Thursday, June 4, 2009

June 26, 2009; $3,000; 2009 George Hutchinson Writing Competition

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.