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Writing Contests:

Information Provided by Dean Sowle's Office

Academic Administration and Student Affairs home page
Week of March 26, 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.

The SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award
(for first-year Chicago-Kent students)

Eligibility: This award is available to first-year students at Chicago-Kent whose personal or family background, life, or cultural and/or ethnic experience contributes to a more diverse environment at Chicago-Kent and in the legal community.
Prizes: First place, $5,000.
Deadline: May 7, 2007, 5:00 pm.
Other Information: A committee of faculty members from the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing department will select up to five appellate briefs submitted by first-year students who fit these criteria. Authorship of the briefs will not be known to committee members during the initial round of review. Student curriculum vitae, including work history, community service and extracurricular involvement and leadership, will be considered when selecting the winning applicant. Representatives from SmithAmundsen will choose the winning applicant with input from Dean Krent.
Applications should be submitted in hard copy and include: (1) A cover letter describing your personal qualities which contribute to a more diverse environment at Chicago-Kent and in the legal community; (2) Two copies of the rewrite of your first-year appellate brief; and (3) Curriculum vitae.
Applications should be submitted in hard copy to: Alice Curry, Administrative Associate, Department of Legal Research and Writing, Suite 803 (located outside Prof. Greenberg's office). There will be a box available for application delivery. If you do not submit your application to Alice Curry personally, please send an email message to acurry@kentlaw.edu, after which you will receive confirmation that your applicaiton has been received.


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: Paralyzed Veterans of America Legal Writing Competition.
Topic: Should Congress create a specialized court with jurisdiction over claims appealed from federal agency disability and benefits programs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration?
Prizes: First place, $3,000; second place, $1,500.
Deadline: April 30, 2007.
Web site: http://www.pva.org

Sponsor/Title: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys/NAELA Student Journal Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic related to the intersection of law and aging, elder or disability planning.
Prizes: First place, $1,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.
Deadline: May 1, 2007.
Web site: http://www.naela.org

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: Willamette Center for Law and Government/National Writing Competition on the 10th Amendment.
Topic: Submissions should address one or more issues, historic or contemporary, involving the principles underlying the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Prizes: First place, $5,000; second place, $3,000; third place, $2,000.
Deadline: May 15, 2007.
Web site: http://www.willamette.edu/wucl/clg

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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