Monday, December 28, 2009

Reminder: Lewis Jackson Employment Law deadline January 19 : $3,000

This post advertises a link back to an October notice of the $3,000 employment law award in the Louis Jackson writing competition.

The deadline for submission is January 19, 2010. $3,000 first place.


Image: wikipedia

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Grammy Foundation - January 4, 2010 -- $5,000 (first place) and $1,500 (four runners-up)

The Grammy Foundation has an annual contest; its deadline is January 4. An almost instantaneous response with full competition rules will appear in your email if you send a request to

From my response:
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® Person of the Year dinner, and an invitation to the GRAMMY Nominee Reception.
From the Grammy announcment:

GRAMMY Foundation Announces 12th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Essay Competition

November 23, 2009

The GRAMMY Foundation has launched its 12th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Essay Competition, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association, a program that will award more than $10,000 in scholarships to promising entertainment law students.

The ELI Essay Competition invites law students 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 during GRAMMY Week on Jan. 29, 2010. Additionally, each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute gala honoring Neil Young on Jan. 29, the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY Week activities.

Submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 4, and winners will be announced on Jan.22. For complete contest rules and more information, send an e-mail to


Image: Night Revels; wikipedia: "In the center are three female musicians playing guan, two female musicians playing transverse bamboo flutes (likely hengdi, ), and a male musician playing a wooden clapper called paiban ()."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ABA Writing Competitions -- $100,000 @ year distributed among 100+ awards

Today, my dean, Cynthia Nance, at the University of Arkansas School of Law, forwarded me the url to the American Bar Associations' many writing competitions. It's a good time to highlight this updated list of excellent competitions.

From the ABA's writing competition web site:
Did you know the ABA presents over 100 awards and distributes over $100,000 in awards and grants each year? Over 20 of these awards and grants have been specifically designed for law schools or law students, including writing competitions and fellowships. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain recognition for your accomplishments, that of your law school or student organization.
Image: wikipedia, Van Gogh's irises

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Law of the World Trade Organization; January 8, 2010 -- $500 and publication, $200, $100

The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business
is proud to announce the Second Annual
Daniel T. Murphy Student Writing Competition

The Daniel T. Murphy Student Writing Competition is open to any J.D. candidate student at an ABA accredited law school and is intended to foster knowledge and scholarly work by students on specific areas of the Law of the WTO. The competition is named for Professor Daniel T. Murphy who has been with the University of Richmond School of Law since 1976. As the cornerstone of international law at Richmond, the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business chose to name this competition after him to honor the years of extraordinary work and dedication he has put forth to the students, the school, and our Journal.

The topic of this year’s competition is WTO Treatment of Developed and Developing Countries.
All entries must pertain to timely legal issues concerning developed and/or developing countries and the WTO. Authors are expected to strongly include and analyze the topic material within their written work. Entries deemed to be lacking topical substance will not be considered.

1st place: $500.00 Cash award and publication in the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business’s Annual Survey of the Law of the WTO
2nd place: $200.00 Cash award
3rd place: $100.00 Cash award

Submission Procedure
1) All interested students must email by Monday, January 4, 2010 to request an anonymous submission number.
Please place "Anonymous Number Request" in the email subject line.

2) Students must mail two (2) copies of their submission to:
Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business Annual Survey
University of Richmond School of Law--Office 318
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

3) Students who attend the University of Richmond School of Law may choose to physically submit their work to a drop box which will be located outside the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business office (Room 318) for the week leading up to the due date. Any submission prior to that may be placed in the DU Folder of Lindsay Jefferies (3L). All other submission procedures must be followed.

4) Each submission must contain a cover page containing the anonymous number of the author. The Anonymous number must also be included on each page of the submission.

DO NOT place your name or school anywhere on the submission.

5) Entries must be postmarked by Friday, January 8th, 2010.

All submitted entries will be required to adhere to the following guidelines:
1) All law students of an ABA accredited law school are eligible. Students must be pursuing a J.D. degree; LL.M. applicants will not be considered.
2) Entries which have been submitted to a class are acceptable; however, any such entry must not have been edited by a professor or other teaching assistant.
3) Co-authorship is acceptable. All authors must be jointly identified when requesting an anonymous number. Any alteration to the authorship must be given to the Managing Editor.
4) All entries must be between 20 and 30 pages in length (including citations), double spaced, and must be the original, unpublished academic work of the person submitting the entry.

5) All entries must be in 12 point Times New Roman font and must have default 1 inch margins all around.
6) Pages must be numbered.
7) Citations must be in footnote format and be in accordance with the rules of The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation, Eighteenth Edition.
8) The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business reserves the right to decline to publish any submitted entry, and also reserves the right to publish more than one submitted entry.
9) Entries postmarked/submitted after Friday, January 8th, 2010 will not be considered.

This information can also be viewed on the Annual Survey webpage
Lindsay Jefferies
Managing Editor
Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business
T.C. Williams School of Law


Image: wikipedia, John Maynard Keyes and Harry Dexter White, at the Bretton Woods Conference (1947)

Monday, November 16, 2009

2010 Levit Essay Contest - Legal Ethics Hypothetical - $5,000 - February 19, 2010

2010 Levit Essay Contest - Legal Ethics Hypothetical - $5,000 - February 19, 2010

Essay contest hypothetical and contest rules: here

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Transnational Economic Law; $2,000 and publication; February 1, 2010

Transnational Economic Law; $2,000; February 1, 2010

Competition Rules: here

Image: wikipedia, General Electric Neon Sign

General Electric tops the 2009 Forbes Global 2000 list of multinational corporations.

The Trandafir International Business Writing Competition is open to all graduate and law students who write on "any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus." Essays may not exceed 50 double-spaced pages and are due on February 1, 2010, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time. Electronic submissions to

The winning essay will be published in the University of Iowa Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. This journal focuses on a range of public and private international law issues. See the range of topics: here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Federal Tax Law 20-30 pages; January 15, 2010 deadline; $2,000 plus travel to D.C. in March 2010

Federal Tax Law 20-30 pages; January 15, 2010 deadline; $2,000 plus travel to D.C. in March 2010

From the pdf flyer sent to law school deans (images of the pdf flyer appear at the bottom of this post):

Papers must be a minimum of twenty pages and a maximum of thirty pages (double spaced, twelvepoint font, and one-inch margins) and must be postmarked or e-mailed by January 15, 2010. 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 on 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 on Taxation.

The 2009 winners are posted on the Federal Bar Association's Section on Taxation's web site. Below appears the information about the honorable mention from 2009:

Tax Writing Contest

2009 Writing Competition Results
The FBA Section on Taxation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Writing Competition. This year there were three papers of very high quality, and the judges added an Honorable Mention category.

Honorable Mention is awarded to William Joseph Mills, a third-year student at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Mr. Mill's paper entitled, "Inspiring Green Car Sales: What Deserves the Credit" provides an insightful look at whether tax credits for green cars have a positive impact on sales. He concludes that other factors, such as gas prices and car quality, have a larger impact than tax credits. Mr. Mills will receive a $350 prize and a commemorative plaque.
Honorable Mention winning paper

Image: U.S. Constitution, from Wikipedia

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tort & Insurance Law; March 1, 2010; $1,500 and travel to San Francisco

Essays, not exceeding 35 pages of double-spaced typed text, including footnotes, must be submitted by e-mail to

Essays "must be created by the entrant[s]," and must "have never been published in any other medium other than a law school publication" and must have been written after January 1, 2009.

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 cash, free round-trip airfare and weekend accommodations to attend the ABA Annual Meeting [ABA Annual Meeting. 2010 – San Francisco, California August 5-10]. The first-place winner’s essay will be considered for publication in the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal. The first-place winner will be announced in an upcoming issue of The Brief, the Section’s magazine. In addition, the second-place winner will receive $500 cash and honorable mention in The Brief and the third-place winner will receive an honorable mention in The Brief.
For more information: click this url (pdf)
Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Law Student Writing Competition
American Bar Association
321 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

Hat tip: UIdaho Writing Competitions Page

Image source: wikipedia

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

December 1, 2010 -- $2,500; $2,000; $1,000 plus travel to Denver in April -- American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

By December 1, 2010, submit

a) the best book or book chapter
b) the best publishable article or substantial book review, or
c) the best student case note or comment

on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.

Published or unpublished; typed, double-spaced and in law review format.

Eight copies of your entry should be submitted by December 1, 2009 to:

Michael M. Greenfield, Chair
ACCFSL Writing Competition &
George Alexander Madill Professor of Contracts and Commercial Law
School of Law
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63130

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Updates: 1) Attribution in Scholarly Writing, and 2) New Writing Competition Posts This Weekend

I have updated (clarified and expanded) a blog entry I wrote earlier this month on the subject of original (non-plagiarized) scholarly writing. Before you submit an entry to a writing competition and before you submit a draft article to fulfill an academic requirement at any stage of the process (including a preliminary draft that you are submitting to a professor or student editor), consult the academic integrity information your professor has supplied and also check the Legal Writing Institute collection of information on plagiarism. With the advent of computer technology, it's a lot easier to copy and paste, and it's also a lot easier to detect the presence of borrowed material in scholarly writing. Be very careful to avoid attribution problems. The blog entry I have linked summarizes some insights I've developed while looking into the problem and also suggests some titles of books and a good on-line source.

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Look for posts of writing competitions this weekend! (Or check the links at the side bar for new entries at Idaho or Denver, for example; we are beginning to receive notices from a number of writing competitions).

Update: One-day Workshops for Adjunct Professors and New Professors of Legal Writing

Those competition participants who are considering a career in teaching writing may find these workshops of interest. This notice is taken from a flyer distributed by the leadership of the Legal Writing Institute.

On-line registration is now available:

for the Chicago workshop


for the New York City workshop

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trademark Law - January 15, 2009 - $2,000 (both student and professional categories)

From the competition website:

The Ladas Memorial Award, supported by the law firm of Ladas & Parry LLP, was established in memory of the outstanding contributions to international intellectual property law made by the distinguished practitioner and author Stephen P. Ladas.

The Ladas Award is presented once a year in two separate author categories with one competition for students and one for professionals. In each category, the award is given to the paper judged best on the subject of trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks.

The Ladas Memorial Award Competition is open to all students, practitioners and academics interested in trademarks and trademark law.

To compete in the Student Category authors must be enrolled as either full- or part-time law or graduate students. For students outside the United States, university enrollment is acceptable.

To compete in the Professional Category authors must be legal practitioners, business professionals and/or academics. No restrictions regarding level of experience or years in practice apply.

The Student and Professional winners of the Ladas Memorial Award Competition are individually recognized with a US $ 2,000 cash award and a set of Stephen P. Ladas’ three-volume treatise. Each year, the winners are invited to attend the INTA Gala, held as part of INTA’s Annual Meeting, where they are recognized before the outstanding volunteers and leaders of the Association. The student winner also receives a travel and lodging stipend of up to US $ 1,000 to attend the Gala.

Contest rules: here (pdf)

Hat tip: University of Idaho Writing Contest page

Image: wikipedia creative commons

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Employment Law; January 19, 2010; $3,000 (first place) and $1,000 (two awards)

The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is an annual law student writing competition that honors the memory of Louis Jackson, a founding partner in Jackson Lewis LLP. The Jackson Lewis law firm has been engaged in the practice of employment, labor, and benefits law on behalf of management for over 48 years. With offices in major cities throughout the United States, the firm has a national perspective and an awareness of local business environments. Jackson Lewis pioneered the concept of preventive employee relations to help employers shape a positive and productive workplace. The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition honors the memory of Louis Jackson, who provided inspiration, guidance, friendship and good humor for 39 years to all associated with Jackson Lewis.

The competition is administered by Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Workplace, a national center for research, training dialogue and reflection on the law that governs the workplace. It pools the resources of leading academic scholars and the practicing professional community to train students and professionals, monitor policies and trends, and reflect upon issues confronting the labor and employment law community in a neutral setting.

2009-10 details here (pdf)

$3,000 first place prize; $1,000 for second and third place prizes.

Only the first two essays from each participating law school will be accepted. Deadline is January 19, 2010. A list of previous winners appears at the competition website.

Image: Wikipedia; Van Gogh's Sunflowers

Saturday, October 3, 2009

About Scholarly Writing (and avoiding attribution problems)

How does any scholar write original (i.e., non-plagiarized) scholarly writing?

I'd like to share some highlights from an article I found while researching that question. This article was written for teachers of ESL graduate students, and it contains excellent insights for any scholarly writer: Matthew A. Edwards, Teaching Foreign LL.M. Students About U.S. Legal Scholarship, 51 J. Legal Educ. 520 (2001). It's an article that has utility for both foreign LL.M. students as well as anyone writing scholarly writing for academic credit in the United States -- it hits a range of topics including what is originality, what types of scholarly writing are written, how to develop a thesis, why his thoughts for LL.M. students apply to U.S. students, etc. It's a quick read and well worth the effort; you can find it at HeinOnline, and in a text and periodicals search through your computer assisted legal research sources (e.g., Westlaw, Lexis, etc.)

Both Matthew Edwards and other authors I have read on this subject have given me the general insights I develop below:

Writers of seminar papers, papers for competitions, and law journal articles must "own" their material, bringing their own mind and insights to bear on the writing. Academic integrity standards require it.

Scholarly insight does not develop in one day's work. It's important to begin and continue a steady scholarly writing schedule, to allow the insights to develop, and to allow the mind to process the new content. It's also important to use draft opportunities to clearly delineate any content you have borrowed from other scholars' writing -- this will keep your teacher and student editor focused on helping your improve your own thinking and writing, rather than on wondering whether they should uncover sources not attributed in your draft. Be very clear about what part of the paper is your thinking, and what part of the paper is derived from another source. You need to provide citations for both exact phrases (which must be quoted) and for general organizational and structural ideas (which must be cited). In a draft mode, give the citation your best shot, but clearly footnote, end note [or note in a bracket, highlight, etc.] what you are borrowing and from where.

Make sure that any draft clearly identifies those pieces of the article that are the result of "cut and paste" research, which is a method that is fraught with some considerable danger. Only gingerly, and with great care, should a writer use a word processing cut and paste feature as she conducts computer research. Writers who do use the cut and paste feature should develop the habit of placing that material in some sort of red-letter format (and quote it) to keep clear of any claim that someone else's scholarship appears in work submitted for academic credit or for publication. The very best practice is to print out a hard copy of the material and read it carefully, noting in the margins the insights you bring to your reading of the text. Identify on the front page of the source how you have learned of the source, and find a way to acknowledge both sources in your submitted work product. Even from the hard-copy reading and handwritten notes, take care to note the source of quoted and paraphrased language, because U.S. attribution practice requires that these sources be acknowledged as well.

The very reading of the article, especially when coupled with the reading of additional articles, will prompt your own insights and develop scholarly questions that will be exciting and stimulating and conducive to original thinking. You will begin to see themes and differences and begin to synthesize the material that addresses your thesis. This is the start of thinking that is unique to you.

For a good discussion of how this process works, see: Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Against the Tyranny of Paraphrase: Talking Back to Texts, 78 Cornell L. Rev. 163 (1993).


Two book publications focus on legal scholarly writing: one is by Eugene Volkh, Academic Legal Writing and the other is by Elizabeth Fajans and Mary R.Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students. Both are available on Amazon.

For something on the internet focused on scholarly writing for new scholars, check out:

Donna E. Arzt, Writing a Research Paper: A Guide (Syracuse University)

For a considerable store of information about what plagiarism is and how anti-plagiarism standards are enforced, check out:

the Legal Writing Institute's Plagiarism Resources.


image: wikipedia

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Notre Dame's Journal of Legislation (a good venue for the public servants in the blog readership)

I like the focus of Notre Dame's Journal of Legislation. I see an opportunity for those students who are political scientists, candidates and and policy makers. The Journal covers both state and federal statutory initiatives, as well as administrative rules.

I repeat below material from the Journal of Legislation's web site:

The Journal of Legislation is a semiannual publication by students at Notre Dame Law School. The Journal is a law review that focuses on statutory, regulatory, and public policy issues rather than on case law. The Journal believes in the open debate of all political ideologies and philosophical points of view. Therefore, the Journal has traditionally solicited legislators, judges, administrators, and prominent attorneys, as well as scholars and recognized experts from beyond the legal arena. The Journal publishes articles, legislative reform pieces, essays (scholarly editorials), book reviews and student notes.

Manuscripts submitted for publication should be typewritten on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and should be double-spaced. Authors should submit articles using Microsoft Word formatting. Footnotes should conform to A Uniform System of Citation (17th ed. 2000). Citations using large and small caps (e.g., law reviews, books, titles, etc.) should appear in bold with upper and lower case letters. A paragraph on the title page should provide the author’s current occupation, position, and educational background.

Decisions on publications are typically made within four weeks of a manuscript’s receipt. The Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Most article selections for an issue are made two to six months prior to publication. Thus, to be considered for publication in the Spring issue, please send your manuscript between September and February; to be considered for our Fall issue, please submit your article between March and August.

Student editors edit articles accepted for publication, and the Journal submits editorial changes to the author for approval before publication. The Journal reserves the right of final decision concerning all manuscript changes. When an article is approved for publication, the Journal will request that the author assign the copyright for the manuscript to the Journal to comply with the copyright laws of the United States.

Manuscripts should be submitted to:

Journal of Legislation
Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
Phone: (574) 631-5918
Submissions by email are also welcome.


Image: wikipedia, U.S. Congress

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Review of Litigation (at the University of Texas); four issues; unsolicited manuscripts

I like the idea of scholarship that is inherently useful. The Review of Litigation seems like a dynamic place to publish materials that affect the lives of attorneys. Any law journal that introduces itself with the word "pragmatic" has a certain attraction. Moreover, this one is busy, with four issues a year, a clear review process, and a system that seems to make sure the trains run on time. Unsolicited manuscripts are accepted year-round.

A sampling of article titles: here.


From The Review of Litigation website:

at The University of Texas School of Law, The Review of Litigation is a student-managed publication devoted to the process of litigation. The Review balances the interests of academia with pragmatic issues important to practicing attorneys and judges. We publish on topics related to procedure, evidence, trial and appellate advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and often-litigated substantive law. Published articles not only address issues pertinent to litigation practice, but also comment on substantive and theoretical aspects of the law.

The Review annually publishes four issues, always on time. Articles published in The Review of Litigation are routinely cited in published court decisions. In fact, The Review has recently been ranked as tied for specialty journal by U.S. courts. Our subscription base, includes judges, academics, corporations, firms, libraries, and sole practitioners—m ore outside Texas than within the Lone Star State.

The Review solicits articles for publication year-round, focusing particularly on arguments, issues, and points of view that have not yet received due attention, but would be helpful to lawyers throughout the country. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please review our .


Image: Old Main at the University of Texas, from 1902 (Wikipedia)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Alcohol Policy, $5,000; $2,500; and $1,000 -- November 18, 2009 deadline

I blogged this competition a few months ago, but the flyers are out in the mailboxes now, suggesting that the entries need to start flowing in.

November 18, 2009 deadline.

Hailing from Arkansas, where some dry counties are still in existence, this blog editor finds this competition particularly interesting.

"State Regulation of Alcohol is Important Because . . . "

The range of winning entries from last year: 28 pages, double spaced with 178 footnotes, and 6 pages double spaced.


image: wikipedia; raid at Elk Lake, Ontario

Monday, September 14, 2009

Securities Exchange Commission -- $5,000; $3,000; $2,000 -- November 13, 2009 (hard copy received by this date)

From the competition website:

The writing competition awards program is held in the fall of each year and is available to students registered at an accredited degree-granting law school in the United States. Both undergraduate and graduate law students are eligible. The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law.

Three cash prizes are awarded each year at the ASECA annual dinner. First place is $5,000; second place is $3,000; and third place is $2,000.

2009 Competition

Two copies of all submissions should be sent to the address below and must be received no later than November 13, 2009. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2009, and papers scheduled for publication in 2009 or 2010 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.

Papers will be screened by a panel of judges consisting of securities practitioners and law professors. The best papers will be submitted to the Board of Directors of ASECA, who will choose the award winners.

Award winners will be invited to attend the ASECA annual dinner, which will be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 5, 2010. Travel and lodging for the first place winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.

Submissions for the writing competition should be sent to:

P. O. Box 5767
Washington, DC 20016

Submissions in hard copy must be received by November 13, 2009. E-mail submissions will not be accepted.



Saturday, September 12, 2009

National Endowment for the Humanities; October 29, 2009 deadline

Collaborative Research Grants, National Endowment for the Humanities: October 29, 2009 deadline.

This is the first time I've even peeked at a federal grant site. It looks daunting, but like anything else, it's finite, understandable, and a big deal, if you get one. If you've got some free time on your hands, it might be worth your while, to spend the next four weeks or so figuring out how to write a grant proposal, and then perfect it before the October 29, 2009 deadline. If you're at a university, you'll need to work with the committee that protects human subjects -- your Institutional Review Board; the campus also will have a research liaison who will help you work through the minutiae.


Looking around the internet for recent studies the NEH has funded, I found this one, for $25,000 ... from the "Enduring Questions Program" ... something to think about for next year probably, because the Enduring Questions deadline is September 15, 2009:

Northfield, Minn.–– Laurence Cooper, Carleton College associate professor of political science, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the "Enduring Questions" program of the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a new freshman seminar.

The proposed seminar, “Cosmos or Chaos: Views of the World, Views of the Good Life,” will address the question of what it means to live well. Students in the course will consider some key visions of the character of the world and of how to live a good life, as developed through extensive reading, discussion, and writing about Homer, the Biblical books of Genesis, Exodus, and the Gospel of Matthew, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine’s Confessions, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and other notable thinkers.

Cooper, who received his Ph.D. from Duke University, has published two books: Rousseau, Nature, and the Problem of the Good Life (1999) and Eros in Plato, Rousseau, and Nietzsche: The Politics of Infinity (2008). He teaches courses in ancient and modern political philosophy.

The NEH received 180 proposals for "Enduring Questions" grants and made just 20 awards . . .


The NEH has set out a full year's worth of deadlines, and I'll be looking for it's 2010 calendar to post on this blog. The calendar that's currently displayed is a 2009 calendar, and the October 29 date is the latest one I noticed.

Image: Søren Kierkegaard 1806-1882 (wikipedia). The cutline for this wikipedia image says: The works of Søren Kierkegaard overlap into many fields of the humanities, such as philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, music, and classical studies.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

University of Idaho Writing Competitions Page - January 2010 deadlines

I've been uniformly impressed with the timeliness and thoroughness of the University of Idaho site for writing competitions. It's got several January 2010 deadlines noted, and rather than pick and choose one of them with a hat tip, here's a link to the Idaho page.

It's also through that page, and then spelunking around links from it, that I discovered Will Simpson's open-source photography.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Dispute Resolution; November 15, 2009; $2,500 plus travel (New Orleans in April)

The International Ombudsman Association has announced that it is sponsoring an annual writing contest for students in law school or graduate programs in dispute resolution. In the inaugural contest, law students are invited to submit articles arguing for a statutory privilege for organizational ombudsmen. The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2010 in New Orleans to receive the award. IOA will provide registration, airfare and lodging for the conference. The winning article may also be published in the Journal of IOA. Submissions are due November 15, 2009

Submission information: here (pdf)


Image: wikipedia Nerva Aureus Concordia

Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Student Article or Paper October 30, 2009 deadline

Original Student Article or Paper on events or issues in the field of ADR in November 2008 - October 2009. Articles must be published in 2009; outstanding papers prepared for courses requiring papers as substantial part of grade must be recommended for submission by professor.

DEADLINE: Friday, OCTOBER 30, 2009

Send entries to:

Anne C. Ferguson
Awards Administrator

CPR Awards Program
International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
575 Lexington Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10022

Entries may also be sent as electronic files (pdf or Word) to


In 2009, the focus is on processes, techniques, systems, commitment and scholarship, which address the resolution, prevention or creative management of major disputes involving public or business institutions, such as those between corporations, between government and corporations, or among multiple parties.

ADR innovations in other areas, such as domestic relations or juvenile justice, are outside the parameters of this competition.

The Call for Entries and Nominations email is sent to Academic institutions and CPR Members in September each year for products that have been published that year or taught during the prior academic period, and entries are welcome until the deadline of Friday, October 30. The Award Winners are announced at the CPR Annual Meeting in January the following year.

To develop a better understanding of the kind of achievement and written work of most interest, we recommend your review of past Awards Program winners on this web site.

More information and links to information about prior awards: here


Hat tip: University of Idaho Competitions page

Image: Will Simpson Butterflies

Dispute Resolution, Report of ADR Law Firm Activities, September 30, 2009 deadlline

Looking for a writing contest that is sponsored by the Conflict Prevention & Resolution Institute, I found an interesting award program, that is designed to honor law firms that have shifted to a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

The deadline for a report on the firm's transition to an ADR focus is September 30, 2009.

Some details from the announcement appear below and at the CPR Institute Web Site:

CPR Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR

CPR Institute has long rewarded entities that find novel ways in which to resolve disputes by non-litigation alternatives. In 2007, CPR created the Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR to recognize law firms that demonstrate an integrated approach and a deep commitment to using ADR principles and techniques.

Criteria for Consideration
We are seeking to honor law firms that demonstrate firm-wide commitment to using ADR principles and techniques and our focus will be on integrated processes, techniques, systems, client services, and scholarship “best practices” in multiple practice areas. Ideal applicants will have set a benchmark for addressing the resolution, prevention and creative management of major disputes involving public or business institutions or among multiple parties.

Review Committee
An elite Committee of leading corporate counsel and academics will review and judge the applications based on hallmarks set forth in the CPR document, “ADR Best Practices for Law Firms”. This document is an outline of the systems and practices that the Committee considers to be best practices in the field of ADR at this point in its evolution.

Winners will be announced at CPR’s Annual Meeting in 2010 in New York City. Depending on the volume and character of the responses, CPR reserves the right to make multiple awards.


Image, Will Simpson, Blue Butterfly

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dispute Resolution Law Journal; call for submissions

-from the Journal web site, at Pepperdine University:

Dispute Resolution Law Journal

The Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal publishes academic work that fosters both practical and scholarly research in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. The Journal strongly encourages contributions from scholars, practitioners and students alike and accepts submissions for articles, case comments and reviews.

All citations must conform to the The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed. 2005). Authors are also asked to include a brief summary of biographical data either in the footnotes of the submission or as an attachment.

Recent lead article titles:

Style vs. Model: Why Quibble

The Strategic Relationship between Ethics and Dispute Resolution: What Every CEO Should Know

Guardians Ad Litem Do Not Belong in Family Mediations

Comparative Law as Rhetoric: An Analysis of the Use of Comparative Law in International Arbitration

See table of contents for al editions: here



Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Health Care Law, November 1, 2009 deadline -- Call for Papers of 10,000 words or less

(from advance notice to E-mail distribution list):

The Health Care Industry Council is hosting a graduate student panel at the 62nd Annual LERA meeting on Saturday January 2nd, 2010 at 3pm.

We are seeking submissions of papers that address any aspect of healthcare work or the healthcare industry. The HCIC will award a best paper prize for the best graduate student paper on this panel. Please submit full papers of no more than 10,000 words to and by November 1st. Panelists will be selected and notified by November 15th.

Please contact Rebecca Givan or Dana Weinberg with questions.

Rebecca Givan
Assistant Professor
Cornell University, ILR School
365 Ives Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255 1439


Image: wikipedia, from Health Care entry, to: The Red Cross and the Red Crescent emblems at the museum in Geneva. Soon (2005/06), the Red Crystal emblem should join them.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Copyright ($600 & $250 each school participating ) ($3,000 - $2,000 - $1,000 - national)

2010 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition

50 pages or less; all papers must strictly comply with the contest requirements.

"Subsequent to entry in the Competition, papers may be published in scholarly journals, provided their entry in the Competition is duly noted."

At each participating law school: $600 (1st place); $250 (2nd place)
National Competition: $3,000 (1st) $2,000 (2nd); $1,000 (3rd)

Winning papers must be certified by the Dean of the Law School to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) by June 30, 2010


Did you know that Nathan Burkan represented Mae West, Charlie Chaplin and others? He also zealously represented ASCAP in its infancy.

Image source: blog entry summarizing Nathan Burkan's work

Jstor article, discussing the 10th annual Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition (1960):

Monday, August 31, 2009

Bioethics, $1,000 - $500 -- $250 -- January 11, 2010 deadline -- 5,000 words

American College of Legal Medicine offers two competitions that are open to law students; students are eligible to compete in one of the competitions.

Bioethics offers a first place prize of $1,000, plus travel and lodging to the ACLM annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

5,000 words; January 11, 2010 deadline.

Complete competition details appear here (pdf)

Prior competition winners appear here (html)


Legal medicine, Letourneau Award $1,000 - 5,000 words -- January 11, 2010 deadline

January 11, 2010 deadline - $1,000 - American College of Legal Medicine's 2010 Competition in Legal Medicine

The Letourneau Award, to a law student; 5,000 words

Complete competition instructions: here (pdf)

Deadline: January 11, 2010

Prior awards appear: here (html).



Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law

Florida State University College of Law
Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law

From the Journal's web site:

The Journal is pleased to receive for consideration articles from authors in any discipline. The Journal also welcomes articles from students at any college of law or graduate school. Authors are encouraged to submit their articles via e-mail in Microsoft Word or by mail on a CD or disk. All submissions should be in general conformity with A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed. 2005). Manuscripts submitted without sufficient postage cannot be returned.

All correspondence should be addressed to the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, Florida State Law, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1601. Manuscripts should be directed to the office manager. Advertising and business matters should also be directed to the office manager. The Journal may be contacted by telephone at 850.644.7781.

Selected Article Titles from Current Issue Fall 2009

Europe, The United States, and The Global Climate Regime: All Together Now?

Taking Public Interests in Private Property Seriously: How the Supreme Court Short-Changes Public Property Rights in Regulatory Takings Cases

Tort-Based Climate Change Litigation and the Political Question Doctrine

Selected Article Titles from Spring 2008 Issue

*Chop Wood, Carry Water: Cutting to the Heart of the World's Water Woes

*Ecosystem Services, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the Conceptual Difference Between Benefits Provided by Ecosystems and Benefits Provided by People

*Uses of Subjective Well-Being in Local Economic and Land Use Policy


Image: Will Simpson, Aerial Photography -- fall, crop, pattern

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Green Bag: "law-related, well-written, and short"

The Green Bag inspires a pithy notice:

"Submit an article:
We ... welcome anything law-related, well-written, and short (no more than 5,000 words, no more than 50 footnotes). If you have something good, please email it to us."

Green Bag web site

from Wikipedia, image and commentary:

The Green Bag is frequently irreverent. For the past several years, subscribers have received each year a bobblehead doll depicting a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Boston University Public Interest Law Journal - call for unsolicited manuscripts

The Boston University Public Interest Law Journal publishes a range of topics and invites unsolicited manuscripts.

For an idea about potential topics, see the journal's archives, which includes live links to many published articles, from the past several years.

The Journal's Submission Instructions are reprinted below:

Submission Instructions

The Public Interest Law Journal invites the submission of unsolicited manuscripts. Submissions may include previously unpublished articles, essays, case notes, book reviews and commentaries on topics related to public interest law, such as Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Family Law issues, as well as legal ethics, the environment, education and civil rights. The editors broadly define these areas, though they are particularly interested in submissions which combine theory with practical application. The Journal is interdisciplinary and contributions from non-lawyers are encouraged. If any portion of a manuscript has been previously published, the author should so indicate. In addition, the author should include his or her credentials, including full name, degrees earned, academic or professional affiliations and citations to all previously published legal articles. The Journal accepts both hardcopy and electronic submissions; however, electronic submissions are preferred.

Electronic Submissions
We accept submissions via Express0 or via email at

Hardcopy Submissions
Mail hardcopy submissions to:
Boston University Public Interest Law Journal
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Send manuscripts double-spaced and typewritten on one side per page, with one-inch margins. Footnotes should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.), published and distributed by Harvard Law Review Association, Gannett House, Cambridge, MA 02138.

For further information, contact the Journal office at 617.353.7255.


Image, wikipedia, Boston University Law Tower

Thursday, August 27, 2009

ABA Communications Lawyer - Call for Manuscripts

(The Grammy Competition generates much interest. It is likely that some article ideas submitted to that competition would be appropriate for this journal.)

The Communications Lawyer, a quarterly newsletter of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, invites 25-30 page articles of between 5,000 and 7,500 words (and has stated an interested in shorter articles, depending on the topic).

The topics focus on communications and media law.

Directly from "Guidelines for Authors" at the Communications Lawyer website:

Style . The writing should be appropriate for a law review article. To that end, authors should

* Use gender-neutral language
* Avoid long quotations
* Avoid excess verbiage
* Avoid using a long word when a short one will do
* Avoid using a foreign phrase, scientific word, or jargon if you can think of a more common English equivalent
* Avoid overworked figures of speech
* Avoid excessive capitalization
* Avoid excessive use of commas

Footnotes . All references must be completely and accurately cited, using the citation style of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Eighteenth Edition.

Author Biography. Please include a one-sentence description of your current professional affiliation, including your title, organization, mailing (both USPS and e-mail) addresses, and telephone number.

For additional details, click here.


July 2009 titles include:

Carpool Lanes on the Internet: Effective Network Management

Shielding Jane and John: Can the Media Protect Anonymous Online Speech?

Can Intentional or Knowingly Reckless Misuse of Copyrighted Material Be Considered "Fair Use?"

My Grandfather Went to Jail for Criminal Libel and We're Proud of It

How Far Can You Go in Your Cross of the Plaintiff?


image, wikipedia, TeslaThinker, in front of the spiral coil of his high-voltage transformer at East Houston St., New York City. See also: Tesla Wireless Power (1891)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Administrative Law Review - Recent Developments Section - Call for Papers

The Administrative Law Review has posted an open call for submissions to its "Recent Developments" section. From the Administrative Law Review website:

NOW ACCEPTING Recent Developments Submissions

The Administrative Law Review is accepting submissions to be considered for publication in the Recent Developments section. Papers should report new, exciting events in administrative law and regulatory practice. Topics may encompass recent events, decisions, or emerging trends which have the potential to change the face and practice of administrative law. The Recent Developments section is intended to update our readership on the latest developments of administrative law and spur discussion within the industry with concise, topical pieces.

Please send submission inquiries to:
Senior Recent Developments Editor
Administrative Law Review
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 623
Washington, D.C. 20016


Topics that have been published in previous editions include:

OCC Interprets the National Bank Act to Permit Banks to Own Hotels and Windmills
Michael S. Edwards

Lee v. Minner: The End of Non-Citizen Exclusions in State Freedom of Information Laws?
Kushal R. Desai

Public Controversy over Peer Review
Sarah Grimmer

VoIP on Tap: Whether the FCC Should Apply Wiretapping Standards to Voice Over Internet Protocol
Joshua E. Adrian

Click here, for a menu of titles in back issues, many of which include abstracts that set out a good overview of what administrative commentary might entail.

For a sample abstract, see:

(pdf) Tort Reform By Regulation: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Attempts to Preempt State-Tort Lawsuits with Its Proposed Roof-Strength Regulation
Rob Ammons
David George


Image, wikipedia, Federal Trade Commission Apex Building

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Gender, Law, & Justice; $500; December 1, 2009;

(hat tip: Idaho writing contest page)

from competition notice at the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice web site:


Call For Submissions

The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, a continuation of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal is pleased to invite students and public interest practitioners of all disciplines to submit articles for consideration. BGLJ publishes pieces that address the lives and struggles of underrepresented women. In particular, we seek submissions that examine the intersection of gender with one or more other axes of subordination including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability.

The Award

The article selected for the award will be published in Volume 24-2 (Fall 2009) or 25-1 (Spring 2010), and its author will receive $500.

Deadline for Submissions

Articles must be received by December 1, 2009 in order to be considered.

Please Send Articles To:

Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice
ATTN: Writing Award Committee
38 West Wing
University of California, Berkeley
School of Law

Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

We also welcome the electronic submission of articles via email to

Please designate "Writing Award" in the subject line.


Image from wikipedia article on "gender"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Unsolicited Student Manuscripts to Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy

Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy

CJIELP welcomes the unsolicited submission of articles, as well as student notes, book reviews, and comments.

Most accepted articles are between 35 and 75 double-spaced manuscript pages, in twelve point type. Papers longer than 125 pages will generally not be considered. Longer articles may be edited to meet publication requirements.

The preliminary review process takes about two weeks.

For more details: CJIELP Web site

Image: wikipedia, Earth by Apollo17

Thursday, August 13, 2009

International Law; November 14, 2009; $2,000; J.D., LLM., PhD, S.J.D. Students

I blogged an international competition last week, sponsored by the State Bar of New York. This one, sponsored by the international section of the State Bar of California has a deadine of November 14, 2009. (Another hat tip to the University of Idaho writing competition site.)

This California competition favors seminar papers:

The paper may be specifically prepared for this contest or based on a paper submitted in a class, seminar, or as an independent study program. The paper should, however, be the original work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. The article should not be a “law review” article.

First Place Prize: $2,000.00
Second Place Prize: $750.00
Third Place Prize: $250.00
All winning articles will be submitted for publication to the The California International Law Journal

Last year's winners:
  • First Place Winner: The Legal Implications of Nearshore Outsourcing to Mexico, Renee Dopplick
  • Second Place Winner: GOING PUBLIC: The Prosecution of Rape Under International Law and its Effect on the Public-Private Divide, Liane Aronchick
  • Third Place Winner: Body Snatchers: Transnational Organ and Tissue Trafficking, Kathryn G. Reid

Image, wikipedia
More information here (pdf)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Air & Space Law; October 2, 2009; $3,000 - travel - potential publication

The Air and Space Law Competition provides suggested topics, making thesis development a fairly straightforward process. For example, here are two of this year's topics for an October 2, 2009 deadline:

3. Whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions of aircraft.

4. Whether the Transportation Security Administration is exceeding its authority to regulate security at our nation's airports.

Length: 4000 words, including endnotes.

Additional topics are available here: 2009 Air and Space Competition Topics (pdf)

The competition guidelines appear here: 2009 Air and Space Competition Guidelines (pdf)

For more information about the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law:

Image: air and space over Fayetteville, Arkansas, Joyce Boulevard, around 8:30 p.m., 081109