Friday, January 16, 2009

Administrative/Constitutional Law $500 and travel to D.C. -- March 31, 2009 deadline

The information contained in this notice appears at: the ABA Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice website

Administrative/Constitutional Law $500 and travel to D.C. -- March 31, 2009 deadline


Topic: Discuss a problem or issue arising at the intersection of constitutional and administrative law, federal or state.

Eligibility: The competition is open to currently enrolled students of ABA accredited law schools who are also members of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. The essay must be the student’s original, unpublished work. The paper may be prepared to satisfy a course requirement or for other academic credit. However, the essay must be the work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. Co-authored papers are ineligible. Only one essay may be submitted per entrant.

Format: Essays must not exceed 12 pages, including title, citations, and any footnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins. Entries should reflect the style of Administrative Law News articles rather than law review style. Entrants are encouraged to review past copies of the News available at - prior to drafting their submissions. Citations must be embedded in text or in footnote form; essays with endnotes will be disqualified. Cites must conform with the 18 th Edition of The Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation.

ENTRY PROCEDURE: Each submission must include a SEPARATE COVER PAGE with the entrant’s name, law school, year of study, mailing and email address, and phone number. The contestant’s name and other identifying markings, such as school name, MAY NOT appear on any copy of the submitted essay.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2009 and mailed to: American Bar Association, Admin Law Essay Competition, 740 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005; or sent via email to

Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice staff will assign a random number to each entry and record this number on all copies of each essay submitted. Neither the contestant’s identity nor his/her academic institution will be known to the selection committee.

By submitting an entry in this contest, the entrant grants the ABA and the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice permission to edit and publish the entry in the Administrative Law News. Please direct any questions about the contest to the Section Staff Director at

PRIZE: The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference in Washington, DC. At the discretion of the editorial board, the winning entry will be selected for publication in Administrative and Regulatory Law News.