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):