Writing Contests:
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2000-2001 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 National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences announces its third annual Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Writing Contest. Essays should address a compelling legal issue facing the music industry. The first place winner will receive $5,000, and four second place winners will receive $1,500. The deadline for registering for the contest is November 15, 2000. The deadline for submitting essays is January 2, 2001.

The American Business Law Journal is sponsoring a writing contest for third year law students. Submissions should address any area of business law, broadly interpreted, including but not limited to: antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, business organizations, contracts, environmental constitutional, e-commerce, employment, ethics, financial, international, property, securities, taxation, and tort law. The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an offer to publish the paper in the American Business Law Journal. The deadlines for submissions is December 15, 2000.

The Asian Law Journal announces a writing competition to encourage scholarship addressing the legal issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans. The author of the winning entry will receive a cash award of $250, and his or her paper will be published in the Asian Law Journal. The submission deadline is December 15, 2000.

The ABA Section of Antitrust Law announces its 2000 Student Writing Comptetition. Submissions must be published in the law school's Law Review; nominations must be made by the editor-in-chief of the Law Review.  Artlices 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.  The winning entrant will receive an award of $1,000 and payment of expenses to attend the Section's annual Spring Meeting.  Submissions are due no later than January 5, 2001.

The Patent and Trademark Office Society and the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society announces their 2000 Student Paper Contest.  The author of the best article on a subject relating to intellectual property will receive a prize of $1,000. Submissions must be mailed or e-mailed on or before January 10, 2001; submissions not received by January 15, 2001 will not be considered.

The Institute for Law and the Workplace announces the 2000-2001 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law, co-sponsored by the Jackson Lewis firm and by the Institute for Law and the Workplace. Submissions must be the law student authorís own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2000 semester. Papers may address any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration. One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published by the Chicago-Kent Law Review in an issue containing the paper from Chicago-Kentís annual Kenneth M. Piper Memorial Lecture in Labor Law. There are formatting guidelines that must be followed. For a flyer or questions, contact Professor Martin H. Malin by email at mmalin@kentlaw.edu. Submissions are due no later than January 12, 2001

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., announces its third annual Health Law Writing Competition. Papers may address any traditional area of law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate), or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid). Prizes will be awarded as follows: First place, $4,000; second place, $2,000; third place, $500. Submissions are due on January 19, 2001.

The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and the American College of Tax Counsel announce the first annual Tannenwald Writing Competition.  Submissions may address any topic in the field of taxation.  Prizes will be awarded as follows:  First prize, $3,000; second prize, $2,000; third prize, $1,000. Submissions are due by February 1, 2001.

The ABA Section of Business Law announces its 15th annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest to encourage and reward law student writings on a business law subject of general and current interest. Prizes will be awarded as follows: First place, $2,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500. Submissions must be made through law schools' deans by February 1, 2001.

The National Association of Home Builders announces its first annual Legal Writing Competition on the following question: "Should the Constitution require just compensation for a landowner who has been barred from developing land that was purchased prior to the enactment of federal environmental statutes (e.g., Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act) on the basis that she should have been aware that a growing sensitivity toward environmental issues would eventually change the regulatory climate and bar development of her property? Or, put another way, does the U.S. Constitution demand that land purchasers anticipate future laws that Congress may enact that could have a potential impact on the ability to use a specific piece of property? Students may refer to Good v. United States, 189 F.3d 1355 (Fed. Cir. 1999) as a starting point for their analysis; however, mere recitation of points raised by the parties to this case is strongly discouraged." Prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, $5,000; second place, $2,500; third place, $1,250. Papers should be submitted no later than February 9, 2001.

The Roscoe Pound Institute announces its 2001 Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest on the topic, "Whose backyard is polluted? Remedies for environmental racism." The winning entrant will receive a $5,000 cash award. Each entry must be submitted through a faculty adviser. An intent-to-enter form must be submitted by February 9, 2001. The essays must be received no later than March 30, 2001.

The Alliance Defense Fund announces the fourth annual William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship Competition, on the topic: Sexual Identity: Objective Reality or Sexual Illusion. The author of the winning paper will receive a $7,500 scholarship.  Submissions must be postmarked no later than April 16, 2001.

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility announces an essay contest addressing the social implications of today's information technology. CPSR is looking for papers that will advance its work within its Working Groups and interests: community networks, cyber-rights, DNS/Internet governance, computers in education, intellectual property/UCITA/UETA, broadband technologies, computers and the environment, ethics, privacy, women in computing, and working in the industry. Up to 36 papers will be selected as winners. For each topic, a Working Group may select a student to be awarded a $100 prize. Up to two writers will be selected to present their papers at the CPSR Annual Meeting and receive $500. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2001.

The Attorney-CPA Foundation announces its 2000-2001 Essay Contest. The topic for the graduate/professional division is:  "Is independence impaired when an attorney-CPA who is a member of an accounting firm that audits a client renders ANY type of legal services to that client? Are there some legal services that could be rendered and others that could not be rendered? Are the rules different for publicly traded client corporations vs. closely held companies? Do the rules apply throughout the United States or are there different rules for different states? Are there different rules for international clients?" The grand prize winner will receive $1,500, and the the runner up will receive $1,000. In addition, there will be five regional prizes of $250 each. Essays must be received by May 11, 2001.

Foley & Lardner announces its second annual Intellectual Property Writing Competition. Acceptable topics include, but are not limited to: focus on metrics or other measurements of intellectual asset management performance; 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; identifying prospective intellectual property licenses. First prize awards of $5,000 each will be given to a first year student, second year student, and third year student. Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2001.

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