Sunday, April 17, 2011

Customs & Trade Law $1,000 (1st); $500 (2d); May 23, 2011 deadline

The Thirteenth Annual Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
Sponsored by the Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School

The Competition
The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and Brooklyn Law School (BLS) are sponsoring 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.

Entrants must be currently enrolled in a J.D. or L.L.M. program at any of the nation’s law schools.

Paper Requirements
Submissions should be typewritten, double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. The paper shall not exceed 40 pages in length, including footnotes. Papers must include footnotes, not endnotes. Papers should be in 12pt. Times Roman font and have one-inch margins (right, left, top, and bottom). Noncompliance with these requirements may affect evaluation or result in disqualification. Please include the following on the cover sheet of your paper:

* Full name, address and telephone number
* Law school and year
* Date of submission of paper

Papers must be electronically submitted to Professor Steven Dean at, no later than May 23, 2011.

A committee of practicing attorneys and professors with relevant expertise will judge the papers. The following factors will be considered:

* Legal analysis
* Thoroughness and depth of topic
* Evaluation of judicial precedents, statutes, and regulations
* Writing style
* Form and quality of citations
* Conformity with rules of competition

Two prizes will be awarded:
$1,000.00 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.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

$1,000 and publication - May 1, 2011 - 10-15 pages International Investment Arbitration

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) would like to make sure that you are aware of our Second Annual ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal Student Writing Competition, which was announced on our website earlier this year. Current law students are invited to submit an article on a procedural or substantive issue in international investment arbitration by May 1, 2011. Please keep in mind that entrants must be enrolled as students at the time of their submissions. Articles may be submitted in English, French or Spanish and must be between 10-15 pages in length. The author of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of US$1000.00 and will have his or her essay published in the Fall 2012 issue of the ICSID Review. Search "ICSID Review Student Writing Competition" for the official announcement, detailed contest rules and article submission guidelines.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

July 1 annually, $10,000 - Palmer Civil Liberties Prize -- tension between national security and civil liberties

Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer
Civil Liberties Prize
The Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in spring 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer ’62 and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to honor a work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world. (View announcement of 2010 prize winners.)

Roy Palmer, a lawyer and real estate developer, is a 1962 honors graduate of Chicago-Kent and a member of its board of overseers. He and his wife, Susan, active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations, are the recipients of the 1997 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award of the National Society of Fundraising Executives.

In 2006, the Palmers pledged a $1 million gift to Chicago-Kent earmarked to support the expansion of the law school’s campus, located in a rapidly developing area of downtown Chicago. The Palmers reside in Sarasota, Florida.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

June 1, 2011, $300-$1,000 -- Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition

Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition

Sponsored by the Mercer University School of Law and the American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law

About Adam A. Milani
Adam A. Milani – a passionate disability rights activist and accomplished scholar – was well known for his publication of numerous practical books and articles in the field of disability discrimination. He taught legal writing as well as the law of disability discrimination and always encouraged his students to become prolific and outstanding writers.

Purposes of the Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition
The purposes of the competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of disability law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students.

The submission may address any aspect of disability law, theory, or practice the contestant chooses. Other permissible topics include issues arising under any of the following statutes: Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; or any state statutes or municipal ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Categories and Requirements
Submissions should be trial-level or appellate briefs on one of the topics listed above. The text of a submission must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins. The Question(s) Presented section, the Statement of the Facts / Statement of the Case section, the Argument section, and the Conclusion together are limited to 20 pages. Briefs may include any other customary component of a similar court document, but those components will not be evaluated.

If the submission covers both a topic among those listed above and a topic not listed above, only the topic listed above will be evaluated. For papers written originally for a legal writing class, only two papers per legal writing professor per year will be considered. If more than two students of a particular professor desire to submit a paper, the professor shall choose which paper(s) will be submitted.

Briefs will not be penalized for arguing a position that would limit rights rather than expand them.

First Prize will range between $300 and $1,000, depending on whether multiple awards are given. The name of the winner(s) in each category will be posted online at the Mercer University School of Law website.

Entry information
Entries for the competition must be submitted by mail to the "Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition," Mercer University, School of Law, 1021 Georgia Ave., Macon, GA 31207-0001. Submissions must be postmarked by June 1, 2011, by U.S. mail or a recognized commercial express service. Entries submitted by fax will not be accepted. The contestant's name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. The staff at Mercer University School of Law will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission. Neither the contestant's identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any Milani Competition Judge. Two copies of the entry must be submitted along with a disk containing an electronic copy of the submission in Word Perfect or Word format. Clear, legible photocopies without changes are acceptable. Each entrant may submit only one entry. Entries must be accompanied by the attached entry form.

The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible. Employees of Mercer University School of Law (except for students working less than 20 hours per week) are not eligible to enter the competition.

The author must have performed all the key tasks of researching, writing, and revising the paper for himself or herself, but may have received a reasonable amount of advice from academicians or practitioners. Except for any discussions or other activities that occur as part of course activities approved by the student's professor, the author must avoid collaboration with other students. If the brief is written as an assignment in a legal writing class and if the student was assigned to produce the brief along with a partner, the student may submit the brief but must identify the portions for which the student was the sole author. Only those parts of the brief will be evaluated. Under no other circumstances may any of the written product be produced by another.

Criteria and Judging
All entries will be judged anonymously by the Milani Competition Judges, who will select the winning submission(s). The Director of the Milani Writing Competition at Mercer University School of Law will notify the award winner(s). The Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: quality of research and authority provided; accuracy and clarity of the analysis; compliance with standard conventions of similar court documents; and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form.

Entry Form

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

June 1, $5,000, & Publication Warren E. Burger "excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism"

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court. The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.

The judges for the competition are Professor Stephen Gillers, Chair, Emily Kempin Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law; Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Trustee Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Professor Nancy J. Moore, Nancy Barton Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law; and, Professor Robert M. Wilcox, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. This prixze well be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States hosted by Associate Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor on Saturday, November 5, 2011.

The 2011 Warren E. Burger Prize Cover Page and Rules are now available in the “Related Links” panel above.

Send a completed cover page with the required materials no later than June 1 to the American Inns of Court national office. Submissions should be addressed Cindy Dennis, American Inns of Court, 1229 King Street, Second Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314.

For additional information, contact Cindy Dennis at (703) 684-3590, ext. 104, or click from the Inns of Court announcement to email Cindy. The winning essay will be selected by September 1.

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