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Writing Contests:

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Week of March 17, 2003

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: 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: ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Law and Aging Student Essay Contest.
Topic: Submissions should address any public policy or practice issue in serving socially, economically, or physically vulnerable older persons.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; second place, $3,000; third place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received by April 1, 2003.

Sponsor/Title: International Association of Defense Counsel 2003 Legal Writing Contest.
Topic: Any 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:  Submissions must be postmarked on or before April 16, 2003.

Sponsor/Title: Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation, Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.
Topic: Any topic on a legal subject.
Prizes:  First place, $7,500.
Deadline:  Submissions must be postmarked no later than April 25, 2003.

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: ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition.
Topic: Dispute resolution.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Submissions must be made no later than May 30, 2003.

Sponsor/Title: Pacific Legal Foundation, Fourth Program for Judicial Awareness Writing Competition.
Topic: One of the following: (1) Discuss the state of regulatory takings law after Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, focusing especially on the status of the temporary takings doctrine and the per se takings rule articulated in Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council. (2) In light of the Supreme Court's 2001 decision in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC), what are the statutory limitations of the Corps of Engineers authority to regulate the use of private property under the Clean Water Act? (3) In Loggerhead Turtle v. County Council of Volusia County, 148 F.3d 1231 (11th Cir. 1998), and other cases, environmentalists have sought to establish that state and local governments can be held liable under the Endangered Species Act for failing to adequately regulate private activities. Critique this theory, paying particular attention to the purpose and intent of the Act and to any federalism issues raised by the demand that states enforce the Act in a particular manner.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; first runner-up, $3,000; second runner-up, $1,500.
Deadline:  Submissions must be made no later than May 31, 2003.


Sponsor/Title: American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition.
Topic: None specified.
Prizes:  First place, $3,000 and publication of essay; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2003.


Sponsor/Title: Notre Dame Law School 10th Annual Feminist Jurisprudence Writing Competition.
Topic: Any issue within the category of feminist jurisprudence.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2003.

Sponsor/Title: ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Jacques T. Schlenger Student Writing Contest.
Topic: Essays should be on a current topic dealing with real property, probate, or trust law.
Prizes:  First place, $2,000, membership in the Section, and trip to Section's fall meeting; second place, $500; third place, $250.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received no later than June 15, 2003.


Sponsor/Title: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition.
Topic: Any aspect of copyright law.
Prizes: First place, $600, second place, $250, at each participating law school.
Deadline: Entries must be certified to the Society no later than June 30, 2003.
Other Information: Two winning papers will be chosen, and awards given, at each participating law school. Open to third-year (or, with permission, second-year) law students. Each school will be responsible for choosing the winning papers. Any Chicago-Kent student interested in submitting a paper should contact Dean Sowle well in advance of the June 30 deadline.

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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