Sunday, March 29, 2009

Technology Law (10 pages minimum) - June 30, 2009 - up to three winners $500

Technology Law (10 pages minimum) - June 30, 2009 - up to three winners $500

2009 Edward F. Langs Writing Award

1. Awards will be given to up to three student essays, which in the opinion of the judges make the most significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of information technology law. Factors to be taken into consideration include: originality; timeliness of the subject; depth of research; accuracy; readability; and the potential for impact on the law

2. Essay must be original, deemed to be of publishing quality, and must not have been submitted to any other contest within the previous 12 months.

3. Essay must be typed, double spaced, at least ten pages in length, must contain proper citations listed as either endnotes or footnotes, and must have left, right, top and bottom margins of one inch.

4. Essay must include the submitter’s name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, and school attended.

5. A total of $1,500 in US dollars shall be divided between the award winning essays, and all rights to award winning essays shall become the property of the State Bar of Michigan.

6. The Information Technology Section of the State Bar of Michigan reserves the right to make editorial changes, and to publish award winning essays in the Section’s newsletter, the Michigan IT Lawyer.

7. Essay must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document, postmarked by June 30, 2009, and emailed to

Hat tip: University of Idaho's Legal Writing Contest page.

Image: M.C. Escher's Relativity, from Wikipedia

Friday, March 27, 2009

2009 Robert J. Kutak Award

Nominations Sought for the 2009 Robert J. Kutak Award

Established in 1984 by the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and the national Kutak Rock law firm, the award honors significant contributions to the collaboration of the academy, the bench, and the bar. The award is in memory of Mr. Kutak, a distinguished Omaha lawyer, champion of legal reform, and advocate for legal education. Most recipients have been members of the Section and active participants in its work.

The 2009 Kutak Award will be presented at a special reception in August at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

[The 2008 Kutak Award went to Professor Emeritus Rennard Strickland. For a summary of Professor Strickland's career highlights, visit the University of Oregon pressroom).]

The Kutak Nominating Committee is chaired by Professor Peter Winograd, University of New Mexico School of Law.

Section Logo

To Nominate Oneself or Nominate a Colleague: Please complete the form here.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Scholarships, April 1-15, 2009, $10,000 (4) and $5,000 (1-5), Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 450-word essay, plus application materials

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit accepts scholarship applications between April 1 and April 15, 2009. Four $10,000 scholarships and one to five $5,000 scholarships are outlined in the scholarship web site information that appears here (pdf).

One application renders the applicant eligible for consideration for all scholarships. The scholarships include:

Howard T. Markey Memorial Scholarship ($10,000) (to applicant who shows academic promise, economic need, and an interest in the subject matter of the Federal Circuit’s legal community, as well as commitment to public service.

Helen W. Nies Memorial Scholarship ($10,000) which focuses on (a) encouraging the participation of women lawyers in the legal profession, (b) recognizing the contributions of women lawyers to society in general, (c) highlighting academic excellence, (d) addressing need, and (e) advancing the interest of women law students in intellectual property.

Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Scholarship ($10,000) should show financial need, reflect academic excellence, and consistently demonstrate a dedication to the law, the rule of law, and our court system.

The Founders Scholarships Douglas B. Henderson Leadership Scholarship ($10,000) to encourage law students showing financial need and demonstrating both academic excellence and outstanding leadership.

William S. Bullinger Scholarship ($5,000): encouragement of professionalism, civility in practice, and dialogue between the Bench and Bar; economic need, academic promise and an interest in the subject matter of the Federal Circuit’s legal community.

Need-Based Scholarships: Depending on available funds and other factors, the Association may also consider awarding additional scholarships based primarily on need. Last year, the Association was able to award four of these scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each, and hopes to be able to be as generous this year.

More details appear at the scholarship flyer (pdf)


Patent, Veterans, International Trade Commission, Gov't Contracts, Merit Systems (Federal Circuit) June 26, 2009 -- $3,000


The Federal Circuit Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2009 George Hutchinson Writing Competition, named in honor of the First Chief Clerk of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

FCBA is comprised of more than 2,500 nationwide members, who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals was established in 1982 by Congress as the first Article III appellate court to have exclusive jurisdiction over certain defined subject areas. Specifically, the Court's jurisdiction includes appeals from all patent litigation (nationwide), Patent and Trademark Office decisions, government contract claims, International Trade Commission, Merit Systems Appeals, and Veterans Appeals.

Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Court.

The rules and further information can be found in the full contest rules at this url (pdf)

The competition is open to all law students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools.

The competition permits and encourages students to base their entries on papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2008/2009 school year.

The competition is kept open for the entire school year so that papers prepared during the present Fall or Spring semester can be eligible.

Three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges to be the best entry and to merit the award. Second and third place cash prizes may also be awarded at the discretion of the judges. In addition, the winner will receive significant favorable publicity to all members of FCBA.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than June 26, 2009.


image: United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Official Seal (at Wikipedia)

Friday, March 13, 2009

International; Next Generation Access or Mobile Regulatory; March 31, 2009; support for travel to Florence, Italy

Young Lawyers (<35) invited to write 3,500-5,000 words (approximately 17 pages double-spaced) on one of these topics:

1) the challenges involving the regulatory environment for Next Generation Access Networks; 2) perspectives on mobile regulatory issues.

Legal analysis, with an international flavor, will be judged based on legal argumentation, research, style, logic, originality and overall quality

Submissions directly to competition judges (may use pen name in early stages of competition):

Bernard Armory, Jones Day; Brussels,
Peter Eljsvoogel, Allen & Overy; Amsterdam,
Klaus J. Kraatz, Kraatz & Kraatz, Kronberg,
Camila Borba lefevre, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Sao Paulo,
Almudena Arpon de Mendivil, Gomez-Acebo & Pombo, Madrid,

These judges are former Chairs of the IBA Communications Law Committee and will select finalists between May 1-10, 2009.

Complete rules at competition flyer (pdf)

Prize, free registration to IBA conference in May 2009, Florence, Italy; travel expenses and hotel fees (up to 800 Euro)

Additional information request to


Image: Florence, Italy skyline (wikipedia)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

International Petroleum Negotiations; May 15, 2009, Travel, Lodging, Conference Registration to Bangkok, Thailand

Ass'n of Internat'l Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

AIPN Student Writing Competition 2009

The following notices appear on the AIPN competition website:

For the seventh consecutive year, the AIPN is sponsoring a student writing competition.

The competition is open to all full-time seniors in a four-year program and all graduate students enrolled at an accredited university in either the fall 2008 or spring 2009 semesters. Essays should be an original work of no more than 4,000 words on any specific issue of the student’s choice, which is directly related to international petroleum negotiations, such as matters of contract, law, or policy.

All essays must be submitted to the AIPN by e-mail no later than May 15, 2009, accompanied by a current biography of the author.

The award includes :
· Registration at the AIPN International Conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand
(October 18-21, 2009),
· Roundtrip, advance booking coach ticket to Bangkok,
· Standard lodging at the conference location during the conference, and
· Student membership in the AIPN for one year.

Hat tip, Sturm College of Law (University of Denver) Writing Competition page

Image, Wikipedia, Aerial view of Lumphini Park, Bangkok. Taken from The Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Feminist Jurisprudence, June 1, 2009, $1,000

The Alice Paul Feminist Jurisprudence Essay Contest; Sponsored by the Women and the Law and Legal Rhetoric Programs of American University, Washington College of Law

June 1, 2009 deadline; $1,000 prize for winning essay

Contest rules:

* The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools (JD or LL.M./LL.B.)
* Entries should reflect a creative feminist approach to the law.
* Entries must be original, unpublished work.
* Entries must not exceed 50 pages, including notes.
* Co-authored essays are allowed
* Submissions will be judged by a panel of scholars and attorneys.
* The winning author will be invited to Washington College of Law to receive the award during the academic year.

Previous winning essays, many of which are available online (link) include:

2008- Michelle Larson-Krieg, Comparable Worth in Minnesota and Ontario: Implications for U.S. Policy

2007- Wendy Yang, Is Recognizing the Monetary Value of Housework Sufficient in Achieving Gender Equality: Assessing Taiwan's §1003-1 and §1018-1’s potential impact on Taiwan's road toward gender equality

2006- Monica S. Devens, Wartime Sex Crimes as "War Crimes" and "Crimes Against Humanity": A Developing International Understanding

2005- Gina Zejdlik, Human Trafficking in Italy and The United States - a comparative analysis

2004- Dana V. Kaplan, Women of the West: The evolution of marital property laws in the southwestern United States and their effect on Mexican-American women

2003- Eric Bentley, How Title IX Should be Interpreted to Afford Women the Opportunities They Deserve in Intercollegiate Athletics (Published in the Sports Lawyer Journal Vol.11 Page 89 (2004))

2002: - Amy Klosterman, Easing the Burden for Female Refugees: The I.N.S. Must Adhere to New International Asylum Standards Regarding Gender-Related Persecution


Image: Alice Paul Stamp, Wikipedia

Monday, March 9, 2009

Public Contract Law; September 30, 2009; $5,000, $2,500, $1,000

Public Contract Law; September 30, 2009; $5,000, $2,500, $1,000

From the competition flyer (pdf):

American Bar Association
Section of Public Contract Law
2009 Writing Competition Rules

(1) The competition will be conducted in two divisions. Each division will be judged separately, and separate prizes will be awarded to the winners of each division. Division I is open to candidates for a J.D. degree attending law schools within the United States and its possessions. Division II is open to lawyers under the age of 36 years or admitted to practice less than five years as of September 30, 2009, and candidates for an LL.M. degree attending law schools within the United States and its possessions. All authors must be current members of the American Bar Association.

(2) Papers should address a topical issue of interest to the public contract and grant law community. The Public Contract Law Journal maintains a list of suggested note and article topics. Please see


Image; file photo, sunset in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 8, 2009.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Custom & International Law (see previous blog entry); prior winning titles

Previous winning titles from the Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition (International and Custom Law)

Justin M. Waggoner, Acquiring a European Taste for Geographical Indications, 33 Brook. J. Int'l L. 569 (2008).

Alex O. Canizares, Is Charming Betsy Losing Her Charm? Interpreting U.S. Statutes consistently with International Trade Agreements and the Chevron Doctrine, 20 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 591 (2006).

John J. Emslie, Labeling Programs as a Reasonably Available Least Retrictive Trade Measure under Article XX's Nexus Requirement, 30 Brook. J. Int'l L. 485 (2005).

Tracey DiLascio, Note, How Safe Is the Safe Harbor? U.S. and E.U. Data Privacy Law and the Enforcement of the FTC's Safe Harbor Program, 22 B.U. Int'l L.J. 399 (2004).

Joseph Siprut, Rational Irrationality: Why Playing the World Trade Organization as a Scapegoat Reduces the Social Costs of Armchair Economics, 29 Brook. J. Int'l L. 709 (2004).

J. Noelle Hicks, Facilitating International Trade: The U.S. Needs Federal Legislation Governing the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, 28 Brook. J. Int'l L. 155 (2002).

Hongliu Gong, Legal Strategies for Challenging the Current EU Anti-Dumping Campaign Against Imports from China: A Chinese Perspective, 27 Brook. J. Int'l L. 575 (2002).

Rosemary A. Ford, The Beef Hormone Dispute and Carousel Sanctions: A Roundabout Way of Forcing Compliance with World Trade Organization Decisions, 27 Brook. J. Int'l L. 543 (2002).

John R. Renaud, Can't Get There from Here: How NAFTA and GATT Have Reduced Protection for Geographical Trademarks, 26 Brook. J. Int'l L. 1097 (2001).

Marc J. Monte, Corporate Factor/Supplier Monitoring Programs and the Failure of International Law in Regulating Indian Factory Conditions, 26 Brook. J. Int'l L. 125 (2001).

Jay P. Moisant, Addressing the Grey Market--What the Supreme Court Should Have Done, 25 Brook. J. Int'l L. 639 (1999).


Image: Wikipedia, The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster by Gerard Terborch 1648

Customs & International Trade Law; May 15, 2009; $1,000; $500

Eleventh Annual Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition

Full contest announcement appears here (pdf file)

(from Brooklyn Law School's web site announcement):

The Competition
The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and Brooklyn Law School (BLS) sponsor this Writing Competition to encourage law students who are interested in careers in customs and international trade law. Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

Who is Eligible
Entrants must be currently enrolled in a J.D. or L.L.M. program at one of the nation's law schools.

Two prizes will be awarded:
$1000.00 first prize
$500.00 second prize
Awards will be presented at the CITBA's semi-annual dinner in the fall.

An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.

About the Sponsors

Customs and International Trade Bar Association
The Customs and International Trade Bar Association is the only national bar association dedicated to representing the interests and concerns of attorneys engaged in the practice of customs and international trade law. Founded in 1919, CITBA strives to maintain and improve the standards of practice and to promote the public interest.

Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn Law School is an independent, nonprofit educational institution committed to providing the highest quality legal education. Founded in 1901, BLS is a leader in the study and research of international law. The Brooklyn Journal of International Law is one of the nation's oldest scholarly publications focusing on international law. Both the Journal and the BLS Center for the Study of International Business Law provide valuable forums for the study of customs and international trade law.

About the Honoree
Andrew P. Vance
The writing award honors the memory of Andrew P. Vance, past president of CITBA and distinguished public servant and practitioner. Through his work in the field of customs and international trade law for over forty years, Andrew Vance maintained and improved the standards of practice and earned the respect and affection of countless lawyers, judges and scholars.


Image, Peace of Westphalia, from wikipedia on the history of public international law.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Intellectual Property (1L & 2L) - May 15, 2009, $5,000 (1L); $5,000(2L)

10th Annual IP Writing Competition; Foley & Lardner LLP

10th Annual Intellectual Property Writing Competition with prizes totaling $15,000 for papers addressing intellectual property topics, such as patents, copyrights, domain names, trademarks, computer law, and trade secret law.


* One (1) – $5,000 Grand Prize to one first-year law student
* One (1) – $5,000 Grand Prize to one second-year law student
* Three (3) – Honorable Mention prizes

Acceptable topics are as broad as a candidate's initiative, creativity, and vision. Representative examples include, but are not limited to:

* Focus on metrics or other measurements of intellectual asset management performance
* Protecting intellectual property rights to maximize competitive opportunities
* Extracting untapped value from intellectual property
* Auditing patents to determine whether they should be enforced, licensed, donated, or terminated
* Identifying prospective IP licensees

Read the winning papers from prior years here.

Eligibility Requirements: Individuals who are currently enrolled in their first or second year of either a three-year full-time or four-year part-time Juris Doctorate program at an AALS accredited law school are eligible.

Image, Mandala: Spiritual Experience of Tibet

The word “mandala” is Sanskrit for “circle.” Created by hand, mandalas embody traditional meditative designs that represent the universal qualities of harmony, balance and community. Tibetans have long believed that to witness the creation of a mandala is to cultivate these enduring qualities within each of us, and so to witness the creation of a mandala is to lay the foundation for a strong and balanced human community. (from press release about Mandala at the University of Arkansas).

Friday, March 6, 2009

Conflict Prevention Corporate - Public Recognition - October 30, 2009

International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
October 30,2009 deadline
Many categories, including one for student articles

The following notice is patched together from materials linked at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution web site.

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.

Category I: Outstanding Practical Achievement by companies, law firms, court systems, neutrals and others in the use of innovative methods and systems to prevent, resolve or manage disputes effectively. Entries under Category I for outstanding use or application of ADR may be submitted by the principals involved or by others. Those entering should submit a several page description explaining: (a) Problem or need addressed; (b) Response, including its innovative characteristics; (c) Results or implications; (d) Key principals to be cited for leadership and implementation; and (e) Lessons, including how others can replicate the response or technique.

Category II: Original Article published by academics and other professionals in November 2008 - October 2009 that advance understanding in the field of ADR, with an emphasis on advancements of international understanding.

Category III: Original Student Article or Paper on events or issues in the field of ADR in November 2008 - October 2008. 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.

Prior Recipients:

Katherine Dirks, Note: Ethical Rules of Conduct in the Settlement of Mass Torts: A Proposal to Reverse Rule 1.8 (G), 83 N.Y.U. Law Rev. 501 (2008) (see 2009 press release).

Honorees and titles from earlier years appear at the annual awards site.

Erin E. Gleason, International Arbitral Appeals: What Are We Afraid Of?, 7 Pepp. Disp. Resol. L.J. 269 (2007)

Jeremy Joseph, Mediation at War: How to Actually Win ‘Hearts and Minds’ – Improving the Reconciliative Effectiveness of the U.S. Military’s Condolence Payment Program to Aggrieved Iraqi Civilians Using Culturally Competent Arab-Muslim Mediation Techniques (Original paper, Georgetown Law Center, Mediation Seminar, Summer 2006)

Carol Pauli, News Media as Mediators (Original Paper, Cardozo School of Law, ADR Seminar, Spring 2006)

Joshua Berry, The Trouble We Have with the Iraqis is US: A proposal for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the New Iraq, 20 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 527 (2005) and Daniel Hendy, Is a Truth Commission the Solution to Restoring Peace in Post-Conflict Iraq? 20 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 487 (2005).

Jack Wilson, No-Class-Action Arbitration Clauses,” State-Law Unconscionability, and The Federal Arbitration Act: A Case for Federal Judicial Restraint And Congressional Action, Course Paper (2004) (Forthcoming - Quinnipiac L.R.(2005))

Original Short Article published by academics and other professionals in November 2008 - October 2009 that advance understanding in the field of ADR, with an emphasis on advancements of international understanding.

Catetory IV: Outstanding Book published in November 2008 - October 2009 that advances understanding in the field of ADR, with a special emphasis on international understanding.

Category V: Problem Solving in the Law School for effective teaching of problem solving theory and practice in any law school course (including integration within core substantive courses such as contracts, torts, civil procedure, others), seminar or clinic taught by full-time faculty members during either of the preceding two academic years (Fall 2008 - Summer 2009). Materials to be submitted under Category V should include course/seminar/clinic outline with accompanying description by professor(s), sample of readings and/or exercises, and any other materials that the professor(s) believes will assist the panel of judges in their evaluation. Criteria for evaluation will include innovation in teaching problem solving; substantive and pedagogical strength; ability to be adapted by other law teachers and schools; other distinguishing and/or particularly meritorious features of course/seminar/clinic.

Category VI: Best Electronic Media in ADR which will encompass websites, blogs and any other internet based media.


Image from Wikipedia, Vase with twelve sunflowers (Arles, January 1889), Vincent van Gogh, Technik: Öl auf Leinwand, 91 x 72 cm; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Philadelphia, USA

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gaming Law, $2,500 (two awards); 2008-09 Law Course and July 20, 2009 deadline

Gaming Law, $2,500 (two awards); 2008-09 Law Course and July 20, 2009 deadline

The following details are from the Shannon Bybee Scholarship website:

The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) created the Shannon Bybee Scholarship program to honor the memory of Shannon Bybee, one of the IAGA founders, who had a distinguished career as a gaming attorney, state gaming regulator, gaming industry executive and pioneering educator in casino operations and gaming law.

The awards are made possible by a grant from International Game Technology, the world's largest gaming device manufacturer, through the assistance of David Johnson, Executive Vice President and General Council.

Full entrant information appears here (pdf).

Recipients of the 2008 Shannon Bybee Scholarship were:

Nathan L Mendenhall, Student, University of Tulsa School of Law, "Tracking 25 U.S.C. Section 2719: IGRA Exceptions to Indian Gaming on Newly Acquired Lands."

Adam Hosmer-Henner, Student, Harvard Law School, "Preventing Gaming-Fixing: Sports Books as Information Markets".

These papers are available for downloading at the scholarship site.


Image: The Cardsharps, c. 1594, by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX. Wikipedia.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Civil Liberties & Nat'l Security - $10,000 -- July 1, 2009

Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Civil Liberties & National Security - $10,000, plus travel to Chicago for public presentation of ideas in the paper -- deadline July 1, 2009

Call for submission of outstanding articles or books on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. Submission should be in draft form or have been published within six months prior to the July 1, 2009 deadline.

$10,000 prize stipend for the winner, plus expense paid trip to Chicago-Kent to present the ideas in the winning article or book.

Entries by July 1, 2009, to Ms. Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at

For more details:

Photo, Li-ber-ty, Istanbul Archaeology Museum. (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Public Utility, Communication, Transportation; June 1, 2009; $2,500 plus travel

Public Utility, Communication, Transportation; June 1, 2009; $2,500 plus travel.

This notice is drawn from the competition flyer, linked below as a Word document.

Papers should address an essay on a current topic of general interest in a legal area covered by the Section. The ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law covers specific industries that provide certain important, in some cases, essential, services to the general public. The Section is organized into industry committees and practice committees that relate to areas of legal specialty (e.g. antitrust, labor, taxation and accounting) as they apply to those industries. These committees are identified on the Section's website. The Section will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the Competition affords a great degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas, but in any event the decision of whether a particular essay qualifies as to subject matter is entirely within the discretion of the Section.

Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest or significance, not state-specific issues. Entrants must submit their own original essay. Failure to submit an original essay will result in its disqualification and the selection of a new winner.

The winner will receive $2,500 cash, a free membership in the Section for one year after graduation, and airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Group Meeting. The winner will be announced in the Section's quarterly publication, Infrastructure. The winner’s essay will posted on the Section Web Site for approximately one year and be considered for publication in the Section's Annual Report. Any taxes are the responsibility of the winner.
By entering, the winner gives the ABA the right to reproduce any essay material submitted in any medium without time, use, or territorial limitation, as long as such is for noncommercial purposes. Entries will not be returned. All entries submitted to the ABA become the property of the ABA. Entries must be submitted to:

Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
Student Writing Competition
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Attention: Ms. Susan Koz

Entries must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2009.

More information here (word document file)

Sebastian Miller (2008 Recipient of K. William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition) -
A Description and Partial Evaluation of Transmission and Distribution Restructuring in the American and Russian Electricity Sectors


Grasslands and subdivisions form distinct contrasts on the Colorado Front Range, Larimer County, Colorado.

Photography by Jeff Vanuga, Colorado, 2002 (Courtesy of Natural Resources Conservation Service)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Asian Pacific American - June 1, 2009 - $1,500 and publication

The following details are excerpted from the competition flyer, which appears in its entirety here (.doc format).

AEF Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition

10,000 word limit (of which no more than 6,000 words shall constitute the substantive text, and no more than 4,000 words shall constitute footnote text). Your submission must be presented in electronic format, utilizing Microsoft Word (or similar) word processing program. For the 2009 competition, the submission may address any topic of interest to the applicant so long as it reasonably relates to Asian Pacific Americans and the law.

The winner of the 2009 competition will receive a monetary award of $1,500, and the winning entry will be published by the UCLA's Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ), subject to the journal's standard editorial process and copyright policy. APALJ’s editing process may require additional substantive edits prior to publication. Please do not submit for the 2009 competition any manuscript that has previously been published, or that is concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere.

Submissions shall be evaluated by a selection board comprised of selected members of the AEF board and the AEF writing competition board of advisers and two members of APALJ designated by APALJ's editor-in-chief, all of whom shall be ineligible to participate in the competition.

All submissions for the 2009 competition must have an electronic date stamp of no later than 6:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time), June 1, 2009. Submissions should be e-mailed to the following address: If the date stamp on your e-mail is after 6 pm EST on June 1, 2009, your submission will not be considered.

P.O. BOX 2209, WASHINGTON, DC 20013-2209


Image: Wikipedia, map of Asia.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Real Property, Trusts, Estates; June 19, 2009; $2,500 plus travel

This notice summarizes material at the ABA's website:

Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section's 2009 Student Writing Contest
All law and LL.M students currently attending an ABA-accredited law school are eligible.

Writing on real property, trust and estate law subjects of general and current interest.

More information, from Amanda Pauli at
Deadline June 19, 2009.

First place prize: $2,500; a one year membership in the RPTE Section; round trip airfare and weekend accommodations to attend the RPTE Fall Leadership Meeting.

Second place ($1,500); third ($1,000).

More information at the competition flyer (pdf).


Image from Earth Science World Image Bank.

Photographer: Michael Collier
Caption: The setting sun highlights these buttes and spires in Arizona's Monument Valley. These monuments of the valley are created as soft shales of the Cutler Formation erode away, leaving massive vertically jointed slabs of sandstone without support.

Environmental Law; April 6, 2009 $2,000

This notice is excerpted from the competition web page.

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.

This competition was also blogged November 4, 2008.

Image, water erosion. Photo by Gene Alexander, 1986. Dry desert and towering sandstone mountains in Monument Valley. Courtesy of NRCS Photo Gallery.