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.

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.

Cindy Dennis
American Inns of Court
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 770
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

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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