Sunday, January 4, 2009

Labor and Employment Law -- $1,500; $1,000; $500 -- May 15, 2009

from the competition announcement materials:



Submissions are now being accepted for the 2009 College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Law Student Writing Competition.

TOPIC: The scope of permissible topics is broad, i.e., any aspect of public or private labor or employment law. Students are encouraged to present a:

* public policy issue,

* critique of a leading case or doctrine,

* comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification,

* comment on a common law doctrine.

ELIGIBILITY: All currently enrolled undergraduate law students attending accredited law schools in the United States.

PRIZES: First prize - $1,500.00
Second prize - $1,000.00
Third prize - $500.00

In addition to a monetary award, the winner will have his/her article published with a future issue of the College newsletter and posted on the College's website. The Labor Lawyer, a journal of ideas and developments in labor and employment law, published by the American Bar Association and the Section of Labor and Employment Law, has indicated a strong desire to publish the winning entry, if it meets their publication standards. Winners will also be invited guests at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College where they will be recognized and honored during the evening program.



1. Articles must be original from the applicant. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries by the same person are expressly prohibited. In addition, they must not presently be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.

2. All articles are to be submitted in the following format:

o Typewritten, with computer disk attached, or submitted by email to (please reference "Writing Competition" in the subject line);

o Double-spaced;

o On 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch margins;

o Entries should be between 10 and 20 pages in length (inclusive of endnotes)

o Citations are to conform to "A Uniform System of Citation" (The Bluebook)

3. All articles must be e-mailed no later than 5:00 PM (PDST) on May 15, 2009 or postmarked no later than May 15, 2009. Articles sent after that date will not be considered. Please send all submissions to: Susan Wan, Executive Director, The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036-5306.

4. If published by the College, the articles become the property of the College. No submitted article may be published elsewhere until after announcement of the winners of this competition. Announcement of the winners will be made at least 30 days in advance of the Annual Induction Dinner of the College to permit the winners to attend the Induction Dinner as guests of the College.

5. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address and phone number (both school and permanent), name of school and year of graduation.

6. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school.


The evaluation standards will be organization, quality of research, depth, originality of analysis, clarity of style and readability. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers reserves the right not to award and/or to reject any or all submissions.


image: wikipedia, Writers Guild strike (2007), in United States labor law.