Writing Competitions, Awards, Grants and Scholarships
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First annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition and Scholarship for law students, sponsored by The Foundation for Continuing Justice
The competition is designed to increase awareness of the impact of laws governing the retention and dissemination of criminal records by courts and state agencies, as well as the laws governing the public’s use of such records. This unique competition will be judged by a diverse panel of judges representing practitioners, academics and business professionals in the background check industry. Along with a first, second and third prize, there will be a prize for best research and best policy recommendations.
The goal of the contest is to support law students’ educational pursuits while helping increase awareness of long-term impact a criminal record has and the importance of thoughtful laws governing topics as criminal record expungement and sealing as well as the publicizing and utilization of criminal records.
2015-2016 Essay Topics:
Please choose one of the following:
How to improve expungement related laws in (state of your choice)
When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public?
Can criminal record expungement can break cycles of recidivism
The Prizes For The Winning Essays Are As Follows:
First Place: $2,000.00
Second Place: $1,000.00
Third Place: $300.00
$200 Honorable Mention
$250 Best Policy Recommendations
$250 Best Research
All Essays Are Due By June 30, 2016
The Winners Will Be Announced On Or Before July 31, 2016
Additional information can be found here.
2016 Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Law School Scholarship
The Law Office of Renkin & Associates is pleased to announce the 2016 Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Law School Scholarship. This scholarship was established to provide financial support to a student whose life has been impacted by lymphoma or leukemia and is seeking to continue his or her education through law school. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who submits the required application and essay by July 31, 2016.
For more information and to download the application, please click here.
James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition
This is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law sponsored by The PIABA Foundation. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.
The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.
Entries must be received through www.piabafoundation.org no later than 5 pm eastern on September 16, 2016. Additional information about this competition may be found here.
Baxter Family Competition on Federalism
McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism are proud to announce the creation of the Baxter Family Competition on Federalism, which has been made possible through the generous support of Rachel Baxter, BSc’84, BCL’88 and Colin Baxter, BCL’90, LLB’90, who both practice law in Ottawa, as corporate and litigation counsel respectively.
The overarching goal of this prestigious bi-annual competition is to advance research and foster informed debate on federalism by law students, as well as law PhD candidates, junior legal scholars and junior lawyers from around the world.
Competition finalists will be given an opportunity to present their papers at a Symposium organized by the McGill Faculty of Law, in Montreal in the spring of 2017.
Prizes will be awarded by an International Jury. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 respectively.
Deadline for submission of essays is September 30, 2016. For additional information, please click here.
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
2016 Rules for the Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-third annual Brown Award. The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2015 Award was presented to Michael Clemente, Yale Law School, for his paper, A Reassessment of Common Law Protections for “Idiots.”
In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional. The submission must be postmarked no later than August 19, 2016.
The student’s package must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student’s sponsor. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The Foundation will appoint a final judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor. The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation. The 2016 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by January 31, 2017, and listed with the other finalists may be found here.