Writing Competitions

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PLEASE NOTE: The competitions on this page are not administered by Washburn University or its School of Law. The organizations offering these awards are outside entities that privately support the competitions with their own funding. Applicants apply directly to the sponsoring organization, not Washburn University or its School of Law.

Millie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 1/2/2015
Award: $250
Website: med.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=innovativeCollaboration.students
SPONSER: The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law.

CONTEST QUESTION: There is a growing consensus that the U.S. health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services. One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal system, and that health care professionals' efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability. Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.

1. All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.
2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
3. The submitted paper must be responsive to the 2015 Contest Question.
4. Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.

1. The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).
2. No abstract is required.
3. All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.
4. All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes. The body of papers must be double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one inch margins. All pages must be numbered.
5. The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author's name, full contact information, and school or residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.
6. At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.
7. If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.

SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY TO: marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu
Competition #10 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 11/11/2014)

Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition
Deadline: Monday, 1/5/2015
Award: 1st Place: $2,000; 2nd Place: $1,000
Website: www.fedbar.org/tax
SPONSER: The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation. The competition is in honor of former IRS Commissioner, Donald C. Alexander (1973-1977), who was a widely admired role model and advocate for writing skills and style in the area of tax law.

TOPIC: Federal taxation.

ELIGIBILITY: Full and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible. Articles must be original from the applicant, and not presently be under consideration for any other publication.

FORMAT: Papers must be a minimum of twenty pages and a maximum of fifty pages, (including endnotes), double spaced using Times New Roman 12-point font with 1 inch margins.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION TO: Marcellus Howard, mhoward@fedbar.org with the subject line "Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition."

Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation
Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
1220 N. Fillmore Street, Suite 444
Arlington, VA 22201
Competition #11 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 11/11/2014)

The 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Deadline: Tuesday, 1/6/2015
Award: 1st Place: $5,000; $1,500 for each of the four runners-up (scholarships)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/entertainmentlawinitiative
SPONSORS: The scholarship is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA), and the winning papers will be published by the GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries in concert with a major law review journal.

TOPIC: Authors must research and identify a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry, and propose a solution.

ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to juris doctorate candidates currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school. LLM candidates are not eligible. Co-authorship of a manuscript is not permitted.

RULES: For competition rules, send an e-mail to eli@grammy.com.

For more Information Contact:
Loren Fishbein
Senior Coordinator, The GRAMMY Foundation
3402 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392.3777
Competition #9 (Added/Updated: Monday, 11/10/2014)

Student Law & Technology Writing Competition
Deadline: Sunday, 1/11/2015
Award: 1st Place - $1,500 and 2nd Place - $700
Website: law.richmond.edu/jolt
Topic: Must deal with a topic at the intersection of both law and technology.

Go to the website above for an entry form.
Competition #1 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 9/25/2014)

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Thursday, 1/15/2015
Award: 1st Place: $1,500; 2nd Place: $1,000 (two awarded)
Website: www.tjsl.edu/cranewritingcompetition
SPONSOR: Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus, Jameson Crane III.

TOPIC: Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

FORMAT: Entries must be typewritten in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, and not exceed 35 pages in length, including citations. See website for further instructions.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY: E-mail submission to: jcranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu

QUESTIONS: E-mail questions to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp: susanb@tjsl.edu.
Competition #6 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 9/25/2014)

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Deadline: Tuesday, 1/20/2015
Award: 1st Place: $3,000; 2nd & 3rd Place: $1,000
Website: www.kentlaw.edu/academics/plel/LouisJacksonNWC.html
SPONSORS: Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, The Institute for Law and the Workplace.

TOPIC: Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.

REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY: (1) Entries must be the law student author's own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere; (2) Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law; (3) Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.

FORMAT: (1) Entries must be suitable for publication in a law review; (2) Citations are to conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th Edition; (3) Papers must be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper and must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes; (4) Text must be double-spaced, with 1" margins and set in 12 point Times New Roman font.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: An entry consists of three [3] copies of the paper submitted as a packet with three ([3] removable cover sheets indicating the law student author's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, law school, paper title, labor and employment law course work history, and a brief paragraph describing the genesis of your interest in the field. Judging will be blind, so the only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.

Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691

QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions to Professor Martin H. Malin at mmalin@kentlaw.itt.edu, or phone (312) 906-5056.
Competition #8 (Added/Updated: Monday, 11/10/2014)

Animal Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Sunday, 2/15/2015
Award: Winner: $2,500; 2nd Place - $1,000
Website: www.avma.org/LawSchoolContest
SPONSER: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers Association and the Animal Health Institute.

TOPIC: Papers should provide an in-depth analysis of one of the two following topics:

Beginning March 2015, retailers in the City of Chicago may offer for sale only those dogs, cats or rabbits that the retailer has obtained from animal control centers, animal care facilities, government-operated shelters, humane societies or rescue organizations. Provide a constitutional analysis of the ordinance (Section 4-384-015, Municipal Code of Chicago).


Los Angeles County has adopted an ordinance requiring all cats and dogs to be spayed or neutered after a certain age, with a few specific exemptions allowed. Provide a constitutional analysis of the ordinance (Section 10.08.155, Los Angeles County Code).

ELIGIBILITY: Participants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school located in the United States.

FORMAT: Entries must contain original work done exclusively by a single author. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION TO: lawschoolcontest@avma.org
Competition #12 (Added/Updated: Wednesday, 11/19/2014)

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 3/6/2015
Award: Winner: $2,000
Website: www.uiowa.edu/~tlcp/trandafir_competition.html
SPONSER: Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a Journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.

TOPIC: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.

See website below for a complete description of competition.
Competition #14 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 11/25/2014)

The 2015 Interleges Award Essay Contest
Deadline: Friday, 3/20/2015
Award: Winner: 4000 Euros $4,970
Website: www.andersonkill.com/webpdfext/InterlegesAward2015Maindoc.pdf
SPONSER: Interleges, the International Association of Independent Law Firms. In Memory of Stephen Rayner.

TOPIC: Transnational Adjudication of Human Rights Violations: National Tribunals as an Alternative to International Courts. See website for required specific issues to address.

FORMAT: Papers must be written in English and shall not exceed 8,000 words. Word limit does not include footnotes.

Both electronic and hard copy submissions required.
Competition #13 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 11/25/2014)

College Labor & Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 5/15/2015
Award: 1st Place: $1,500; 2nd Place: $1,000; 3rd Place: $500
Website: www.laborandemploymentcollege.org
SPONSER: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers which is co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law.

TOPIC: Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Students are encouraged to discuss (a) a public policy issue, (b) practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, (c) a statute or the need for a statutory modification, or (d) a common law doctrine.

ELIGIBILITY: All currently enrolled law students attending accredited law schools in the United States. Articles must be original from the applicant. Student's article must not presently be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

FORMAT: (1) Typewritten in Microsoft Word using Times New Roman 12-point font, (2) Double-spaced on 8 1/2" x 11" paper with 1" margins; (3) May not exceed 20 pages in length; (4) Citations are to conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th Edition; (5) Include a title page with your entry stating your name, e-mail and mailing address, phone number (both school and permanent), name of school and year of graduation; (6) Submit the manuscript and cover page as a single attachment in both Microsoft Word and PDF documents.

SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY TO: swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org using the subject line "Writing Competition."
Competition #7 (Added/Updated: Monday, 11/10/2014)

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