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Writing Competitions

Students interested in participating in any of the competitions listed below should obtain a complete copy of the competition rules. Competition rules are available at the websites listed below or in the Writing Competition Binder located in the J.D. Academic Services Office, McDonough 352. Also, please visit the ABA's list of writing competitions at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/events_competitions/wec.html.

Topic Sponsor Sorted Ascending Prize Due Date

Competition is open to articles written while the author is a stueent at an accredited law school in the U.S.  Authors may not hae graduated from law school prior to 12/1/16.  LLM students are not eligible.  Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.  Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.  Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country.  Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered.

Sponsor's Web Site

ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law

$3,000

$1,000

$500

06/15/2017

Contestants should address the following questions:

1.  How has the emergence of various technologies impacted the "reasonableness" of privacy expectations?  Has social media, information technology, and surveillance technology available to the public reduced what one may honestly believe is "private"?

2.  Those answering "no" should prepare an argument supporting this position.  In addition, contestants should anticipate and address foreseeable counter-arguments and attempt to persuasively argue against them.

3.  Those answering "yes" should explain why.  Likewise, these contestants should also anticipate the arguments that may be raised by the other side and attempt to argue persuasively against them.

4.  All contestants should address the "reasonableness" standard and argue whether the advent of new technologies demands a new Fourth Amendment standard to protect citizens from police monitoring.  If so, what should the standard be?  Why?

Sponsor's Web Site

American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

$2,500

n/a

n/a

07/01/2017

Submissions to the Warren E. Burger Prize should be an  original, unpublished essay of 10,000-25,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing the issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

Sponsor's Web Site

American Inns of Court

$5,000 + publication

07/01/2017

Law students are encouraged to submit an article on an IP topic, written on or before June 30, 2017.  Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2016. To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a student or students either in full-time attendance at a law school (day or evening) or prepared in connection with a law school course.

Sponsor's Web Site

American Intellectual Property Law Association

$2,000

n/q

n/a

06/30/2017

The Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition invites scholarly papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law.

Sponsor's Web Site

Delaware Bar Foundation

$3,000 + publication

$1,000

$500

09/15/2017

Entries must be the original work of a single author, not previously published, and they must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation. While entrants are free to take positions on issues, their articles should be expository in nature.

Sponsor's Web Site

International Association of Defense Counsel

$2,000 + plaque

$1,000 + plaque

$500 + plaque

05/19/2017

Submissions to the Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

Sponsor's Web Site

Notre Dame Law School

$2,500

04/28/2017

Questions? Please contact J.D. Academic Services, McDonough 352 or (202) 662-9041.