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Writing Contests:

Information Provided by Dean Sowle's Office

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Weeks of May 19 and May 26, 2008

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.
*Congratulations to Frank Hill (class of 2007) for winning the Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Humanities annual paper prize.
*Congratulations to David Simon (class of 2008) for placing as first runner-up in the Pacific Legal Foundation's annual writing competition.

Sponsor/Title: Pacific Legal Foundation Program for Judicial Awareness.
Topic: Submissions should address one of the following topics: (1) Using the criteria set out in Penn Central Transp. v. City of New York, what sort(s) of land-use regulation are most likely to be struck down as a regulatory takings over the coming decade, and why? (2) Should the ban on discrimination on the basis of national origin in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 be understood to mandate special accommodations (e.g., free translation services) for non-English speakers? (3) Explain why the "shocks the conscience" standard is inappropriate to gauge substantive violations of the Due Process Clause in cases involving property rights.
Prizes: First place, $5,000; first runner-up, $3,000; second runner-up, $1,500.
Deadline: May 30, 2008.
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Sponsor/Title: Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Humanities Student Paper Prize.
Topic/Eligibility: Submissions should be in the general area of law and the humanities. A law and humanities paper is one that examines any issue from both a legal and a humanities-based perspective, or integrates the two perspectives in an appropriate manner, including legal philosophy, legal history, gender and the law, law and literature and law and religion. The paper should be scholarly and worthy of publication. The prize is limited to Chicago-Kent students enrolled in the 2007-2008 year. Submissions must have been written in association with a course or an independent research project or Law Review note in either the Fall 2007 term or the Spring 2008 term.
Prizes: First place, $500; honorable mention, $250. Winning papers will be put on deposit in the library and linked to the ILH web site.
Deadline: June 1, 2008 (to Prof. Dan Hamilton).

Sponsor/Title: American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition.
Topic: Submissions must address an issue relating to search and seiquire arising from motor vehicle stops.
Prizes: First place, $3,000; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000.
Deadline: June 2, 2008.

Sponsor/Title: American Inns of Court/Warren E. Burger Writing Competition.
Topic: Submissions should address one or more aspects of legal excellence, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession.
Prizes: First place, $5,000 and publication of paper.
Deadline: June 15, 2008.

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. National prizes may be given in the discretion of the sponsors in the amount of $3,000 (first prize), $2,000 (second prize), and $1,000 (third prize).
Deadline: June 30, 2008.
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.


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