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Writing Contests:

Information Provided by Dean Sowle's Office

Academic Administration and Student Affairs home page
Week of February 19, 2007

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.

Congratulations to John New (class of 2007) for winning the William J. Pierce Writing Contest, sponsored by the National Council of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Sponsor/Title: Journal of Business & Securities Law/Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition.
Topic: Any current topic concerning business and/or securities law.
Prizes: First place, $500 and publication of article.
Deadline: February 23, 2007.
Web site: http://www.msu.edu/~jbsl

Sponsor/Title: American College of Trial Lawyers/Law Student Essay Contest on Judicial Independence.
Topic: Judicial independence and the separation of powers doctrine.
Prizes: First place, $10,000; second place, $5,000.
Deadline: March 1, 2007.
Web site: http://www.actl.com

Sponsor/Title: IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review/Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition.
Topic: A compelling issue in intellectual property law.
Prizes: First place, $500 and publication of article; second place, $200.
Deadline: March 2, 2007.
Web site: http://www.idea.piercelaw.edu

Sponsor/Title: Houston Journal of International Law/James Baker Hughes Prize.
Topic: Any subject concerning international economic law.
Prizes: First place, $500 and publication of article.
Deadline: March 2, 2007.

Sponsor/Title: American Immigration Law Foundation/Edward L. Dubroff Memorial Legal Writing Contest.
Topic: Any aspect of American immigration and nationality law.
Prizes: First place, $1,000.
Deadline: March 12, 2007.
Web site: http://www.ailf.org

Sponsor/Title: Hofstra Law School and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)/Family Law Writing Competition.
Topic: Any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged.
Prizes: First place, $500 and consideration for publication; honorable mention (up to two), $250 and consideration for publication.
Deadline: March 15, 2007.
Web sites: http://www.hofstra.edu/academics/law/law_center_family.cfm and http://www.afccnet.org

Sponsor/Title: Sovereignty Symposium XX/Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition.
Topic: Any area of law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.
Prizes: First place, $500 and publication of article; second place, $300; third place, $200.
Deadline: March 15, 2007.

Sponsor/Title: American Bar Association Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section/Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition.
Topic: Any problem or issue arising at the intersection of constitutional and administrative law, federal or state.
Prizes: First place, $500 and consideration for publication.
Deadline: March 30, 2007.

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: April 27, 2007.

Sponsor/Title: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation/Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.
Topic: No limitation on topic except that the submission must be on a legal subject.
Prizes: First place, $10,000.
Deadline: May 1, 2007.
Other information:
Submissions must be nominated by a law school faculty member.

Sponsor/Title: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel/Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Submissions should address one or more legal issues in the area of trusts and estates and related taxation.
Prizes: First place, $1,000.
Deadline: May 1, 2007.
Web site: http://www.actec.org

Sponsor/Title: Foley & Lardner Intellectual Property Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic addressing intellectual property topics such as patents, copyrights, domain names, trademarks, computer law, and trade secrets law.
Prizes: First place, $5,000 (for one first-year law student and one second-year law student); three Honorable Mention prizes.
Deadline: May 15, 2007.
Web site: http://apps.foley.com/students/opportunities/ipwritingcontest/

Sponsor/Title: Pacific Legal Foundation Program for Judicial Awareness/ Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Submissions should address one of the following topics: (1) whether the rationale of Grutter v. Bollinger, which accepted racial diversity as a compelling state interest in law school admissions, should be extended to K-12 public school classrooms; (2) how to resolve the tension between the rights of private property owners and collective environmental values; and (3) whether Justice Scalia's plurality opinion in Rapanos v. United States or Justice Kennedy's concurrence should guide future interpretations of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act.
Prizes: First place, $5,000; first runner-up, $3,000; second runner-up, $1,500.
Deadline: May 31, 2007.
Web site: http://www.pacificlegal.org/?mvcTask=writingCompetition

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, $3,000 scholarship and publication of article; first runner-up, $2,000 scholarship; third place, $1,000 scholarship.
Deadline: June 1, 2007.
Web site: http://nlgla.org


Sponsor/Title: American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division/Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition.
Topic: A question of significance in either planning or areas of law germane to planning (e.g., land use, local government or environmental law).
Prizes: First place, $2,500; second place, $1,000; Honorable Mention (up to two), $250.
Deadline: June 8, 2007.

Sponsor/Title: American Society of Composers, Authors & 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: June 30, 2007.
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.
Website: http://www.ascap.com

Sponsor/Title: Faculty of Law, University of Alberta/Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award.
Topic: Any topic addressing the relationship between law and the Holocaust.
Prizes: First place, $500 (Canadian).
Deadline: July 1, 2007.

Sponsor/Title: The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and the American College of Tax Counsel/Tannenwald Writing Competition.
Topic: Any federal or state tax topic.
Prizes: First place, $3,500; second place, $2,500; third place, $1,500.
Deadline: July 2, 2007.
Other Information: Each submitted paper must be sponsored by a professor at the student's law school.
Website: http://abanet.org/lsd/competitions/writing-contests/home.html or http://americantaxpolicyinstitute.org


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