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Week of November 1, 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: 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 received by November 1, 2004.

Sponsor/Title: National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, William J. Pierce Writing Contest.
Topic: Entries must address a uniform or model act, or an issue arising from a uniform or model act promulgated by NCCUSL.
Prizes:  First place, $500.
Deadline:  Entries must be received no later than December 1, 2004.

Sponsor/Title: American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition.
Topic: Consumer financial services law.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted before December 1, 2004.

Sponsor/Title: Legal Affairs Writing Contest for Law Students.
Topic: Any argument about a significant topic int he law.
Prizes:  First place, $2,000 and publication of essay; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted before December 1, 2004.

Sponsor/Title: American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition in Bioethics.
Topic: Any aspect of bioethics, that is, any ethical issues arising specifically within the health care arena in the 21st century. Examples of suitable topics would include the ethical implications of death and dying, reproductive rights, bioterrorism, patient-physician relationship, patient safety, public health, biological sciences, organ donation and allocation, biomedical and behavioral research, and medical genetics.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000; second place, $500; third place, $250.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted by the end of the business day, January 5, 2005.
Website
: http://www.aclm.org

Sponsor/Title: American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition in Legal Medicine.
Topic: Any aspect of Legal Medicine, including medical licensure and regulation of the profession, business aspects of medical practice, liability of physicians, hospitals, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical manufacturers, public health law, the physician-patient relationship, care of special patients, food and drug law, medical research, forensic science, and the history of legal medicine.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted by the end of the business day, January 5, 2005.
Website
: http://www.aclm.org

Sponsor/Title: Grammy Foundation, Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Writing Contest.
Topic: A compelling legal issue facing the music industry.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; second place (four), $1,500.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted no later than January 7, 2005.

Sponsor/Title: American Indian Law Review Writing Competition.
Topic: Any issue concerning American Indian Law.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000 and publication of paper; second place, $500; third place, $250.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2005.
Website
: http://www.law.ou.edu/lawrevs/ailr

Sponsor/Title: 2004-2005 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 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 2004 semester. There are formatting guidelines that must be followed. For questions, contact Professor Martin H. Malin by email at mmalin@kentlaw.edu.
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 on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Diskette versions of winning papers will be required).
Deadline:  Submissions are due no later than Wednesday, January 19, 2005.
Website
: http://www.kentlaw.edu/ilw/jackson.html

Sponsor/Title: American Constitution Society 2005 National Comment Competition.
Topic: A topic related to developing a progressive vision of the Constitution in the 21st century, or critiquing a conservative interpretation or theory.
Prizes:  First place, $1,500 and offer of publication; second place (two), $500.
Deadline:  Entries are due on February 11, 2005.
Website
: http://www.acslaw.org

Sponsor/Title: DuPage County Bar Association.
Topic: Any topic, both scholarly and practical.
Prizes:  First place, $2,500 and publication of article.
Deadline:  Entries must be received by February 15, 2005.
Website
: http://www.dcba.org

Sponsor/Title: American Immigration Law Foundation Edward L. Dubroff Memorial Legal Writing Contest.
Topic: Any aspect of immigration and nationality law.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted by March 14, 2005 (5:00 pm ET).

Sponsor/Title: Sovereignty Symposium, 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, 2005.
Website: http://www.oscn.net

Sponsor/Title: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition.
Topic: 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.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted by April 1, 2005.
Website: http://www.actec.org

Sponsor/Title: Foley & Lardner LLP Intellectual Property Writing Competition.
Topic: Acceptable topics are as broad as a candidate's initiative, creativity, and vision. Representative examples include, but are not limited to: focus on metrics or other measurements of intellectual asset management performance; protecting intellectual property rights to maximize competitive opportunities; extracting untapped value from intellectual property; auditing patents to determine whether they should be enforced, licensed, donated, or terminated; identifying prospective I.P. licensees.
Prizes:  One $5,000 prize to a first-year law student; one $5,000 prize to a second-year law student; three honorable mention prizes.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2005.
Website
: http://www.foley.com/IPwritingcompetition

Sponsor/Title: NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Law Student Essay Contest.
Topic: 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:  Entries must be postmarked or delivered on or before May 31, 2005.
Website
: http://www.nradefensefund.org

Sponsor/Title: Pacific Legal Foundation Program for Judicial Awareness Writing Competition.
Topic: Submissions should be on one of three topics listed in the contest rules. Briefly, the topics are: (1) Is there a principled basis for applying a more deferential standard of review to development exactions imposed by legislative enactment rather than administrative fiat? (2) Can the 5th Circuit's decision in GDF Realty Investments v. Norton, involving an application of the Endangered Species Act, be reconciled with the Supreme Court's modern Commerce Clause jurisprudence? (3) Is the concept of balancing governmental "givings" against governmental "takings" consistent with the purpose and function of the Takings Clause?
Prizes:  First place, $5,000; first runner up, $3,000; second runner-up, $1,500.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked by no later than May 31, 2005.
Website
: http://www.pacificlegal.org

Sponsor/Title: NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Scholarship Contest for Law Students.
Topic: Scholarships will be awarded to law students who submit articles on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms of quality suitable for publication in a law review journal. Open to third-year law students (as of Fall 2004).
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, 2005.
Website
: http://www.nradefensefund.org


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