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.

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 Submissions must be original, unpublished works exploring legal issues that affect the Asian Pacific American community.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 CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution announces a writing contest for original student articles on events or issues in the field of alternative dispute resolution.  First prize will be $2,000; second prize will be $1,000.  Submissions must be received no later than November 12, 1999.

The Berkeley Women's Law Journal announces a writing contest to solicit articles that address the lives and struggles of underrepresented women.  The winning entry will receive $500, and the winner's submission will be published in the Journal in Spring 2000. Submissions must be received by November 19, 1999.

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. announces its second annual Entertainment Law Initiative writing contest.  Contestants must submit a 3,000 word essay on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry.  First prize is a $5,000 award.  Four second place winners will each receive $1,500.  Contestants must register no later than November 1, 1999.  Papers must be submitted no later than December 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 ABA Section of Antitrust Law announces its second annual writing competition to reward student articles in the area of antitrust law and competition policy.  Submissions may address any antitrust-related topic of general and current interest to the antitrust law community, including (but not limited to) topics relating to civil and criminal antitrust law, competition policy, consumer protection and international competition law.  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 must be published in the law review during calendar year 1999.  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 are due no later than January 3, 2000.

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 for student essays related to intellectual property management. 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.

The Alliance Defense Fund announces its William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship Competition.  An award of $7,500 will be given to the full-time law student who submits the winning paper on the topic of extending equal access to religious viewpoints in elementary education.  Submissions must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2000.


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