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Writing Contests:

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Week of December 9, 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: Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition.
Topic: Identify a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry and propose a resolution.
Prizes: $5,000 for first place and $1,500 for each of four runners-up. All five finalists receive 1 Gold-level Grammy Awards ticket, hotel accommodations, and roundtrip airfare, among other prizes.
Deadline:  Students must register by December 14, 2002. Submissions must be received by January 2, 2003.

Sponsor/Title: Boalt Hall United Student Organizations and Journal's "Coalitions at the Crossroads" contest.
Topic: A coalition of progressive Boalt Hall student-run organizations and journals will provide a forum for discussion between activists, academics and attorneys on the problems and prospects of progressive works in coalitions on Saturday April 12, 2003. All law students are invited to submit papers on any topic related to the impacts of coalitions on law, society and policy.
Prizes: $500 prize will be awarded to the best student paper. The winner will be provided with lodging and airfare from within the continental United States.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received by January 5, 2003.

Sponsor/Title: International Association of Defense Counsel 2003 Legal Writing Contest.
Topic: Entries must be original work of a single author, not previously published, on a subject in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation. Visit for contest rules, writing guidelines and entry form.
Prizes: $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received by April 16, 2003.

Sponsor/Title:2002-2003 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law (co-sponsored by the Institute for Law and the Workplace and the Jackson Lewis LLP firm).
Topic: 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. Submissions must be the law student author's 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 2002 semester. There are formatting guidelines that must be followed. For questions, contact Professor Martin H. Malin by e-mail at
Prizes:  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-Kent's annual Kenneth M. Piper Memorial Lecture in Labor Law.
Deadline:  Submissions are due no later than January 15, 2003.
Sponsor/Title: Dorothy Schramm World Affairs Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic related to contemporary transnational legal concerns.
Prizes:  Publication in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, and a cash prize if funds become available.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received by February 1, 2003.
Sponsor/Title: Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest.
Topic: "Brother, can you spare a dime?" Countering corporate evasion of environmental accountability through bankruptcy.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000 and publication of article.
Deadline:  Intent to Enter form must be submitted by February 7, 2003. Essays must be received no later than March 28, 2003.
Sponsor/Title: AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) Quarterly Journal.
Topic: To be announced.
Prizes:  The competition is used to select student members of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal; no monetary prizes are awarded.
Deadline:  Students wishing to compete must submit a Request to Compete form no later than Friday, March 14, 2003. Competition packets will then be mailed on Friday, March 21, and must be returned no later than the following Monday.

Sponsor/Title: NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund 2002-2003 Law Student Essay Contest.
Topic: The subject of the contest is "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 on or before April 30, 2003.

Sponsor/Title: NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Scholarship Contest for Third-Year Law Students.
Topic: The constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Prizes:  First place, $12,500 toward tuition; second place, $5,000; third place, $2,500.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received on or before July 1, 2003.

Sponsor/Title: American Intellectual Property Association, Robert C. Watson Competition.
Topic: A subject relating to the protection of intellectual property.
Prizes:  First place, $2,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted on or before July 31, 2003.


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