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 cwcl@airmail.net (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