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.


Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 4/29/2016
Award: Winner: $2,500
Website: www.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf
SPONSER: Notre Dame Law School.
TOPIC: Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
Entries must be original, unpublished work
Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes
Coauthored essays may be submitted
Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School

Email: sumption.1@nd.edu
Competition #2 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 2/9/2016)


2016 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Deadline: Friday, 4/29/2016
Award: 1st Place $1,500; 2nd Place $750; 3rd Place $350; and consideration of publication in the Family Law Quarterly
Website: www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/resources/essay_contest.html
SPONSOR: This annual contest, conducted by the ABA Section of Family Law, was established by the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Foundation as a memorial to Howard C. Schwab, a Past President of the Toledo Bar Association and Past Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Ohio Bar Association. He was Chairman Elect of the Section of Family Law at the time of his death on February 24, 1969. In 1985, the Section of Family Law assumed full responsibility for sponsoring this contest.

TOPIC: The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Family law includes dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony, maintenance, attorney's fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues.

RULES: 1. Essays should be limited to approximately 5,000 words, 25 double spaced, typewritten pages including footnotes. 2. Longer essays will be judged unfavorably, and those longer than 28 pages will be disqualified. 3. Essays scheduled to be published, and essays that have previously been published, are ineligible for consideration. 4. Must Download and Submit the Schwab Entry Form request by April 15, 2016.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS TO: familylaw@americanbar.org, Subject: Schwab Essay Submission.

DIRECT QUESTIONS TO:
Samantha Schooley
Phone: 312.988.5145
E-Mail: Samantha.schooley@americanbar.org
Competition #7 (Added/Updated: Wednesday, 2/10/2016)


College Labor & Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
Deadline: Wednesday, 6/15/2016
Award: 1st Place: $3,000; 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: The manuscript, exclusive of the cover page, must be between 20 and 35 pages.

SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY TO: swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org using the subject line "Writing Competition."
COMPETITION RULES: www.laborandemploymentcollege.org
Competition #3 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 2/9/2016)


The 1st Annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition
Deadline: Thursday, 6/30/2016
Award: 1st Place: $2,000; 2nd Place : $1,000; 3rd Place: $300; Honorable Mention (2): $200; Best Policy Recommendation: $250; Best Research: $250
Website: www.recordgone.com/law-student-expungement-writing-competition.htm
SPONSORS: The Foundation for Continuing Justice (FCJ) and the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates, A National Law Firm. The FCJ is a privately funded, non-profit law firm dedicated to providing those with a criminal record, the opportunity to re-enter and reintegrate into society as productive individuals. Higbee & Associates provides criminal record expungement and sealing services to more than 15,000 clients through RecordGone.com.

TOPIC(S) Choose One: 1. How to improve expungement related laws in (state of your choice); 2. When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public?; and 3. Can criminal record expungement break cycles of recidivism?

GUIDELINES: Essay should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length and must be original content that has not been previously published.

For more Information see website noted above.
Competition #4 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 2/9/2016)


American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 7/1/2016
Award: 1st Prize $5,000; and publication in the South Carolina Law Review
Website: www.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize
SPONSOR: American Inns of Court. Chief Justice Burger was a lifelong advocate of legal ethics and civility and a founding father of the American Inns of Court movement. The American Inns of Court is a national association of judges, lawyers and professors of law and their students who endeavor to maintain the highest standards of the legal profession.

TOPIC: Authors should address one or more aspects of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT: Submissions must be original and unpublished works of 10,000 to 20,000 words, including footnotes.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO:
Cindy Dennis
American Inns of Court
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 770
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

DIRECT QUESTIONS TO:
Cindy Dennis
800.233.3590, ext. 104
EMail: cdennis@innsofcourt.org
Competition #5 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 2/9/2016)


The 2016 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 7/1/2016
Award: 1st Place: $5,000; 2nd Place: $2,500; 3rd Place: $1,500
Website: www.tannenwald.org
TOPIC: Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system, including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters.

FORMAT: Papers shall be 25 to 50 typewritten pages in length and may not be coauthored.

SUBMISSION: Mail paper to:

The Tannenwald Foundation
700 6th Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 or nabramo@wcl.american.edu.
Competition #6 (Added/Updated: Tuesday, 2/9/2016)


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