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Writing Contests:

Information Provided by Dean Sowle's Office

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Week of February 28, 2005

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 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 offer of publication.
Deadline:  Entries are due March 1, 2005.

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: American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
Prizes:  First place (two), $1,500.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted by April 15, 2005.
Website: http://www.acebc.com

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 18, 2005.
Website: http://www.iadclaw.org

Sponsor/Title: Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition.
Topic: Any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be received before 5 p.m., April 29, 2005.

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

Sponsor/Title: American Judges Association/American Judges Foundation Law Student Essay Competition.
Topic: Essays must be under the category of criminal law; recent decisions in search and seizure..
Prizes:  First place, $3,000; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2005.
Website
: http://aja.ncsc.dni.us

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 article.
Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2005.
Website
: http://www.nlgla.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, 2005.
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: Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and American College of Tax Counsel, Tannenwald Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic in the field of taxation.
Prizes:  First place, $3,500; second place, $2,500; third place, $1,500.
Deadline:  Entries must be received no later than July 1, 2005.
Website
: http://actconline.org/

Sponsor/Title: Stanford Technology Law Review Paper Contest.
Topic: Issues at the intersection of law and technology.
Prizes:  First place, $1,000; second place, $500; third place, $250.
Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is October 17, 2005.
Website
: http://stlr.stanford.edu


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