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Writing Contests:

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Week of February 25, 2013

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 Theda Mickey in Suite 320.

*Congratulations to Laura Homan (class of 2013) for being selected as a Fall 2012 winnter of the National Law Review Law Student Writing Contest.
*Congratulations to Anne Marfisi (class of 2013) for winning first place in the 2011 SmithAmundsen Excellence in Legal Writing Award.
*Congratulations to Mariah Shaver (class of 2012) for winning second place in the American Judges Association's 2012 Law Student Essay Competition.


Sponsor/Title: Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems Journal/Trandafir International Business Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.
Prizes: First place, $2,000 and publication.
Deadline: March 1, 2013.


Sponsor/Title: Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago Spring Essay Scholarship.
Topic: Click here.
Prizes: Grand prize, no less than $3,000.
Deadline: March 13, 2013
Web site: Click here.


Sponsor/Title: John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits/Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition.
Topic: Any aspect of tax law.
Prizes: First place, $3,000; two honorable mentions, $1,000 each.
Deadline: March 31, 2013.


Sponsor/Title: ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Annual Law Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Any part of the New Deal, a series of economic programs implemented in 1933-1936, passed by Congress during the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Prizes: First place, $1,500 and possible publication in the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Law Jounral; second place, $500 and honorable mention in the Section magazine; third place, honorable mention in the Section magazine.
Deadline: April 1, 2013.


Sponsor/Title: Environmental Law Institute/Constitutional Environmental Law Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Any topic addressing recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or "federalism" component.
Prizes: First place, $2,000 and offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.
Deadline: April 12, 2013.
Web site:
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Sponsor/Title: ABA Section of Family Law/Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest.
Topic: Any aspect of family law.
Prizes: See web site.
Deadline: Request for entry number by April 12, 2013; submission deadline April 26, 2013.
Web site:
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Sponsor/Title: Notre Dame Law School/Smith-Doherty Legal Ethics Writing Competition.
Topic: Any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
Prizes: First place, $2,500.
Deadline: April 26, 2013.
Web site:
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Sponsor/Title: Suprme Court of Oklahoma and Sovereignty Symposium, Inc./Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition.
Topic: Any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigineous peoples.
Prizes: First place, $750; second place, $500; third place, $250.
Deadline: May 1, 2013.
Web site:
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Sponsor/Title: National Association of Women Laywers/Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition.
Topic: An issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
Prizes: First place, $500 and publication of essay.
Deadline: May 1, 2013.
Web site:
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Sponsor/Title: The College of Labor and Employment Laywers & the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law/Law Student Writing Competition.
Topic: Any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.
Prizes: The following prizes may be awarded: First place, $1,500 and publication of article; second place, $1,000; third place, $500.
Deadline: May 15, 2013.
Web site:
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Sponsor/Title: American Planning Association/Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition.
Topic: A question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law (e.g., land use, local government or environmental law).
Prizes: First place, $2,500; second place, $500; third place, $250.
Deadline: June 7, 2013.



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