Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nonsmokers' Rights, Rolling Deadline to May 1, 2009, 33 Cash Prizes w/ $5,000 first place

Nonsmokers' Rights Legal Research and Advocacy Competition writing contest
National Center for Nonsmokers' Rights and Law Professor John Banzhaf
of the George Washington University Law School and Action on Smoking and Health

■ You enter by submitting only a 1000-word summary of your idea. No additional writing of any kind is required.
■ Thirty-three (33) cash prizes will be awarded, including $5,000 for First Place, $3,000 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place.
■ In addition, thirty (30) law students will receive $1000 travel grants to come to Washington DC for the World Conference.
■ The DEADLINE is May 1, 2009. While submissions may be made up until then, many $1000 grants to attend the world conference will be made before then on a rolling-admission first-come first-served basis. SO SUBMIT ASAP!

For more information, click: here।

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Pharmacy, Food and Drug Law, January 30, 2009 - honorarium plus travel support to San Antonio, Texas

Pharmacy, Food and Drug Law, January 30, 2009 - honorarium plus travel support to San Antonio, Texas

Larry M. Simonsmeier Award

The American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) is a national organization of attorneys, pharmacists, and others interested in pharmacy law. ASPL recognizes outstanding scholarship related to pharmacy law with the Simonsmeier Award sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance. The 2009 Award will provide an honorarium plus support for travel to the ASPL Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in San Antonio, TX, April 3 - 6, 2009.

The Award, named in honor of Larry Simonsmeier, former editor of Rx Ipsa Loquitur, the ASPL’s official publication, recognizes an outstanding paper relating to the interests of the Society published during the prior two years.

Papers related to pharmacy law, food and drug law, drug policy, or related areas, published in or accepted for publication in any English-language peer-reviewed journal (including law reviews) during the period from January 2007 through December 2008 are eligible. Interested parties are invited to nominate published papers written by themselves or other authors. Authors may submit manuscripts that are in press.
Submission of Nominations

Nominations should provide the name, address, daytime telephone number, and e-mail address of the nominator, a reprint of the full paper, and a complete journal citation for the paper being nominated. If an author is submitting a manuscript that is in press, the copy of the manuscript should be accompanied by documentation from the journal editor of the status of the paper, and should include contact information for the journal editor. The deadline for submission of nominations for the Larry M. Simonsmeier Award is January 30, 2009.

Nominations should be addressed to:

Scholarship Committee,
American Society for Pharmacy Law
3085 Stevenson Drive, Suite 200,
Springfield, IL 62703

Questions may be directed to ASPL at:
Phone: 217-529-6948

For more information, click: here.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Tax Writing Contest - $1,500 + travel to D.C. - January 15, 2009 deadline

Tax Writing Contest - $1,500 + travel to D.C. - January 15, 2009 deadline

The Federal Bar Association Section of Taxation hosts an annual writing competition and invites law school students to participate. All full-time law students currently seeking a juris doctor at an accredited law school are eligible to enter the competition. In addition, all full-time law students currently seeking an LLM at an accredited law school are eligible. Students may submit any original, unpublished, paper concerning federal income taxation. Please share this opportunity with interested persons.

Papers must be no longer than twenty pages (double spaced, twelve point font, and one inch margins) and must be postmarked by January 15, 2009 or e-mailed by 11:59 p.m. on January 15, 2009. Additionally, each student must sign and return the attached warranty (a .pdf copy by e-mail is acceptable). If mailing submissions, please use the following address: Federal Bar Association, Section of Taxation Attn: Writing Competition, 1220 N. Fillmore Street, Suite 444, Arlington, VA 22201.

If e-mailing submissions, please e-mail to Adrienne Woolley at, with the subject line “Writing Competition.” Two winning papers will be selected by the Officers of the Federal Bar Association Section of Taxation.

The author of the First Prize paper will receive:
(i) A $1,500 cash prize;
(ii) A trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, DC on March 6, 2009 (value not to exceed $700), where the First Prize winner will be presented with a Commemorative Plaque; and
(iii) The First Prize paper may be published in the Tax Section quarterly newsletter.

The author of the Second Prize paper will receive:
(i) A $750 cash prize;
(ii) A Commemorative Plaque;
(iii) The Second Place article may be published in the Tax Section quarterly newsletter.

We welcome wide participation in this writing competition. If you have any questions please contact us at the phone numbers or e-mails listed below.

Teresa Dondlinger Trissell
(202) 622-3777

Edward L. Froelich
(202) 778-1646

For more information, click: here.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Political Advice to President-Elect Obama - $5,000 and publication in the ABA Journal

Ross Essay Contest
After a divisive election with an historic result, most folks woke up Wednesday morning and headed in to work, business as usual. But president-elect Barack Obama has made clear that there is change ahead when he becomes the nation's 44th president.

This made us wonder...

If you could advise Obama in his first days in office, what would you suggest he do first?

If you're an ABA member, you can expand your answer for a chance to win $5,000 in the ABA Journal's Ross Essay Contest. This year's essay topic is as follows: Write an open letter to the new president and Congress describing the most important priority for improving the U.S. justice system.

Political Advice to President-Elect Obama - $5,000 and publication in the ABA Journal

The winning entry from 2008: Why?

Several of the runners up were also published in the journal.

Official announcements for the 2008 Ross Essay Contest appeared in the ABA Journal appeared the first week or so of January, 2008.

The rules for the 2009 contest are not yet posted, but the 2008 deadline for entries was March 3.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Legal History $500 plus $1000 travel expenses - April 15, 2009

Legal History $500 plus $1000 travel expenses - April 15, 2009

The Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries announces the first annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.

Papers may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The subject should be explored in depth with appropriate reference to sources.

Winners of a co-authored paper will share the $500 prize and will share the award for travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. Students may submit more than one paper.

Each submission must be accompanied by a short abstract, a completed Application Form, and evidence of enrollment in graduate school. Submit the paper and supporting materials to the Secretary/Treasurer of the Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries.
Send material to:
Daniel Blackaby at
Western State Univ. College of Law
1111 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
Papers and all supporting documentation must be emailed or postmarked by April 15, 2009. The winner will be announced by May 15.

For general questions of style, follow The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed. 2003) or The Bluebook (18th ed. 2005). Footnotes should follow the form of the AALL Universal Citation Guide (2004), The Bluebook (18th ed. 2005), or The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed. 2003).
Winning papers that are accepted for publication in Law Library Journal will be required to follow the guidelines set forth in AALL’s “Law Library Journal Author’s Guide,” available at:

The winner will receive from Gale Cengage Learning a $500 prize. In addition, the winner will receive up to $1000 to be applied towards travel, lodging, food and other expenses associated with attendance at the Annual Meeting. (Gale Cengage and the Legal History and Rare Books SIS will each contribute to the travel expenses.).

For full pdf flyer, click: here.

For examples of legal history scholarship, click: here।

Morris L. Cohen, Researching Legal History in the Digital Age, 99 Law Libr. J. 377 (2007).

Legal History and Rare Books SIS, American Association of Libraries: web site (with links to legal history websites)।

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa 2&3Ls $500 (one prize) February 13, 2009

February 13, 2009 submission deadline
March 20, 2009 Notification of Acceptance (by e-mail)
April 17, 2009 symposium for accepted papers

For more information, click: 2009 Law Student Symposium

International Insolvency Studies -- $2,000; $1,500; $1,000; $500 (up to 6) March 15, 2009

Prize in International Insolvency Studies, 2009

The International Insolvency Institute is pleased to announce its 2009 Prize in International Insolvency Studies. The Prize in International Insolvency Studies comprises a Gold Medal Prize for the winning submission from a civil law jurisdiction, a Gold Medal Prize for the winning submission from a common law jurisdiction, a Silver Medal prize, a Bronze Medal prize, and several Finalist Prizes. The Prizes are accompanied by a honorarium for the medal winners.

The III Prize is awarded for original research, commentary or analysis on topics of international insolvency and restructuring significance and on comparative international analysis of domestic insolvency and restructuring issues and developments. The Prize competition is open to full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students and to practitioners in practice for less than seven years. Entries must not have been published prior to October 2008 and must be available to be posted on the International Insolvency Institute website at Medal-winning entries will be considered for publication in the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice (West), the Norton Annual Review of International Insolvency (West) and for inclusion in the Westlaw electronic database.

Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of leading international insolvency academics and practitioners. The Jury will consist of Professor Bob Wessels, Leiden University, Leiden and St. John’s University, New York, Chair; Professor Jay L. Westbrook, University of Texas, Austin, Vice-Chair, Hon. Samuel L. Bufford, United States Bankruptcy Court, Los Angeles; Professor Junichi Matsushita, University of Tokyo, Tokyo; Professor Christoph Paulus, Humboldt University, Berlin; Hon. Adolfo Rouillon, Senior Counsel, Legal Department, World Bank, Washington, D.C., and Professor Jingxia (Josie) Shi, China University of International Business & Economics, Beijing. Entries may be of any length but a limit of 50,000 words is preferred. Entries must be received by March 15, 2009. Medal Winners and Finalists may attend the III Ninth Annual International Insolvency Conference in New York on June 18-19, 2009 and will have all conference registration fees waived. For further details and the terms of the III Prize in International Insolvency Studies, please contact the Executive Director of the International Insolvency Institute, Shari Bedker, at the III’s offices in Washington, D.C. at (telephone) (703) 273-6165, (fax) (703) 830-0610 or (email)

Prize in International Insolvency Studies
Summary of Terms and Conditions

The International Insolvency Institute ( will award its 2009 Prize in International Insolvency Studies, for outstanding writing, research or analysis in the insolvency field. The terms of the 2009 Prize Competition are as follows:

1. Candidates must be full or part-time undergraduate or graduate students, researchers or practitioners in practice for less than seven years.
2. The article or research must be on an international or comparative insolvency topic and must be submitted in English.
3. Articles or research in preparation for publication or already published are eligible, provided they were not published before October, 2008.
4. Candidates may submit only one contribution.
5. The Jury may decide not to award the Prize if, in its opinion, no contribution of sufficient quality has been submitted.
6. Entries must be eligible to be posted on the III website and published in the Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice or the Annual Review of International Insolvency (West and Westlaw)..
7. Articles must be submitted before March 15, 2009.
8. Candidates will be informed of the final decision of the jury on or before April 30, 2008.
9. All contributions should be sent to the III c/o Shari Bedker at and must be marked as submissions for the III Prize in International Insolvency Studies 2008. 10. The Gold Medal Prizes will be US $2,000; the Silver Medal Prize will be US $1,500; the Bronze Medal Prize will be US $1,000; and up to 6 Finalist Prizes of US $500 may be awarded.
11। The Gold Medal Winners will be invited to attend the III’s Ninth Annual Conference in New York in June, 2009 to present their work and the III will cover his/her reasonable travel expenses. All Medal Winners and Finalist Prize recipients may attend the 2009 Annual Conference and their Conference registration fees will be waived.

For more information, click: here।

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Legal Ethics, Civility, Professionalism $5,000 and publication

Legal Ethics, Civility, Professionalism $5,000 and publication

The Warren E. Burger Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court. The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars and other authors to participate in the competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.

The judges for the competition are Professor Stephen Gillers, Chair, Emily Kempin Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law; Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Trustee Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Professor Nancy J. Moore, Boston University School of Law; and, Professor Robert M. Wilcox, Director of the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. The Warren E. Burger Prize will be presented to the author at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the United States Supreme Court October 17, 2009.

The 2009 Burger Competition Rules will be posted to the Web shortly. When it is available just fill in the PDF form and save on your computer, print and include the completed form with your materials by June 15, 2009.

For more information, click: here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Business Law -- 01/09/09 - $2,500 plus travel to Vancouver, BC -- Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

The ABA Section of Business Law is sponsoring its 23rd Annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest to encourage and reward law student writings on a business law subject of general and current interest.

- First Place: $2,500
- Second Place: $1,000
- Third Place: $500

All winners will be invited and subsidized to attend the Section Spring Meeting, April 16-18, 2009, in Vancouver, BC to receive their award.

Papers will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. Papers submitted are normally 20-30 pages long, but should not exceed 100 pages of double-spaced typed text, including footnotes. Students need not be members of the Section of Business Law to participate.

All entries must be submitted electronically on or before January 9, 2009. Click here to download a cover form to be included with your entry. For more information click here

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bankruptcy Law - April 30, 2009 -- publication, prize, and free registration to Boston Conference

Bankruptcy Law - April 30, 2009 -- publication, prize, and free registration to Boston Conference

Enter the first annual Law Student Writing Competition, sponsored by the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees.

Topics, Eligibility, Format, and Submission Criteria appear on the imaging accompanying this notice.

The 15-page limit and focus on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code makes this competition a very time-efficient undertaking. Moreover, the winning entrant will set the standard for future competitions in this inaugural year.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Estate and Fiduciary Law -- June 1, 2009 -- $5,000, $3,000, $1,000

Estate and Fiduciary Law -- June 1, 2009 -- $5,000, $3,000, $1,000

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States, Canada and other parts of the world who are elected as Fellows of the College. Fellows are selected on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities.

Consistent with ACTEC’s purposes, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition was created to encourage and reward scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates. ACTEC’s purposes are to maintain an association of lawyers, international in scope, skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents; to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility, to bring together qualified lawyers whose character and ability will contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes. The funding for the competition will be provided by the ACTEC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports educational projects relating to trust and estate law.

Eligibility: This competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions.
Only papers that have not been previously published or accepted for publication are eligible. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are the entrant’s original work. Unless a work is co-authored, each entry shall be the original work of a single individual. A co-authored paper by no more than two individuals is acceptable provided the paper submitted is the original work of the co-authors.
Area and Topics: The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined. Any one or more of the following topics are appropriate for discussion:

Business Planning
Charitable Planning
Elder Law
Employee Benefits
Fiduciary Administration
Fiduciary Income Taxation
Fiduciary Litigation
Estate Planning and Drafting
Professional Responsibility
Substantive Laws for the Gratuitous Transmission of Property
Wealth Transfer Taxation (Estate, Gift and GST Tax)

Deadline for submission: The submission must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2009। An otherwise eligible submission will be considered as part of any 2010 writing competition if it is postmarked after May 1, 2009 and before May 2, 2010 by a law student who was in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions law at the time the paper was submitted.

Acceptance of paper for publication after its submission to this competition: If a paper submitted to this competition is accepted for publication after having been submitted to this competition, the individual (or co-authors) must immediately notify ACTEC’s office of this fact at the address listed under Submission Rules। The paper’s acceptance for publication elsewhere may, but will not necessarily, preclude its continued consideration.

For more information, click: here.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pregnancy, Law, Civil Rights -- May 31, '09; $1,000 first prize

Deadline: May 31, 2009
NAPW Law Student Writing Competition 2008-2009 Academic School Year. $1,000 first prize

The first contest asks for a critical analysis of the absence of birthing rights issues from gender discrimination and feminist jurisprudence textbooks and curricula (in fact, none of the top three casebooks used in law school courses dedicated to gender and the law address the issue of childbirth or midwifery). The second contest asks students to develop legal theories that can be used to challenge policies banning pregnant women from having a vaginal birth after a prior caesarean section (VBAC). This topic will encourage students to address a growing problem that has received very little attention from the feminist legal community both in academia and within the leading women's rights legal advocacy organizations.

More information: 1) Contest Flyer

2) National Advocates for Pregnant Women web site

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Criminal Law -- April 24, 2009 -- $2,000 plus travel

2009 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition Rules

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to all students who are members of the American Bar Association and who, at the date the entry is submitted, attend and are in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions. Membership in the Criminal Justice Section is not a requirement for eligibility.

TOPIC: Any timely and important issue of American criminal constitutional procedure of interest to practitioners of criminal law.

JUDGING: A winning entry will contain an original discussion of the issue chosen, will be substantively accurate, will be supported by citations, and will be grammatically correct, concise, and clearly written. The Section reserves the right not to award a prize if, in the judgment of the editorial board of the magazine, no entry meets these conditions. The decision of the editorial board will be final.

PRIZE: The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and free airfare and accommodations to attend a Section meeting at which the award will be presented. In addition, the winner’s law school will receive a plaque from the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. At the discretion of the editorial board, the winning entry may be selected for publication in Criminal Justice magazine, subject to editing.

ALL ENTRANTS: Receive one year’s free full membership in the Criminal Justice Section.

For more information, click: here

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Religious Freedom -- April 15, 2009 -- $2,500

12th Annual William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship

April 15, 2009 -- $2,500

The Alliance Defense Fund announces a writing competition open to law students subject to the following rules:

1. Eligibility: Law students of any faith currently enrolled and in good standing in a J.D., LL.M., or S.J.D. program at an American law school or its international equivalent are eligible to enter. Students,
who already have a J.D. or its equivalent, and are currently enrolled in a Master's or Ph.D. program are also eligible to enter. Submission of a paper and 6 copies with a cover page, as described below, constitutes entry. Students may enter more than one paper.

2. Writing Topic: This year’s writing topic is a semi-open topic. Any paper submitted that otherwise complies with the rules will be considered if it meets the following topical criteria:
Scholarly material of publishable quality that advocates a legal position consistent with ADF’s perspectives and mission as set forth on its web site at and that addresses one or more issues in the areas of religious liberty, sanctity of life, and/or family values.

For more details and rules, click: here।

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

“Endangered Environmental Laws” April 4, 2009 deadline -- $2,000 cash prize

Fourth Annual “Endangered Environmental Laws” Student Writing Competition (2008-09)

Co-sponsored by The Environmental Law Institute
The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
The National Association of Environmental Law Societies

(Washington, DC) — The Constitution has long been interpreted by the courts and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protections. However, arguments targeting the constitutional legitimacy of environmental laws continue to gain traction in the federal courts. To inform the debate, we invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.

AWARD: $2000 cash prize and an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.

TOPIC: Any topic addressing recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. (See sample topics below.)

ELIGIBILITY: Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in the spring or summer of 2009. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on April 6, 2009. Email essays (and questions) to Lisa Goldman at You will receive a confirmation by email.

For submission requirements and more details, click here: Fourth Annual “Endangered Environmental Laws” Student Writing Competition (2008-09)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Reproductive Justice -- 03/02/09 -- $750/$250

Reproductive Justice -- 03/02/09 -- $750/$250

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize Call for Submissions



LSRJ is accepting submissions for its 4th annual Writing Prize.

The theme this year is “Seeking Reproductive Justice in All Places for All People.”

Law Students for Reproductive Justice is looking for fresh student scholarship that a) focuses on marginalized individuals or communities, such as people of color, immigrants, minors, poor people, prisoners, and those who identify as LGBTQQI, and b) applies a reproductive justice lens in its analysis . For a clear understanding of reproductive justice, please refer to the resources listed on this site under About Us - Action - Reproductive Justice.

Papers may have a domestic or international scope. Authors are encouraged to focus their research on issues or occasions of reproductive coercion or oppression: the political, social, legal, and economic forces that limit or control the reproductive options of individuals and communities. A wide range of topics will be accepted, including but not limited to a particular community’s unique struggle against reproductive oppression; environmental conditions causing reproductive harms; coercive or forced contraception, sterilization, or birthing conditions; the shackling of pregnant prisoners during labor and delivery; discrimination against non-traditional family formation; the impact of pharmacist refusals or abortion provider shortages in geographically isolated communities; or access to the HPV vaccine.

Papers must be at least 20 pages in length, not including footnotes, double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman font. Papers submitted for publication elsewhere will be accepted; however papers previously published will not be allowed. An outside panel of attorney judges will select the winners.

Send your submission as a pdf or Word attachment to by March 2nd!

Winning authors will receive $750 (1st place) or $250 (2nd place), get published on LSRJ’s website, and perhaps be invited to present their papers at conferences।

For more details, click here.