Writing Competitions, Awards, Grants and Scholarships
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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.
Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni Securities Law Writing Competition
Students must be enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the 2016 fall semester. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2016, and papers scheduled for publication in 2016 or 2017 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.
All submissions must include author’s name and contact information, including e-mail, postal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation.
Mail two copies of submissions to ASECA, P. O. Box 5767, Washington, DC 20016
Additional information can be found here. Deadline to apply is November 10, 2016.
The Columbian Lawyers Scholarship Corporation, Queens County
The Columbian Lawyers Scholarship Corporation, Queens County announces their Annual Scholarship! The scholarship is to be awarded in December 2016. The scholarships are generally in the sum of $4,000 to $5,000 for each recipient and there are typically three scholarships offered per year. The award is based upon need, scholarship, and extra curricular activities. Applicants must either attend law school in Queens County or reside in Queens County and attend law school elsewhere. The student must also be of Italian ancestry. An application can be picked up at the Student Services desk.
Deadline for submission is November 22, 2016.
American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment.
Eligible entries must discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible. Works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.
Entries for the 2017 competition should be submitted via email to Richard P Hackett, firstname.lastname@example.org and Rachelle Bernard, email@example.com. Additional information may be found here.
The deadline for entry is December 1, 2016, and entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the twelve months preceding that date. The awards include cash payments of $2,500, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.
Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth Stein Memorial Law Student Writing Competition
This competition recognizes excellence among law school students writing in the area of labor and employment law; and cultivates the relationship between the Section and future labor and employment practitioners. Topic on any current issue involving labor or employment law. The scope of permissible topics for the article is broad, i.e., any aspect of public or private labor or employment law.
Competition is open to all law school students. First Prize $3,000, Second Prize $2,000, Third Prize $1,000. Additional information may be found here.
All articles must be e-mailed or post marked no later than Friday, December 9, 2016. Send all submissions to Beth Gould, Section Liaison, Labor and Employment Law Section, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.
Outstanding Paper by a Law Student -- $250
2017 Contest Question
There is a consensus that the U.S. health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services. One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal systems, and that health care professionals' efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability. Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.
Additional information may be found here. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight on January 2, 2017. Direct questions to Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300
Phone: 850-645-9473 Web: http://med.fsu.edu/medlaw
Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2017
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.
Elliott A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition
The Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2017 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition. Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format. Submit an electronic PDF or as a WORD document, a brief abstract of your article, and CV or resume with complete contact information to email@example.com.
Deadline is February 5, 2017. $500 Prize and publication in the Journal of Business & Securities Law.
Questions? Contact Pamela Burneski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARSHALL M. SCHULMAN 2016-2017 COMPETITION FOR STUDENT PAPERS IN CRIMINAL LAW AND/OR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country.
To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition. $1500 cash prize
The deadline for entry is February 28, 2017. Click here for additional information.
Brogdon Champion, LLC Writing Competition
The essay contest is open to any law student enrolled at a law school in the United States. Unpublished papers prepared for law school credit are eligible for entry in the competition. The content submitted must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Joint papers are not acceptable. Multiple submissions are acceptable; however, each author will only be eligible for one award. Eligibility determinations will be made by Brogdon Champion, LLC. The topics for the essay contest can be any ethical issue that arises in the context of representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
Entries are due by March 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. The first place winner will receive $2,500 and publication on our firm’s website. The second place winner will receive $1,000. Click here for additional information.
2016-2017 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. Organized by ELI with funding from Beveridge & Diamond, this annual competition invites law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.
Our goal is to recognize students who have advanced the state of scholarship through original analysis of cutting-edge topics in this area. The winner receives a $2,000 cash prize, public recognition, an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship journal, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), and a one-year individual membership to ELI.
Submissions are due on April 10, 2017. For additional information about the competition and past winners, please click here.