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Writing Contests:

Information Provided by Dean Sowle's Office

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Week of April 6, 2009

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 Christoper Jacob (class of 2009) for winning third place in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers National Law Student Writing Competition.
*Congratulations to Gwynne Kizer (class of 2010) for winning first place in the 2008 SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award.

Sponsor/Title: Sovereignty Symposium XXII/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 paper; second place, $300; third place, $200.
Deadline: March 30, 2009.

Sponsor/Title: ABA Section of Family Law/Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest.
Topic: Any aspect of family law..
Prizes: No monetary prizes; the top three entries will be considered for publication.
Deadline: April 3, 2009.
Web site: http://www.abanet.org/family/lawstudents/schwab.shtml


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, $2,500.
Deadline: April 24, 2009.
Web site: http://www.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf

Sponsor/Title: National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Law Student Writing Competition.
Topic: An issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Prizes: Not specified.
Deadline: April 30, 2009.

Sponsor/Title: National Center for Nonsmokers' Rights Writing Contest.
Topic: 1,000 word summary of an idea/proposal for a novel legal action aimed at protecting the rights of nonsmokers..
Prizes: First place, $5,000; second place, $3,000; third place, $1,000.
Deadline: May 1, 2009.
Web site:
http://nosmokingcontest.org

Sponsor/Title: SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award (for first-year Chicago-Kent students).
Prizes: First place, $5,000.

Deadline: May 8, 2009, 5:00pm.
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.
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 the above 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) One copy of the rewrite of your first-year appellate brief; and (3) Curriculum vitae or resume.
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). If, for some reason, you are unable to submit your application to Alice Curry personally, please send it via email to acurry@kentlaw.edu, after which you will receive confirmation that your applicaiton has been received.


Sponsor/Title: †The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
Topic:† Any aspect of public or private labor or employment law. Students are encouraged to present a (a) public policy issue, (b) critique of a leading case or doctrine, (c) comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification, or (d) comment on a common law doctrine.
Prizes: First place, $1,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.
Deadline: May 15, 2009.
Other Information: There are formatting guidelines that must be followed. For information visit the website at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/plel/record.html. Print copies are also available at Sharon Wyatt-Jordanís desk, room 803. In addition to a monetary award, the winner will have his/her article published in a future issue of the College newsletter and posted on the College's website. The Labor Lawyer, a journal of ideas and developments in labor and employment law, published by the American Bar Association and the Section of Labor and Employment Law, has indicated a strong desire to publish the winning entry, if it meets their publication standards. Winners will also be invited guests at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College, where they will be recognized and honored during the evening program.

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: June 1, 2009.
Web site:
http://www.actec.org

Sponsor/Title: American Judges Association & American Judges Foundation/Law Student Essay Competition.
Topic: The admissibility of evidence in civil and criminal proceedings obtained from remote electronic devices.
Prizes: First place, $3,000; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000.
Deadline: June 1, 2009.
Web site:
http://aja.ncsc.dni.us

Sponsor/Title: Federal Circuit Bar Association/George Hutchinson Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit.
Prizes: First place, $3,000.
Deadline: June 26, 2009.

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, 2009.
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: Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Law Student Writing Competition.
Topic: A subject in the area of federal or Illinois health law; submissions must address Illinois law in some manner.
Prizes: First place, $2,500; second place, $1,500; third place, $500.
Deadline: July 1, 2009.


Sponsor/Title: Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association/James E. Beckley Writing Competition.
Topic: Any aspect of securities law, securities arbitration, the Federal Arbitration Act, or the FINRA Code of Arbitration.
Prizes: First place, $1,000; second place, $750; third place, $500.
Deadline: August 17, 2009.
Web site: http://www.piaba.org
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-related topic.
Prizes: First place, $5,000; second place, $2,500; third place, $1,500.
Deadline: July 1, 2009.
Web site: http://www.tannenwald.org


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