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Writing Contests:

Information Provided by Dean Sowle's Office

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Week of October 27, 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: Recording Academy Sixth Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Writing Competition.
Topic: Any legal topic facing the music industry today.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; four runners-up, $1,500 each.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked by January 2, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.grammy.com

Sponsor/Title: Legal Affairs Writing Contest for Law Students.
Topic: Essays of no more than 1,500 words, accessible to general readers and lawyers alike, that make an argument about a significant topic in the law.
Prizes:  First place, $2,000 and publication in Legal Affairs; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.
Deadline:  Entries must be sent before January 7, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.legalaffairs.org


Sponsor/Title: Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Health Law Writing Competition.
Topic: Any traditional area of the 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:  First place, $4,000; second place, $2,000; third place, $500.
Deadline:  Entries are due on January 19, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.ebglaw.com

Sponsor/Title: American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition.
Topic:
Any aspect of Legal Medicine (the professional and academic discipline that concerns itself with legal aspects of medical science, medical practice, and other health care delivery problems).
Prizes: 
First place, $1,000.
Deadline: 
Entries must be received no later than January 19, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.aclm.org


Sponsor/Title: American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition in Bioethics.
Topic:
Any aspect of bioethics, that is, any ethical issue arising specifically within the health care arena in the 21st century.
Prizes: 
First place, $1,000; second place, $500; third place, $250.
Deadline: 
Entries must be received no later than January 19, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.aclm.org


Sponsor/Title: 2003-2004 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law.
Topic:
Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
Prizes:
  First place, $3,000; second place (two awards), $1,000. The top three entries will be published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
Deadline:
  Entries must be received on or before January 19, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.kentlaw.edu/ilw/jackson.html

Sponsor/Title: American Indian Law Review Writing Competition.
Topic: Any issue concerning American Indian Law. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored..
Prizes:  First place, $1,000 and publication of article; second place, $500; third place, $250.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked first class no later than January 31, 2004.
Website
: http://www.law.ou.edu/lawrevs/ailr

Sponsor/Title: ABA Section of Business Law Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest.
Topic: Any business law topic.
Prizes:  First place, $2,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.
Deadline:  Law school nominations are due by February 3, 2004.
Other information:
Each ABA-accredited law school is permitted to nominate one paper. Submit papers to Dean Sowle for consideration.


Sponsor/Title: ABA Section of Criminal Justice William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Any important pending legal controversy implicating or with the potential to impact upon american criminal constitutional procedure.
Prizes:  First place, $2,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.abanet.org/crimjust/home.html


Sponsor/Title: Alliance Defense Fund William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship Competition.
Topic: Submissions should address one or more legal issues justifying a perspective consistent with religious liberty, the sanctity of life and/or traditional values.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; second place, $2,000; third place, $500.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.alliancedefensefund.org


Sponsor/Title: International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest.
Topic: 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 19, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.iadclaw.org


Sponsor/Title: NRA Civil Right Defense Fund Law Student Essay Contest.
Topic: The right of the individual to keep and bear arms as a federally protect right.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; second place, $3,000; third place, $2,000; fourth place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked or delivered on or before May 31, 2004.
Website: http://www.nradefensefund.org/docs/writing_contest.html

Sponsor/Title: Pacific Legal Foundation Fifth Annual Program for Judicial Awareness Writing Competition.
Topic: One of the following topics: (1) In Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 505 U.S. 1003 (1992), the Supreme Court held that compensation for a regulatory taking is not required if the property use in question could have been prohibited by “the restrictions that background principles of the State’s law of property and nuisance already place upon land ownership.” Discuss the “background principles” exception to the Takings Clause, both as it was set forth in Lucas and as it has been applied by lower courts since then. Is this exception a useful mechanism for determining when just compensation for a taking is due? (2) To what extent should American courts look to foreign sources of law and international conventions in determining the protections and guarantees of the United States Constitution? (3) What should be the limitations (if any) of federal authority to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act against wholly intrastate employers, in light of recent Supreme Court decisions restricting the scope of congressional power under the Commerce Clause?
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; first runner-up, $3,000; second runner-up, $1,500.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2004.
Website: http://www.pacificlegal.org

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:  Entries must be received on or before June 1, 2004.


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