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Writing Contests:

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Week of January 26, 2004

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: 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: Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest.
Topic: Legally protecting the American wilderness from anti-environmental government policies.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000 and publication of paper.
Deadline:  Intent-to-Enter Form deadline is February 9, 2004. Essays must be received no later than March 29, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.roscoepound.org

Sponsor/Title: Paralyzed Veterans of America Legal Writing Competition.
Topic: Should members of the Board of Veterans' Appeals be required to qualify as Administrative Law Judges?
Prizes:  First place, $1,000 for best entry on each side of the issue.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received no later than February 17, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.pva.org/prof/legal/writingcontest.htm

Sponsor/Title: American Business Law Journal Student Writing Contest.
Topic: Any area of business law, broadly interpreted, including but not limited to antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, business organization, contracts, environmental, constitutional, e-commerce, employment, ethics, financial, international, property, securities, and torts.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000 and publication of paper.
Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2004.

Sponsor/Title: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Papers should address one or more legal issues in the area of trusts and estates and related taxation.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; second place, $3,000; third place, $1,000. Winning submissions will also be published by ACTEC.
Deadline:  Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2004.

Sponsor/Title: American Immigration Law Foundation Annual Edward L. Dubroff Memorial Legal Writing Contest.
Topic: Any aspect of immigration and nationality law.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  The submission deadline is March 8, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.ailf.org

Sponsor/Title: AIPLA Quarterly Journal Publication Staff Competition.
Topic: To be announced.
Prizes:  Position as a publication staff member for the period August 2004 through May 2006 on the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.
Deadline:  Submit a Request to Compete form and Candidate Agreement by 5:00 pm on March 12, 2004. The competition packet will be delivered to each applicant on March 19, 2004 and must be returned by mail, postmarked no later than the following Monday.
Website
: http://www.aipla.org

Sponsor/Title: Sovereignty XVII Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition.
Topic: Any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.
Prizes:  First place, $500; second place, $300; third place, $200.
Deadline:  Entries must be received no later than March 15, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.oscn.net

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: Cleveland State Law Review Judge John M. Manos Writing Competition on Evidence.
Topic: Any issue regarding evidence in the federal courts.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Submissions must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2004.

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: 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 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: American Judges Association/American Judges Foundation Law Student Essay Competition.
Topic: A topic of interest to a broad segment of the judiciary.
Prizes:  First place, $3,000 and publication of paper; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2004.
Website: http://aja.ncsc.dni.us

Sponsor/Title: ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and Association for Conflict Resolution, James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition.
Topic: The purpose of the competition is to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making among students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools as well as students enrolled in graduate programs both in the United States and abroad.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Submissions must be made no later than June 1, 2004.
Website: http://www.abanet.org/dispute or http://www.acresolution.org

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


Sponsor/Title: American Intellectual Property Law 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 June 30, 2004.
Website: http://aipla.org


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