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Writing Contests:

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Week of March 18, 2002

New listings added for the current week, if any, 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.

Sponsor/Title: Southern Illinois University Law Journal Student Writing Contest.
Topic: There is no limit to the subject matter, but the Journal hopes to attract fresh, cutting-edge, and well-written legal commentary.
Prizes:  First place, $500; top four entries will be published in the Journal.
Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: Richmond Journal of Law andTechnology Biennial Writing Competition.
Topic: Any law and technology topic, including biotechnology, intellectual property, patent and trademark law, and the Internet.
Prizes:  First place, $1,200 in cash, $995 credit on a BAR/BRI Bar Review Course, free 3-day PMBR Multistate Bar Review Course, and publication in The Richmond Journal of Law &Technology; second place, $300 in cash, $500 credit on a BAR/BRI Bar Review Course, free 3-day PMBR Multistate Bar Review Course; third place, $200 credit on a BAR/BRI Bar Review Course.
Deadline:  Entries must be received no later than March 15, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund 2001-2002 Law Student Essay Contest.
Topic: The right of the individual to keep and bear arms as a federally protected right.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; second place, $3,000; third place, $2,000; fourth place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Submissions must be postmarked or delivered no later than March 31, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: The Treatment Advocacy Center.
Topic: Entries must address one of the following topics:  (1) Have courts accurately interpreted O’Connor v. Donaldson and how did this and subsequent cases affect the power of courts to order treatment for individuals with severe mental illness? (2) Examine the constitutionality of assisted outpatient treatment (outpatient commitment) for individuals with severe mental illness. (3) Would the current United States Supreme Court decide that parens patriae-based civil commitments (rather than police power-based ones) for individuals with severe mental illness are constitutional and, if so, what parameters would it set for their use? 
Prizes: First place, $1,500; second place, $750.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: Alliance Defense Fund.
Topic: Same sex marriage: Protected by the free speech clause of the First Amendment?
Prizes:  First place, $7,500.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than April 16, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: International Association of Defense Counsel.
Topic: Entries must address a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as, for examples, relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.
Prizes:  First place, $2,000; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked on or before April 16, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition (Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School).
Topic: An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.
Prizes:  First place, $750; second place, $250.
Deadline: Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: Attorney-CPA Foundation 2001-2002 Essay Contest.
Topic: Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between retained earnings computerd under GAAP and earnigns andprofits (E&P) computed for federal income tax purposes.
Prizes: First place, $2,500; second place, $1,500; third and fourth places, $500 each; four regional prizes, $250 each.
Deadline: Essays must be received by May 11, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: Foley & Lardner 3d Annual Intellectual Property Writing Competition.
Topic: Acceptable topics are as broad as the author's initiative, creativity, and vision. Representative examples 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 licensees.
Prizes: $5,000 grand prize (one each for first-, second-, and third-year law students).
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked not later than May 15, 2002.
Sponsor/Title: Food and Drug Law Institute 2001-2002 Writing Competition.
Topic: Submissions should provide an in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to the food and drug field (e.g., a review of relevant case law, legislative history, and other legal authorities involving the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agruclulture, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Institutes of Health, the Codex Alimentarious Commission, or the Environmental Protection Agency).
Prizes: First place, $1,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.
Deadline: Entries must be received no later than May 17, 2002.


Sponsor/Title: Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal.
Topic: Legal issues surrounding advancements in technology.
Prizes: First place, $2,000; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2002.
Sponsor/Title: Violence Policy Center, Alexander Hamilton Second Amendment Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Critical examination of the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in United States v. Emerson, No. 99-10331, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 22386 (October 16, 2001), in light of judicial precedent and historical and legal scholarship on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Prizes: First place, $3,000.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 3, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division.
Topic:  Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either planning or areas of law germane to planning (e.g., land use, local government or environmental law).
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: American Judges Association/American Judges Foundation.
Topic:  None specified, although one of the listed evaluation criteria is the topic's interest to a broad segment of the judiciary.
Prizes:  First place, $3,000; second place, $1,250; third place, $1,000.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked not later than June 30, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund and NRA Foundation, Inc.
Topic: Scholarships are available to third-year law students who submit articles on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms of quality suitable for publication in a law review.
Prizes:  First place, $12,500 toward tuition; second place, $5,000; third place, $2,500.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received no later than July 1, 2002.

Sponsor/Title: Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and the American College of Tax Counsel.
Topic: Any topic in the field of taxation.
Prizes: First place, $3,000; second place, $2,000; third place, $1,000.
Deadline: Submissions must be received no later than July 1, 2002.

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