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Writing Contests:

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Week of May 3, 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: Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Writing Contest.
Topic: A topic of interest to the civil defense bar, specifically one within any of the following areas: evidence, tort law, civil rights, municipal liability, professional malpractice, nursing home litigation, or construction negligence.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000 and publication of the paper.
Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.iadtc.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: Federal Circuit Bar Association George Hutchinson Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Prizes:  First place, $3,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed before June 1, 2004.

Sponsor/Title: Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal National Note Competition.
Topic: Any topic pertaining to sports law or entertainment law.
Prizes:  First place, $200 and publication of article; second and third places, publication of article.
Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is June 10, 2004.

Sponsor/Title: American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence Writing Competition.
Topic: Domestic violence and the law, from a national or international perspective.
Prizes:  First place, publication of paper.
Deadline:  E-mail submissions are due by June 15, 2004.
Website: http://www.abanet.org/domviol

Sponsor/Title: National Lesbian & Gay Law Association Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition.
Topic: A cutting edge legal issue affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Intersex community.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000 and publication of the paper.
Deadline:  Entries must be received on or before June 15, 2004.
Website
:
http://www.nlgla.org

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

Sponsor/Title: University of Leicester Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize.
Topic: Women and the law.
Prizes:  First place, 250 British pounds.
Deadline:  Entries must be received by September 30, 2004.
Website
: http://www.le.ac.uk/law/info/laugfish.html

Sponsor/Title: Berkeley Women's Law Journal Writing Award.
Topic: The Journal publishes pieces that address the lives and struggles of underrepresented women. In particular, the Journal seeks submissions that examine the intersection of gender with one or more other axes of subordination including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability.
Prizes:  First place, $250 and publication of the article.
Deadline:  Entries must be receivec by November 1, 2004.


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