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Writing Contests:

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Week of May 23, 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: 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: Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Humanities Student Paper Prize.
Topic: An eligible paper is one that examines any issue from both a legl and a humanities-based perspective, or integrates the two perspectives in an appropriate manner, including legal philosophy, legal history, law and literature, and law and religion.
Prizes:  First place, $500; honorable mention, $250.
Deadline:  Entries must be sent to Professor Sheldon Nahmod no later than June 1, 2005.
Other Information: The prize is limited to Chicago-Kent students enrolled in the 2004-2005 academic year. Submissions must have been written in association with a course or an independent research project in either the Fall 2004 or Spring 2005 term. J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible.

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: American Planning Association Student Writing Competition.
Topic: A question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.
Prizes:  First place, $2,500; second place, $1,000; honorable mention, $250.
Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than June 6, 2005.

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 Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Writing Competition.
Topic: One or mor aspects of legal excellence, civility, ethics or professionalism in the American legal community.
Prizes:  First place, $5,000 and publication of article.
Deadline:  The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2005.
Website
: http://www.innsofcourt.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: American Intellectual Property Law Association Robert C. Watson Award.
Topic: A subject related to intellectual property law.
Prizes:  First place, $2,000.
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted on or before June 30, 2005.
Website
: http://www.aipla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Student_Center/
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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: University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award.
Topic: Any topic provided only that the essay address the relationship between law and the Holocaust.
Prizes:  First place, $500 (Canadian).
Deadline:  Entries must be submitted no later than July 1, 2005.

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

Sponsor/Title: Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice Writing Award.
Topic: Submissions should address the lives and struggles of underrepresented women. In particular, submissions are sought 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 article.
Deadline:  Submissions must be received by November 1, 2005.


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