Competitions, Fellowships, and Scholarships
The University of Connecticut School of Law has established a Student Legal Writing Competition to encourage and reward original student writing on legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse.
Entrants should submit a paper on a legal issue affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse.
Papers will be accepted from any student enrolled for the 2012-13 academic year in an ABA-accredited law school in the United States or Canada. Papers must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a student may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. All students intending to enter the competition must register by April 15, 2013. Registration Form
Papers should be a minimum of 15 pages in length and shall not exceed 30 pages, including footnotes. They must be types, double-spaced and with one-inch margins, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, in a 12-point font, such as Times New Roman. All citations and footnotes should conform to the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation and should also be in a 12-point font.
Papers will be judged by a panel appointed by the University of Connecticut School of Law. Judges will evaluate papers based on the substance, clarity of the proposal or thesis, logical force, support of argument, and quality of research. Grammar, syntax, and form will also be taken into consideration.
Entries must be received by 5pm on June 3, 2013. Entries must be submitted in two formats: (1) email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to Karen.DeMeola@law.uconn.edu; and (2) mail, with a postmark dated by June 3, 2013, four copies of the paper to:
Student Legal Writing Competition
University of Connecticut School of Law
55 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Attn: Assistant Dean Karen Lynn DeMeola
Papers are judged anonymously, and no identifying information should appear on either the original or the copies of the paper. Entrants must submit a separate cover letter listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, name of law school, and year of graduation.
Three cash prizes will be awarded: $750 First Prize, $500 Second Prize, and $250 Third Prize. Winners will be notified by July 30, 2013. All decisions of the judges are final. The contest organizers reserve the right not to award prizes if no papers meet quality standards.
Winners of the 2012 University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition
The University of Connecticut School of Law is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition. The annual competition seeks original law student writing on legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addition or substance abuse. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third-place winners. This year, we had a record number of entries, with submissions from students enrolled in law schools throughout the country. We thank all contestants and congratulate the winners. Details about next year's competition will be posted on this webpage this fall.
First Place ($750) - The Voluntary Confession that Wasn't: Overturning Colorado v. Connelly for the Mentally Ill by David Cutshall, University of Virginia School of Law '12
Second Place ($500) - Drug Abusers and Addicts and the Immigration and Nationality Act by Nikiya Natale, University of Texas School of Law '13
Third Place ($250) - Social Security Disability for the Chronically Homeless by Andrea Callow, Loyola University Chicago School of Law '12
The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition. Any law and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at a school between August 15, 2012 and August 15, 2013 are invited to submit a paper on any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, 12-point type, one-inch margins on all sides), not including footnotes. Footnotes should be single-spaced endnotes starting on a separate page. Papers must be submitted as email attachments to Peter Kelly. No information identifying the author or the author’s law school should be in the text, footnotes, or file name. That information and the author’s address, telephone number, and enrollment status should be provided in the email message.
Two prizes will be awarded: the Clarin M. Schwartz Memorial Award ($1,500 cash prize) and the Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award ($1,500 cash prize). Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner, and the authors of winning entries may have opportunities to have their works published.
Papers must be submitted by midnight Central Time on June 1, 2013.
For more information on submission guidelines and competition rules, please visit the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel’s website.
LexisNexis is pleased to announce the 14th Annual James William Moore Federal Practice Award which encourages and recognizes outstanding scholarship in federal civil practice and procedure.
Students enrolled in law school through the end of the current (2012 – 2013) school year are eligible to participate. All papers must be the original work of an individual student, and papers must have been submitted for publication in a student publication or prepared as course work in connection with a course at law school.
The principal subject of the submitted paper must be federal civil practice and procedure, including civil jurisdiction and venue rules of the federal courts. Submissions on topics of federal courts management, federal appellate procedure, and alternative dispute resolution are also acceptable. Papers focusing on the procedural aspects of certain types of substantive litigation are acceptable as well.
Papers on purely substantive issues that may arise in federal litigation and papers dealing primarily with criminal procedure are not acceptable.
- The author of a paper may directly submit his or her paper for consideration, and each law review may submit up to four papers for consideration.
- All papers should follow the citation form in the 19th edition of "A Uniform System of Citation." Papers should be double-spaced (footnotes single-spaced), presented on one side of 8.5 x 11” paper, and printed in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.
- Submitted papers should be a minimum of 20 pages.
Papers (along with fall 2013 contact information (address, phone number, email address) for the author and the law review (including the name of the incoming editor-in-chief) should be submitted to:
Editor, Moore’s Federal Practice
Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender
201 Mission Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105.
One electronic copy on a CD-ROM and one paper copy of each paper should be submitted.
One paper will be selected as the winner of the Award, and the author will receive a cash prize of $2,000, a full set of Moore’s Federal Rules Pamphlets, and publicity of his or her name in connection with the award. The winning entrant’s law review or journal will also be awarded $1,000.
The submission deadline for this year’s award is June 3, 2013, and winners will be announced on or around October 1, 2013.
Please direct any inquiries to Mark Landis, Legal Editor, Practice Area Content, LexisNexis, at 1-800-424-0651.
Ed Edmondson represented Oklahoma in the United States Congress for 20 years and was a long-time supporter of Native American concerns and education.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court and The Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. will host The Sovereignty Symposium XXVI on June 5 and 6, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Sovereignty Symposium was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues can be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment.
A maximum of 100 Symposium tuition-only scholarships will be offered in Congressman Edmondson’s name as the Symposium’s thank you for his support and efforts during its founding.
Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application. There is no formal application form.
The deadline is June 4, 2013, and notification will be upon receipt of scholarship request.
Applications must be submitted to:
The Sovereignty Symposium
Attn: Ed Edmondson Scholarship Committee
Oklahoma Judicial Center, Suite 1
2100 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105.
The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel are pleased to announce the 2013 Tannenwald Writing Competition. This competition is open to all full-or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.
Submitted papers must focus primarily on technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional liability matters).
Each submitted paper must be sponsored by a law school professor. No more than 8 papers may be submitted by J.D. students from the same law school. If the school also has an L.L.M. or other graduate tax program, up to an additional 8 papers may be submitted by students in those programs.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the author of the winning paper ($5,000), the first runner-up ($2,500), and the second runner-up ($1,500).
Papers must be received by no later than 9:00 PM EST on July 1, 2013. Entrants should submit both paper and electronic copies of their submissions.
For more information on rules and submission guidelines, please visit the Tannenwald website.
The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is very pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Student Writing Competition. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2013.
Law students, including J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates, are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law.
The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement. The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.
For further information on the competition and competition rules, please visit the New York State Bar Association website.