitted no later than July 1, 1999. 

The Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum and the California Bankruptcy Journal announce the Joseph Bernfeld Essay Competition.  Submissions should focus on an issue of bankruptcy, insolvency law, or related matters, such as debtor-creditor relations, receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, or out-of-court workouts.  Three prizes will be awarded:  first place $2,500; second place $1,500; third place $1,000.  Entries must be postmarked no later than July 1, 1999. 

The Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association announces its 1999 writing competition.  Submissions should address a topical issue in public contract or grant law.  First place papers will receive an award of $1,000; second place papers, $500.  Entries must be postmarked by September 15, 1999


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