Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Grammy Foundation Contest - Online Tutorial for February Deadline $5,000 grand prize and ticket to Grammy Awards

Dear Law Students:
Thanks so much as always for your interest in the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition. In an effort to make the content of our Writing Competition Workshops more accessible we have placed one online. The panel was filmed on 9/22 here at the GRAMMY offices in Santa Monica. The program appears in three parts on here:
Featured Panelists:
· Scott Goldman, Vice President The GRAMMY Charities
· Henry Root, Partner at Lapidus, Root, Franklin, & Sacharow LLP
· Goldie Gabriel, Attorney, Warner/Chappell Music, 2007 ELI Writing Competition Finalist
The workshop is intended provide law students with tips and information on successful approaches for submission to the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition. Additionally the panelists discuss the realities of entering today’s music business as a young lawyer, and some issues the industry is currently facing.
I have attached a copy of the materials that were distributed at the program. Please feel free to distribute the attached link and materials to anyone and everyone you deem appropriate. Should have any questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email and I will do my best to answer.
Thanks so much and good luck!


The ELI Essay Competition invites law students focusing on the entertainment practice to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. The contest culminates with the winning student authors presenting their essays at the prestigious ELI luncheon on February 11, 2011.

First Place Winner Receives $5000
Four Semifinalists Receive $1,500

All Winners receive:
One GRAMMY Awards Show Ticket
Round Trip Airfare to the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles
Hotel Accommodations
Ticket to The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner

Submission deadline is Jan 3rd 2011 @ 11am PST (2pm EST)
Winners will be announced on February 4, 2011

For a complete listing of competition rules, and ELI Writing Competition Workshops
go to the Entertainment Law Initiative page on
Simply search for “The Entertainment Law Initiative” or just go to

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Co-Sponsored by
The ABA Forum on the
Entertainment and Sports Industries

The GRAMMY Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) was conceived as a means to recognize and further develop the bond between the legal profession and the recording community with the goal of resolving issues confronting the music industry. One of the premier educational initiatives of ELI is the national legal writing contest and scholarship program, which is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. Law students from across the country are invited to research, analyze and submit essays regarding important issues facing the industry.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

November 19, 2010 - $2,500 and Portland, OR in April-- 2d Annual International Ombudsman

"An Ethical Privilege: The Case for a Statutory Privilege for the Organizational Ombuds." Larratt-Smith

IOA Seeks Entries for Second Annual Student Writing Competition

The International Ombudsman Association is again sponsoring a contest to reward scholarship relevant to Organizational Ombuds. In the second IOA-sponsored writing competition, graduate and law students are invited to submit articles on the issue of how organizational ombudsmen can avoid being deemed as agents for notice.

The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2011 in Portland, OR 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 19, 2010.

The competition is based on a research library that provides several authorities with which to begin the analysis. Full competition information (and citations to the authorities) appears: here (pdf).

The winning paper from the first annual competition was: "An Ethical Privilege: The Case for a Statutory Privilege for the Organizational Ombuds," by Andrew Larratt-Smith, a student at UCLA Law School and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. His article appears at this link, at pages 54-64.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fellowships for Future Law Professors

TaxLawProfBlog just posted a list of Fellowships for Aspiring Law Professors.

It's comprehensive and all the links (the ones I checked today) are live. As for the title, I figure some of those who aspire are also future....


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

June 18, 2010, 2010 Mary C. Lawton Outstanding Government Service Award

2010 Mary C. Lawton
Outstanding Government Service Award

The nomination should be based on outstanding contributions to the development, implementation, or improvement of administrative law and regulatory practice that reflects sustained excellence in performance.

All government lawyers active in the fields of administrative law and regulatory practice are eligible. While career officials generally will be favored, exceptional political appointees also will be considered. A listing of past recipients of the Award can be found at

Nominations are solicited from federal government agency general counsels, state attorneys general, and other officials, as well as from members of the Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.

All nomination packages should provide the name and period of government service of the nominee, the departments or agencies in which he or she has served and is currently serving, and the specific contributions of the nominee that you think warrant his or her selection. Include a MINIMUM of three (3) letters of support for your nomination.

Please submit your nomination package to the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 740 15th Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 20005, email:, or fax to 202-662-1529. Direct inquiries to Anne Kiefer, Section Director, 202-662-1690.

All nominations must be submitted by June 18, 2010.


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

November 1, 2010 deadline -- Worker's Compensation -- $1,500; $1,000; $500

ANNOUNCING: The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers 2010 Writing Competition for Law Students

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2010 College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Law Student Writing Competition.

TOPIC: The scope of permissible topics is broad, i.e., any aspect of workers’ compensation law. Students are encouraged to present:

· a public policy issue;
· a critique of a leading case or doctrine; or
· a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification.

ELIGIBILITY: All students currently enrolled in accredited law schools in the United States and all those recently graduated from them (graduation on or after May, 2009).

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

The winner’s article will also be considered for publication in the Workers’ First Watch, The Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) magazine, or in a future issue of an appropriate ABA committee newsletter or journal. The winner will also be invited (expenses paid) to the Annual College Induction Dinner to be honored during the program.

The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers 2010 Law Student Writing Competition Rules

1. Articles must be original from the applicant, and limited to one entry. Articles 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:
· Submitted by email to (Please reference “Writing Competition” in the subject line.);
· All articles are to be submitted by November 1, 2010;
· Double-spaced,on 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch margins;
· Entries should be between 10 and 20 pages in length (including endnotes);
· Citations are to conform to “A Uniform System of Citation” (The Bluebook).

3. 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 the competition. Announcement of the winners will be made at least 30 days in advance of the Annual College Induction Dinner, March 2011.

4. 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.

5. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school or submit entry within 60 days of graduation.


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


Image: University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, WAS0771.

Post-Hiatus -- Several Thoughts on Publications

Dear Readers,

My thanks to those who have written me to ask for follow-up entries! I appreciate it very much. Now that it's spring break after the push of a very busy several months, I have a minute to share some general information, and I'll ease into the routine of posting updates as well.

First, when this blog lacks updates, you should find that the Idaho Writing Competitions website is updated. It's got an impressively comprehensive list of ongoing competitions, and I am humbled by and appreciative of that site.

Second, I share with you an article my colleague Angela Doss found following Legal Writing Law Prof blog:

Allen Rostron & Nancy Levit (University of Missouri and Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law):
Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals.

Third, I share thoughts on "breaking the seal" into a writing habit, and that is through a short publication in your local bar journals which are published monthly and some of which are published online. Check with your state bar association for outlets. I'm linking the state law portal at Washlaw that leads you to an updated compilation of all state resources. It's an amazing resource. (Once at the Washlaw link, find your state bar's materials by choosing your state in the left panel. Once at your state's resource page, go to the very bottom where the practitioner's resources are.)

Fourth, I encourage attorney-readers to consider signing up to teach a continuing legal education hour. Some outlets will pay you for the effort, and in the business side of law, the public speaking experience should go a long way.


Image: Will Simpson