Tuesday, September 30, 2008

$5,000 -- Jan. 31, 2009 Intent to Compete: 03/31/09 Essay Deadline -- Environmental Law

Generous deadlines, and $5,000 prize for environmental law essay.

Intent to Enter Form
January 31, 2009 deadline for submission of Intent to Enter Form

Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest Rules
March 31, 2009 deadline for submission of competition essays.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Uniform State Laws; $1,000; deadline December 31, 2008

Current law students and law students within one year of graduation are eligible to participat in this contest.

Deadline is December 31, 2008.

$1,000 prize for the winning essay.

Details appear here: William J. Pierce Writing Contest

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

$5,000 Grammy Awards Competition Rules (see previous post)


1. This contest is open to juris doctorate candidates currently enrolled
at an ABA accredited law school. LLM candidates are not eligible.

2. Entrants must be a currently enrolled student as of January 1, 2009.

3. Co-authorship of a manuscript is not permitted in the contest.

4. Each author may submit only one entry.

5. Previous winners and/or finalists are ineligible.

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

7. Completed manuscripts and accompanying documents (to be defined
below) must be submitted online at https://elisubmissions.box.net/ on or
before January 2, 2009. Late manuscripts will not be considered.
Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.

8. Manuscripts shall be no longer than 3,000 words not including
endnotes/footnotes. Entrants must use The Bluebook: A Uniform System of
Citation, for citation style. Current contact information including
address, phone number and email address should accompany the manuscript.

9. Entrants' names shall not appear on the manuscript, but shall appear
on a separate title page to be removed when a number is assigned to the
entry. The title page should also contain a one or two sentence
synopsis of the article.

10. Manuscripts will be judged on: (1) clarity of expression
(organization, clarity of presentation, spelling, grammar), (2)
originality of thought (uniqueness of topic), (3) depth of analysis, (4)
relevance to industry, and (5) essay requirements (whether the essay
conforms to the contest rules).

11. Each manuscript submitted shall be accompanied by a letter from the
author in which he or she certifies that the article submitted has not
had prior publication, that it is original work prepared by the author
alone for this contest, and that the author transfers ownership to the
GRAMMY Foundation. If the submitted article is not selected as a
finalist, The GRAMMY Foundation automatically transfers ownership back
to the author, and he/she is able to pursue other publication.

12. Winners will be announced on or before January 30, 2009.

13. Awards will be distributed as follows: $5,000 for first place and
$1,500 for each of four runners-up. All five finalists receive one
GRAMMY Awards ticket, hotel accommodations, round trip airfare, one
ticket to the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon, one ticket to
MusiCares(r) Person of the Year dinner, and an invitation to the GRAMMY
Nominee Reception.

* Completed Manuscript
* Complete contact info including phone, email, and mailing
* Transfer of ownership letter
* All of these documents must be submitted to
http://www.box.net/elisubmissions on or before January 2, 2009

The GRAMMY Foundation and ELI would like to thank box.net for their
valued support of this year's legal writing contest.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Loren Fishbein at the GRAMMY
310-392-3777 ext. 8691 or by e-mail at loren.fishbein@grammy.com

Grammy Comp $5000; January 2, 2009 Deadline

[edited entry] The correct deadline for this competition was posted: in this blog entry

Co-Sponsored by the
ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

The ELI Essay Competition invites law students focusing on the entertainment practice to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. The contest culminates with the winning student authors presenting their essays at the prestigious ELI luncheon on February 6, 2009.

First Place Winner Receives $5000
Four Semifinalists Receive $1,500

All Winners receive:
One GRAMMY Awards Show Ticket
Round Trip Airfare to the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles
Hotel Accommodations
Ticket to The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner

Submissions must be postmarked by Jan 2nd, 2009
Winners will be announced on January 30, 2009

For complete contest rules, send an e-mail to eli@grammy.com

The GRAMMY Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) was conceived as a means to recognize and further develop the bond between the legal profession and the recording community with the goal of resolving issues confronting the music industry. One of the premier educational initiatives of ELI is the national legal writing contest and scholarship program, which is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. Law students from across the country are invited to research, analyze and submit essays regarding important issues facing the industry.

Friday, September 19, 2008

3-min YouTube video, 6-page essay - Gender Diversity (for YoungLawyers & Law Students)

(Thanks to Professor Christopher Kelly for bringing this competition to our attention)

December 31, 2008 deadline; $500 honorarium

Call for Entries - Video/Essay Competition - Gender Diversity
Call for Entries -
20th Anniversary Video/Essay Competition -
ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

Gender Diversity:
Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here?

Put your video and writing skills to work! Create a 3-minute YouTube video and/or craft a 6-page essay to tell us what you think about Gender Diversity: Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here?


The contest is open to
1. young lawyers – lawyers under 36 years old or admitted to practice for less than 5 years; and
2. law students – all law students attending an ABA-accredited law school.


1. There will be one YouTube video winner and one essay winner in each category of law students and young lawyers.
2. Each winner will be presented with a $500 honorarium.
3. The award-winning entries will be published on the Commission's web site following their announcement at the 2009 Midyear Meeting.


Your YouTube video or essay entry must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Central Time on December 31, 2008.

More Information ...

Read all the contest rules and procedures at
www.abanet.org/women/competition.html. Questions? Contact Barbara Leff
at leffb@staff.abanet.org.

To learn more about the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession,
visit www.abanet.org/women.

Thank you - The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

Video/Essay Competition - Gender Diversity - Deadline December 31, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dec. 1, 2008 -- Consumer Finance Law $2500, $2000, $1000

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers will award prizes in three categories: (a) the best book chapter or book, (b) the best publishable article or substantial book review, and (c) he best student case note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.

Prize amounts include cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, Certificate of Recognition, and travel expenses to The Spring 2009 meeting of the College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.

Deadline is December 1, 2008.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

2009 Copyright $600/$250 at EACH school; Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition

Deadline: June 30, 2009 (and annually)

$600 for First Prize; $250 for Second Prize, from EACH participating law school.

"At each participating law school, a First and Second Prize will be awarded to students whose papers are certified by the Dean as the best essays on any aspect of Copyright Law."

A copy of the Rules Governing the Competition appears at this link: Competition Rules, and is visible when clicking on the images to the left of this screen.

June 30, 2009 deadline

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

July 1, 2009 $5,000; $2,500; $1,500 Federal or State Tax Topics

July 1, 2009 9:00 p.m. EST deadline

25-50 double-spaced pages. Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues related 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).

Each submitted paper must be sponsored by a law school professor who may discuss outlines and offer suggestions, reviews the final draft of the paper, and consents to serving as faculty sponsor of the paper. Maximum of 8 papers may be submitted per law school...

Winners will be notified on or about December 1, 2009.

Inquiries to Nancy Abramowitz; (202) 274-4164 (nabramo@wcl.american.edu).

Jan 16, 2009 -- Trademark Law -- $2,000 and travel stipend to Germany

The Ladas Award carries with it a US $2,000 cash award and a set of Stephen P. Ladas’ three-volume treatise. Award winners are also invited to attend the 2008 INTA Gala in Berlin, Germany at INTA’s 130th Annual Meeting. At the Gala, the winner will be recognized before the outstanding volunteers and leaders of the Association. The student winner will receive a travel and lodging stipend of up to US $1,000 to attend the Gala.

Sponsored by the International Trademark Association and Ladas & Parry LLP

Monday, September 1, 2008

Andrew King, UA Law Grad Won $5,000 in the 2007 Levit Essay Contest

It wasn't that long ago that one of our own students entered and won one national writing competition and placed in another. Andrew King's winning essay is posted at the Levit Essay Contest's winning entrants page. The Levit Essay focuses on essays written in response to a hypothetical focused on professional responsibility issue. Watch the Levit Essay Contest page for the 2008-09 opportunity to win a $5,000 prize and travel to the professional responsibility conference.

From our law school's web site archive:

Andrew King, a third-year University of Arkansas School of Law student, won the national 2007 Levit Essay Contest. He will be presented with a prize at the Spring National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, D.C. this month.

The contest is organized by the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability of the American Bar Association, and the essay contest dealt with lawyer liability issues. King will receive a $5,000 prize and a trip to the conference.

King was also named a finalist in a legal research and writing contest sponsored by the National Center for Nonsmokers' Rights. King will attend the Fourth World Conference on Nonsmokers' Rights in Washington, D.C., April 6 to 8. A winner will be named at the conference, with a first-place prize of $5,000 and cash prizes for second and third places.

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